Auckland restaurants

Top Choice Modern NZ in Ponsonby & Karangahape Rd

Sidart

No one in Auckland produces creative degustations quite like Sid Sahrawat. It's food as art, food as science but, more importantly, food to fire up your taste buds, delight the brain, satisfy the stomach and put a s…
Top Choice Thai in Ponsonby & Karangahape Rd

Saan

Hot in both senses of the word, this super-fashionable restaurant focuses on the fiery cuisine of the Isaan and Lanna regions of northern Thailand. The menu is conveniently sorted from least to most spicy and split …
Top Choice Ice Cream in City Centre & Britomart

Giapo

That there are queues outside this boutique ice-cream shop even in the middle of winter says a lot about the magical confections that it conjures up. Expect elaborate constructions of ice-cream art topped with all m…
Top Choice Lebanese in Ponsonby & Karangahape Rd

Gemmayze St

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 prepar…
Top Choice Japanese in Ponsonby & Karangahape Rd

Azabu

Nikkei cuisine, an exciting blend of Japanese and Peruvian influences, is the focus at Azabu. Amid a dramatic interior enlivened by striking images of Tokyo, standout dishes include the tuna sashimi tostada, Japanes…
Top Choice Indian in City Centre & Britomart

Cassia

Occupying a moodily lit basement, Cassia serves modern Indian food with punch and panache. Start with a pani puri, a bite-sized crispy shell bursting with flavour, before devouring a decadently rich curry. The Delhi…
Top Choice French in Kingsland & Mt Eden

French Cafe

The legendary French Cafe has been rated as one of Auckland’s top restaurants for more than 20 years and it still continues to excel. The cuisine is nominally French-influenced, but chef Simon Wright sneaks in lots …
Italian in City Centre & Britomart

Amano

Rustic Italian influences underpin this bistro-bakery in a repurposed warehouse in Auckland's Britomart precinct, but there's real culinary savvy evident in the open kitchen. Many dishes harness seasonal produce and…
Greek in Ponsonby & Karangahape Rd

Lokanta

Featuring the cuisine of the eastern Mediterranean, unpretentious Lokanta is a laid-back alternative to the more trendy eateries along nearby Ponsonby Rd. Greek and Turkish flavours happily co-exist, and robust Gree…
Asian in Viaduct Harbour & Wynyard Quarter

Hello Beasty

Japanese, Korean and Chinese flavours are all filtered through a fun contemporary vibe near Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. Secure a spot with ocean views, and fill your table with shared plates including steamed bao bu…