While we're being treated to warmer weather, why not opt for a meal outdoors with views as good as the menu! Al Fresco dining is the answer, and there are so many hospitality institutions which fit the brief in the city centre.   

Bivacco - alfresco dining

Bivacco |  115 Customs St W

A new Italian joint in the heart of the Viaduct, Bivacco has got you covered for alfresco dining. With locally sourced produce at the center of the menu, the food is mouthwatering, from Kingfish crudo, beef carpaccio, and braised lamb agnolotti. Make the most of their epic aperitivo happy hour on weekdays too - see more here

Saint Alice - alfresco dining

Saint Alice |  Level 1/204 Quay St

When you find yourself on the Viaduct when the sun is shining, Saint Alice is always a fantastic choice. With lots of outside seating to choose from overlooking the harbour from above, enjoy the atmosphere whilst sipping on a drink from the extensive cocktail list, and enjoying the local seafood and woodfired pizzas. 

Good luck coconut - alfresco dining

Good Luck Coconut | 39 Jellicoe St

Enter an island paradise at The Good Luck Coconut, a tiki bar with a specialist cocktail menu. Combining Pacific and Asian flavours on their menu, best eaten alongside cocktails using tropical fruits, coconut milk, and rich liquors. 

Williams eatery - alfresco dining

Williams Eatery | 85 Daldy St

Williams Eatery is a long time award winning, family owned restaurant on Wynyard Quarter, serving New Zealand and Filipino-inspired dishes. The decor is simple and airy, and when the sun is shining, nothing beats sitting outside to enjoy a meal, or coffee while soaking up the rays. 

view of people sitting outside at The Store

The Store

The Store | 5B Gore St 

With artisanal pastries, freshly baked bread, piping hot coffee and a delicious food menu, The Store is the go to destination for a courtyard cafe experience in Britomart. Some highlights from the menu include macadamia and almond granola and the asparagus and chilli omelette. 

Ortolana - alfresco dining

Ortolana | 33 Tyler St 

Ortolana is a warm bistro set in a pristine conservatory at The Pavilions in Britomart, serving Italian fare. Guests sip coffee and mimosas while snacking on pastries and eggs while enjoying the welcoming service and buzz of the city. 

Milenta - alfresco dining

Milenta | 210-218 Victoria St W

Milenta is a relatively new kid on the block when it comes to dining in the city, but she has already made a name for herself as a South American bistro with tons of personality and an impressive menu to match. The whole restaurant is outdoors, protected by cleverly designed panels and shaded by a grand Pohutukawa tree. 

Wynyard pavilion - alfresco dining

Wynyard Pavilion | 17 Jellicoe St 

Wynyard Pavillion’s identity is both a bar and eatery, serving patrons on the waterfront all day long. Let’s start with coffee and then move onto cocktails, while the sun gets cooler and starts to set. It’s not surprising seafood is a star on the menu, like lemon pepper squid, ceviche, and of course, fresh market oysters. 

The Conservatory

The Conservatory | 17 Jellicoe St 

We couldn’t leave out The Conservatory when talking about alfresco outdoor dining. With a relaxed vibe, The Conservatory also features a “living wall” where the bar has been built out of, tying the outdoor together with the inside. With an exciting cocktail list, a menu filled with delicious dishes, you’ll want to settle in and stay for a while when dining at The Conservatory.

Last updated: 23 December 2022