If you’re looking to head out for a memorable meal after a long time being stuck at home, head to the city centre. We have rounded up a list of restaurants where the atmosphere is as good as the food. From dining in Glass Houses at The Good George, Igloos at Botswana Butchery and beautiful courtyards + rooftops, there is something a little bit fun and different to make heading out for a bite with friends memorable!


Dining Under the Stars | Botswana Butchery | 99 Quay Street

Dining Under the Stars is returning for another year, providing a luxury culinary experience to remember. Dine in Botswana Butchery's exclusive Igloo via the Harbourside deck while star gazing and taking in the magical night vista across the Auckland Harbour. This luxury experience offers guests the chance to indulge in a delicious degustation menu with additional, optional wine matches, and Perrier-Jouët champagne. Spaces are limited. See full Dining Under the Stars details, here. 

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For a garden oasis | The Glass Goose | 78 Federal Street

With fabulous views of the Sky Tower, the rooftop at The Glass Goose is an excellent location for some outdoor dining. Modelled on the visual of a beautiful glass house this contemporary yet casual eating and drinking space is a comfortable garden-like oasis.

The Good George

Dinner with the squad in a private glass house | The Good George | North Wharf

The Good George's glass houses are the best for you and your squad - looking right out over the water and with undisturbed views of the night sky, we couldn't think of anything better. Book your dining experience in one of the private glass house now. 

The Kimchi project

For its large outdoor courtyard | The Kimchi Project | 20 Lorne Street

We love the calm and relaxing atmosphere when dining at The Kimchi Project. It's also easy to unwind there thanks to its laid back restaurant environment, and their large outdoor courtyard, which utilises a unique Feng Shui inspired setting. Perfect spot to enjoy nice Korean inspired food while relaxing.

Sunny outdoor seating area

Eat from the source | Auckland Fish Market | 22- 32 Jellicoe Street

The iconic Auckland Fish Market being just metres from the Hauraki Gulf, sell the broadest range of seafood in the country and make the experience of buying fish easy. We are spoiled with choice there with eight eateries and courtyard bar that is the perfect place for brunch or long weekend lunches.


For summer picnic vibes | Parked Up | Corner of Fanshawe & Halsey street

Get your group of 10 together for a few drinks and a delicious meal at the Parked Up Beer Garden. Backing right up to Victoria Park, this secret garden bar hosts live music acts plus a full lunch and dinner menu - Parked Up is destined to become your new local. 


Sit under twinkling lights | La Zeppa | 33 Drake Street

Situated directly behind Victoria Park Market, La Zeppa has created a unique atmosphere with wrought iron candelabras, dim lighting on soft brick, a large open fireplace and colourful lanterns. Magical and cosy, this rooftop is hard to beat.

Last updated: 08 September 2020