Recommended Metro Top 50 Restaurants 2014

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Metro Top 50 Restaurants 2014

Metro Top 50 Restaurants 2014 - As part of their annual awards, Metro magazine have released their Top 50 Auckland restaurants. Below are the full results of the Metro Magazine Restaurant of the Year Awards 2014 Top 50 Auckland Restaurants.
Baduzzi will open it's doors later this month in the New ASB Building along the North Wharf. Michael Dearth from The Grove is behind this venture - an Italian inspired restaurant with a special focus on meatballs!
ASB North Wharf,
Jellicoe Street,
Auckland,
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Our rating
****-
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*****
(3)
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Chef Che Barrington takes Auckland Asian dining to new levels, serving up the sensational flavours of regional China in the lush surrounds of a Pacific island paradise. Also home to NZ's premiere rum and cocktail bar: The Rum Jungle.
146 Ponsonby Road,
Ponsonby Central,
Auckland,
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Our rating
*****
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****-
(7)
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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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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
*****
User rating
*****
(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
*****
User rating
****-
(23)
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Federal Delicatessen is Al Brown's latest venture in partnership with SKYCITY. Expect good things from Federal Delicatessen - Al Brown's got the midas touch when it comes to establishing much loved eateries!
SKYCITY,
86 Federal Street,
Auckland,
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Our rating
*****
User rating
****-
(8)
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Featuring warm timber tones and an outdoor deck with a gas fireplace, FISH at the Hilton Hotel, is a celebration of New Zealand’s finest fresh seafood alongside the world’s most sought after fruits de mer. The main restaurant menu designed by New Zealand master chef Simon Gault’s protégé Shane Yardley offers a wide range of intricate combinations that extend beyond fish to include grass fed beef, New Zealand venison and free range organic chicken.

FISH at the Hilton Hotel Auckland, is quite simply a unique combination of breath taking views, Executive Chef’ Shane Yardley’s imaginative menu, plus a relaxed atmosphere all wrapped up in Gault’s indomitable style, with a splash of social dining to boot.
Level 1,
147 Quay Street,
Princes Wharf,
Auckland,
1010
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User rating
****-
(11)
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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
*****
User rating
****-
(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
****-
User rating
****-
(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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Celebrated chef Nic Watt brings his passion for flavour and dedication to detail to Auckland with MASU, his new Japanese robata bar and restaurant in the Federal Street Dining Precinct.
SKYCITY,
Federal St,
Auckland,
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Our rating
****-
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*****
(8)
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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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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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118 Ponsonby Road,
Auckland,
1010
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Our 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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O'Sarracino in Auckland's Eden Terrace is a truly authentic Italian restaurant. Owner and chef Gaetano, originally from Naples, has always been involved in the hospitality business and his family pizzeria and restaurant in Milano is still well known and appreciated. Mixing ingredients sourced from both Italy and local growers, O'Sarracino is one of Auckland's best Italian restaurants.
3-5 Mt Eden Terrace,
Auckland,
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Our rating
****-
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****-
(4)
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Taking up the entire second floor and boasting two large all-weather terraces is Ostro – a bold New Zealand interpretation of an international-style brasserie, serving up uninterrupted views of the harbour to the north and impressive view of the city to the south.

Directed by internationally acclaimed Michelin-starred chef Josh Emett, Ostro is set to deliver an unpretentious environment while still being upscale, fun and full of energy. A modern, produce-driven menu is designed to let the freshness and flavour of the ingredients shine with uncomplicated fare that satisfies all tastes.
Seafarers Building,
52 Tyler St,
Britomart,
Auckland,
1010
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Our rating
***--
User rating
****-
(5)
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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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(3)
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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
*****
User rating
*****
(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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(8)
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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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Rosie Cafe in Parnell, Auckland, is a breakfast and lunch café serving Allpress Espresso coffee. Freshly baked products daily as well as lots of counter and deli food.
82 Gladstone Road,
Auckland,
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Our rating
*****
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****-
(9)
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Welcome to a unique new facility The Shed, at the Te Motu Vineyard on Waiheke Island.

Experience leisurely dining outdoors or under The Sheds cool verandas, with a selection of red and white wines, and methode sparklings.

We are open for wine tastings, lunch and dinner, with changing menus.

Available for private functions, conferences, dinners and wine tastings.

Te Motu Vineyard,
76 Onetangi Road,
Onetangi,
Auckland,
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User rating
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(1)
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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
*****
User rating
*****
(8)
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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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The St Heliers Bay Cafe and Bistro is the new hot spot in the village with a beautiful fit-out, ocean outlook and ingenious menu of delicious flavour combinations dreamt up by chef Mark Sycamore (ex-Blanket Bay).

Huge Spanish cane lampshades, an eye-catching deep marine hued masonry wall and scattered plush cushions complete this chic venue that cleverly morphs from casual cafe by day to stylish bistro by night, bringing a whole new concept in dining to the bay.
387 Tamaki Drive,
Auckland,
1071
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Our rating
****-
User rating
****-
(8)
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Come and dine by the fire with a nice vino or sit out and face the sunset with a beer at Northcote Point's Stafford Road Wine Bar. Point Wines & Stafford Road are all about the customers - come in for a great night out!
141 Queen Street,
Auckland,
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Our rating
****-
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****-
(11)
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Peter Gordon’s new restaurant The Sugar Club on Level 53 of the Sky Tower is an elegant dining experience comprising a luxurious cocktail bar and stunning restaurant.

The Sugar Club offers an express lunch and small plates for dinner and gorgeous cocktails in the bar. The menu will feature some of Peter’s personal favourites and most popular dishes from the three incarnations of The Sugar Club, as well as many new creations. The Sugar Club also offers a private dining room for 12.

Bookings are essential and a minimum spend applies.
Level 53, Sky Tower,
Federal Street,
Auckland,
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User rating
*****
(11)
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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
*****
User rating
****-
(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
****-
User rating
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(4)
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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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