It’s a question we get asked all the time. Where should I be eating in Auckland right now? If you’ve thought that recently, you’ve come to the right place.
The best restaurants in Auckland, handpicked by our local food editor. Places that, yes, have great food, but more importantly will also guarantee you a good time. They might have a killer soundtrack, a cool room, or just really kick-ass service. Or dishes that go beyond excellent but make you smile, too. And all at the right price. Which doesn’t necessarily mean cheap, but definitely means value for money.
In short, the best restaurants, at every price point, across Auckland.
Dine in the courtyard, at the bar by the fire, or at the bistro-style tables inside, the traditional Italian food is always made from the best fresh local produce.
The wine list is stacked with the best value New Zealand and international producers and, of course, the service is consistently good wherever you are sitting.
At Sidart they believe in showcasing the best seasonal New Zealand produce. Progressive Indian flavours are married with contemporary cooking techniques to provide diners with an elevated experience. They pride ourselves in offering warm, personable service. The wine list features some of the best regional vineyards of NZ and offers a selection of recognised and eclectic producers internationally.
Clooney’s cuisine is based on New Zealand grown ingredients and their regional diversity. They create dishes with them through techniques and influences from around the world in ways that embody progression and purpose.
They entertain with fine food and personable service that imparts knowledge and storytelling.
Designed by Leslie, The menu is all about simplicity and quality.
By sourcing produce that is sustainable and free-range, it enables them to deliver the best possible experience for there guests.
At restaurants in Lebanon, guests will sit down and simply say ‘Bring’ (in Arabic ‘Jeeb’) and food will follow. At Gemmayze Street we offer the same experience.
Located amid the restored heritage architecture of St Kevins Arcade, Gemmayze St presents a modern and stylish update on traditional Lebanese cuisine. Delicate mint, orange blossom and rosewater cocktails are prepared at the beaten-copper bar, while shared tables encourage lots of sociable dining on meze and expertly grilled meats.
Sid at The French cafe serves modern NZ cuisine by Chef Sid Sahrawat.
The entire ethos behind Sid at The French Café is one that embodies the essence of hospitality. Accepting of all who cross their Symonds Street threshold.
Sid and Chand Sahrawat are cultivating an atmosphere where fine-dining feels friendly, and the emphasis is on simply enjoying all that the food has to offer.
The perfect place to drop in and refuel. It’s chef Al Brown’s place and reflects perfectly his attitude towards food: in season, beautifully cooked, to be enjoyed with friends. Al’s joined by Andrew Mackle & Ed Baillieu in the kitchen and Lauren Coleman & Alex Shepherd out the front.
Most of the cooking is over charcoal or hard wood so there’s a real succulence to the flavours. Order a selection of small plates and pass them round. Try the freshly shucked oysters. Then there’s the wine list – small, but perfectly formed, with many of Al’s top picks.
This exciting Japanese robata restaurant and bar is located in the Federal Street dining precinct. MASU brings atmosphere, passion and a contemporary twist to the traditional robata style of cooking over an open charcoal grill.
The Grove serves modern New Zealand food with a French twist offering degustation dining that changes frequently with seasonality and market availability. Offering full vegetarian and vegan options that can accommodate any dietary requirement.
10. One Tree Grill
Consistently ranked as one of Auckland’s top ten restaurants, One Tree Grill is a relaxed, upmarket suburban bistro where fine wine and outstanding food meet. We blend uncompromising quality with exceptional service – all without the unnecessary formality often associated with this style of dining.