Unbeatable views paired with the ultimate fine-dining experiences make Auckland the perfect spot for worldly cuisines.
Auckland is sprinkled with top restaurants boasting seafood and extensive wine-lists. Enhance your dining experience with our suggestions below.
Auckland’s best restaurants and bars
Sidart’s chef aims to create “innovative and inspirational” dishes. The menu is constantly changing using fresh and unusual ingredients to deliver the ultimate fine-dining experience. Five and nine course options are available with wine pairings for an evening of luxury.
Three Lamps Plaza, 283 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
If you’re looking for luxurious views that can’t be beat, then Sails is for you. The wine list includes rare vintages from New Zealand with over 200 wines to pick from and sommeliers to help you choose.
103-113 Westhaven Dr, Westhaven Marina, Auckland
The French Cafe
The French Cafe has been named one of the world’s top ten restaurants. Its holistic approach and chic design will treat you to a meal of intricate tastes.
210 Symonds Street, Auckland
This elegant yet relaxed restaurant with courtyard seating was named one of Auckland’s top 50 restaurants by Metro Peugeot. It’s housed in an old chocolate factory and promises professionalism and pleasure – with a dessert menu that is bound to finish the occasion perfectly!
91 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell
You’ll find an oyster bar accompanied with other creative dishes at this industrial-chic spot. No reservations are taken but small dishes are shared around the table for a quick eat. The food is cooked over charcoal and hardwood to give an extra bit of flavour which pairs perfectly with Depot Eatery’s sophisticated wine list.
86 Federal Street, Auckland
People don’t just head to The Basement for a drink, they come here for a show. The Basement is packed with local artists (including dancers, musicians, comedians and poets), with many showcasing their work for the first time. Be entertained while supporting local art.
Wellesley Street, Auckland
Cassette Nine is famous for its teapot cocktails, which are made to share. The restaurant offers a wide selection of spirits and beers from around the world with an extensive cocktail and wine list. This live music venue attracts travellers and locals alike and aims to entertain you every night of the week. If it suits, be sure to attend one of the bingo nights!
9 Vulcan Lane, Auckland
Food tours and cooking classes
With wine and food aplenty, Auckland is the ultimate food destination to try a food tour and tastings.