Britomart Precinct on the waterfront in the city centre is home to an array of popular and diverse bars and eateries. Agents + Merchants, Cafe Hanoi, Tyler St Garage, Ebisu, Britomart Country Club, Mexico to name a few. A must visit.
Richmond Rd Cafe318 Richmond Rd, Grey LynnExcellent, laid back, but very high standard caf. Enjoy their great variety of food (their breakfasts are particularly good), their outstanding coffee or their delicious sweet selection, while soaking up the sun on the balcony. Although not being the most central, it is a favourite with the locals, and is therefore regularly busy (particularly during the weekend). Suitable for small business meetings, family breakfasts, or can even be used as a good quiet working space during the day. One Tree Grill Restaurant9-11 Pah Rd (Greenwoods Corner), EpsomPhone: +64 9 625-6407Enjoy outstanding, down-to-earth dining at this iconic restaurant, consistently rated in the top restaurants in Auckland. It specializes in contemporary New Zealand cuisine and offers an outstanding cellared wine list. One Tree Grill offers a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of inner city dining. Since 1996, it has been a staple part of the Auckland restaurant scene, having evolved from their small 40 seat suburban beginnings to the modern, up market restaurant it is today. Enjoy the best of Pacific Rim cuisine in a stylish setting. Outstanding cellared wines, innovative cuisine, thoroughly professional service it offers a complete dining experience where it's the little things that make the difference. SPQR150 Ponsonby RdPhone: +64 9 360-1710Price: Mains $3040Modern Italian cuisine, dimly lit, loud music, great atmosphere, you may feel like you are in New York.
Viaduct Harbour provides upmarket dining, starting at $30 for mains. Whilst this location has some very nice bars and restaurants, be wary of certain restaurants lacking customers and usually very quiet. An example is The V Grill (The Viaduct Grill), where the service is appalling – Chinese staff with bad attitudes and the food is below average. Avoid at all cost.
Deve Bar & Brasserie460 New North Rd, KingslandHas top-notch beef & lamb among others. A relaxed place, and the neighbourhood has other good restaurants, cafs and a couple of bars. Saika Japanese TakeawayElliott StHours: 10:00-21:00 (closed on national holidays)Price: Meals from $8Common Japanese food. Gyudon, Katsudon, Chicken-don etc. Japanese-speaking staff available.
Japanese Cuisine Bien55-65 Shortland StHours: M-F 11:00-15:00 Tu-Sa 18:00-22:00Sushi, teriyaki chicken rice bowl, eel, etc.
Fujisan474 Queen StPhone: +64 9 357-0866Cozy and delicious Japanese restaurant near the upper end of Queen St. Try the Teriyaki beef set ($15.50).
South Vietnam Restaurant39 Elliott StHours: M-F 10:00-15:00, Su 11:00-22:00, closed for lunch on Sa, Tu-Sa 17:30-22:00, closed M and national holidaysPrice: Lunch from $6.50, dinner from $12
Valentine's Restaurant. Traditional buffet restaurants in many locations around Auckland.
Hare Krishna Food For Life286 Karangahape Rd$5 vegetarian dinner.
Korean Pancakes, High St opposite the New Gallery. $4.50.
Ariake Japanese Restaurantcorner Albert & Quay StsPhone: +64 9 379-2377Hours: M-Sa 12:00-14:00, M-Sa 18:00-22:00 (21:30 last order); closed on Su & public holidaysPrice: $12 lunch specialsServing most Japanese dishes, but no teppanyaki.
Sushi Bento, Parnell Village, Parnell Rd.
Burger Fuel, Parnell Rd and Dominion Rd (Mt Eden). Delicious gourmet burgers.
Fatimas, Ponsonby Road in Ponsonby and Anzac St in Takapuna. Excellent kebabs and pitas, a step above typical post-clubbing fare.
Mezze Bar, Little High St Arcade. Serves tapas and other dishes. Often busy but worth the wait.
Al Volo Pizzeria27 Mt Eden RdPhone: +64 9 302-2500Hours: Tu-Th 17:00-21:30, F-Sa 17:00-22:30Price: $15-25Limited seating, but you can order from the Corner Bar across the street. No delivery.
SKYCITY entertainment complex, corner Federal & Victoria St, has a dozen restaurants for all tastes and budgets, including the authentic Spanish Tapas bar Bellota, the fine dining dine by Peter Gordon and the revolving restaurant Orbit.
For kosher food, the Auckland Jewish Community Centre, which includes the Auckland Hebrew Congregation, has a kosher shop located on Greys Ave, Auckland CBD (right next door to the Duxton Hotel) and is open every day except Mondays, Saturdays and Jewish festivals. It includes a large range of kosher products.
There are some good cheap food courts (food halls) offering a variety of usually Asian foods. For downtown food halls, try next to the Queens' Arcade at the bottom of Queen St (slightly hidden entrance), or the Metro award winning one at the bottom of Albert St. The Ponsonby International food court has the cheapest eats in this somewhat pricey neighbourhood with the Mexican stall a standout among the Asian stalls.
Blue Bird Vegetarian Cafe299 Dominion Rd, Mt EdenPhone: +64 9 623-4900Price: $715Vegetarian caf located in the Valley Rd shops. Along with the usual cakes and coffees, they serve tasty bowls with a either rice, potato or kumara, and a selection of toppings.