Tue-Sat: 5pm - late
- Full Bar
Making the most of secondary cuts and unloved vegetables, Culprit works their magic on the forgotten produce of commercial kitchens. Exposed beams and a leather decor, mixed with their elusive doorway on Wyndham Street, gives the venue a unique speakeasy atmosphere. Expand your palette with dishes such as the pig jowl, chicken liver, and goat shoulder.
Great food great vibes
A great evening was had by all of our group, fantastic for a larger group! Service, wine and food was top notch, highly recommend.
Thank you SO MUCH for a wonderful evening. My partner and I were completely blown away by the atmosphere and attentive service we received. As someone with a complicated set of dietary requirements I was super impressed with the way you managed to whip me up some phenomenal alternatives. It's now clear why you're named 'Culprit'- you're guilty... of being AWESOME.
As usual, everything was up to your high standard. Food was interesting and beautifully presented. I enjoyed every dish and I can never pass up the opportunity to order the Ugly Carrot. Service was low key and helpful.
Loved the food, ambience and service by Culprit. Hospitable and overall amazing setup. Thanks for the night.
Much anticipated first visit to Culprit, exceeded expectations, dishes were divine and the wine matching excellent. Will be back to try and trolley service and also lunch! Many thanks everyone for a highly memorable birthday dinner.
The duck and lamb mains were incredible but the vegetarian option was seriously lacking. We had two vegetarians in our party and they were disappointed in the 2 flowers they received, especially comparing between the meat mains. The other vegetarian dishes were also lacking in substance, and just felt like knocks off of the meat version. A disappointment considering they are the same price. We also had a large party next to us who were incredibly loud, to the point we gave up talking in our group because we couldn't hear each other. This isn't on Culprit but maybe think about putting some sound damping in the ceiling so the sound doesn't bounce everywhere. It was a nice evening in the end but I doubt we will be returning. Thanks
Service on the whole was awesome but there were slight delays in bringing out the wine match for two courses. In saying that the staff rectified it quickly and professionally. The food and wine match was superb and the nightcap at Little Culprit was awesome with more great service. We’ll happily come back - intending to bring overseas visitors to experience Epic Culprit (when we get a chance🤣)
Only had the trolley foods and a few sides but it was great to be back dining in Culprit and trying a few new dishes and enjoying some old favourites. Don't ever take the burnt brussell sprouts off the menu!! We made a special request but with Kyle away and the kitchen busy we didn't quite there. Best dish = asparagus marmite Biggest disappointment = jet planes
Trolley Service (in the style of a chinese yum cha) is highly recommended, bite size morsels of flavour but enough that you can get your fill by the end of an evening, especially with a few wines. Great seasonal dishes and if there are any that you like you can keep getting it ie Asparagus and marmite, sounds intriguing and absolutely delicious.
Great, creative food. Lovely staff. We’ll be back.
Absolutely adored our experience here from start to finish, the most beautiful food presented in fun, eclectic ways and awesome music to boot! Can’t wait to return.
Hey team - me and my friend had the nicest dinner the other night and also a great nightcap at little culprit- amazing food, amazing service and really lovely staff. Thank you so much!
You were recommended by a friend. We went for my wife's birthday with two others. The food and service we're amazing. Your staff are knowledge, professional and personable. We really enjoyed the flavours and felt the menu was diverse and exciting.( My mum could learn a thing or two from the brussel sprouts!) We found the menus difficult to read because of the lighting but then the bathroom lighting seemed poorly designed as the strip light is blindingly in your face. We don't go to dinner to review the bathrooms and it definitely didn't detract from the meal. Overall it was an excellent evening. Thanks to your chefs and staff!
Sad you had run out of fish but very happy
Great service and food. We'll definitely dine here again.
Fantastic food and service
Great first experience - we were here for Restaurant Month, really good value!
Great to have a place to go that that has a changing and innovative menu for something different and unpretentious. Great service from everyone. Definitely recommend the Trolley Service Menu....when it comes back.
Excellent service, food and drinks list. Highly recommended
Culprit is by far my new central Auckland fave! It was such a great experience from start to finish. We had the $40 Jet Set menu, it was the only one available for a booking at that time, but it was phenomenal! We were so impressed with the thought and detail put into the ‘airplane food’ inspired menu. Also, the decor and atmosphere was modern but cosy, felt like home. All of the staff were so welcoming and professional! So thank you Culprit for an amazing experience, we’ll definitely be back!
This was a last minute booking at a place I’d heard very little about. What a fantastic surprise . My husband and I enjoyed our meal and evening so much. There wasn’t a single thing I would change. We’ve already recommended it to family who are looking for a special occasion dinner venue.
Hi team, a friend and I ate at Culprit last week having purchased the eat local vouchers prior to lockdown. We were both blown away by how delicious and innovative the food was... we had the jet set menu and thought it was clever, fun, different and also so freaking yummy. We eat out a lot but somehow had not been to Culprit before. But we enjoyed it so much we have already booked to come to the shep collab. I don;t normally post feedback but I feel like hospo is probably pretty tough right now so I wanted to say how much we'd enjoyed it and I've already recommended the restaurant to several friends. lots of aroha to you.
We had the restaurant month menu, it was fantastic. As always some of the combinations challenged us but we have learnt to trust the chefs and every dish was superb. The service was also prompt and friendly, couldn't ask for anything better!
Had the Jet Set menu. Awesome ‘Melt in the mouth’ braised lamb neck and I’m told the fish was also lovely. Cool idea of airplane trolley service. Wait staff were friendly and we had good service. A good price and a lovely evening out.