Open Tuesday through Saturday
Three seatings a night 6pm 7pm and 8pm
Now open for lunches Thursday & Friday 12pm-2pm
Culprit is the brainchild of Kyle Street & Jordan MacDonald, formerly of two of Auckland's most renowned eateries on Federal St.
They now bring their take on Yum Cha style service into the heart of Auckland City. Drawing inspiration from their travel & experiences in the US and Europe.
Our food philosophy is to work in collaboration with NZ producers, growers & farmers. For us our menu is about showcasing what they do, keeping it simple, fun, fresh and delicious. Order from our menu of signature dishes and as you wait the chefs will offer up daily seasonal tastes & bites.
It's my new go to casual in Auckland really great food
We love the yum cha style starters. Always so interesting and varied. The mains were the same as our last visit about 6 month's ago, so would have liked a change but overall a very enjoyable experience. Staff are great, knowledgeable and attentive. We'll be back.
Great service and incredible food, especially the yumcha service!
Thanks team for making the night so spectacular. We all loved it and can’t wait to hang out again.
Innovative dining, attentive service and superb tasty creatives menu. The yum cha concept was a great way to explore a wide variety of tastes and new ideas. The pig face was almost indescribably succulent and the flank steak was excellent. The atmosphere added to a great dining experience- we will be back
Great place to have dinner with a group of friends, small or large. The yum cha style entree service was innovative and fun. My only regret is that stomach isn’t bigger. I ran out of room to try more dishes.
Thank you for a fabulous evening. The food was amazing. And, the extra mile you went to to keep the vegetarian happy was superb. We will be back.
The food was truly amazing and the decor superb. However for such great food, the service was a let down. Our assigned waiter somehow paid a lot of attention to other tables but not us. He never came back to ask for my drinks order and had no water refills. Had to stand up to get it ourselves as we were thirsty. When we ask a question, the waiter left and somehow never came back with the answer. Also even when paying we had to wait a good 10 mins to pay as no one was around, even though we were given the bill earlier. Somehow the service seemed cold and unwelcoming. No thank you or sorry for all the waiting.
Culprit is one of my favorite places to eat in Auckland . The food and service are superb.
Had restaurant month menu which was really good especially as I could also some of the a la carte items too. Partner thought the beer selection could have been better. Other than that no issues what so ever. Really good night and delicious food.
Great atmosphere, service and food! would definitely recommend and come back again :)
A fun night. Excellent food served in a very different way. A lovely way to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary.
Would have loved for the duck skin to be crispy, but it was otherwise perfect. Duck fat Brussels amazing. Very good service but really hard to hear when they described the Yum Cha dishes. Can’t wait to try Low brow as well. Thanks for a great night!
Fantastic staff! And of course the food was amazing!
We felt the whole atmosphere very cold. The staff on arrival walked straight past and did not greet us. We had high hopes on the food. I felt it was ok. Nothing stood out to us. We had a selection from Yum Char, and shared a duck for main.Nothing was bad, it was all just decidedly average.
Amazing Auckland Restaurant Month deal! Thank you, loved the food and the atmosphere
We reserved an 8.30 seating and arrived at 8.25. We were told to sit at the bar and eventually seated at 9 pm!! The meals were incredibly slow and drawn out and after waiting 30 mins after the entree we were bought dessert. It was dumped o the tablre and the waiter was off before we could tell him we hadn't received our main! Once we did get someones attention, we had to wait for another 15 minutes until our main arrived. Thr evening was incredibly drawn out and the service was poor and unfriendly. Perhaps it is that we were attending on an Eat Odd Restaurant Week deal, because we felt we were treated like second class citizens.
Went as part of restaurant month- really interesting and delicious food! They were also accommodating for a couple of slight changes to the menu due to being pregnant which was great. Only gave 4 stars for service as they were busy, so drinks didn't come as quickly as we would have liked, but would definitely go back.
Our first time dining at Culprit was a fantastic experience - absolutely delicious food, attentive and speedy service, and a great atmosphere perched at the kitchen bar being able to watch the talented chefs at work. Thank you for a fantastic night, we look forward to dining with you again!
Food was amazing. Was here for the restaurant month deals and that was a very good introduction to this restaurant. Will definitely be coming back with friends and family. Keep it up!
Great service and some wonderful dishes
We were looking forward to our dinner and it was so disappointing. Right from the moment we got there, the staff weren’t interested at all. They seemed totally bored. We had the restaurant month menu which was nice to try different things. The sides portions were tiny, and we were given the same amount for 3 people as a couple next door. I’ve sent spoken to some friends and they also had a bad experience. It’s such a shame as I think the Culprit concept is great, but we won’t be back.
The food was delicious, loved the idea and the style, loved some of the off cuts, like the bone marrow, and pig face. The brussel sprouts were incredible and the Old Bay was a nice taste of home for me.
Very enjoyable evening with friends - great food and an interesting menu.
The food was amazing, the marriage of flavours outstanding. We loved the flank steak and pig's face but the fish portion was too small. The guys are still raving about the oysters and the bone marrow was delicious.