Recommended Takapuna Restaurants

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Takapuna Restaurants

With some of the finest dining on Auckland's North Shore, Takapuna restaurants have something for everyone no matter what your cuisine type preference. We've picked out our favourite Takapuna restaurants that will guarantee a great dining experience north of the Harbour Bridge. Check out's recommended Takapuna restaurants. Alternatively, if you're looking for something a little more casual or a brunch hangout, do try out our Recommended Takapuna Cafes, also under the Restaurants Recommended listings.
Nothing like shaking up the usual slew of cafe offerings or pedestrian pub food along the Takapuna strip with an Italian restaurant - and an amazing one, at that! Al Forno Restaurant is slightly overshadowed by the big-name Italian places all around Auckland, especially - yes - across the harbour bridge. However, Takapuna locals know better than to mourn the lack of a good Italian place in Takapuna thanks to Al Forno and its owners Maria & Emilio.

(The wood fired pizzas and Maria's house made tiramisu helps, too.)
34 Anzac Street,
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We'd be lying if we said that we weren't sad to see The Copper Room and Goode Brothers close its doors for good, but we do think that the opening of The Elephant Wrestler in place of these two Takapuna locals does help to nurse the pain a fair bit. It's been a while since we've had a good bar or pub open here in beachy Takapuna, so the arrival of The Elephant Wrestler is well received. This Takapuna restaurant makes it it's motto to be your 'larger than life local,' and with the reputation as the only official Heineken bar in New Zealand and with no less than 6 wide screen TVs planned to screen every single Rugby World Cup 2011 game, I'd say that The Elephant Wrestler is well on its way to living and breathing that motto.
138 Hurstmere Road,
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The recently re-branded Thyme Restaurant (previously The Dining Room) by the Spencer on Byron Hotel takes the usually casual dining styles of the beach goers on Takapuna to a whole new elevated level. Don't mistaken this Takapuna restaurant as stand-offish, though; Thyme Restaurant is open for good ol' breakfast and even will be broadcasting the Rugby World Cup games at the hotel bar, for those fathers worried about not making it back to a wide screen in time, after dinner. There is another bonus for the Takapuna based parents, too - kids dine for free when accompanied by a paying adult for all three meals of the day. With a deal like that in family-friendly Takapuna, we're sold!
Spencer on Byron Hotel,
9-17 Byron Avenue,
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