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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
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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“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
Café
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“Stunning organic free range food (eat in or takeaway) and coffee, again 5 mins up the road.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Cafe
“Here at little bird we believe our food should not only taste amazing, it should make you feel amazing too. And there are plenty of people who say it does. Raw foods naturally provide an abundance of nutrients that will make you sparkle. The best food is simply raw, organic and full of the good stuff. Try it and see for yourself.”
  • 22 locals recommend
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“Worth the walk to nearby Herne Bay. Sunday Lunch with some Oysters and a wine is the go. The perfect neighbourhood spot. Andiamo has a Herne Bay provenance that spans three decades and a fresh and modern Italian-inspired menu. By day, classic brunch dishes and coffee. In the evening, a trattoria menu by executive chef Gareth Stewart, showcases ingredients such as artisan cheeses, salumi, housemade pastas and the very best cuts of fresh fish and meat. Situated on bustling Jervois Road, the new Andiamo — ‘let’s go’ in Italian — is the quintessential local eatery and watering hole.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Arguably one of the best degustations in town, Sid Sahrawat’s high-end Indian food is a glorious combination of art, science and gastronomy. But don’t fear, taste hasn’t been sacrificed for aesthetics – it’s the whole gorgeous package. Perfect for a very special date.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“Located in Ponsonby Central Burger Burger has some of the best burgers in town.”
  • 14 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great atmosphere and cocktails - based in Ponsonby Central so easy to have a pre or post dinner drink there and eat at one of the restaurants in the Ponsonby Central”
  • 8 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“For the Best steak in town!! Also a great place to seal that business deal ...”
  • 12 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“saan is a wonderful little Thai restaurant with fabulous food. Vegetarian/vegan options available here too.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Lovely iconic building to go to for drinks and nibbles, but exquisite French restaurant if you really want to splash out!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“they Have THE best fried chicken! lovely "tapas"style restaurant with heaps of delicious Mexican dishes to share or have yourself. They also make awesome sangrias and Margaritas . Maybe have to make a reservation on the weekends.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
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“The most amazing South American cuisine and chilled out atmosphere. The staff are amazing and friendly. A great place for a bite and quick drink, a full delicious dinner or to drink the night away.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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  • 9 locals recommend