Recommended Metro Top 50 Restaurants 2013

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Metro Top 50 Restaurants 2013

Metro Top 50 Restaurants 2013 - Each year Metro Magazine publish their list of the best restaurants in Auckland. Here is the full list of the Metro Restaurant of the Year Awards 2013
Antoine's Restaurant is situated in the turn of the century villa in historic Parnell, Auckland. Silver service, large New Zealand wine list plus extensive imported wines.

Celebrities and royalty dine here. Tony and Beth Astle opened and still run Antoine's Restaurant, it opened in 1973.
333 Parnell Road,
Auckland,
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(5)
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Located in the Bombay Hills, South of Auckland, Bracu stands at the front entrance of the Simunovich Olive Estate, home of one of New Zealand’s largest olive groves with over 30,000 trees. The Kauri villa on the estate is the gorgeous home of the restaurant with stunning views across the olive trees, a lake and the rolling pastures of the Bombay Hills - a beautiful setting for a memorable dining experience.
49 Main Road,
Auckland,
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Our rating
****-
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****-
(9)
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Cable Bay vineyards in Oneroa, Waiheke Island offers a unique fusion of art, fine food and fine wine in a stunning vineyard setting with spectacular harbour views. Cable Bay, Auckland’s latest meeting venue is just 35 minutes by ferry, or 7 minutes by helicopter from downtown Auckland. Cable Bay offers private meeting/dining rooms developed specifically for business.
12 Nick Johnstone Drive,
Oneroa,
Auckland,
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Our rating
****-
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****-
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Serving traditional Vietnamese cuisine within a modern space, the restaurant promises to be at the forefront of the Auckland Asian food scene. On arrival enjoy excellent service from some of New Zealand's most respected front of house staff.
Corner Commerce and Galway Streets,
Britomart,
Auckland,
1010
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Our rating
****-
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****-
(24)
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Most guests say this is the best Spanish Tapas restaurant they have been to and some who say this have travelled extensively in Spain. The venue is al fresco with stunning views over the vineyard and the sea.

Casita Miro, Waiheke, also has a play area for children amongst the olive groves.
3 Brown Road,
Onetangi,
Auckland,
1081
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Our rating
****-
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****-
(4)
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There isn't a more apt name for this Mt Eden, Auckland restaurant than Cazador - the Spanish word for hunter. Cazador Restaurant doesn't just expertly dish out some of the best game dishes such as venison, pheasant, duck and wild pork that are imbued with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours; it's head chef, Tony Lolaiy even goes out on hunting trips for his own catch. Tony's such a lover of game hunting that he'd even embrace cooking the game meat that patrons bring into the restaurant!

For those meat lovers who have vegetarian or vegan eating companions, worry not; Cazador also serve classics and vegetarian options. With Cazador Restaurant’s warm and ambient settings, inclusive of live classical guitar music every Friday and Saturday night, it's difficult not to enjoy a night out at this unique Auckland restaurant.
854 Dominion Road,
Auckland,
1041
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User rating
****-
(6)
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Cibo in Parnell, Auckland, is nestled away in an old chocolate factory is one of Auckland's best keep secrets.

Open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner Monday through Saturday, is an establishment that has consistently proven itself to be one of Auckland's top restaurants.
91 St Georges Bay Road,
Auckland,
1010
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User rating
*****
(9)
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Clooney


Clooney, Freeman's Bay, Auckland embraces the European tradition of constantly changing menus, which reflect the use of seasonal produce, both familiar and rare.
33 Sale Street,
Auckland,
1010
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Our rating
*****
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*****
(20)
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Cocoro Restaurant is a new style Japanese restaurant brought to Auckland diners by the team behind Auckland's most celebrated Japanese restaurant, Soto.

Located in Brown Street, Ponsonby, the modern cuisine, interior and great service all make Coroco a restaurant worth visiting.
56A Brown Street,
Auckland,
1010
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Our rating
****-
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*****
(8)
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Coco's Cantina is a mix of tapas bar, wine bar, delicatessen, 1970s American diner and chic cocktail lounge.
376 Karangahape Rd,
Auckland,
1010
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Our rating
*****
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****-
(16)
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The Common's opens its doors from early August 2012 and looks set to bring an element of style and sophistication to the Auckland entertainment scene.

Part of the McKenzies entertainment precinct, The Commons is owned and managed by the successful people behind Auckland City's popular Imperial Lane dining area.
McKenzie's Building,
21 Hurstmere Road,
Auckland,
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Our rating
****-
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****-
(13)
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Nestled in artful surroundings in the heart of Hotel DeBrett, DeBretts Kitchen brings something fresh and original to dining in the Auckland City.
Sip espresso on a red sofa next to a roaring fire, enjoy a cocktail in the art deco styled 'Housebar' or an intimate dinner by candlelight under a glass-roofed atrium, the setting will adapt to your mood, yet a meal at DeBretts Kitchen will always be remembered.
Kitchen was recently named as one of Auckland's top 50 restaurants in the Metro 2013 Restaurant of the Year Awards.
3B O'Connell Street,
Auckland,
1010
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User rating
*****
(5)
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Fast paced and fresh, Depot Restaurant by Al Brown will be a place to drop in and refuel.

Small plates of food to share, oysters shucked to order, and much of the produce cooked over charcoal or hard wood.

Depot by Al Brown will celebrate seasonal produce served in a straightforward style, with an emphasis on fun and attention to detail.

Depot Restaurant is SKYCITY's newest dining experience.
SKYCITY Auckland,
86 Federal Streets,
Auckland,
1010
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Our rating
*****
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*****
(25)
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Ebisu offers something new, a sophisticated twist on the traditional Japanese izakaya style of informal drinking and dining. Ebisu delivers authentic eastern flavours while remaining true to the traditions of the past.
Union Fish Building,
116 - 118 Quay Street,
Britomart,
Auckland,
1010
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Our rating
****-
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****-
(13)
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The Engine Room, on Auckland's Northcote Point, is a stunning Modern European restaurant set in a classic art deco building.
115 Queen Street,
Auckland,
0620
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Our rating
*****
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****-
(23)
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Sean Connolly’s The Grill is an established dining favourite of ‘in the know’ Aucklanders, with a taste for great quality food. The premise is good honest fare with a distinctly Kiwi accent, created from the fresh local produce, including pasture-fed meat and sustainable seafood. If you’re simply looking for a delicious meal out with friends, The Grill by Sean Connolly should be high on your list of top dining spots.
SKYCITY Grand Hotel,
90 Federal Street,
Auckland,
1010
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Our rating
*****
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****-
(22)
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The Grove on Wyndham Street in Central Auckland is an upmarket restaurant and wine bar. Stylish, yet comfortable, our food is focused on fresh, local and seasonal produce. We have a extensive global wine list.
St Patricks Square, Wyndham Street,
Auckland,
1010
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Our rating
*****
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****-
(8)
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Serving up Jewish & Muslim food of the Mediterranean, Ima Cuisine (previously known as Ima and Ibn), so loyal customers can expect all their favourites!
57 Fort Street,
Auckland,
1010
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Our rating
****-
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****-
(9)
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Kazuya Restaurant is Auckland's latest Japanese Restaurant located in Mt Eden. Kazuya has been inspired by the New Zealand's multi cultural society, and promises to bring fresh, quality Japanese cuisine to Auckland's dining scene.
193 Symonds St,
Auckland,
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User rating
****-
(3)
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With its exposed brick wall, Kura Japanese Sake Bar has a sophisticated atmosphere to match their modern Japanese cusine. There is an open fire in winter and tables suited for intimate dining and for large groups.

Kura Japanese Sake Bar is the only restaurant where you can sample Okinawan style food with traditional dishes such as Rafiti (slow cooked pork belly) and Champon (Okinawan stir fry with bitter cucumber).

With over 25 different sakes to chose from and a small well matched wine list to chose from, Kura’s relaxed ambiance adds to a wonderful dining experience.
315B Queen Street,
Auckland,
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Our rating
***--
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****-
(9)
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Drenched in bright colour and spiked with bold imagery, this joint has a fast-paced atmosphere reminiscent of the streets of its namesake nation.

Moodily lit with dripping candles, whimsically decorated with offbeat Mexicana, Mexico instantly transports you to another, cooler place. You can drink in the eclectic front bar or settle into the cosy dining area to explore the short but compelling menu. Mexico celebrates the vibrant, fresh and lighter side of Mexican cuisine. The flavours are big, spicy and complex: grilled corn on the cob with lime-chilli butter; street-style salad and ceviche; soft tacos filled with pulled pork, grilled fish or skirt steak. Plates are topped with house-made salsas and slaws and peppery mayonnaise spiced with jalapeño and chipotle.

The drinks keep the vibe loud and lively, with jugs of sangria and margaritas, including variations such as watermelon and tamarind, and Mexican twists on classic cocktails. There’s a good selection of top-shelf tequila and mezcal and a long list of Mexican beers. Food is available to take away throughout opening hours and a late-night servery continues to dish out fast, satisfying food into the small hours of the weekend. Everything is served at prices that will leave you plenty of change to carry on your night or come back soon for more. And watch this space for details of a tequila tasting bar, coming soon to this little corner of Mexico.

Britomart,
23 Britomart Place,
Auckland,
1010
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Our rating
****-
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(16)
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Non Solo Pizza is a cosmopolitan brasserie based in the heart of Parnell, just outside of the Auckland CBD. The NSP restaurant had been operating for over 12 years and specialises in Italian cuisine, with a comprehensive multi-course menu done up the Italian way.

Serving divine pizzas and truly authentic Italian specialities is the mission that the NSP team strives towards. Non Solo Pizza is one of our go-to pizzerias here in Auckland.

259 Parnell Road,
Auckland,
1052
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Our rating
****-
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(19)
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At Number 5 Restaurant in Central Auckland you will enjoy New Zealand specialities and the best range of New Zealand wine from our very own wine cellar. The warm interior and the open fireplace create a sophisticated and unforgettable atmosphere.

We will open for lunch for groups of twelve or more.
5 City Road,
Auckland,
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Our rating
****-
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****-
(5)
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Located on the corner of Shortland & O'Connell Streets in Auckland Central, the O'Connell Street Bistro is a small intimate multi-award winning dining room of twelve tables, created in the theme of a modern European back street bistro, with a cosy and well stocked bar.

The O'Connell Street Bistro proprietor, Chris Upton, trained in the UK, and also spent four years on board QE2. His Head Chef, Stephen Ward is NZ trained, and has previously returned from London where he worked at Terence Conran's Bluebird restaurant. Stephen has been with the Bistro since November 2000.
3 O'Connell Street,
Auckland,
1010`
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Our rating
*****
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****-
(8)
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Situated alongside it’s famous “One Tree Hill” namesake, One Tree Grill offers a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of inner city dining. Since 1996, One Tree Grill has been a staple part of the Auckland restaurant scene, having evolved from our small 40 seat suburban beginnings to the modern, up market restaurant we are today.

With extensive upgrades to our dining facilities, we now have a range of dining options for individuals and functions of up to 102 people.

Outstanding cellared wines, innovative cuisine, thoroughly professional service – One Tree Grill offers a complete dining experience.
9 - 11 Pah Road,
Greenwoods Corner,
Auckland,
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User rating
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(1)
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Ortolana is the newest of eateries to open in the Britomart dining precinct offering neighbourhood casual dining in the relaxed, chic setting in the Pavilions.
The Pavilions At Britomart,
31 Tyler Street,
Britomart,
Auckland,
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Our rating
****-
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****-
(7)
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Waiheke Island's Oyster Inn — just 40 minutes on a beautiful ferry ride from downtown Auckland in the beachy village of Oneroa — celebrates long, sun-kissed days of summer. Take a seat on our ocean-view restaurant verandah or in our breezy dining room and savour our menu inspired by coastal classics, or just drop by and enjoy a summer cocktail or crisp glass of wine at our bar. Arrive when you like, eat when you like — the kitchen is open all day. Pop in to check out our chic little beach shop, and if you love the island as much as we do and can't bear to leave, stay with us in one of The Oyster Inn's three luxury boutique hotel rooms.
124 Ocean View Road,
Auckland,
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Our rating
****-
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Located in Awaawaroa Bay, Waiheke, Poderi Crisci lies in an amphitheatre valley surrounded by Italian olive trees. Producing Italian inspired wines, featuring Merlot and Viburno, the cellar room at Poderi Crisci is a Waiheke Island destination. The restaurant and surrounds offer a stunning venue for weddings and celebrations.
205 Awaawaroa Road,
Awaawaroa Bay,
Auckland,
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Our rating
*****
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*****
(2)
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Ponsonby Road Bistro in Ponsonby, Auckland, serves simple, strong, honest food. But above that, the Ponsonby Road Bistro also keeps Auckland locals coming back for more because it exudes a charisma and charm that no other restaurant is able to stake claim to. This popular eatery is the epitome of bistro perfection; sleekness without the attitude and character without the excessive extravagance.
165 Ponsonby Road,
Auckland,
1011
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Our rating
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Prego Restaurant is an Italian restaurant that has been in business for over 20 years. Located in Ponsonby, Auckland, no bookings needed - all are welcome to enjoy our slick service and celebrated menu.

Italian al fresco dining in the intimacy of an enclosed courtyard, late suppers at the bar in front of a wood fire. Banquet table suitable for large groups. Bistro-style dining inside with the buzz of a busy restaurant. Prego Restaurant is well versed in meeting the needs of any type of dining occasion.
226 Ponsonby Road,
Auckland,
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Our rating
****-
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The Refreshment Room is a warm, casual and inviting restaurant located on Scenic Drive in Titirangi. Serving rustic Italian cuisine, The Refreshment Room offers expansive views of the Waitakere bush - a view which can be enjoyed alfresco in the summer months.
233 Scenic Drive,
Auckland,
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Our rating
****-
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****-
(4)
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Still considered to be one of Auckland’s top restaurants, Sid At The French Café, in Grafton, Auckland, offers award-winning French cuisine in a sophisticated setting.
210 Symonds Street,
Auckland,
1010
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Our rating
*****
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*****
(16)
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Fine dining modern European from the award winning chef Sid Sahrawat.
Level 1, Three Lamps Plaza,
283 Ponsonby Road,
Auckland,
1010
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Our rating
*****
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*****
(8)
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The Soul Bar & Bistro is in the heart of Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. Its elegant all-weather terrace faces west to catch the spectacular sunsets. It has been - and continues to be - enjoyed by Aucklanders and tourists alike.

Soul Bar & Bistro prides itself on it's use of the finest and freshest local ingredients - rather appropriate, considering its prime Auckland Viaduct Harbour location by the water.

Viaduct Basin,
Viaduct Harbour Avenue,
Auckland,
1143
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Our rating
*****
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****-
(28)
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SPQR, the famous Roman emblem, stands for "Senatus Populusque Romanus" - the Senate and People of Rome. Established in 1992 SPQR, a former mechanics garage, was one of the first "new age" establishments to open up in Ponsonby, the once red light district of Auckland. One of a kind, SPQR is cherished by its regular Ponsonby local clientèle and renowned for its exceptional food, service, and ambience.
150 Ponsonby Road,
Ponsonby,
Auckland,
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Our rating
****-
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(23)
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Sunday Painters is a dream realised by Isobel Thom and James Kirkwood, responsible for the kitchen and wine respectively, about opening a restaurant of their own after having communal dinners at their Sunday painting group meet-ups.

This Ponsonby restaurant had only opened in August 2010 but had garnered such immense popularity within months, thanks to their gloriously rustic food and beautifully paired wines - not forgetting also their friendly service.
Braemar Building,
185 Ponsonby Road,
Auckland,
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Our rating
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****-
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The Tasting Shed, Kumeu has one simple philosophy – a place where wine craves food. Expect to experience a unique environment where everything they are about is celebrating great food and wine pairings in a gorgeous wine country situated merely less than half an hour outside of central Auckland.

The Tasting Shed closes on June 30th for a month - like they do every year!
609 State Highway 16,
Auckland,
0891
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Our rating
*****
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****-
(11)
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Voted as "one of the world's finest winery restaurants" by Wine International Magazine, London, Te Whau Vineyard Restaurant on Waiheke Island, has the most spectacular sea views, top-quality cuisine and NZs largest fine wine list.

Te Whau Vineyard Restaurant is must-go for food and wine lovers.
218 Te Whau Drive,
Auckland,
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Our rating
****-
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Toto Restaurant, located on Nelson Street in central Auckland, is long considered NZ's premier Italian dining experience.

With a rustic yet timeless elegance, Toto's candlelit rooms capture the essence of relaxed style with the finest Italian foods and an extensive wine list.
53 Nelson Street,
Auckland,
1010
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Our rating
*****
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****-
(11)
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Mark and Pauline Walynetz first begun the TriBeCa Restaurant & Bar in 1997, bringing to Auckland a touch of New York, the city that brought them together. Their classically genuine hospitality permeates throughout the TriBeCa experience.

Coupled with the high service and quality standards set by Mark and Pauline is the food prepared under the helm of head chef Hayden McMillian (ex Meredith's, The French Cafe and Vinnies) whose style of cooking is both inventive and highly assured. TriBeCa's menu changes seasonally and each item on the menu is a thoughtful representation of Hayden's passion for his craft.
The Foundation Building,
8 George Street,
Auckland,
1023
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Two Fifteen Bistro & Wine Bar, a 62 seat bistro & wine bar in addition to a private dining room that seats up to 28 people offers New Zealand and imported wines to go with their great food prepared by chef Jeremy Schmid.

Two Fifteen Bistro & Wine Bar offers a casual dining experience for all occasions.
215 Dominion Road,
Auckland,
1024
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User rating
****-
(7)
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