With warmer weather finally here, the season to celebrate is upon us. To help you do just that we've found the best spots in the city centre to indulge in a long lunch with your loved ones.
White + Wong’s | 149 Quay Street, Viaduct Harbour
White + Wong’s makes for the perfect long lunch this summer with a delicious and seasonal menu designed for sharing - as well as beautiful views overlooking the Waitemata Harbour bringing holiday vibes a plenty. Settle in for an afternoon of great eats and company and be sure to also check out their epic drinks and cocktail list where ''every hour is happy hour''.
Pilkingtons | 41 Shortland Street
This garden like oasis on Shortland Street makes for the perfect long lunch location for a relaxed vibe. In the midst of Auckland's urban jungle, Pilkingtons is a utopia of calm, elegance and sophistication, offering an outstanding bottomless long lunch.
The Pantry | Park Hyatt Auckland, 99 Hayley Street
Situated on the corner of Halsey Street overlooking Karanga Plaza, The Pantry is an all-day eatery with water views and a relaxed ambience. It is a one-stop space to have lunch and take the time to relax with a glass of fine New Zealand wine or a craft beer.
The Lodge Bar & Dining | Commercial Bay
Located on the ground floor of Commercial Bay across the road from the waterfront, the location of The Lodge Bar & Dining is perfect for a long lunch with epic sea views and afternoon drinks. Building on Rodd & Gunn's ethos of sourcing only the finest materials, The Lodge Bar presents a carefully curated offering of New Zealand's finest wines to be enjoyed with their delicious food menu.
La Zeppa | 33 Drake Street
This Victoria Park venue has one of the best city views, with it’s enormous deck decorated with colourful lanterns looking right up to the Sky Tower. Park up with a cold brew, order a selection of items from their brilliant sharing menu, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the city centre.
Soul Bar & Bistro | Viaduct Harbour
With it’s gorgeous outdoor patio, hanging baskets, and serene view of The Viaduct, Soul Bar & Bistro has been a long-time favourite of those who love to lunch. Soul Bar & Bistro loves it's patrons to spend extended time in their beautiful venue, so sit back, relax and enjoy their outstanding menu for a long lunch like no other.
Amano | 66-68 Tyler Street
The interior of this excellent Britomart eatery is almost as gorgeous as the Italian style fare on their menu, making Amano a must-try for a long lunch. Get a table near the large windows looking out to Quay Street and soak up some sunshine, we know you'll love it!
Depot Eatery & Oyster Bar | 86 Federal Street
From acclaimed chef Al Brown, comes one of Federal Streets best restaurants - Depot. Most of the cooking done here at Depot is over charcoal or hard wood so there’s a real succulence to the flavours. Order a selection of small plates and pass them round, and don't miss out on the freshly shucked oysters.
Odettes | 90 Wellesley Street
This delightful eatery in the heart of City Works Depot is reminiscent of a chic summer beach house, making it easy to sit back, relax and unwind. Perfect for these summer months, the menu at Odettes Eatery is full of spices and ingredients taking inspiration from Mediterranean, Levantine & African cuisine. With the benefit of indoor-outdoor flow onto a broad sweeping shaded area shrouded in greenery, there's no doubt that this is a great long lunch destination.
Ostro Bar & Brasserie | 52 Tyler Street
We're all about the view here in the Heart of the City, and Ostro Bar & Brasserie definitely checks this box. Set above Tyler Street and looking out over the water towards Auckland's North Shore, Ostro encourages you to come for lunch and stay for hours to take it all in. Lunch at Ostro is absolutely delicious, and one that should be added to the top of your list.
Ortolana | Britomart Pavilions
A Britomart favourite, Ortolana’s beautiful outdoor dining area is made for these warmer Auckland months. Spend the morning going shopping at the many fantastic boutiques and destination stores in the Britomart precinct before relaxing for a long lunch at this urban oasis specialising in Italian and wider European fare. You won't notice how much time has passed as you enjoy the lovely surroundings of the Britomart Pavilions and each dish as it comes out.
Ceviche Bar by Besos Latinos | 132 Halsey Street
Enjoy amazing Latin American gourmet delights, delicious seafood & ceviche from chef Luis Cabrera while drinking some Tequila Patrón and looking at Mexican handcrafts and folk art all around the place. On top of its beautiful interior fit-out, the restaurant’s waterside setting makes it perfect for a catch up with friends.