The Commons at McKenzies
North Shore, Auckland 09 929 2791
- Commons: Mon – Sun 11:30am – late
- Bistro: Tues – Sat 5.30pm – late
- Business Dining
- Live Music
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Romantic Dining
- Payment Types: Cash
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Pay, Pay & Display
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
The Commons is a sophisticated bar, bistro & restaurant. Whether it’s a casual lunch or dinner, something more formal for a special occasion, perhaps a late morning coffee, or a spectacular function, here is a unique venue serving up outstanding creative cuisine.
The courtyard is a ‘common’ shared zone between the five distinct yet interconnected bars and eateries, hence the name The Commons.
The Commons was developed as part of the popular McKenzies precinct on Hurstmere Road, in mid 2012. The Commons is owned by those famous for their spectacular redevelopment of Imperial Lane, Everybody’s and Roxy in the city.
32 Reviews for The Commons at McKenzies
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Food was only average and the waitress was nice, however, the system of the bar seemed very un-organised and did not run smoothly.
All this for $120.00 for 2 adults and a 2 yr old.
Sorry, there are better places elsewhere in Takapuna.
I’m not sure who was in charge of staffing there but it looked like the two girls on the outside section were working extremely hard to try and get round to everyone and didn’t have any backup or support. They looked exhausted from it. I just think a few more staff is all this place needs. I’m a waitress myself and know how hard it is to get everything perfect all the time. Was really impressed with the bartenders though, friendly as anything and helped sort out the tab.
Not impressed with today but will be coming back.
Thank you to The Commons for making our date night so special! Awesome to experience quality dining so close to home.
We will be back again very soon for sure! Every dish was gorgeous!
Thank you again!!!
Visited December 2013
Upon arrival we realised that the restaurant area was closed and we sat outside in the open area. A bit of a shame but probably a misunderstanding. We were given drinks menus and ordered drinks, only to have another staff member provide us with drinks menus, explain the “bar food” and ask for drink orders a few minutes after the first. We were confused and wondered if these snack menu items were all that was provided for dinner.
Finally we were brought some full menus, however these were not the same menus as given to a member of our group the previous night. Following more confusion from our group and the waitress we were told the menu had changed. Options such as a seafood linguine and a salmon tart which some members of our group had been keen on were not on this new menu. We were told the menu had changed since being given a copy of the old menu the previous day. We thought this sounded strange but diligently ordered off this new menu.
While placing our orders we asked the waitress to please give us a gap between the clearing of the starters and bringing out the mains so as not to rush this special occasion. She replied that she would delay putting in the order for the mains until she had cleared our starters. Perfect.
The starters were tasty, however before all starter plates had been cleared our mains started appearing – exactly what we had requested not happen. After voicing our disappointment we tucked in. The portions were generally underwhelming given it was dinner, particularly the coconut prawnMores which featured 6 prawns on a very small pile of salad. Bottles of wine were ordered and failed to appear quickly.
As we left The Commons I glanced at the menu stand at the door and saw that the very menu we were given the previous day, the one we were told had been changed, was on display at the door.
We had an enjoyable evening thanks to the company however the experience was tainted predominantly by the staff. After reading numerous positive reviews, upon which I had based the decision to spend my birthday dinner at The Commons, I was highly disappointed. It may have been a Sunday but The Commons should avoid resting on its laurels and pick up its game.
Please don’t serve fish if a. It’s not fresh and b. it’s overcooked.
And when it’s mentioned please don’t make us feel the fault is ours.
Lovely wait staff – attentive and friendly service.
I indulged in their dessert: the “Beetroot Coral – cassia bark cheesecake, burnt palm sugar icecream, cinnamon sable, beetroot and raspberry sorbet” Which was very very tasty.
The service was outstanding – the waitress was very attentive all night but in no way intrusive. She was friendly and courteous and we felt that if the food lived up to the same level then we were in for a treat, which we were. The food was divine. The mains were delicious and the desserts a treat. I had dined here previously when it first opened but my husband hadn’t, so i was eagerly awaiting to see his reaction to the food as its really a bit of a surprise to see exactly how its presented – and i wasn’t disappointed, he loved it.
We have a birthday celebration coming up for someone who hasn’t been to the Commons so will be looking at re booking again to show them the wonderful experience we had
The service was the most appalling service I have ever experienced. I got up 5 times to find someone to order more food and drinks. Three staff were hovering at the upstairs bar with 3 tables being served. Perhaps less chatting and more attention to your customers should be a priority $688 dollars later I left feeling totally peeved off!!!!
For those poor souls who have been left in town, with no where to holiday, a Saturday Brunch on the Shore – hey it’s over the BRIDGE – can feel like a holiday treat.
Or so we thought.
Ok, I admit. I’m not longer for the younger demographic. But being addressed as ‘bro’ by the young hipster staff of this restaurant did not make a good first impression. Coffees ordered, and arriving promptly, we were left to peruse the brunch menu.
By no means extensive, but at the same time something for everyone. So we waited for monsieur or mademoiselle wait-person to return to place our order. Perhaps the staff coffee wasn’t strong enough, perhaps the staff hangover(s) were too keen; I really don’t know. And after the 5th attempt to attract one of the waiters, we all decided it was better just to pay for the coffees and search elsewhere for a brunch with more attentive (=awake) staff.
Found it at a different restaurant on Hurstmere Road. They may not have the distressed-architect-designed gaff, or the laggards masquerading as staff, but the service is spot on.
UPDATE: I’ve had a very charming and apologetic email from the manager of this establishment, claiming that it was Queen’s birthday, the A-team wasn’t on duty, still no excuse, take great pride in service &etc&etc, And I’ve looked back over the previous reviews of this Restaurant, and it seems like the same old story: Opens well, food and service excellent, then the usual drop off in both. (the last 4 reviews or so specifically mention the bad service – sighs – good help is sooooo hard to find these days).
Some advice for said manager of The Commons:
What customers (especially REPEAT customers) are looking for is CONSISTENCY, in both service and food. Ideally, good on both counts. At least then we know where we are with the establishment.
Visited June 2013
Our waiter was uninterested, the water tasted like chlorine his response was condescending and rude. A great looking venue but the toilets were unhygenic and no toilet paper, when I told our waiter he was again rude!
We didn’t finish our food or drinks and left very disappointed, would not recommend to anyone.
Thankfully we didn’t – it was just as wonderful as the first visit. Our waitress was very friendly (and not in an over-the-top way), she topped up our wine or water and took our orders at all the right times. The menu is exciting and the food presentation is 10/10.
We’re looking forward to going back soon.
Stick to the beers downstairs in the sun and the food upstairs.
Visited November 2012
Service was good.
The food was beautifully presented. The taste was delicate but to be honest niether of the two dishes I had were bold. There need to be more seasoning – nice to look at but not absolutely WOW to eat.
Nice touch a wee bread roll & there lovely truffle butter. The presentation of the food was gorgeous, freshness & flavours outstanding. I just wish I had time for desert…next time! My only complaint and this is a personal thing is that I wanted a little more seasoning & unfortunately there was none on the table or anywhere to be seen nor was it offered.
Visited October 2012
We went there just a few days after opening but it seemed like everyone was relaxed and did their job well. Comfortable surroundings that don’t demand high standard of dress yet provide high quality fare.