Best Restaurants In Auckland – A Guide For The 1st Time Visitor

Second to the New Zealand’s culinary capital Wellington, Auckland punches well above with its home-grown and international chefs bringing a cosmopolitan vibe to the city’s foodie scene. But it’s the first mouthful of each dish that continues to enthrall us. Here are some of the best restaurants in Auckland that might be of your interest for a delightful evening.

best restaurants in auckland

Vinnies Restaurant

Address – 166 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay, Auckland 1011, New Zealand

Under the watchful eye of chef and owner Geoff Scott the restaurant’s French inspired menu has attracted the passionate foodies from across the city. Use of classic kiwi ingredients and flavours is what give the dishes a special twist.

Highlights of the tasting menu includes kohlrabi, bluff oyster crème, wakame and whipped lemon, and a selection of New Zealand’s wine to add up to the fine dining experience.

Depot Eatery & Oyster Bar

Address – 86 Federal St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

Having won ‘Metro Magazine Restaurant of the Year 2015’ and ‘Restaurant Personality of the Year 2013’, the Depot has made its pace in the heart of people looking for a casual and enjoyable dining experience.

Run by chef Al Brown, the restaurant’s the popular dishes include ‘Akaroa’ pork coppa, ‘Otellos’ beef bresaola & wild venison salami, wild rabbit rillettes with cherry relish and ‘Olaf’s’ fig crostini. The raw bar offer oysters and fresh shellfish are shucked to order, and the kitchen features a large charcoal grill and a hard wood oven.


Address – 33 Sale St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

Since its opening Clooney’s approach to Kiwi cuisine, this one of the best restaurants in Auckland had bagged a number of awards including ‘Chef of the year 2013’ for Head Chef Des Harris. What was once a derelict warehouse is today’s vibrant and aromatic grand dining hall serving a unique Kiwi dining experience in the heart of Auckland.

Offered on the menu is a range of scrumptious dishes including the succulently sweet boneless lamb, with coffee, miso, cocoa nib and butternut.

Ponsonby Road Bistro

Address – 165 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand

Ponsonby is a perfect choice to relax and enjoy the Sarah Conway’s menu that surprises you with a little twist in every three weeks. Highlights of the menu are the stylish classics like steak, market fish and duck confit.

Without messing much Conway’s occasional surprises like preserved figs or miso butter that elevate the whole dining experience. Serving generous portions at an affordable value and smooth service is what makes this a buzz for foodies.


Address – 5 Fort Ln, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

Lustrous festoon-lit fit-out, nestled inside an underground concrete bunker, Cassia is a perfect blend of talent, heritage and heart, serving modern Indian cuisine to the city. Chef Sahrawat has perfectly molded the flavours of his childhood with years of fine-dining rigor making it a hot spot in town.

The most loved dish includes a free-range pork vindaloo, apple and ginger. The guests can choose for the shared-plate options or Fixed-priced meals or the Dégustation option. You can chose to sit in their 16 seated Private room or Semi-private and enjoy your meal along with a selection of craft beer.

The Grove

Address – Saint Patricks Square Wyndham St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

Serving since when fine dining was not even known to many, The Grove sets a standard for exceptional culinary creativity and skill. On the menu are artfully constructed dishes with beautifully addressed texture and flavours and an opportunity to sing.

To complement the exquisite dishes is the carefully curated wine list by Michael Dearth’s. The most favorite dishes include Terrine of honey bugs, goats’ cheese and tarragon with a ripe-tomato consommé.

Through these best restaurants in Auckland one is to leave the table with a taste that’s not going to slip of your taste buds any sooner. And the sooner it does, the sooner you will make a return trip.

Mohit Agarwal

Mohit Agarwal is a civil engineer by profession & started travel blogging to share his experiences while traveling to new places without any planned itinerary, as it adds up to more adventure & exploring more about the city. He also loves photography to capture natural views with no or minimal filters.

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