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Depot Eatery and Oyster Bar, Auckland CBD

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You must order the sliders!! They are the BEST! The other food are great as as well, very clean and the kitchen is open so you can see what they are doing. Friendly staff and great coffee also 👍🏼👍🏼

Visited Depot on Sunday evening for dinner for two and was seated at the bar as it was quite busy. Highly recommend bar seating as the bartenders were excellent hosts and very attentive. The service was 10/10. Strong drinks, and the fish tacos and lamb ribs were mind-blowing. The skirt steak was cooked perfectly medium rare and the fresh clams were the best I've had. Would recommend to friends!

This place is amazing and i definitely want to come back. Tried the meats platter, kingfish sashimi and pork hock. The flavours are amazing and fresh and the service is warm and wonderful. Definitely deserves the praise it gets.

King fish belly with eggplant kasundi is a must try. Oysters are very fresh and definitely worth it. Lamb ribs are nice as well. Potato skins as a side are quite good.

We came here for a quick coffee after dining elsewhere (where we didn’t trust the coffee). Strong and tasty coffee and really friendly service. The shellfish in the cabinet looked stunning so will have to come back here for a more substantial eat in the future. They delivered some complimentary breads and dips to our table even though we indicated we were only there for coffee ... nice one 👍🏼

I've been there on my birthday, have no idea what to order, then asked the bartender to order for us. Everything was perfect, the food, the quantity, the environment etc. The oysters are so fresh, three different kinds of oysters taste different. The tuna and bun dishes are special, a new way to present their favor. Under the sky tower, always full of people. Although it's a little expensive, it worths and will go there again.

This is by far mine and my partners go to place - no matter how long we have to wait. The lamb ribs are out of control as well as the sliders. Have bought the cook book so hopefully I can bring some of these dishes to life at home!

Fantastic. Great food and you get a lot of food. You can’t book in so be prepared to wait or get there by 6pm. Would highly recommend this place. Not suited to children. Attentive service. Only complaint is parking options. Sky city is your closest option but it’s expensive. Have tried four small plates and three large plates on two visits and loved them all. Sugar pie is a wonderful caramel dessert.

Food 7/8 Service 7/7 Value 8/8 Dined here as 2 multiple times. Usually a wait list in the evening. Staff are excellent and kitchen is efficient.

Food was excellent and staff were friendly. The food was so delicious I forgot to take pictures. I am a fan of oysters so it was heavenly for me.  We had Orongo oysters that day which was light in flavor but the taste of sea was a little strong and works perfectly with the onion vinaigrette (I wana steal the recipe :D). The fish slider was the bomb, we ordered two more! The meat board surprised me. I don't normally order meat board but I'm glad I did. Especially loved the pig's head croquettes and rabbit rillettes. Skirt steak was...... go try it yourself. I felt like it was gonna be good whatever I ordered. Definitely going back next time with more people so I can order more.

After reading many reviews on Zomato, my partner and I were so amped to come and try this place out. The ambience was nice and food was amazing. Simple dishes executed perfectly. The flat bread to start off with was warm, toasty and very light with the spiced carrot dip. The oysters and clams were so fresh and sweet! Just perfect to have with a bit of lemon. The vinaigrette was a bit too strong and overpowered the lovely sweetness from the fresh seafood. Would of been good if there was salt and pepper to go with the lemon. The snapper sliders were easily my fave and just FAULTLESS. The fish was so soft and it just melted in my mouth along with he beautiful creamy sauce, butter and texture of the buns. I could eat a dozen of them easily. The potato skins were so crispy and perfectly seasoned. Lastly the lamb rib was AMAZING. A soft, my fork went straight through it. The fat from the meat along with the strong spices tied in so well with the entire dish. Cant wait to come back and try out more dishes and definitely double up on the sliders next time round !!!

The service is poor last night. We did not receive our oysters despite asking the waitresses about it (3 of them). They seem to be too busy greeting friends or something, eventually we had to ask the 4th time from a waiter. During payment, it asks for "Tip"? No thanks! Not deserved until they do the basics.

Depot Eatery And Oyster Bar is, as the name suggests, an outstanding oyster bar and restaurant from chef and restaurateur Al Brown. It’s all about seasonal, simply cooked share plates that are designed to be enjoyed with friends.

I was recommended Depot Eatery by a friend and this place did not disappoint! Attentive servicr and friendly staff who answered all our questions! Favourite dishes were the Potato skins and Squid ink linguine with the clams & chorizo.

Amazing place for casual dining, great food, great service, atmosphere is upbeat, great place for a good hangout drinks and sharing food, highly recommend it!

They serve the best coffee I've had ever. Honestly. Good vibe, the atmosphere was great, I like how you can eat in and out as well. Staff was nice and friendly

This place is amazing! The food is super yummy! We got turbot sliders, whitebait sliders, pork hock, oysters, lamb and potato skins. I definitely recommend the turbot sliders, oysters and potato skins 👍 it was so good we actually ordered two portions of the turbot sliders! We did have to wait a while because this place is super busy, so I defs recommend coming early to get a table :) the service was also super friendly as well :)

It was a good two year anniversary dinner. The proportion was just enough if you have had a big lunch. We ordered 5 oysters, lamb ribs and whitebait slides. I usually don’t eat oysters as they are raw, but tried one yesterday and i was surprised, their lemon and vinegar balanced the oyster very well. Lamb ribs and whitebait were simply amazing.

Had lunch here and we were very impressed. Waiting staff are very nice and very attentive. The whole environment is trendy and cool We’ve ordered the duck which was beautifully cooked and duck liver pate was delicious. Beet salad was very nice and the crispy potato skin was awesome Overall the food was great and very reasonably priced

This place is packed but that is exactly what makes this place enjoyable. The food was phenomenal! My girlfriend and I went here for our 3 year anniversary and fell in love with this restaurant. We ordered oysters, wine, squid pasta with clams and dessert. The food, atmosphere, and service was amazing!

Our very favorite date night / day eats. Definitely have our must order dishes and try out one new item each visit. Sharing meals. So have only ever visited as couple & twice invited an extra. Potato skins & lamb ribs are a must try

I’ve been this restaurant many times since year 2010, excellent dining experience. They serve very unique foods with exceptional taste. Friendly and attentiveness staffs. Only downside is always have to wait for table and foods. All foods we ordered on our last visit was great except the potato skin. Their potato skin was thin and crispy couple years ago but now is like getting thicker and the texture not as good as before. I might not order this dish anymore.

Soooooo good. Been there before at night with some high school buddies. This time we went at lunch, new experience, still VERY good. Love the food!

Everything we ordered was delicious, of such great quality and so fresh! Highy reccomend the oysters, sliders, marrow, skirt steak and the hock! Great food, great vibe and friendly staff

Waited for 20+ min for a table for 3, but their foods have proven worthwhile. My friends and I love every dish and we look forward to our next visit.

I tried to visit Depot a few months ago on my last work trip to Auckland but it was always too busy. Tonight I went early at 530 pm and by 6 pm it was packed. I had the kina cream donuts, the flank steak and the sugar pie. All were very delicious. The service was a bit off, my water wasn't refilled during the meal for example. But the food was outstanding

I was really keen to try The food at The Depot having read good things about it and being an Al's place. We got there at 6pm and the place was full, we left at 10pm and there were 30 plus punters waiting to get in .. On a Tuesday night. Great tapas and even better larger plates. Well created, great flavors, simple but so tasty and everyone commented how good the food was. Take a bow The Depot!

Potato skins, ribs and sliders ate literally perfect. Never order anything different because they are tried and tested deliciousness! Low key but with exceptionally made food.

Beautiful restaurant, really great service. Our server explained the menu beautifully and answered all our questions. The sliders were average, really oily. The skirt steak was DELICIOUS! Tender meat and crunchy onions - amazing 😍. We also decided to order the bone marrow (half portion) to try out, but thought it was pretty average. Bone marrow to bread ratio was off, needed more marrow for the bread! Overall a good experience but nothing revolutionary.

Always the freshest oysters and clams. Been here over 10 times and not once was dissapointed! Favourites are the turbot sliders and skirt steak!

I tried my first raw mussel here. Their mussels were very fresh, all of my friends really enjoyed them. But for me I will go for the grilled ones next time because the texture and the fishy smell of raw mussels are still horrible to me. But I surely enjoyed the lamb ribs and the fish belly. Very tender yet not too oily. The waitress was very attentive and helpful!

Went there last Friday afternoon. Planned to get the August restaurant month deal. Was advised that $40 deal in fact was a mistake. The minimum will be $80 for 2 sets. So we opted to order individual items. We tried some oysters which come with an overpowering sauce. King fish sashimi wasn't cut properly (seems like their knife is blunt). The squid ink linguini was too soft but the clam and the Chorizo sauce is tasty. Also the complimentary pita bread is dry and floury. Vibe is good. But with that money there are other better options.

Love this place! Service is friendly. Impressed with wait times! Enjoy the rustic environment & great advice re: food choices! Can't wait to come back!!

Eat here at least once a month, the food and service it exceptional and consistent every time The potato skins and sliders are my favourite.

I'm a regular at Depot. Have been since the day it opened. What keeps me going back is the food. It's flawless. Everything is always so fresh and just cooked to perfection. It amazes me how the chefs are so consistent. Sliders, skirt steak, pork hock and potato skins are a fav as is the doona at breakfast time. Yum yum yum!

I can literally live off of these sliders. Sliders for breakfast? Yeap Sliders for lunch? Yeap Sliders for dinner? Yeap Sliders for dessert? Yeap That is how goddamn delicious these little bites of heaven are. Perfectly sauced and the fish is always so tender. Every single time I've been here, these sliders are the highlight and never fail to disappoint. The purple sauce they give with the bread is also really interesting and delicious too. The oysters are very fresh and definitely worth a try. The potato skins are delicious as well. In fact every single thing on their menu is delicious. I have had almost 3/4 of their menu and I can say that they have never disappointed me with a dish. Their eggplant kasundi is divine too. If you only go to one restaurant in Auckland, let this be the one. They are always full and don't take bookings so it will pay off to go up early and get in line. They will call you when it's your turn.

So much to love about this place! From the morning coffee with those delicious beignets through to the fresh shellfish, tortillas & pork hock. They do a great coffee & the wine list is varied. Great spot morning, noon or night

Amazing ambience and great atmosphere with very proactive and friendly staff & service. Loved the bone marrow and the carrot and orange dip given as a starter. The burrata could've been done better but wasn't disappointing at all. Overall not a bad place to go.

I love Depot ❤️ their menu changes every day as they serve fresh & different regional oysters. I was amazed to try different oysters in a night. Also there were so many ways to enjoy oysters! Ohh try sliders!! They are addictive.

Great quality food and very good staff. The oysters were great and the pork was delicious. Only complaint is that the stools are a bit uncomfy to sit and eat off. Apart from that I would highly recommend.

Federal Street in the central city is just bursting with foodie delights just waiting to tempt you. Which one will you choose? From Tapas to Japanese to Italian the choices are endless. But how about an oyster bar?. Depot Oyster Bar is the brainchild of chef Al Brown and is a fast paced place to grab a bite. Getting a table is a bit of a challenge but we assure you it is worth the wait. A busy, bustling atmosphere awaits you when you walk in and we suggest you try as much of the menu as you can and share amongst friends.

Apart from being a bit pricy. This place has good food, drinks, and a great atmosphere. The oysters here were perfect and so was all the other food. Nice wheat beer also

If you haven't been to Depot yet, you're missing out. Depot serves high quality, delicious food with great service. Situated in the heart of Auckland city, it's not surprising how busy it gets. It can get very crowded and space is limited, but the food does it justice. Not to hype it up too much but of the times that I have been there, food has never failed. Food is designed to share, so going in a bigger group has an advantage as you just want to have a taste of everything from the menu.  Recommendations: Fish sliders & Pork hock I've also tried the squid ink linguine, charred broccoli, bone marrow, meat board (all delicious!)

If you’re looking for a fantastic dining experience complete with delicious food, brilliant service and a great atmosphere, then head to Depot now!. We were a party of five on a bustling Friday night. It was incredibly busy when we (my sister and I) arrived at 6pm, so we were put on the waiting list. Due to our other friends arriving late, we didn’t sit down until 7.30pm. [Note that your whole group has to arrive before they seat you]. If we were at any other restaurant, we would have left, but this was Depot and we were all dead keen to try it out!

This place never fails me, always amazing food, it's my go to when I just can't think of where to eat. Love the sliders, tua tua, oysters, Hapuka belly, skirt steak, potato skin. The pork hock for me was an average dish the meat is slightly dry. The staff is honest and frank about your orders can always trust them to advise whether if that's enough for your table. They can also customise, the sliders can add an extra or take one away, you can also get half portion of lamb shoulder racks which I think is awesome if you want to taste everything but can't fit it all.

Luckily, we came here accompany a famous HK Gourmet. And Depot is his first stop in this food&wine journey. So you can tell the important status that Depot has occupied. On this sunny afternoon, people rushed into Depot, for a drink, for a relaxing chat, for a bite with the sea essence or like us, for the fresh Oyster. One of the greatest achievement that Al Brown has made is changing the way New Zealander eating raw seafood. Due to his efforts and his foresight, we can have this opportunity to sit here, enjoying piles of shell fish, oyster, raw fish presented beautifully in ice. Walk closer, take a deep breath, breathe in the true flavor coming from the sea, and then make up the mind to savor it all. In terms of civilization, we have made outstanding progress; however, when it comes to food and the way we eat, it is a different story. Sometimes the original primitive way for food brings out the human nature. Isn't it? I think our HK Gourmet Craig couldn't agree more. Sitting down in a long table with little plates in front of him, he asked us to start this taste journey together with him. The Oyster from Tio Piont is definitely a good start. Squeeze drops of lemon juice, a bit of sea salt flakes, then send it directly to mouth. Hmm, here comes the sea breeze from Marlbourgh Sound.  The king fish crudo is another surprise. Pink cuite king fish aroused everybody's appetite. Who wouldn't? Take a bite, the fresh tender texture, with a bit sweet and sour flavor from the lemon was perfect. Blessed that Auckland is a city with seaport, we can enjoy this freshness from sea to table.  Yes, beyond all the sophisticated cooking techniques, best quality fresh food element is the key issue. Depot has presented a right way for people to understand this simple truth.

Always on point. Great food and attentive staff. Make sure you try the Snapper wings, only available during autumn/winter. Turbot sliders and pork hock are also not to be missed too.

This is one of my favourite joint. I adore their clams, services are great and delicious food. Can get busy and waiting time if you are on the waiting list can be a bit of a hit and miss.

Lively atmosphere, friendly and attentive staff, beautiful presentation of the food and my partner loved his oysters. I like how they print the menus every day and their wines were top notch. I had the vintage rosé 2014 and it was beautiful.

Waited well over an hour just to get a table(bar seat) for two, however so worth it. We ordered a plate of lamb ribs, they were not marinated for long enough or just didn't quite hit the spot with a substantial amount of fat (so not really worth the money), however the squid ink and clams are a must try and they flavours are really spot on. The vibe here is bubbling with happiness and is suitable for all occasions. Staff are calm and take the time to help us choose/explain the menu.

Food was delicious when we got it but terrible customer service and a very busy night so they seated us outside in the corner, not sure if this affected us getting food faster or not. We waited for a long time to get our food and then our dessert order was forgotten as well. They made up for it though by putting in another dessert for free. Average experience.

Great food experience with excellent customer service. The staffs are friendly and made sure that we felt welcome. Their crispy pork hock is a must try!. Will definitelly go back.

Wowza. Just had dinner at this trendy bustling little venue and the food was unreal! Had the best beef brisket taco with onion and sour cream that I've ever tasted!!! Had a huge serving of potato skins covered in shaved Parmesan and served with ranch dipping sauce. Little corn on the cob smothered in chili sour cream and Parmesan, these were a winner! And lastly some lamb ribs which were so tender and the fat had caramelised so beautifully. Wonderful food and fantastic friendly service.

Good food. Fast service once order taken though some items missed and had to be asked for twice. Great spot for people watching just hope your waiter or waitress hasn't had a late night before you arrive.

Was inevitably going to give this place a 5/5 because any time I visit a new eatery I compare it to Depot. That must say a lot. I'm in love with you, Depot. Get the lamb ribs, get them.

Delicious! Every single dish left us wanting more. Started with tuatua and oysters which were bursting with freshness and the chardonnay sauce paired with it so well. My friend who wasn't a fan of mussels absolutely loved the Coromandel mussels dish with bacon and croutons. Finally the pork hock was perfection - crispy crackling and juicy, tender meat. Service was fast and friendly. However the place is always packed so be prepared to wait especially if you're in a bigger group.

Enjoyed ciders and light afternoon snacks (late lunch) inside. Friendly, attentive service. Tasty morsels include the fish sliders in very light bread rolls with a citrusy mayo, and grilled peach and prosciutto salad with a tangy balsamic dressing. Depots famous 'sugar pie' to end - best you share unless you want a sugar overdose, tasty nonetheless. Would visit again to try more of the good looking menu options.

The food here is amazing, would 100% recommend. I've been here quite  a few times and I've never been disappointed by anything. The place is definitely too small though.

Came for breakfast after waiting to try this place for months, and the only disappointment is that I came on my last day of my stay in Auckland. Faultless service, and despite not being spoiled for choice the bacon and egg doona was a must. Tasted ten times better than its faultless, simple but appetizing plating! Worth a visit. Wish I had a chance to try their dinner/ lunch menu as well - if it is anything like their breakfast, it will be a definite treat.

A friend recommended eating here and the deli when we were visiting Auckland. Bit of a wait for a table but it was definitely worth it. We had oysters, meat board, sashimi, potato, broccoli, hapuka? fish and beef tacos. Everything was exceptional, dishes were perfectly timed, service was great, can't wait to try the deli now.

I went to Depot on New Year's Eve and it was very busy, but service was still decent and accommodating. I ordered a small NZ meat board. It was all pretty good although I wasn't too sure what everything was, despite the server pointing out each item and having the menu to refer to. It came with lots of mustard and some nice pickles.

I came for dinner with two friends on a Tuesday night. Thankfully we did not have to wait for a table or our food for to long. We came for the oysters and they were delicious! We also ordered the sliders, potato skins, tortillas and grilled peaches. Everything we ordered was so tasty we will definitely be returning again. The customer service was good too.

At over five years of age, Depot is somewhat of a stalwart on the Auckland dining scene. From the stable of NZ celeb chef Al Brown and until recently helmed by Kyle Street (who has gone on to open Culprit on Wyndham St, at the site of the former Black Hoof), it’s casual and cosy, serving up Kiwi inspired seasonal fare. You’ll usually struggle to get a seat, and you can’t book – so best arrive early, put your name down and perhaps pop across to Sky City Casino to try your luck at winning your dinner bill back. We managed to get seated at the bar straight away, and that’s probably your best bet if you’re a table of two. Tables are very much on the cramped side, so unless you’re a larger party you’re not missing out on much by sitting at the bar – the service is pretty friendly there too.

This place would've received a 5/5, however it was just so dam crammed! We were genuinely struggling to fit 4x drinks and one main dish on the table along with our plates. However... The price was well below the quality of food we received! The food here was absolutely on point! I am so skeptical when it comes to seafood, but after trying the Fish Sliders, Squid Ink and Oysters, I was left speechless and my palette was satisfied. We also ordered the Pork dish and the Chicken dishes, both had super delicious crackling (pork was my favourite)! The staff are wonderful, always there to check up on you, suggest good drinks (we went for the Pilsner) and food to order! Well done team! Would definitely bring work teams and friends back here again!

Found this place on the way home when I just moved to Auckland. Absolutely love it. Have been there many times always enjoy the food and the services. Going to miss it when move back to Wellington.

My first time went there with all 8 of us. So I get to try lots of great dishes. Very fast eating restaurants, if you want to sit down and have a long time no see catch up, it's not possible here. I love all of the dishes, especially the tiny fish burgers, oysters, and the ribs. Also of course the dessert pie. I wished the chairs could be a bit more comfortable.

Top notch food ! + adequate service. We knew we were going in for something special from the waiting list on an ordinary weekday evening. Waited around ~20 minutes and were seated right by their open kitchen - highly recommended. Their squid ink linguine was my personal favourite. It was just perfect. Even the bread that came with it was such a lovely texture and was perfect to dip into their sauce. The potato skins were also very good- but slightly greasy Their steak skillet was just perfectly cooked but was not as exciting as the others. And their SUGAR PIE is a must!! Overall, loved your signature dishes and will definitely come back

Top notch food ! + adequate service. We knew we were going in for something special from the waiting list on an ordinary weekday evening. Waited around ~20 minutes and were seated right by their open kitchen - highly recommended. Their squid ink linguine was my personal favourite. It was just perfect. Even the bread that came with it was such a lovely texture and was perfect to dip into their sauce. The potato skins were also very good- but slightly greasy Their steak skillet was just perfectly cooked but was not as exciting as the others. And their SUGAR PIE is a must!! Overall, loved your signature dishes and will definitely come back

Wonderful food. Inventive, fresh and delicious. My favourite place to eat at in the CBD. Decent prices but used to be cheaper. Potato skins are delicious, but too thick for my liking. They were thin and perfect the first time I got them though. The sliders are delicious. The linguine was tasty. Yummy snapper wings. Fresh flavoursome oysters. They have great complimentary pita bread and hummus - which changes frequently in flavour which adds an element of surprise and fun each time we visit.

Wonderful food. Inventive, fresh and delicious. My favourite place to eat at in the CBD. Decent prices but used to be cheaper. Potato skins are delicious, but too thick for my liking. They were thin and perfect the first time I got them though. The sliders are delicious. The linguine was tasty. Yummy snapper wings. Fresh flavoursome oysters. They have great complimentary pita bread and hummus - which changes frequently in flavour which adds an element of surprise and fun each time we visit.

Always busy, this spot is worth the wait for a table. The restaurant doesn't take bookings so take that into account when going. It's best to go in and get your name on the list and grab a drink nearby while you wait for a table. You have to have the freshly shucked Oysters. Also, the Kingfish Sashimi. Be aware that if you go later on in the night, you may miss out on the Sashimi all together as it sells out. A great starter is the Bone Marrow and Bread ?? So buttery and tasty. The bread is cooked on the chargrill and can be a little too 'toasted', but doesn't take away from the fact that you're eating soft delicious marrow. We also had the Beef Brisket Tortillas which were amazingly delicious. Messy to eat but delicious. Great smokey chipotle flavours. Also suggest the skirt steak. You're welcome

Always busy, this spot is worth the wait for a table. The restaurant doesn't take bookings so take that into account when going. It's best to go in and get your name on the list and grab a drink nearby while you wait for a table. You have to have the freshly shucked Oysters. Also, the Kingfish Sashimi. Be aware that if you go later on in the night, you may miss out on the Sashimi all together as it sells out. A great starter is the Bone Marrow and Bread ?? So buttery and tasty. The bread is cooked on the chargrill and can be a little too 'toasted', but doesn't take away from the fact that you're eating soft delicious marrow. We also had the Beef Brisket Tortillas which were amazingly delicious. Messy to eat but delicious. Great smokey chipotle flavours. Also suggest the skirt steak. You're welcome

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86 Federal Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland, 1010
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Depot Eatery and Oyster Bar, Auckland CBD