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Esther Auckland


QT Auckland's signature restaurant in collaboration with Chef Sean Connolly

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

The European-style bistro is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With 98 indoor seats, the light and airy space will include a 21-seat indoor bar and an al fresco dining option, with 16 outdoor seats catching the fresh salty air of the marina.

Esther's menu is inspired by Chef Sean Connolly's travels chasing food of the sun, using flavours and spices from Sicily to Southern France to Morocco. The approachable and sustainable menu features local produce and daily-caught seafood, with many items served by trolley service - think tableside salt-crusted fish, salads and desserts.

Opening hours:


  • Monday – Friday: 6.30am - 10.30am
  • Saturday & Sunday:  7am - 11am 


  • Monday – Friday: 12pm - 3pm
  • Saturday & Sunday (in March only): 12-3pm


  • 7 days a week: 5.30pm - late

Esther has also opened its rooftop bar named Rooftop at QT

Esther Auckland

Special offers at Esther

  • Aperitivo Hour

    4pm-6pm, Monday-Wednesday

    Enjoy Esther's take on the Italian philosophy that no tipple be left unaccompanied. 

    Purchase a drink Monday to Wednesday between 4pm and 6pm and you’ll be treated to a spread of Mediterranean morsels and bellissimo bites to refuel after a long day or ramp up for your evening ahead.

    No bookings necessary.

  • Time Pour Lunch

    Ongoing - Lunch hours: 7 Days, 12-3pm

    Short on time but high on flavour, Esther’s Time Pour lunch menu was designed with efficiency in mind. Tuck into Chef Sean Connolly’s personal picks for a 45-minute meal made for those who operate on double time. Served with a glass of wine, choose between Steak Frites, Spaghetti Vongole or a Roast Chicken Salad, plus Duck Fat Potatoes and Cavolo Nero on the side.

    Esther Time Pour Lunch Menu.jpg

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Last updated: 07 April 2021

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