Best restaurants in Auckland

Claire Murray | Date posted - 03 Oct 2018
Uhoh, you’ve left it ’til the last minute again haven’t you? The WhatsApp group chat has been going mad with suggestions about where you should go for The Big Night Out, but no one has got it together and booked anything. Don’t worry though, we’re here with our top picks of the best restaurants in Auckland for a great evening with your gang.

The Cut

Focusing on delicious meats and tender steaks, The Cut has been at the forefront of Auckland’s casual but refined dining scene for a while now. Start off your night with some amazing Paroa Bay oysters, served either naturally or tempura style. Carry on the seafood theme for your main with salmon or market fish. If you’re hankering for something a bit more meaty, there are dishes to share or you can pick a selection of steaks from the grill. Get booking.

Besos Latina Restaurant

The name of this restaurant translates as “Latin kisses” and what could be better than a stolen smooch? Besos Latina offers authentic Latin American cooking with dishes from Cuba, Columbia, Peru, Mexico, and more, making it one of the best restaurants in Auckland for a party with your mates. Try their amazing tacos, quesadillas, or pick a selection of dishes to share. And don’t forget the tequila. It’s not a night out without tequila.

Apero Food & Wine

“Apero is not about creating a dynasty, but about building a restaurant where honesty, integrity & consistency are paramount.” That’s some wise words! This casual restaurant is located in an old tattoo parlour and was opened by Mo & Leslie, a young couple who always dreamt to open their own place. Their menu offers great dishes that are all about simplicity and quality and they’ve got more than 30 different wines from across New Zealand. I’m in!

Cooke's Restaurant & Bar

Located in the lobby level of Hotel Grand Windsor MGallery by Sofitel, this luxurious yet pretty affordable restaurant offers carefully crafted dishes designed “with sharing in mind”. From buffalo curd and smoked duck to grilled cauliflower and line caught fish, their menus will tantalise your taste buds. Don’t miss out on their savoury desserts and especially their ricotta cheesecake, our favourite one!


If you’re looking for a simple restaurant that has great food for good prices, this one should be on top of your list. From seafood to vegetables and meat, this casual neighbourhood eatery offers all types of exceptional dishes with flavour combinations. Have a look at their different menus and especially their dessert cocktails and wines (they’re insane!). This spot is one of ResDiary’s favourites in Auckland, and we know you’re going to ask for more.
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