With warmer weather finally here, the season to celebrate is upon us. To help you do just that we've found the best spots in the city centre to indulge in a long lunch with your loved ones.
Saxon + Parole | Commercial Bay
Brand new to the city centre, Saxon + Parole makes for an excellent long lunch venue. With incredible views of our Hauraki Gulf, a DIY Bloody Mary bar and an extensive dining menu, you can't go wrong with a long lunch at Saxon + Parole.
White + Wong’s | 149 Quay Street, Viaduct Harbour
White + Wong’s makes for the perfect long lunch this spring and summer with a delicious and seasonal menu designed for sharing - as well as beautiful views overlooking the Waitemata Harbour bringing holiday vibes a plenty. Settle in for an afternoon of great eats and company and be sure to also check out their epic drinks and cocktail list where ''every hour is happy hour''.
Ortolana | Britomart Pavillions
A Britomart favourite, Ortolana’s beautiful outdoor dining area is made for these warmer Auckland months. Spend the morning going shopping at the many fantastic boutiques and destination stores in the Britomart precinct before relaxing for a long lunch at this urban oasis specialising in Italian and wider European fare. You won't notice how much time has passed as you enjoy the lovely surroundings of the Britomart Pavillions and each dish as it comes out.
La Zeppa | 33 Drake Street
This Victoria Park venue has one of the best city views, with it’s enormous deck decorated with colourful lanterns looking right up to the Sky Tower. Park up with a cold brew, order a selection of items from their brilliant sharing menu, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the central city.
Soul Bar & Bistro | Viaduct Harbour
With it’s gorgeous outdoor patio, hanging baskets, and serene view of the viaduct, Soul Bar & Bistro has been a long-time favourite of those who love to lunch. SOUL Bar & Bistro loves it's patrons to spend extended time in their beautiful venue, so sit back, relax and enjoy their outstanding menu for a long lunch like no other.
Euro Bar & Restaurant | Shed 22, Princes Wharf
Undoubtedly one of the best eateries in Auckland’s central city, Euro is also home to one of the best harbour views in the city. With a legendary kitchen philosophy that mixes tradition with innovative techniques and carefully selected ingredients, presenting visual inspiration on the plate, we couldn't think of a more ideal location for a long lunch with friends.
Amano | 66-68 Tyler Street
The interior of this excellent Britomart eatery is almost as gorgeous as the Italian style fare on their menu, making Amano a must-try for a long lunch. Get a table near the large windows looking out to Quay Street and soak up some sunshine, we know you'll love it!
Depot Eatery & Oyster Bar | 86 Federal Street
From acclaimed chef Al Brown, comes one of Federal Streets best restaurants - Depot. Most of the cooking done here at Depot is over charcoal or hard wood so there’s a real succulence to the flavours. Order a selection of small plates and pass them round, and don't miss out on the freshly shucked oysters.
Odettes | 90 Wellesley Street
This delightful eatery in the heart of City Works Depot is reminiscent of a chic summer beach house, making it easy to sit back, relax and unwind. Perfect for these months moving into summer, the menu at Odettes Eatery is full of spices and ingredients taking inspiration from Mediterranean, Levantine & African cuisine. With the benefit of indoor-outdoor flow onto a broad sweeping shaded area shrouded in greenery, there's no doubt that this is a great long lunch destination.
Ostro Bar & Brasserie | 52 Tyler Street
We're all about the view here in the Heart of the City, and Ostro Bar & Brasserie definitely checks this box. Set above Tyler Street and looking out over the water towards Auckland's North Shore, Ostro encourages you to come for lunch and stay for hours to take it all in. Lunch at Ostro is absolutely delicious, and one that should be added to the top of your list.
Pilkingtons | 41 Shortland Street
This garden like oasis on Shortland Street makes for the perfect long lunch location for a relaxed vibe. In the midst of Auckland's urban jungle, Pilkingtons is a utopia of calm, elegance and sophistication, offering an outstanding bottomless long lunch. For $65 per person, choose a main from the New Season Menu and enjoy bottomless Tokyo dry tap beer, vodka cocktails, Graham Norton Sauvignon Blanc and Invivo Pinot Gris.