Auckland Restaurants

Princes Wharf and adjoining Viaduct Quay, an easy stroll from the city's major thoroughfare, Queen Street, offer dozens of eateries in every style from cheap-and-cheerful to superposh. High Street, running parallel to Queen Street on the Albert Park side of town, is a busy café and restaurant strip. Vulcan Lane, between Queen an
Princes Wharf and adjoining Viaduct Quay, an easy stroll from the city's major thoroughfare, Queen Street, offer dozens of eateries in every style from cheap-and-cheerful to superposh. High Street, running parallel to Queen Street on the Albert Park side of town, is a b
Princes Wharf and adjoining Viaduct Quay, an easy stroll from the city's major thoroughfare, Queen Street, offer dozens

Princes Wharf and adjoining Viaduct Quay, an easy stroll from the city's major thoroughfare, Queen Street, offer dozens of eateries in every style from cheap-and-cheerful to superposh. High Street, running parallel to Queen Street on the Albert Park side of town, is a busy café and restaurant strip. Vulcan Lane, between Queen and High streets, has some pleasant bars. Asian immigrants have created a market for a slew of cheap noodle and sushi bars throughout the inner city; the more crowded, the better.

Outside the city center, the top restaurant areas are a 10-minute bus or cab ride away on Ponsonby and Parnell roads. Dominion and Mt. Eden roads in the city, as well as Hurstmere Road in the seaside suburb of Takapuna (just over the Harbour Bridge) are also worth exploring with the creation of a dining precinct called The Commons. The mix is eclectic—Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, and Thai eateries sit alongside casual taverns, pizzerias, and high-end restaurants.

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  • 1. Antoine's

    $$$$ | Parnell | New Zealand

    Owners Tony and Beth Astle have run this renowned restaurant for more than a quarter century, and it retains a reputation as a place for special...Read More

  • 2. Cibo

    $$$$ | Parnell | New Zealand

    When you are in the mood for really good food without any drama head to Cibo. It's Italian for "good food," and it is apt for this restaurant...Read More

  • 3. Dizengoff

    $$ | Ponsonby | Israeli

    The food is Jewish, though not kosher. The most popular breakfast dish is scrambled eggs and veal sausages with homemade pesto and French bread...Read More

  • 4. Fish

    $$$$ | City Center | New Zealand

    Stylish and smart, this light-filled restaurant with floor-to-ceiling glass looks across the harbor to trendy Devonport and the Bayswater boat...Read More

  • 5. Mecca on the Viaduct

    $$$$ | City Center | New Zealand

    It's buzzy and busy and in the heart of the Viaduct, downtown on the water. Mecca serves New Zealand cuisine with a Middle Eastern twist. Open...Read More

  • 6. Merediths

    $$$$ | Mt. Eden | New Zealand

    A fixture in Auckland's dining landscape, this degustation-menu-only restaurant serves sublime food. Six-course, eight-course, nine-course,...Read More

  • 7. O'Connell Street Bistro

    $$$$ | City Center | New Zealand

    This former bank vault, on one of the city's fashionable backstreets, has a cozy bar from which you can watch passersby through thin venetian...Read More

  • 8. Prego Restaurant

    $$$ | Ponsonby | Italian

    It's no mean feat being the longest-running restaurant in Ponsonby, where the locals and their guests are fussy. The broad Italian menu includes...Read More

  • 9. Te Whau Vineyard and Café

    $$$$ | Hauraki Gulf Islands | New Zealand

    With a big wine list of the finest New Zealand and international wines, this award-winning restaurant has been described as one of the best...Read More

  • 10. The Food Vault

    $$ | New Zealand

    In the three years since opening in a deserted row of shops, this spot has gone from strength to strength for excellent baking, breakfasts,...Read More

  • 11. The French Café

    $$$$ | City Center | European

    It's not really a café, and it's not strictly French—that aside, it is one of Auckland's best and most consistent restaurants. Simon Wright...Read More

  • 12. Alphabet Bistro

    $$ | Parnell | New Zealand

    Take a table on the sidewalk for a breakfast or brunch that will set you up for the day. Classics such as eggs Benedict and boiled eggs with...Read More

  • 13. Dida's Wine Lounge & Tapas

    $$$ | Ponsonby | Spanish

    In 1941 a grocer's shop stood on this site, run by a Croatian, Joseph Jakicevich, who also made his own wine. Today, three generations on, his...Read More

  • 14. Fred's

    $$ | Ponsonby | New Zealand

    Fred's is a very hip and small joint at the top of one of Auckland's hippest and expensive streets. It serves soda with its own flavorings while...Read More

  • 15. Galbraith's Ale House

    $$ | British

    Brew lovers and Brits craving a taste of home head straight for Keith Galbraith's alehouse, which occupies the former Grafton Library, with...Read More

  • 16. Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill

    $$$$ | City Center | Seafood

    Overlooking the water from the upper level of the restored Ferry Building, this seafood restaurant is an Auckland institution. It serves New...Read More

  • 17. La Zeppa Kitchen and Bar

    $$$ | City Center | Eclectic

    Zeppa is Italian for "wedge," but you won't get the thin end here. Tapas-style dishes are served in this generous warehouselike space that...Read More

  • 18. Manuka

    $$$ | New Zealand

    A corner on Devonport's main street is a good place to people-watch and rest after exploring, and Manuka is a relaxed spot with wooden tables...Read More

  • 19. Mexican Café

    $$$ | City Center | Mexican

    The worn red paint on the steps leading to this lively favorite is a testament to its longevity. It's been serving up great Mexican style food...Read More

  • 20. Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant

    $$$$ | Hauraki Gulf Islands | European

    This is a good place to try wines that never make it to the mainland. The vineyard produces a small portfolio of whites and reds and serves...Read More

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