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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
    Le Bistro Des Gourmets
    #1 of 2,586 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 84 reviewsTripAdvisor (84)
    $ - $$ | French, European
    237 Parnell Road, Auckland Central, Auckland 1052 New Zealand
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  • #2
    Hello Beasty
    #2 of 2,586 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 91 reviewsTripAdvisor (91)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Fusion
    95-97 Customs Street West Market Square, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
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  • #3
    Gorkha Eastern Beach
    #3 of 2,586 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 100 reviewsTripAdvisor (100)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Nepali, Asian
    1C Eastern Beach Road, Auckland Central, Auckland 2012 New Zealand
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  • #4
    Fondou Cafe
    #4 of 2,586 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 130 reviewsTripAdvisor (130)
    $ | Cafe, New Zealand
    157 Hobson Street Unit G17, Auckland City Hotel, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
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  • #5
    Paris Butter
    #5 of 2,586 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 447 reviewsTripAdvisor (447)
    $$ | French, European, New Zealand
    166 Jervois Road Herne Bay, Auckland Central, Auckland 1011 New Zealand
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  • #6
    The Grove
    #6 of 2,586 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1651 reviewsTripAdvisor (1651)
    $$ | European, New Zealand
    St Patrick's Square, Wyndham St, Auckland Central, Auckland 1001 New Zealand
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  • #7
    Culprit.
    #7 of 2,586 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 369 reviewsTripAdvisor (369)
    $ - $$ | New Zealand, International, Contemporary
    12 Wyndham Street Level 1, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
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  • #8
    One Tree Grill
    #8 of 2,586 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1352 reviewsTripAdvisor (1352)
    $$ | Steakhouse, European, New Zealand
    9 Pah Rd Epsom, Auckland Central, Auckland 1023 New Zealand
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  • #9
    SidArt
    #9 of 2,586 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 872 reviewsTripAdvisor (872)
    $$ | International, European, New Zealand
    Level 1 Lamps Plaza, 3 283 Ponsonby Road Ponsonby, Auckland Central, Auckland 1011 New Zealand
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  • #10
    Sails Restaurant
    #10 of 2,586 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 535 reviewsTripAdvisor (535)
    $$ | Seafood, Grill, New Zealand
    103-113 Westhaven Drive - Westhaven Marina St Mary's Bay, Auckland Central, Auckland 1011 New Zealand
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  • #1
    Casita Miro
    #1 of 9 Places to Eat in Onetangi
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1203 reviewsTripAdvisor (1203)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Catalan
    3 Brown Road, Onetangi, Auckland, Waiheke Island 1081 New Zealand
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  • #11
    Kazuya
    #11 of 2,586 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 401 reviewsTripAdvisor (401)
    $$ | International, Contemporary
    193 Symonds Street Eden Terrace, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
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  • #2
    Tantalus Estate Restaurant
    #2 of 76 Places to Eat in Waiheke Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 126 reviewsTripAdvisor (126)
    $$ | European, New Zealand
    70 -72 Onetangi Road, Auckland, Waiheke Island 1971 New Zealand
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  • #12
    Ela Cuisine
    #12 of 2,586 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 627 reviewsTripAdvisor (627)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Indian, Healthy
    41 Elliott Street Shop M17, Elliott Stables, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
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  • #1
    Tokyo Bay
    #1 of 124 Places to Eat in Takapuna
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 364 reviewsTripAdvisor (364)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Sushi, Japanese, Asian
    20 The Strand Takapuna Beach, Takapuna, Auckland 0622 New Zealand
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  • #13
    Sid at The French Cafe
    #13 of 2,586 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1296 reviewsTripAdvisor (1296)
    $$ | French, European, New Zealand
    210 Symonds Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
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  • #14
    Revive Vegan Cafe
    #14 of 2,586 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 170 reviewsTripAdvisor (170)
    $ | Fast Food, International, Healthy
    24 Wyndham Street 33 Lorne Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
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  • #1
    Chikos Restaurant and Cafe
    #1 of 42 Places to Eat in Henderson
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 243 reviewsTripAdvisor (243)
    $ - $$ | Asian, New Zealand
    Shop 7 255 Lincoln Road, Henderson, Auckland 0610 New Zealand
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  • #15
    O'Connell St Bistro
    #15 of 2,586 Places to Eat in Auckland Central
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 451 reviewsTripAdvisor (451)
    $$ | New Zealand, European
    3 O'Connell Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
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  • #1
    Charlie's Gelato Garden
    #1 of 60 Places to Eat in Warkworth
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 201 reviewsTripAdvisor (201)
    $ | New Zealand
    17 Sharp Road, Warkworth, Auckland 0982 New Zealand
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