Christmas is a time to be spent with others and the city has all the top spots for an intimate and memorable catch up. Get the family together, call over the office crew or round up your friends for a meal to wrap up the year. Here are our recommendations for spots to go.
Just announced as the Supreme Winner in the 2019/20 Metro Top 50 Cafes, along with accolades of Best Service and Best Dish for their Ora King salmon pastrami with Jerusalem artichoke cream and crisp, pickled apple, Williams Eatery is an eatery for people who love good food and drink with great company. On Wynyard Quarter on our waterfront, it's a great place to meet family and friends for a fantastic dining experience this festive season.
Lunch at La Zeppa | 33 Drake Street
Take advantage of La Zeppa’s large outdoor balcony and dine with a view of Victoria Park’s greenery. Discover the Mediterranean menu that is designed for sharing whilst being surrounded with great music and an upbeat environment.
Lunch at Kabuki Teppanyaki Restaurant | 22-26 Albert St Stamford Plaza
Jump into the lively Japenese eatery and witness theatrical chefs preparing your meal on tableside grills. Named as New Zealand’s favourite Teppanyaki Restaurant, Kabuki’s entertaining food performances brings the heat to your Christmas outing. Now open for group lunches for 20 people or more, bring the whole family for an unforgettable holiday catch up.
Lunch at Dr Rudi’s | Level 2/204 Quay St
Famous for their pizza by the foot, Dr Rudi’s generous plates and sharing platters are no stranger to Christmas catch ups. Sip on an ice cold tap beer, made at the onsite brewery and overlook the Viaduct’s glistening water. While you wait for your meal, hit the free bowling lanes out the back and kick off with some friendly competition.
Lunch at Elliott Stables | 39-41 Elliott St
Wander into the city’s very own dining village and feast on the range of international restaurants that are on offer. This is a great place to come if your group is large, pleasing everyone’s preferences with the 12 eateries that all boast their own ethnic and local fare. There is something for everyone, from French cuisine to Japanese bento boxes.
Lunch at Grand Harbour | 28 Customs St W
Visit Grand Harbour for an authentic Yum Cha experience. Yum Cha is the traditional custom of eating small servings of different dishes that are intended to be shared with the table. Enjoy the aromatic smells of the food carts wheeling around and the spacious venue that has been welcoming large groups for over 18 years.
Dinner at White + Wongs | 149 Quay Street
White + Wong’s ‘east meets west’ cuisine takes classic street foods from China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand – the noodles, soups, curries and delicious dumplings – and created an eclectic menu to pick and choose from to suit - perfect for casual group dining with world class views of The Viaduct. What's also great about this eatery is that it boasts a hidden gem in Sardine, a great little bar which creates delicious cocktails and craft beers.
Dinner at Crab Shack | 137 Quay St
Located on the waterfront, Crab Shack is known for their welcoming atmosphere and energetic service. The eatery specialises in seafood however has dishes that will satisfy the whole table, including delicious vegetarian options. Have some fun with Crab Shack’s messier dishes that require a bib and getting your hands dirty.
Dinner at Auckland Fish Market | 22-32 Jellicoe Street
What better way to celebrate the holidays than a visit to New Zealand’s seafood hub. Having served up the freshest seafood for over 100 years, the Fish Markets have recently reopened, introducing an array of international cuisines. Filled with passionate fishmongers and chefs, enter a food haven that serves all things seafood, from Thai fish soup to raw oysters.
Dinner at The Brit | 122 Quay St
Known as the waterfront’s newest social hall, The Brit is fit for family catch ups, friendly get-togethers and work crew gatherings. The menu boasts large sharing pizzas and plates as well as classic hearty pub meals. Extend the night in the nautical inspired space with the best local brews and inventive cocktails.
Dinner at Huami | 87 Federal St
Experience dinner in true Chinese fashion in one of Huami’s private dining rooms. The rooms seat 6-12 guests and are an intimate way to share plates of traditional food. The Chef’s menus showcase an exquisite range of dishes from all corners of China, whilst the drinks menu features an extensive wine list curated by New Zealand’s only Master Sommelier, Cameron Douglas.
Dinner at Cassia | 5 Fort Lane
Chef and owner, Sid Sahrawat, works on creating dishes that rework classic spices with contemporary and local New Zealand ingredients. Indulge in his creative culinary skills and aromatic flavour combinations of India and enjoy the romantic lighting of the restaurant. Cassia offers private rooms as well as semi-private dining areas to cater to group dinners and gatherings.
Dinner at Gusto at the Grand | SkyCity, 90 Federal St
Sit amongst the lights of the city and dine at SkyCity’s Gusto at the Grand. Renowned for their simple food and classic flavours, designed by chef Sean Connolly, Gusto is a place to share fresh italian dishes with family and friends. Treat the table to an Italian Feast to share, exclusive for groups.