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What to Eat in Auckland

Kiwi cuisine is all about fresh, local fare. In Auckland, expect to find top-notch seafood, plenty of lamb and a handful of signature desserts. Local seafood offerings include green-lipped mussels, fish and chips, whitebait fritters and bluff oysters. You'll also find roast lamb on most Auckland menus. And for dessert, you can't go wrong with a scoop of hokey pokey (vanilla with pieces of honeycomb) ice cream or a slice of Pavlova (a meringue-based treat topped with fruit and named after Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova).

Everything from casual pubs to fine dining establishments can be found in Auckland. Specialty cuisines (think: Indian, Japanese and French) are also prevalent throughout the city. Kazuya Restaurant, The Grove Restaurant and One Tree Grill Restaurant are just a few traveler favorites for upscale meals, while eateries like Azabu and Ela Cuisine impress diners with their reasonably priced ethnic dishes. Other standout eateries – such as the Sky Tower's The Sugar ClubDepot Eatery and Oyster Bar, Best Ugly Bagels and Federal Delicatessen – are linked to celebrity chefs like Peter Gordon and Al Brown.

If you're 18 or older, save time to sample some of the City of Sails' world-renowned wine. Bordeaux-style red wine and chardonnay are the most commonly produced wines in Auckland's three wine regions: Waiheke Island, Matakana and Kumeu.

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  • #1
    Fondou Cafe
    #1 of 2,539 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 121 reviewsTripAdvisor (121)
    $ | Cafe
    157 Hobson Street Unit G17, Auckland City Hotel, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
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  • #2
    Paris Butter
    #2 of 2,539 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 404 reviewsTripAdvisor (404)
    $ - $$ | French, European
    166 Jervois Road Herne Bay, Auckland Central, Auckland 1011 New Zealand
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  • #3
    The Grove
    #3 of 2,539 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1561 reviewsTripAdvisor (1561)
    $$ | French, European, New Zealand
    St Patrick's Square, Wyndham St, Auckland Central, Auckland 1001 New Zealand
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  • #4
    One Tree Grill
    #4 of 2,539 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1287 reviewsTripAdvisor (1287)
    $$ | Steakhouse, European, New Zealand
    9 Pah Rd Epsom, Auckland Central, Auckland 1023 New Zealand
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  • #5
    SidArt
    #5 of 2,539 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 852 reviewsTripAdvisor (852)
    $$ | International, European, New Zealand
    Level 1 Lamps Plaza, 3 283 Ponsonby Road Ponsonby, Auckland Central, Auckland 1011 New Zealand
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  • #6
    Kazuya
    #6 of 2,539 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 389 reviewsTripAdvisor (389)
    $$ | International, Contemporary
    193 Symonds Street Eden Terrace, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
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  • #7
    Ela Cuisine
    #7 of 2,539 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 587 reviewsTripAdvisor (587)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Indian, Healthy
    41 Elliott Street Shop M17, Elliott Stables, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
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  • #8
    Sid at The French Cafe
    #8 of 2,539 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1280 reviewsTripAdvisor (1280)
    $$ | French, European, New Zealand
    210 Symonds Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
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  • #9
    Culprit.
    #9 of 2,539 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 250 reviewsTripAdvisor (250)
    $ - $$ | New Zealand, International, Contemporary
    12 Wyndham Street Level 1, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
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  • #10
    Madriz Spanish Restaurant & Tapas Bar
    #10 of 2,539 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 135 reviewsTripAdvisor (135)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Spanish
    Corner Fort Lane and Customs Street East, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
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  • #1
    Casita Miro
    #1 of 9 Places to Eat in Onetangi
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1127 reviewsTripAdvisor (1127)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Wine Bar, New Zealand
    3 Brown Road, Onetangi, Auckland, Waiheke Island 1081 New Zealand
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  • #11
    O'Connell St Bistro
    #11 of 2,539 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 435 reviewsTripAdvisor (435)
    $$ | European, New Zealand
    3 O'Connell Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
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  • #12
    Revive Vegan Cafe
    #12 of 2,539 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 167 reviewsTripAdvisor (167)
    $ | Fast Food, International, Healthy
    24 Wyndham Street 33 Lorne Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
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  • #13
    Clooney Restaurant
    #13 of 2,539 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 894 reviewsTripAdvisor (894)
    $$ | New Zealand
    33 Sale Street Freeman's Bay, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand
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  • #14
    Azabu
    #14 of 2,539 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 466 reviewsTripAdvisor (466)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Fusion
    26 Ponsonby Road Ponsonby, Auckland Central, Auckland 1011 New Zealand
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  • #15
    Giapo
    #15 of 2,539 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2783 reviewsTripAdvisor (2783)
    $ - $$ | New Zealand
    12 Gore Street Corner with Gore Lane Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
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  • #1
    Chikos Restaurant and Cafe
    #1 of 37 Places to Eat in Henderson
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 234 reviewsTripAdvisor (234)
    $ - $$ | European, Asian, New Zealand
    Shop 7 255 Lincoln Road, Henderson, Auckland 0610 New Zealand
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  • #16
    Cassia
    #16 of 2,539 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 532 reviewsTripAdvisor (532)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian
    5 Fort Lane, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
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  • #1
    Tokyo Bay
    #1 of 116 Places to Eat in Takapuna
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 306 reviewsTripAdvisor (306)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Sushi, Japanese, Asian
    20 The Strand Takapuna Beach, Takapuna, Auckland 0622 New Zealand
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  • #2
    Tantalus Estate Restaurant
    #2 of 72 Places to Eat in Waiheke Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 108 reviewsTripAdvisor (108)
    $$ | European, New Zealand
    70 -72 Onetangi Road, Auckland, Waiheke Island 1971 New Zealand
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