Restaurants

Top Choice French in Wellington

Noble Rot

Noble Rot thinks of itself as a wine bar, but this cosy nook serves some of Wellington's best food, too. A French influence pervades the menu (charcuterie, duck parfait, smoked-cheese souffle, slow-cooked lamb), alo…
Top Choice French in Auckland

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 …
French in Gisborne

Marina Restaurant

One of Gisborne's best restaurants, the Marina offers casual bistro-style lunches and formal fine-dining dinners, all with a Gallic accent. The building itself is lovely – an old white weatherboard boathouse by the …
French in Wanaka

Bistro Gentil

Far removed from the madding crowd, with fabulous NZ art and delicious modern French cuisine, Gentil ticks plenty of boxes for a memorable night out. The self-serve wine machine feels a little too vending machine, b…
French in Whitianga

Poivre & Sel

This Mediterranean-style villa – complete with a garden shaded by palm trees – is the most stylish eatery in town. Local Coromandel seafood and NZ produce shines with French flavours – try the bouillabaisse seafood …
French in Dunedin

Two Chefs Bistro

French bistro dishes flirt with Asian and North African flavours on the plate, while high ceilings and dark wood conjure up a romantic ambience. Serves are small, but at least you'll be able to save room for one of …
French in Wellington

Jano Bistro

Unexpected little Jano crops up on a bleak, windy stretch of Willis St – a small, yellow 1880s cottage with a herb garden out the front and buckets of charm inside. Shuffle past the fireplace and up the stairs to th…
French in Akaroa

Trading Rooms

Decked out in francophile dark timbers and burgundy, this is an atmospheric spot to linger over a refined meal. French cuisine such as snails and cassoulet dominate, although at lunch the Gallic guard drops a little…
French in Akaroa

Little Bistro

A decent bet for refined food, this place serves a classic bistro-style menu featuring local seafood, South Island wines and Canterbury craft beers. The menu changes seasonally, but usually includes favourites such …
French in Mangawhai

Frog & Kiwi

This relaxed eatery does a mixture of French and Kiwi cafe fare by day and more refined French classics at night. A five-course degustation menu (with/without wine matches $119/93) is also available, but you'll need…