“Quintessential Waterside Drinking”
The Conservatory is one of New Zealand’s first ‘living bars’, the space is true to its name with lilies and various other seasonal New Zealand fauna growing throughout the bar.
Frequented by a combination of tourists, businessmen and locals the bar is laid-back and relaxed, paying homage to its sunny, oceanside setting. Cocktails are served in brightly coloured watering cans and large bespoke vases serve beer, really bringing the garden theme to life.
The service is excellent – we were greeted by the friendly staff upon entry, seated and drink orders are efficiently taken. The menu is perfect for sharing – with a selection of small sharing plates and their infamous 18 inch pizzas. Absolutely delicious.
The Conservatory is the perfect spot for a casual bonding session with friends, or just a spot to people watch and enjoy the ocean views.
“That place to relax with a view”
The Conservatory at North Wharf is a wine bar, cocktail bar and restaurant with a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere with areas for lounging, dining and having a drink. It even has an outdoor open fire with views towards the sea.
Designed to suit every occasion, The Conservatory is literally full of life – it’s New Zealand’s first living bar
Heart of The City
“A Must Visit”
We’re not lying when we say The Conservatory is a must-visit spot down at Wynyard Quarter. This wine bar, cocktail bar and restaurant (yes three-in-one!) has a very relaxed atmosphere.
The Urban List
“Where the staff go out of their way to accommodate”
We visited on the first hot day of the Spring and it was packed – we were so hungry that we were reluctant to dine as it was so busy and we expected lengthy waits, bad food and no service – but we were so impressed – this place has it ALL!!
Firstly, the service was absolutely awesome, the waiter rearranged couches to accommodate us, the runners were all smiling with customers and it seemed like there was a big team to go around all the hungry patrons – we waited only a minute before our beers landed in front of us by a delightfully chirpy young runner with a pleasant ‘isn’t it a lovely day?’ – yes we thought!! Yes indeed!
We ordered potato chorizo, squid and a chicken salad to share which was probably the best meal we’ve eaten out in months – the potato chorizo was bursting with tomatoey deliciousness and had just the right amount of tangy chorizo to Balance it. The squid was soft, cooked to perfection and there was enough for both of us to share and feel satisfied and the chicken salad was all about the protein, not the usual bowl of leaves with a dusting of chicken like other places serve. It was well balanced, super tasty and was served fresh within 15 minutes.
On a hot summers day at peak service you don’t expect much but The Conservatory really impressed us and we’ll definitely be back – special mentions to ‘cherry’ and ‘jella’ the waitstaff who literally moved the place round to find a seat for us and made sure our glasses were always full – an excellent team clearly excellently managed.
“A Perfect evening spent”
Loved this restaurant! I had the yellow fin tuna, which may have been the best fish I’ve ever had: fresh, firm, and beautifully presented with a rich, flavorful salad, including wasabi. I was over the moon with the meal. The waiter who took care of us was impressively professional, very knowledgeable about the food and wine selections, and with a cool and wry sense of humor. And the location and setting are quintessential Auckland. I had a perfect evening at The Conservatory.
“Great Service and Food Under Pressure!!”
We were a group of 10 who did not have a booking on a Saturday night and looking for a meal! We were also in a slight hurry as we had tickets to the theater show at 8:30pm. We tried a couple of restaurants in Wynyard Quarter and were turned away from all.
Finally we tried The Conservatory which is renown for a more “laid back” experience and got blown away! Once we explained our situation. we were treated like regulars, tables and heaters were moved to accommodate our big group. Since we thought we might have to rush dinner we all decided to just have a burger. What a great choice, as it was tasty and well presented. The Beef and the Chicken burger got rave reviews from all!
The good news is that we still had 15mins spare to make our way over to the theater.
I will highly recommend this restaurant due to its managers and staff making our experience a great one!
Trip Adviser Reviewer
“Amazing Venue; GREAT STAFF!
We visited the Conservatory on 3 occasions during our stay in Auckland whilst competing in the World Masters Games.
On all occasions, the food, service, drinks and general atmosphere you could not fault. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for good food and a very friendly atmosphere.
Big thumbs up to the Owner; a real good guy!!!!
We will always return to this venue! Amazing