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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Shopping Mall
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“For the uninitiated, Ponsonby Central looks like the façade of a homeware store and a soulful restaurant with outdoor dining along a deck of plush pillowed chairs. What you’ll also notice, if you find yourself walking within 100 meters of this place, is a distinct fusion of pleasant aromas beating their way down the sidewalk. The entrance off Ponsonby Road, leads the hungry into a cavern of food stalls where one can witness meat roasting over hot coals, busy Asian men rolling Sushi and fresh fruit being crushed to a pulp for your sipping pleasure. This place is a hive. It doesn’t look like much from the street, but once inside you’ll be surprised how far this monolith stretches back into the inner catacombs. There are a tonne of fresh and hip eateries and cafés hidden within, that tantalise with their extensive menus. Whether you’re in the mood for late night cocktails and shots or roasting pork fresh off the spit, cream filled crêpes or a burger fresh off the grill, a soothing shot of coffee or something a little more organic, then Ponsonby Central can accommodate your needs.”
  • 187 locals recommend
Fast Food Restaurant
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“Less than five minutes up the road. It's a beautiful location to relax, exercise, eat, look at the animals or catch a 360 view of the city. There's a playground for the kids, Stardome Observatory, BBQ area (gas or woodfire), cafes and plenty of space to walk and enjoy.”
  • 103 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Dine at Depot, underneath Auckland's iconic landmark the Sky Tower. Depot is casual but upmarket dining from NZ celebrity chef, Al Brown. You can also combine this with a trip to the top of the Sky Tower for stunning views. ”
  • 60 locals recommend
Restaurant
“If you're looking for a fancier dinner out, Amano is the place! Right in Britomart, close to good bars etc to visit afterwards. Amano has the yummiest handmade pasta in the City!”
  • 48 locals recommend
Farmers Market
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“Simply the best Sat/Sun morning market in the North Island by far. Great food and coffee too.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“NZ chef Al Brown’s take on an old-school NYC Jewish delicatessen. Very delicious and reasonably priced with sumptuous selection of desserts. Choose any 3 great desserts for only $20 such as banoffee pie, NY cheesecake & lemon meringue pie. What’s not to love!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Traditional & contemporary Italian dishes in a lively, laid-back atmosphere.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Fabulous Italian food and a buzzy, modern vibe. Great cocktails! A quick ferry trip over to the city, then stroll along the waterfront to North Wharf.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bistro
“Delicious Italian food on K Road, really fun vibe - yummy pasta, Good Happy Hour with seats outside.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Specializing in fresh local seafood and award-winning modern NZ cuisine, enjoy a unique dining experience in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Majestically situated in the heart of Coromandel Township, enjoy the sun soaked courtyard and shaded verandas over summer and cosy dining next to an open fire during winter. Fully licensed, open 7 days.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a bar, restaurant, cafe and hosts gigs every weekend through out summer. Great for pizza and beer after snorkelling at Goat Island or surfing at Pakiri and then stay till late for the always awesome music scene.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great for lunch and dinner. Make sure you make a reservation. Number: 09-372 2222”
  • 49 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Again, going with the classics here... the ones that have stood the test of time. Always reliable. It's not for everyone, some people like a bit more grit but SPQR is a favourite.... you'll understand why as soon as you enter, it's a bit fancy but in an Auckland way... put your Gucci sneakers on ladies and put the Clicquot on ice and keep it coming”
  • 41 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“One of the most popular restaurants on Ponsonby Road- Delicious South East Asian Fusion food & unique cocktails A personal favourite.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great food and fantastic harbour views. Casual yet classy. The Sunday roast is a winner! They also have a bar and outside balcony for summer evening drinks.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Restaurant
“World-class modern Japanese from an internationally acclaimed chef, minus the intimidating vibe.”
  • 16 locals recommend