The judges considered over 100 contenders on not only food, but also service, drink, design and unique character. We are pleased to see that 20 central city restaurants have made the cut proving their excellence in all aspects of dining.
Here is a selection of our favourite restaurants from the list.
66-68 Tyler Street
Amano is worth a visit for both the delicious Italian-inspired menu and stunning decor bringing together a rustic feel and floral elements.
Corner Commerce and Galway Streets
This much-loved Britomart eatery has won our hearts and taste buds with its contemporary Vietnamese offering and Hanoi’s Old Quarter vibe.
5 Fort Lane
Cassia, an award-winning restaurant tucked away on Fort Lane, serves a highly innovative take on modern Indian cuisine.
12 Wyndham Street
This casual eatery combines a Yum Cha style delivery with American and European flavours. If you haven't tried it, now is the time.
116 Quay Street
Ebisu will blow you away with its sophisticated Japanese fare that combines modern techniques to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
Gusto at the Grand
90 Federal Street, SKYCITY Grand Hotel
Rustic and true to Italian values, Gusto at the Grand showcases simple food, classic flavours and fresh seasonal ingredients. It is a perfect spot to share delicious Italian dishes amongst friends and family.
2 Chancery Street
Inti is taking the central city by storm with its contemporary spin on Hispanic cuisine. Expect unique flavour combinations, high-quality ingridients and unbridled creativity.
MASU by Nic Watt
90 Federal Street
MASU is a Japanese robata restaurant and bar celebrating the best food and drink from the Land of the Rising Sun.
Soul Bar and Bistro
The ultimate Viaduct dining experience with stunning views and an excellent menu focused on seafood and other delicious local produce.
The Grill by Sean Connolly
90 Federal Street
Enjoy simple, uncomplicated food with pasture-fed meat and sustainable seafood from New Zealand’s very best producers at The Grill by Sean Connolly.
The Top 50 restaurants are now competing for the the Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year Award that will be announced on 30 April.