Metro magazine's Top 50 list of the best restaurants in Auckland for 2019 featured an amazing 18 restaurants from the city centre that made the cut.
The judges considered every aspect of every restaurant in exacting detail – the food, the service, the drinks, the fit out, the music, the atmosphere and how much their visit made us want to go back. Each restaurant has been considered on its merits, based on what the restaurant is trying to do. A formal fine dining restaurant is judged on its qualities as a formal fine dining restaurant, a bustling bistro on its qualities as a bustling bistro. So make sure you check out the following places in the heart of the city, and click here for the full list.
Serving up Indian cuisine with a modern twist. Cassia is award-winning restaurant from famed chef Sid Sahrawat
Amano is one of Britomart's most prominent restaurants with a seasonal menu that is sure to tempt your palate.
Serving up contemporary cuisine inspired by regions of Japan, Korea and China, Hello Beasty is a cult eatery on Auckland's waterfront.
Euro Bar & Restaurant
With a mouthwatering menu from executive chef Gareth Stewart, stunning waterfront views and a fresh, summery decor - it's hard not to love Euro.
This Italian restaurant puts a relaxed spin on dining, named after the Sicilian word for 'meatballs,' Baduzzi is the latest collaboration between Michael Dearth, owner of The Grove, and chef Ben Bayly.
1947 eatery presents you with some of the city's most contemporary yet authentic Indian cuisine as well as delicious intricate bespoke cocktails.
A modern Vietnamese restaurant inspired by the flavours and faded elegance of Hanoi’s Old Quarter.
The team behind Clooney's focus is to showcase the New Zealand ingredients they use and their regional diversity.
The Grove is Auckland fine dining at its best. Marrying exquisite modern New Zealand cuisine with a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere.
An American style menu with a traditional Yum Cha twist is well worth checking out at this Wyndham Street eatery.
Ebisu offers something new, a sophisticated twist on the traditional Japanese izakaya style of informal drinking and dining.
Gusto at the Grand
Classic Italian food is reborn in this culmination of chef Sean Connolly's time in Italy at this authentic restaurant in SKYCITY Grand Hotel.
This all-day bistro is bringing a sophisticated European vibe to the heart of the city.
Masu by Nic Watt
With Chef Nic Watt at the helm they serve world class Japanese cuisine in the style of a robata restaurant and bar.
O´Connell Street Bistro
O’Connell Street Bistro is an intimate dining room of twelve tables, created in the theme of a modern European back street bistro, with a cosy and well stocked bar.
Ortolana is a contemporary bistro set within an elegant, sun-filled conservatory in the Pavilions at Britomart.
Soul Bar & Bistro
Soul is in the heart of Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour, with a focus on the finest, freshest local ingredients and an emphasis on seafood.
Depot Eatery and Oyster Bar
Depot is a fast paced eatery and oyster bar by award winning NZ chef Al Brown. The focus is on seasonal produce and simple food served generously.