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Top 12 Auckland Restaurants with a View Your IG Feed Will Love

Top 12 Auckland Restaurants with a View Your IG Feed Will Love

Living around the Central Business District, the views are starting to become the same. If not the faces of strangers, it’s always a skyscraper that just popped out of nowhere!

Now hungry for restaurants with a view, I’ve decided to curate a list that features some personal favorites from locals, friends, and fellow bloggers I trust. 

Whether you’re craving waterfront vibes or want to soak up the city skyline, we have spots that serve up both mouthwatering dishes and stunning views. Some of which will have you wondering why you haven’t visited sooner. Let’s check them out!

The Sugar Club


Address: Corner of Federal and Victoria Streets, Level 53, Sky Tower, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 9 363 6365

Operating hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Cuisine Type: Fusion cuisine

Price: $$$

Perched atop Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower, The Sugar Club offers an unforgettable dining experience with jaw-dropping views. Picture yourself enjoying a meal while taking in the stunning sights of Central Auckland.

From up here, you can soak in the city skyline and the serene Hauraki Gulf waters. On clear days, you’ll even catch glimpses of the Leigh Peninsula, Waitakere Ranges, Bombay Hills, and Great Barrier Island.

This award-winning restaurant boasts both a dining room and a bar, providing guests with diverse options for their culinary journey. 

Whether you go for the set menus or pick dishes à la carte, you’re in for a treat. They serve up bold flavors like crayfish, beef carpaccio, wild venison, and jasmine ice cream with bee pollen!

Now, while The Sugar Club’s prices may lean towards the higher end, the experience justifies the cost. It’s the ultimate destination for those seeking a thrilling (and visually stunning) culinary adventure.

Marina Cantina


Address: 1 Ara-Tai Road, Half Moon Bay, Auckland 2012, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 9 535 2276

Operating hours: Monday – Wednesday, Sunday: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Thursday – Saturday: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Cuisine Type: Mexican

Price: $$

Exploring East Auckland is a blast, especially with its stunning beaches and diverse dining spots. Among the gems is Marina Cantina, where Mexican flavors meet seaside charm. 

Located by Half Moon Bay Marina, it’s a feast for the eyes, with views stretching towards the CBD and the tempting promise of Waiheke adventures just a ferry ride away. 

Against the backdrop of Buckland’s Beach, Marina Cantina serves up a fiesta of flavors. Think zesty Jalapeño fried chicken, chicken tinga taquitos, and mouthwatering pulled pork-loaded waffle fries. 

On top of that, their taco selection, including the latest specialty offerings, promises something for every craving. 

For drinks, they have margaritas on tap, tequila-infused cocktails, and fruit-filled sangria – all perfect for lazy afternoons by the sea. 

Also, mark your calendar for Sundays – it’s Sangria Sundays at Marina Cantina, where you can sip on a jug of sangria all day long for just 20 bucks!

Parasol and Swing


Address: 7/204 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand 

Contact details: +64 9 366 3948

Operating hours: Monday – Wednesday, Sunday: 12:00 PM – 1:00 AM | Thursday: 12:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Friday – Saturday: 12:00 AM – 3:00 AM

Cuisine Type: American-style cuisine

Price: $$

If you’re up for some boozy fun and good eats by the Auckland waterfront, check out Parasol and Swing in Viaduct. It’s the go-to spot for a taste of New Zealand seafood and some killer drinks.

Here’s the lowdown: the spot boasts a splendid open-air veranda where you can chill, catch some views of Auckland Harbour and the lively Viaduct Strip below. Imagine being here while sipping on one of their famous cocktails. 

And the cherry on top? You can enjoy your favorite burgers, fries, or salads while you’re at it, in case seafood isn’t your preference.

Just a heads up, though, you have to book ahead – this place gets busy! Check out their website to snag your spot for the day you’re eyeing.

Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant


Address: 126 Church Bay Road, Oneroa, Waiheke Island 1971, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 9 372 9050

Operating hours: Monday – Friday: 11:00 AM – 9:30 PM | Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM

Cuisine Type: New Zealand cuisine

Price: $$$

These days, Mudbrick is known as one of the best spots in town for killer views, whether you’re there for brunch or soaking in the evening lights.

Here, you’re spoiled for choice. Opt for their flagship Mudbrick restaurant, where you can enjoy various options ranging from à la carte to degustation menus, like the King Ora Salmon Tataki and Golden Kumara Quinoa.

Alternatively, you can kick back in their modern bistro, The Archive, which serves up island-inspired delights.

No matter where you end up, both places offer panoramic views of the sparkling waters of the Hauraki Gulf and the Auckland city skyline. 

Reservations are a must for both the restaurant and the bistro. But once you have that sorted, the only other thing to consider is bringing along a bit of extra cash – Mudbrick’s on the pricier side, but hey, you’re paying for the experience, right?

Orbit 360° Dining


Address: 72 – 78 Victoria Street West Level 52, Sky Tower, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 9 363 6000

Operating hours: Monday – Thursday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Friday – Sunday: 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Cuisine Type: New Zealand cuisine

Price: $$$

Down below the Sugar Club in the Sky Tower, you’ll find Orbit 360 Dining, a spot you need to hit up if you can’t get enough of tasty food and killer views. They’re all about local produce, serving up a menu packed with Kiwi-inspired dishes. 

But what’s great is that they are always switching things up with new seasonal offerings. But let’s talk about the real deal – you’ll be chowing down while taking in epic views of the Hauraki Gulf and the city skyline.

Orbit 360 Dining is the only joint in New Zealand that gives you a full 360-degree spin while you dine, making it a total must-try!

Pro tip: book your spot early (reservations are a must through their website) so you can get one of those prime window seats. You won’t want to miss out on those epic views!

Oyster and Chop


Address: Market Place, Viaduct, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 9 377 0125

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM

Cuisine Type: Seafood and European-style steakhouse

Price: $$$

Tucked away in Auckland’s vibrant Viaduct, Oyster and Chop lives up to its name with a bang. 

Every table boasts awesome water views, whether you’re wining and dining with clients, marking a special occasion or enjoying a romantic dinner for two.

Sure, a killer seafood menu takes center stage here (with oysters stealing the show, naturally), but don’t worry if fish isn’t your thing. You’ll find a mix of local favorites and European-inspired dishes too that are downright delicious.

Plus, those juicy steaks are also on the menu, cooked just right and perfectly paired with the top-notch drinks on offer.

Another bonus – happy hour happens every day from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. That means you can score some famous $2 oysters along with amazing drink deals!

De Fontein


Address: 79 Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay, Auckland 1071, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 9 578 3327

Operating hours: Monday – Wednesday: 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM | Thursday: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM | Friday: 11:30 AM – 12:00 AM | Saturday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM | Sunday: 11:00 AM – 10:300 PM

Cuisine Type: Belgian cuisine

Price: $$

The awesome view from Mission Bay Promenade is just one of the things that makes Auckland special, and so is the funky pink Belgian restaurant, De Fontein. This place serves up authentic Belgian cuisine and awesome beers with a side of seaside vibes.

When you dine here, be sure to request a table on the rooftop terrace, where you can soak in the bustling atmosphere. Take in the sight of the extinct Rangitoto volcano across the ocean or observe paddle-boarders along the beach.

As per their food, take your time browsing their beer and wine menu before diving into options like oysters, mussels, steak, or a sharing platter for your group.

And if you want to save a couple of dollars, their mussels are half-priced every Monday. Take note whenever you’re hungry for seafood!

The Lula Inn 


Address: 149 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 9 365 2690

Operating hours: Monday – Tuesday: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Wednesday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Thursday: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Friday: 12:00 PM – 2:00 AM | Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 AM | Sunday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Cuisine Type: Kiwi cuisine (incorporates fresh, local New Zealand produce, seafood, and classic dishes with a Kiwi twist)

Price: $$

The Lula Inn is a hot spot in Auckland known for its endless brunch, late-night tunes, and fantastic views of the harbor. This place goes all out with its tropical vibes, decked out with lush plants and fresh island ingredients. 

It’s right by the water, giving you front-row seats to Auckland’s stunning harbor. Inside, it’s like stepping into a tropical getaway– they even have a deck over the water, which is the only one in Auckland, by the way.

Pair that ambiance with their menu full of island-inspired dishes like coconut turmeric curry, ika maka, and crispy potato skins, and you’re in for a treat. And don’t forget to wash it down with one of their tiki cocktails!

Come nighttime, the vibe gets even better. Sip on an espresso martini or one of their signature mocktails while you soak in the sea views – it’s paradise right in downtown Auckland.

The Conservatory


Address: E1/17 Jellicoe Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 9 307 2222

Operating hours: Monday – Wednesday: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM | Thursday: 11:30 AM – 11:00 PM | Friday – Sunday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Cuisine Type: Modern European cuisine

Price: $$

Right along North Wharf stands The Conservatory, a trendy spot blending European cuisine with a lively wine and cocktail bar scene. Originally designed to offer a relaxed dining experience, it’s easily one of the most inviting joints in town. 

Here, dining is all about slowing down and enjoying the moment. Sink into their comfy seats, lean back, and take in the awesome Waitemata view while you munch away. 

Their menu is packed with options to please any palate, from classic pizzas and juicy burgers to tasty snacks and sharing platters. And you can’t forget about their killer cocktail and mocktail selection – it’s the cherry on top of an already awesome dining experience.

Botswana Butchery


Address: Ferry Building 99 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 9 307 6966

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 12:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Cuisine Type: Fusion of European, New Zealand, and contemporary cuisine

Price: $$$

Nestled inside the Auckland Ferry Building, Botswana Butchery brings a taste of the southern vibe right into the heart of Auckland City. They’re all about giving guests a fun and innovative dining experience, mixing up the best local produce, location, and wine. 

The dining hall itself is pretty grand, but when you throw in those killer views of the blue water through the huge windows, it’s next level. And if you’re into chilling outdoors, their laid-back dining area lets you kick back and watch boats go by.

What awaits you here is a menu dominated by meat dishes – all served in a fancy setting that’s perfect for a special night out. From their fancy Carrara Wagyu Scotch Fillet to the Confit Duck and Venison Carpaccio, you have plenty to choose from. 

There’s also their extensive wine list, which features selections from organic or biodynamic farming. Well, they pretty much pair perfectly with their top-notch dishes.

Just a heads up, prices here can be on the higher side, like most fancy places in the area. And make sure to book ahead to secure your spot and enjoy all that Botswana Butchery has in store.



Address: 1 Ara-Tai Road, Half Moon Bay, Auckland 2012, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 9 533 0950

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Cuisine Type: Seafood and modern kiwi

Price: $$

views that seem almost too good to be true. Here, you can dive into their legendary seafood platter while soaking in the breathtaking blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean. 

For the full ocean experience, snag a seat at one of their outdoor tables and savor the fine wines on offer.

Grangers offers a delectable selection including fish and chips (arguably one of the best in New Zealand!), steamed mussels, fried fish, and hearty chowder for those cooler evenings. 

If you’re looking to spice up your Friday nights, they have you covered as well. Head over for their DJ session starting at 8:00 PM until late and kick off the weekend with friends.



Address: 103-113 Westhaven Drive, St Marys Bay, Auckland 1144, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 9 378 9890

Operating hours: Wednesday: 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM | Thursday, Friday, and Sunday: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM and 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM | Saturday: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Cuisine Type: Seafood

Price: $$$

One of Westhaven’s finest dining spots, Sails boasts incredible waterfront views and an impressive seafood menu.

They pride themselves on offering upscale, contemporary surf ‘n’ turf dishes, featuring delicacies like cured king salmon, spiced calamari, breaded scallops, prawns, and much more. And yes, you get to enjoy these within a sleek space overlooking Westhaven Marina.

Additionally, as night falls, the waters come alive with dazzling lights, creating a stunning ambiance that complements the restaurant’s one-of-a-kind wine selection. It’s a great spot for a romantic date with its upscale atmosphere.