226 Ponsonby Road,
(09) 376 3095
Prego Restaurant Information
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.
Daily: 12.00 till late
Avg Food Spend
$$$$ per person
Take Away Service
Metro Top 50 - 2012
Vicky Pethybridge: Hancocks Outstanding Waiter 2006 - Lewisham Awards
Wheelchair Access, Disabled Toilets
This Italian has been around for donkey’s. Prego has had a recent makeover, it’s still a minimalist space but with some acoustic and furniture upgrades its better, I love the World map maded out of newspaper on the wall.
Most of the classic dishes are still on offer, pizza, fillet of fish on herbed risotto, iconic pastas however not the best I have had – my friends lasagne was just swimming in tomato and cheese.
My Seafood Marinara was full of perfectly cooked seafood but not a lot of liquid, sauce or anything to coat the spaghetti. I thought Marinara was a tomato base sauce. So I was cracking on the pepper and wishing for more parmesan.
The service was ok although the waitress wasn't that friendly. Pity I couldn’t fit dessert as I had eyed up a few things. Prego’s must be doing something right though as they are always busy and I think they will continue to be. It was a great space to share in celebrating my friends birthday.
Went here for lunch and ordered the market fish & risotto which was crispy snapper. Also had side of tomatoes. All tasted divine. Service was really good (although slightly on the slow side). Highly recommend for a special weekend lunch. We sat outside which had a good atmosphere.
Prego, one of the finest Italian bistro in Auckland, has been a long standing eatery on the Ponsonby stretch since 1986 and it is still a popular joint for a spectacular Italian feast. I've eaten here on several occasions and it has proven to be a great restaurant time and time again.Our meal started with their popular Pane della Casa which is a delectable house-made bread loaf with butter, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Served warm, it had a crispy crust and a soft fluffy center. I love freshly baked bread and it was a pleasing start to our meal.With plenty of different options for lunch including pizzas, pastas, salads and assorted meats, we both decided to get seafood. My Linguine alla Marinara was bigger than anticipated and it was packed with mussels, clams, seared tuna, prawn and scampi. The linguine was perfectly al dente with a little bit of bite and the white wine sauce had a tangy hint of lemon. Appetizing and I managed to devour most of it.My friend ordered the Cacciucco which is an Italian seafood stew which used ingredients such as fish, mussels, clams and scampi. The saffron broth has savory and rich flavours and it was a hearty dish.We were very proud of ourselves because we managed to nearly finish our meals. I've walked past Prego on several occasions during dinner time and they are always full with customers nested throughout the large dining room and their secluded courtyard. They have a few allocated parking and if you are lucky, you wouldn't need to circle the residential streets for a carpark. Prego rarely disappoints and with great food and attentive service, you could see why they are still striving in Ponsonby.
For more details on the food, please check out my post here
I went to Prego with my family last July. It was a fairly cold night, and because it was so incredibly busy (you are not allowed to book), we had to sit outside. It was freezing! However, our table was surrounded by fire burners and our waiter gave us warm cuddly blankets to have for the night. The food is amazing – all five of us shared the Wood fired Garlic Pizza Bread, the Wood fired Mussels and the Calamari for starters. The flavours are outstanding and there was plenty to go around. As for the mains, I had the Lasagna Prego which was very good. Another main which was delicious was Linguine Marinara with a plentiful amount of seafood. As for desserts, “WOW” is all I can say. Make sure you try the Budino di Datteri (sticky date pudding, poached pears, ginger ice cream, hot caramel……) melt in your mouth sort of thing!
Overall the food is delicious, the atmosphere perfect and service was very attentive. A must visit if you are in Auckland!
Superb! My wife and I went tonight for a after work dinner and it was fantastic. We shared the seafood pizza which was absolutely delicious. Had a main each and a side. My steak was cooked to perfection. The thing with Prego is it is always consistant. Expensive restaurants continue to pop up around Auckland but Prego remains solid and value for money. 3 drinks each a pizza, a main each and side set us back $150! Great value for superb food in my book. Our waiter was fantastic too, unfortunately I don't remember his name but he looked after us very well. In my opinion Prego puts other restaurants to shame, the food is always great and the staff very friendly. Prego my not be fine dining but what you do get is good honest food!
Arrived in Auckland for the first time yesterday and googled great places to eat and up came Prego. We weren't disappointed. Food incredible, service terrific and if you are a family with little ones, this place caters for the kids with a coloring sheet and pencils presented immediately on arrival and the kids had their meals within 10minutes. Wouldn't hesitate going back. Marky Mark our waiter was superb. Thanks Prego
I went to Prego for the first time in July 2011 with my family for a leaving dinner. There were 5 of us, including a 12 years old boy. Prego is always so busy and we had to wait for a table to open up. Not wanting to wait at the squashed bar with a 12 year old we went next door for some drinks. The Prego staff gave us a call on our mobile when a table opened up which I thought was great of them. It is incredibly busy in there. There are children running around everywhere upstairs, it’s so loud and the staff are rushed off their feet. However, if you can overcome this busy atmosphere, it really is a fantastic place! The 5 of us ordered a calzone, a beef and fish special of the day, a lasagna dish and a pasta dish. They were all exquisite. We had a friendly chat to some of the staff and they allowed us to move to another table outside for dessert where it was quieter and where some of out party could smoke. I would definitely go back to Prego, but perhaps not for a romantic first or special date.
The food was bland, service was average, and the room is ridiculously loud. When arriving at Prego Restaurant during the lunch rush we were told a table would be 30 mins, after deciding that we would just go elsewhere after waiting awkwardly in the middle of the bar area for a couple of minutes a table magically became free while others stood at the bar waiting. After having a look through the menu, where nothing really jumped out at me, I decided on one of the pizzas. I love strong tasting food, and as the pizzas didn't have any strong flavors asked if the cheese could be swapped out for bluecheese, the waiter declined saying the chefs did no variants on the menu. Although this was understandable the pizza lacked in flavor to the point were I would have preferred a takeout pizza to pregos. I have been overwhelmed by Prego in the past, but was seriously disappointed this time, I will be choosing other places in Ponsonby next time.
Once again Prego Restaurant exceeded all expectations. Simply superb food (if you're a fan of seafood, then Prego is the place to be), great, affable staff and devoid of the pretentiousness that some of the other restaurants along the Ponsonby strip seem to have.
Only downpoint is that you can't book - but that really is Prego's ONLY downpoint in my opinion. A highly recommended Auckland Restaurant!
Took my husband to Prego last week and the meal delivered on expectations, though I was a little annoyed at being made to wait at the bar whilst our table of two was ready whilst 3 tables sat empty. However the great service (from a newbie American lad?) and exquisite food made up for it.
Had lunch at Prego about a month ago. Food was amazing, good vegetarian options as well. The staff were lovely, the worst thing was it was so crowded - speaks volumes about Prego I guess.
The decision to go to Prego for the first time was a spur of the moment kind of thing (aren't those the best decisions anyway?). A friend was craving the rice risotto from Prego and, since we were having drinks nearby, we decided to all go.
The restaurant doesn't take reservations so the trip to Prego is always a risky one - you might end up having to wait for quite a while before getting a table. But, rather than an inconvenience, you should take that as a good sign, a sign of how popular the place is.
The rice risotto that my friend raved so much about did not disappoint but, aside from the mains, what really made me think "that's it, I have found my favourite Auckland restaurant" was the bread that they bake themselves in a stone-oven and serve you as an entree with butter and olive oil. It's something else.
The staff was really friendly and, in spite of how busy the place was (it was Friday night, after all), kept checking if everything was going well with us.
A meal for two cost us about $110 and was worth every cent.
Prego on a lazy Sunday afternoon is a quiet, relaxed and chilled out place (with great food!) and very suitable for kids.
Prego in the evening is loud and vibrant (with great food)
The atmosphere changes dramatically depending on the time of day, but the quality of food never changes.
Delicious food. Great atmosphere.
Consistently good food, welcoming staff and comfortable surroundings (although at times a bit noisy) - the fact that people were queueing up 10 mins before lunch time service is testament to Prego's popularity amongst Aucklanders.
Well done Prego!
Prego has everything a good restaurant needs, good food, ambience, and consistency.
Prego never disappoints, and since having a baby I appreciate it even more. Where else can you go with a bunch of mates for a boozy lunch but also take your grandmother or tweenage little sister for dinner? Best pizza in Auckland and great specials(though sometimes on the small side) complement their menu that doesn't change, but doesn't need to. Bravo, Prego. They've even got a lovely sofa in the Ladies so you can breastfeed discretely AND comfortably. Bless!
Prego is an institution! Quality you can always rely on. Basically you can't beat it for a reliably fantastic meal. As far as early dinners with kids they are wonderfully accommodating and other times it's always a great experience. Kiwi friends of ours living in Sydney always want to eat at Prego when they are back for a visit.
Prego has great food and is excellent for Kids, a rarity on Ponsonby Road. Unfortunately, the restaurant manager was quite rude and arrogant which soured our experience. When we questioned the bill because we had not received something we were met with surprising aggression. As it turned out the sides we did not receive were delivered to another part of our (large) table - we did not know that and still think it's ok to ask! But notwithstanding this the chef is obviously very good so worth a look especially if you have kids.
I was very upset that a special dinner with my partner was ruined by the rude pompus staff, although I cannot speak for them all, the matre'd was rude and so was our smarmy waiter who looked at us like we weren't worthy of his service. Food completely overpriced for size and taste, all in all I was very very disappointed with my experience at Prego. Not worth the 40 minute wait for a table, they dont allow bookings whatsoever...
Never in my whole entire life would I have ever thought of going to such a fine dining restaurant like Prego. I am not the typical wine & dine girl but this place rocks! A supplier of ours took me and another colleague to Prego for lunch and I had the surf n turf and it was fabulous! I mean even though the steak was smaller than what i would normally eat and it cost $35 the whole entire dish just melts in your mouth! I mean don't get me wrong $35 to me is alot of money to be spending on a meal but it is sooo worth every dollar! I didn't even need dessert! Even the staff were great very friendly and not too in your face or leave you in the dark kind of thing! Love this place!
Visited Prego last night and once before in March 2006. Loved the first time for lunch, the food was delicious and the service great. The restaurant was relatively quite which was nice.
I went there last night for dinner with my sister. We shared the mussels and ceasar salad for our starters which was just delicious. Then we shared a combo pizza (mushroom and another of anchovies, olives and capers). These were very, very tasty though they were extremely different in taste which I think confused our taste buds a bit too much (so wouldn’t do that combo again). We shared the crème brulee which was nice, and I had a coffee ($73 all up).
The service was amazing, friendly, smiley and our glasses always full.
The restaurant was full for a Tuesday night, which meant the ONLY very slight issue was the noise. We had to slightly yell, though the food, service and conversation made up for it. Wouldn’t go to Prego for a romantic dinner, but highly recommended at any other time.
Back in the early naughties, I enjoyed many a lunch and brainstorm over a cheeky chardonnay and surf'n turf in the courtyard at Prego Restaurant. We were always welcomed, looked after and without fail, dined well. A couple of weeks ago I revisited Prego and with much trepidation ... would it still be good after all these years? Will my happy memories be totally dashed? Well! I'm happy to report that my experience was so pleasurable I felt compelled to let you know. Prego is just as good, just as caring and just as delicious as ever!
I'm sorry but I don't agree with any of your other reviewers. Prego is to me, resting on its laurels. A collegue and I took a client to Prego for lunch last week. We were shown to a table and left there for about 15 minutes before we finally attracted the attention of the waitress to get some menus. OK, it was busy, but surely they realise that not everyone can afford to spend all day sitting in restaurants?
Anyway, when we finally managed to get someone to take our order, it became evident our waitress was as sullen as she looked. When we didn't order wine, she was visibly dismayed - I wondered is she on some sort of commission for pushing grog?
Two of us ordered the fish special that came out looking great, but unfortunately one of the fish meals was raw on the inside and cold. We called over the waitress to ask if it was supposed to be like that - I know tuna is OK seared but wasn't sure if this fish should be like that. And, it did appear strange when one of the meals was cooked and the other not?
Unfortunately, she didn't answer the questions, rather, simply asked if we would like it put back on the grill. OK - it came out well done and we were given a salad for our troubles which was a nice touch. But, the waitress was rude and haughty and needs to get off her high horse.
One thing I did like about Prego is the toilets - nice and big - and they even have a couch to sit on while you wait.
In my opinion, Prego is over-rated, there are too many tables, people are packed in like sardines and there really is nothing that great about the place. For the price you can do far better.
Fantastic wine list, best garlic bread I've ever tasted, perfectly done lamb, the most melt-in-your-mouth eggplant (with mint yoghurt) and great coffee.
Service was faultless and all food/drinks arrived at just the right time (giving us time inbetween, but not so much that we wondered where our next course was). Will definitely be going back!
Prego has been a favourite of mine for over ten years now, and nothing has changed during that time (except the waiting staff). The service is always excellent, fast and unobtrusive. The pizzas are great, really authentic Italian style, and the home-made bread is delicious. Regularly changing specials keep the menu fresh, and if you're not into pizza there is a good range of pasta and meat dishes.
Whenever I can't decide where to go for dinner, Prego is a sure bet. The only downside is that there are no bookings (except if your wife is pregnant apparently!) , and it does get jam-packed... but it's a great place to hang out at the bar for a drink while waiting for a table, and the food will not disappoint!
Went along to Prego on Ponsonby Road last Saturday and had a great evening. They even allowed me to book a table (OK - so I had to use the 'my wife is 6 months pregnant' line but they could have said no!). The service was impeccable, the food was delicious and the drinks were delivered quickly.
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