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ShermansTravel experts know where to find the best meal in town at the best price. Our restaurant reviews sift through the mountains of menus to highlight neighborhood gastronomic institutions and up-and-coming foodie hotspots – not to mention where to go for affordable, dependable fare complemented by a charming atmosphere.

Top Restaurants in Auckland

Cin Cin on Quay

In Auckland’s historic ferry building, this waterfront brasserie boasts excellent Pacific cuisine with an unmatched view. Choose from the set menu or opt for a la carte whilst mulling through their extensive wine list.

99 Quay St., 011-649-307-6966,
Tags: seafood | expensive | views | waterfront | notable wine list


Hidden in a tiny bohemian nook of Grey Lynn, Delicious lives up to the promise of its name, serving fresh handmade ravioli, gnocchi, and risotto and exquisite desserts in an informal, but always buzzing, setting.

472 Richmond Rd., 011-649-360-7590,
Tags: moderate | trendy | italian

Dine by Peter Gordon

Kiwi-native Peter Gordon, famous founder of the fusion food movement, scores with his trendy, new restaurant in the Skycity Grand Hotel. Relax in the aged leather seating and divulge on dishes like squid, gruyere, and panko crusted hapuka.

90 Federal St., 011-649-363-7030
Tags: seafood | expensive | smart splurge | trendy


Prego's enclosed courtyard, bistro-style setup, and impeccable service creates a classy and comfortable dining experience. The food covers the gamut, from traditional Italian pastas to wood-fire pizzas prepared with flair and using the best quality ingredients.

226 Ponsonby Rd., 011- 649-376-3095
Tags: romance | moderate | italian


This place is so cool the wait-staff don’t even bother dressing up; their casual hipness complements the retro-chic interiors. The interesting pan-Asian menu offers unusual combinations of flavors like chicken curry with snake beans, melon salsa, and garlic shoots.

10-12 Federal St., 011-649-359-9113,
Tags: moderate | great value | asian


Auckland has a vibrant and visible Chinese community, and you can take it as a sign of Sunshine’s authenticity that many of them come here for yum cha (brunch where many indulge in dim sum, tea and chatter)

39 Market Pl., 011-649-302-3322
Tags: budget | local favorite | chinese

Tanuki's Cave

Hidden below its more upscale parent restaurant, this friendly sake bar is a popular hangout for Japanese students and city hipsters. Order tasty yakitori (barbecued meat on skewers) and enjoy it tapas-style.

319b Queen St., 011-649-379-5151,
Tags: budget | local favorite | japanese

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