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 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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Oh Calcutta

    $$$ | Parnell | Indian

    Executive chef Meena Anand applies traditional cooking skills while focusing on fresh seafood and vegetables. The results are consistent and...Read More

  • 7. Tanuki's Cave

    $$$ | City Center | Japanese

    A flight of dimly lighted stairs leads down to a buzzing Japanese yakitori and sake bar. The oblong bar is usually jammed with film-festival...Read More

  • 8. The Hardware Cafe

    $$$ | Titirangi | Eclectic

    Don't let the name fool you—this Titirangi fixture does everything: coffee, excellent breakfasts and evening meals. The Thai-style chicken curry...Read More

  • 9. Vino Vino

    $$$ | Hauraki Gulf Islands | Mediterranean

    Waiheke's longest-running restaurant perches on Oneroa's main street, with a large all-weather deck overlooking the bay. The platters—Mediterranean...Read More

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