Auckland’s cuisine is inventive and incredibly diverse representing the multitude of cultures that make up its population. There are many seafood restaurants around due to the coastal location of Auckland. This means the city always has a wealth of fresh seafood at its disposal.
Tipping is not expected however if you feel you have received very good service, it is appropriate to tip 10 percent of the bill in a restaurant (but not in a counter-service café).
Harbourside is a chic restaurant with stunning views and delicious seafood. Enjoy the freshest of New Zealand’s seafood with relaxed à la carte dining, inside or outside on the sheltered balcony with breathtaking views.
Top New Zealand chef, Peter Gordon returns to his roots to establish this superb restaurant serving enchanting International fusion creations, unique blend of Asian, Pacific and traditional European cuisine. A private dining room is also available.
Orbit Restaurant offers a superb views of the city, 190 metres above the ground. The restaurant is situated at the top of the SkyTower building and the dining room rotates once every hour.
The restaurant is situated in the heart of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest marina, Westhaven, so every table looks out over thousands of yachts. A luxurious interior compliments the breathtaking views in this award-winning restaurant.
Gion Japanese Restaurant
This is a stylish, chic restaurant in the trendy Parnell area. Traditional sushi and inventive Japanese cuisine is served here. On the menu you will find dishes like squid ring tempura, beef teriyaki and salmon sashimi.
Top Auckland chef and restaurateur Judith Tabron is the owner of the Viaduct’s most successful ventures. Soul’s open air style dining is very popular for local business luncheons and international guests alike. Tabron’s signature treatment of fish is the highlight at Soul, offering hapuku, scampi, South Island salmon, snapper, yellowfin tuna and flounder cooked four ways.
The French Café
The French Café is consistently rated as the best fine dining restaurant in Auckland. The décor is intimate and sophisticated, and the food demonstrates owner and chef Simon Wright’s total dedication to detail and quality. Contemporary European cuisine with fresh New Zealand ingredients and the wine list encompasses the best local labels as well as fine French wines. Overall, this is Auckland fine dining at its best.
The Engine Room
The Engine Room, on Auckland’s Northcote Point, is a modern European restaurant set in a classic art deco building. The food is a blend of international peasant cuisines, modern bistro and revisited bistro classics. The local restaurant was the supreme winner of the 2007 Metro Restaurant of the Year awards.
The first Italian restaurant in Auckland where tradition became a solid fusion with the modern Italian cuisine of Italy. Toto conjures up an elegant spacious ambience with its white plastered walls, iron framed windowpanes and stylish black candelabra.
Live opera is hosted in the restaurant every Saturday evenings.
Tony and Beth Astle have been running Antoine’s since 1973, and have earned the distinction of having owned and operated the longest running restaurant in New Zealand! Antoine’s provides the silver service with a modern approach and has a Nostalgia menu with long-time favourites and a weekly changing menu featuring modern New Zealand cuisine with French and Asian overtones, as well as seasonal New Zealand specialities.
Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant
The authentic tasty Thai food and the friendly service is what attract both locals and tourists to visit the restaurant. It is located in a cosy courtyard, down a small alley in Parnell. The fresh food is beautifully presented and make sure to get here with an empty stomach since the staff serves good sized portions.
Take a culinary journey of flavours and colours at this Indian restaurant. In fact Oh Calcutta has been the winner of a number of Auckland Restaurant awards; one of them is "METRO'S Top 50 Best Asian Restaurants year 2008".
This restaurant is beautifully located on Waiheke Island and famous for its ambience, fine food and wines. Here you can indulge in Spanish food like tapas and Casita Miro is all about shared dining 'raciones´- the perfect social dining experience.
Sun World Chinese Restaurant
If you are craving for authentic Hong Kong cuisine then this restaurant might be the right place for you. The atmosphere can be described as lively and cater for up to 200 guests. The friendly staff serves fabulous dim sum, various seafood and meat dishes.
Tony's Lord Nelson Restaurant
Lord Nelson started as a simple kiwi steakhouse about 35 years ago and has expanded ever since. This popular restaurant serves some of the best steaks in town but also offers fresh seafood, lamb, venison and chicken. The attentive staff serves big portion so make sure to get here with an empty stomach.