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 sitting next to mannequins at Besos Latinos to dining in Glass Houses at The Good George, this is something a little bit fun and different to make heading out for a bite with friends memorable!

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

The Good George

Dine under the stars and watch the world goes by at The Good George on North Wharf. Book your private dining experience in one of the private glass house now. 

When personal space is important for you | Besos Latinos | 132 Halsey Street

Besos Latinos

Credit photo : Besos Latinos / Hayley Street

Without compromising your personal space and keeping customers separated from each other, Besos Latinos has found the perfect way to welcome you back to their restaurant in Wynyard Quarter. Mannequins are seated at every second table to meet physical distancing requirements and keep the ambiance fun!

For a panoramic view of the city | Orbit 360º Dining or Sugar Club | 86 Federal Street, Level 52 Sky Tower


Situated at the top of Auckland's Sky Tower, the dining room of Orbit slowly rotates providing a truly unique experience with amazing 360-degree panoramas of the city, the Hauraki Gulf and beyond. Enjoy a delicious Kiwi-inspired à la carte menu that features the best local and seasonal produce while dining with a view.

For an old school New York experience | Federal Delicatessen | 86 Federal Street

Bar area in Federal Delicatessen

Drop into ‘The Fed’ on Federal Street for an old school NYC dining experience. Enjoy the flare and atmosphere of this inviting space, while you take your pick of classic New York deli food such as specialty meats and cured lox. Wash your flavoursome meal down with soda from the fountain or a cup of bottomless Joe’s, a real treat for the taste buds.

To watch your food being made before your eyes | Chamate | 17 Swanson Street

Interior of Chamate

For Chinese cuisine, dine at Chamate on Swanson Street. Relax in their luxurious dining space while you order from their delicious menu offering a range of Asian food, cooked with plenty of spice and flavour. Try the noodles and watch as the chef prepares them in front of you. Chamate will definitely be a captivating experience.

For the ultimate meat lovers experience | Wildfire | 137-147 Quay Street, Princes Wharf

Meat being shaved

Located on the beautiful Waterfront is New Zealand’s first Brazilian Churrascaria restaurant, Wildfire. Feel the warmth from the fireplace as you take your pick of delicious food offered to your table by the friendly and attentive staff. Enjoy the meat cooked to perfection, and a drink from their extensive bar menu, the perfect compliment to a very satisfying meal.

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

The Kimchi project

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.

For Auckland’s most creative dishes | Depot Eatery and Oyster Bar | 86 Federal Street

Interior of Depot Eatery and Oyster Bar

Depot Eatery and Oyster Bar by Al Brown is the perfect place to visit if you’re after creative food to try with friends. Using fresh, in season produce, most of the food is cooked over hardwood or charcoal to ensure flavours are succulent and beautifully cooked. Then there’s the wine list –  with many of Al’s top picks or enjoy a carafe of the great wines on tap. We love the buzzing laneway atmosphere of Federal Street - and at Depot you can sit outside under the lights watching the people walk by whilst enjoying an amazing view of the Sky Tower - you can't get any closer to it than this!

To be entertained by the chefs | Daikoku | 148 Quay St 

Interior of Daikoku

If you’re looking for dinner and a show head to Daikoku on Quay Street. The restaurant serves Teppanyaki style Japanese cuisine, where the chef prepares your food on a grill in front of you. Watch the theatrical performance by the chef’s and enjoy the delicious Teppanyaki full of Japanese flavour, it’ll be an unforgettable experience.

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

Sunny outdoor seating area

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.

To feel like you are in Paris | Le Chef | 13 O'Connell Street

Le Chef

For a traditional French experience in Auckland city centre, visit Le Chef on O'Connell Street.  Le Chef has just finished their renovations and are now bringing you an old-style Parisian bistro - an unpretentious place that celebrates good traditional food and wine, with a cozy, yet lively atmosphere and great conversation. We love sitting outside an enjoy a glass of wine under the festoon lights. 

Last updated: 09 June 2020