Metro magazine's Top 50 list of the best restaurants in Auckland for 2021 featured an amazing 17 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 music, the atmosphere and that "X-Factor" that make 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 more casual restaurant/wine bar on its qualities as a casual restaurant/wine bar. So make sure you check out the following places in the heart of the city, and click here for the full list. 


A sophisticated New Zealand restaurant and a concept straight from the heart, award winning New Zealand Chef Ben Bayly and team bringing the very best of New Zealand hospitality to Commercial Bay.  


Designed to bring joy, comfort and pleasure. Flamed, charred and smouldering from fire, alma’s food style travels through seasons, produce and localities from our own neighbourhood whilst nodding to a few from afar. Alma 
has won Metro Restaurant of the Year awards' Best Smart Dining and The Produce Company Best Chef Award (Jo Pearson).


Amano is one of Britomart's most prominent restaurants with a seasonal menu that is sure to tempt your palate.

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This Italian restaurant is a sophisticated casual dining in Wynyard Quarter. Rated Metro Peugeot's Restaurant of the Year 2019's Best Service winner and runner-up of Best Smart Restaurant.  

Cafe Hanoi

Cafe Hanoi
A modern Vietnamese restaurant inspired by the flavours and faded elegance of Hanoi’s Old Quarter.  


Serving up Indian cuisine with a modern twist. Cassia is award-winning restaurant from famed chef Sid Sahrawat.

Depot Oyster Bar & Eatery

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.

Esther Auckland

QT Auckland's signature restaurant Esther brings the authentic tastes of the Mediterranean's sun-soaked shores to the Viaduct.

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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.


Fresh, flavour-filled Korean Cuisine, modern wines, cocktails and good times, Gochu draws on authentic Korean cuisines and flavours to bring you a new, New Zealand Korean experience like no other. Gochu has won Metro Restaurant of the Year awards' Best Casual Restaurant — Central city and Best Dish (for its milk bun).


Hello Beasty
Serving up contemporary cuisine inspired by regions of Japan, Korea and China, Hello Beasty is a cult eatery on Auckland's waterfront.


Huami, a contemporary, yet authentic Chinese restaurant on Federal Street.

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Hugo's Bistro
This all-day bistro is bringing a sophisticated European vibe to the heart of the city. 

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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.

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Mr Morris
Nestled in the old Cafe Hanoi site in Auckland’s Britomart precinct, Mr. Morris is a warm, welcoming restaurant whose name pays homage to a close family member who passed away last year. Mr Morris 
has won Metro Restaurant of the Year awards' Esk Valley Best Wine List Award and Best New Restaurant.

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The Grove
The Grove is Auckland fine dining at its best. Marrying exquisite modern New Zealand cuisine with a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere.

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The Lodge Bar & Dining
Building on Rodd & Gunn's ethos of sourcing only the finest materials, The Lodge Bar presents a carefully curated offering of New Zealand's finest wines to be enjoyed with our intricately prepared food menu.

Last updated: 10 September 2021