American Express Restaurant Month is the perfect opportunity to try something new or re-visit old favourites, with many restaurants in the city centre putting on special dining offers during August. With so many amazing menus to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start, so we’ve selected some of the best $25 menus on offer. Make sure you add these to your must-try list.

$25 for 2 courses + side dishes

Queen's Rise, 125 Queen Street

Lowbrow. is one of the newest arrivals on the Auckland dining scene and is fondly known as the 'little brother' to inner city cult favourite, Culprit. This low key eatery is serving up the goods this American Express Restaurant Month with their special $25 menu featuring their incredible Fried Chicken Wings and getting us all tho embrace our inner child, with their signature soft serve sundae for dessert.  

$25 for 2 courses 

Victoria Street East

If you're feeling virtuous and after a wholesome lunch, look no further than Scarecrow, this gourmet cafe that also doubles as an urban farmers market (plus has a florist right next door), has one of the most wholesome menus on offer for American Express Restaurant Month. It includes a mediterranean melanzane for your main and a delicious spiced roasted pear for dessert.

Gusto at the Grand
$25 for 2 courses + a glass of wine


Every year in the lead up to American Express Restaurant Month we look forward to seeing what Gusto at the Grand will have on their special menu and we can't wait to try their offer this year. Start with their delicious garlic, rosemary pizetta (definitely not your average garlic bread!) and then enjoy their authentic Papardelle al Ragu alla Bolognese, alongside a glass of wine all for just $25.

$25 for 2 courses + a glass of wine

43 High Street

This cafe tucked away off High Street, is one of our lunchtime favourites and during American Express Restaurant Month, there are even more reasons to stop by Chuffed for your midday meal. Their 2 course menu includes gnocchi with a pumpkin pie mousse, your choice of a sweet treat from their cabinet lineup and a glass of wine.

The Crab Shack
$25 for 2 courses
Princes Wharf

The atmosphere at The Crab Shack is casual and fun, it's the type of place you get round a table with family and friends and what better time to visit than American Express Restaurant Month. On their special menu you have a choice of 2 options for your entree and main, all heroing seafood of course. Our pick is their signature Seafood Chowder, perfect for a chilly winter day!

$25 for 2 courses + a coffee

55 Shortland Street

A beautiful, light-filled cafe, Pollen is a great lunchtime destination year-round serving plenty of wholesome and delicious dishes. Their offer for American Express Restaurant Month should definitely be on your lunchtime list for August, with an incredible poke bowl, sweet treat from the cabinet and a coffee of your choice, all for $25.

Beast & Butterflies
$25 for a 2 course lunch

M Social, Quay Street

Located inside M Social along the Quay Street waterfront, Beast & Butterflies is a great destination for catching up with friends anytime of the day. We are big fans of their American Express Restaurant Month offer for lunch, where you get your choice of an entree and main or main and dessert for just $25. Our pick ... the rosemary creme brulee with creme fraiche ice cream has us intrigued!

Big Little Grill
$25 for 2 courses

Elliott Stables

Big Little Grill prides itself on their style of charcoal grilling, giving their meals a unique and delicious flavour. Experience it for yourself this American Express Restaurant Month with their popular skewers as an entree followed by your choice of main.

Spice Alley
$25 for 2 courses


This SKYCITY eatery specialises in affordable, flavoursome hawker-style cuisine from head chef Panthep ‘Pan’ Sae Sue. Spice Alley's special offer for American Express Restaurant Month includes a market fish entree and your choice of 2 options for your main.

To find out more about the amazing Restaurant Month specials, check out our selections of top $40 and $55+ menu offers.

Last updated: 01 September 2018