7 days a week Mid day until late
- Disabled Access
- Alfresco Dining
About La Zeppa
One of the best inner city bars to indulge in great food & wine around the fireplace
La Zeppa is situated at 33 Drake St Freeman's Bay, directly behind Victoria park market. La Zeppa has the feel of a New York industrial warehouse which has been lovingly transformed into a spacious bar set with wrought iron candelabras, dim lighting on soft brick and a large open fireplace. The music is mastered by local DJs at the weekends; they ensure it is played for their customers each evening, not themselves.
La Zeppa focuses on the fact that people want to enjoy each others company with a great glass of wine and tasty plates, without the constraints of having to book or have a meal at a certain time - it is the ultimate meeting place - a catch up over a glass of wine, a sit down meal or a function for a large group of friends or colleagues.
When you are at La Zeppa anywhere you rest your elbow, your will receive great service, fantastic food, a great wine list and an atmosphere you won't forget.
Great venue and service. The food however was disappointing. The selection was limited and there were some unusual combinationsof flavours. But it did not ruin the evening and our party had a great time.
Unfortunately this was probably one of the worst service experiences I've had for a very long time. I should have known something is not right when the whole place was entirely empty apart from us, one week before Christmas. I invited a group of clients for lunch and was super embarrassed at how poor the service was. The server had no interest in us. We ordered wine which was plonked on the table without the server opening or pouring it, along with 4 glasses - of which 2 were dirty. The plates and water glasses were also just dumped on the corner of the table and we had to distribute these ourselves. The food arrived and admittedly was delicious. Everyone commented that the food was very good, thank you to the chefs. Once the food arrived, I asked if we could please have some serving spoons or forks as it was sharing style and the server argued with me that it's unnecessary because people usually just use their knives and forks to dish up. Probably appropriate for a family or group of close friends, however cross contamination is not so great when entertaining clients. We also ordered tea but there were no tea pots so we got a mug with a bag in it - no milk, sugar or spoons were served. When asking for milk we waited about 15 minutes and then the milk arrived in a paper cup that had been bent so we could pour it because there were apparently no jugs. By then the tea had gone very cold. It's a shame that there were about 4 other staff hanging around with nothing to do (all the tables were empty - not surprisingly!) and yet the service was shocking to say the least.
Great food, very polite and attentive waitress.
This was one of our favourites restaurants. We haven't been for a while. The decor looked tired the platters were not for sharing. We used to love the tapas style. We made a reservation for friends from Ireland who were visiting. We thought it would showcase Auckland but were disappointed. You need to lift your game if we won't be back.
Really a great place to go for a delicious dinner
Friendly Staff as usual with top class service.
friendly service and nice food
Excelent food and Service
Prior communication and support was amazing. Super helpful. Wait staff on the night were great. Food was delicious!
Thank u so much we all had an awesome time staff was awesome and Dj was amazing too would definitely book another birthday there. Thank you so much for a great night 😊
i always enjoy the atmosphere and the locale of la zeppa....its a great spot and would recommend it to others that want a place that offers good vibes and mean sounds...in fact you know where la zeppa is its the only one of the bars playing mean as tunes!!!!
Carley served us and she was excellent. Music was way too loud and not the style of music for that time of day. Food was okay. We eat better food at home. We won't be returning
Really nice location and atmosphere. The music was a little on the loud side- hard to have a conversation around a large table. I liked how the bartender/waiter said goodbye when we left.
Unfortunately even though we pre-booked our main they were still very late and arrived at different times. The waitress also had to be prompted to come and take drinks orders and struggled to distribute the drinks and meals when they were brought to the table.
another great event (Summer Carnival but you kept running out of glsses and it took us awhile to figure out where our booked table was. Other than that, great night.
The portions were really small
We were very dissapointed with quality of drinks and service when we visited. It used to be so much better. The sangrias had no mint and hardly any hint of alcohol and when we mentioned it. Little was done. certainly wont be recommending this place again.
Great food, great area for an after work drink and nibbles.
Amazing food, atmosphere and our waitress was so so good! Knew the menu well and was incredibly helpful. Can’t wait to come back!
Great food, great service , amazing outdoor space and the first table voucher was such an awesome deal! Will definitely be back !!
We went to La Zappa for dinner before a show. The food was excellent (I recommend the sesame encrusted beef kofta) and the place had a really chic vibe. The staff were friendly and helpful, my only complaint would be that all of the dishes we received had not been washed completely - there were lipstick stains on all the water glasses, and dried on food on the serving plates. Despite this, I would still recommend La Zeppa, and would go back again. Cheers.
We had the first table voucher which also meant incredible value. Delicious food, beautiful setting, amazing service. Always a 10/10.
Great place - we will definitely be back with friends. Loved the food, the service and the atmosphere - especially the fire!
Food was great, very nice relaxed atmosphere, service outstanding.