Top places to dine in Auckland as voted by the industry


Prego Restaurant

Phone: 09 376 3095

You really need to know about us? Hey, the chances are you know us already and we know you because we ve been serving Ponsonby and the wider neighbourhood since 1986. You have your favourite table, your preferred meals, your favourite tipple, not to mention the wait folk you like and, guess what, we know all that, too. If you don t know us by now, you should.

Dine in the courtyard, at the bar by the fire, or at the bistro-style tables inside, our traditional Italian food is always made from the best fresh local produce, the wine list is stacked with the best value New Zealand and international producers and, of course, our service is consistently good wherever you are sitting. Rely on us - lunch or dinner, seven days a week, we re waiting right here in the heart of Auckland's Ponsonby Road.

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O'Connell Street Bistro

Phone: 09 377 1884

Award winning O'Connell Street Bistro, features modern European Bistro cuisine.

Established in 1997 by proprietor Chris Upton and located on the corner of Shortland & O'Connell Streets in Auckland's CBD, in addition to the main dining area, the Bistro also has a private dining space for groups of up to 26 people.

Head Chef Mark Southon trained at numerous Michelin star establishments in Europe before embarking on a culinary tour down under landing a prestigious position at Vue de Monde in Australia. He then crossed the ditch to work at Wai Waterfront in Queenstown and The French Caf in Auckland, moving to the Foodstore in 2010 & joining the Bistro in 2015.

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Sid at The French Cafe

Phone: 09 377 1911

Sid at The French Cafe is a partnership between husband and wife team, Sid Sahrawat, executive chef and Chand Sahrawat operations manager.

Sid and Chand Sahrawat bought the iconic French Cafe in September 2018 from it's previous owners Simon Wright and Creghan Molloy-Wright. They intend to honour the more than 20 year old legacy handed over to them and maintain the high standards of food and service The French Cafe has become known for.

Sid at The French Cafe is an independently owned, family run business, just like Sid and Chand's other renowned restaurants Sidart and Cassia.



Phone: 09 378 7811

The perfect neighbourhood spot. Andiamo has a Herne Bay provenance that spans decades and a fresh and modern Italian-inspired menu. By day, classic brunch dishes and coffee. In the evening, a trattoria menu showcases ingredients such as artisan cheeses, salumi, housemade pastas and the very best cuts of fresh fish and meat. Situated on bustling Jervois Road Andiamo — ‘let’s go’ in Italian — is the quintessential local eatery and watering hole.



Phone: 09 845 4714

Located in the heart of Morningside. Crave is owned by a collective of locals. We want to make the neighbourhood a better place to live so all our profits are put back into the neighbourhood. Good times!


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Hello Beasty

Phone: 021 554 496

Hello Beasty has been a long time in the making. Chef Stuart Rogan started cooking professionally in 1989, he was 15. Once he started he didn't stop. He travelled and cooked his way around the world - from a Michelin-star hotel to a garage with six tables and a kitchen the size of a bathtub. Everywhere he went he took his whites and his knives and made his way by food.



Phone: 09 373 4778

Apero is not about creating a dynasty, but about building a restaurant where honesty, integrity & consistency are paramount. Apero is about trusting us to do it our way.

We want you to enjoy what we do night after night, week after week and year after year... Our aim is to create an environment that is comfortable, that is based on good food, great wine, and above all else... good times.



Phone: 09 302 2303

Vivace Restaurant and Bar is an institution amongst inner city restaurants. It is in it's 28th year & recently moved to the shared street space in Fort St at the Britomart end.

The environment is lively, offers a warm ambience with excellent table service, a superb wine list and a menu which caters for diverse palates.

We offer a full al-a-carte Mediterranean menu & an all day small plates menu

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45 Normanby Road, Mt Eden, Auckland
PO Box 8287, Symonds Street
Auckland, New Zealand
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