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14 of the most romantic restaurants in Auckland has – Valentine’s Day or date-night approved

The City of Sails is blessed with many world-class restaurants. These are our pick of the most romantic restaurants Auckland has on offer. Each and every one is a great choice for a special night out with your special someone.

With gorgeous city views and a generous share of incredible restaurants, Aucklanders are spoilt for choice in terms of dining options.

In recent years the scene has exploded as locals have come to appreciate the incredible produce that we enjoy in New Zealand.

A fried chicken garnished with slices of cucumbers and caviar on a brown, wooden circular bowl, fried meat with cilantro on top on another wooden plate but smaller, another meat garnished with sauce and long chilli pepper sliced in lengthwise on a gray plate, a thinly-sliced bacon behind, and glazed meat on a small oval platter.

From delectable entrees to world-class mains and stunning desserts, Auckland City now enjoys endless options.

How though does one choose the best place to treat their date with so many options?

Whether you’re looking to treat your better half on Valentine’s Day or are just looking for a new favourite restaurant for your next date night, the following restaurants are our pick of the most memorable, romantic options in the City of Sails.

The Most Romantic Restaurants in Central Auckland – Perfect for Valentine’s Day (or a Memorable Date Night)

Cibo

A favourite amongst in-the-know foodies, Cibo has proudly served Aucklanders for more than 20 years. Tucked away within an old chocolate factory, this is one of Auckland’s best-kept secrets.

There, they blend exotic, interesting flavours with familiar products – creating exquisite food that gives a nod to home cooking.

With a beautiful restaurant and a courtyard available, dining have their pick of the spots at Cibo.

Without a doubt, this is one of the best restaurants in Auckland for a special night out.

Menu Highlights:

  • Venison loin with pastrami crust, cashew cream, cocoa, and beets
  • Pork belly with rib, gnocchi and watercress
  • Paris Brest, ‘Black & Blue’, blackberry, blueberry, lemon, and praline

91 Saint Georges Bay Road, Parnell, Auckland 1052

Phone: +64 9 303 9660

Related: The best restaurants in Parnell.

Botswana Butchery

Offering relaxed dining with a sophisticated atmosphere, Botswana Butchery successfully straddles two worlds.

There you’ll find flavourful meals sourced locally – with a particular focus on quality meat from the South Island. As the name would suggest, they serve a variety of meat-based dishes cooked to perfection. Our less-carnivorous diners will be pleased to learn that they also offer fantastic seafood and vegetarian dishes too.

With a lively bar on-site, they’ll whip you up a signature cocktail or make a superb wine recommendation, rounding out any special occasion perfectly.

Located in the heart of Auckland City, they are perfectly positioned for a romantic evening stroll through the Viaduct post-dinner.

Menu Highlights:

  • Pan Seared Hokkaido Scallops with Cauliflower golden raisins, pancetta, pea tendrils
  • Botswana Peking Duck with cucumber, carrot, spring onion salad, steamed pancakes, and hoisin
  • Raspberry Chocolate Marquis with chocolate brownie, raspberry chocolate Crémeux, and raspberry sorbet

Ferry Building 99 Quay Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010

Phone: 09 307 6966

A dish on a white plate featuring whole garlic, green rounded leaves of an edible plant, yellow sauce, and a thick cut steak with sauce poured over it.

The Sugar Club

With an incredible reputation, The Sugar Club is normally overflowing with New Zealand tour groups and independent travellers.

Fortunately for those of us currently in New Zealand, now is the perfect time to book a table and experience what all the fuss is about.

We guarantee you, it will be worth it!

There you will experience a relaxed, chic atmosphere, where they serve incredible food, a well-curated wine list and memorable, creative cocktails.

With a focus on seasonal produce, everything at the Sugar Club is served fresh and tasty, with famously bold flavours. The talented kitchen team effortlessly combine unexpected textures and flavours and plate everything up to perfection.

What’s more, your date will be left breathless as they enjoy the view – 53 floors above the City, from the top of the Sky Tower.

Menu Highlights:

  • Braised pork with black garlic, quinoa, coconut
  • Coastal lamb with sumac and celeriac
  • Plantation white rum with Maraschino luxardo liqueur, pink grapefruit, lime

Corner of Federal and Victoria Streets level 53, Sky Tower, Auckland 1010

Phone: 09-363 6365

A green powder matcha sprinkled on top of edible plant leaves covering a delicious dish.

Sails Restaurant

Where better to enjoy stunning coastal views in with City of Sails than from the Southern Hemisphere’s largest marina? Sails Restaurant located at Westhaven has been a popular date-night option for the past three decades, so you know there’s plenty to get excited about.

Overlooking thousands of yachts, the Auckland Harbour Bridge (which is undoubtedly beautiful when it is lit up at night), North Head and Rangitoto, this is one of the most romantic restaurants Auckland has on offer.

The food at Sails is top-notch. They focus on fresh, complementary flavours, with the number of awards speaking for themselves. Though their menu is extensive, we recommend heading there for gorgeous seafood and an excellent wine match.

What’s more, the restaurant comes complete with unlimited free parking – a feat otherwise unheard of in Auckland City!

Menu Highlights:

  • Spiced calamari with pickled cucumber, crushed peanut, chilli caramel and nam jim.
  • Locally sourced beef with layered agria potato, smoked bone marrow butter, jus
  • Baked cookie dough with dark chocolate, peanut butter, vanilla bean ice cream

103-113 Westhaven Drive, Westhaven Marina, Auckland 1144

Phone: 09-378 9890

Non Solo Pizza

Non Solo Pizza, affectionately known as NSP has become an Auckland institution.

Serving up authentic Italian cuisine in the heart of Parnell, there really is something for everyone here.

Recently refurbished, this fantastic restaurant provides diners with access to both a garden bar and a lively dining room.

If you’re looking for a modern and vibrant restaurant that serves a fantastic menu, this is the place you should be looking to book for Valentine’s Day (or your next date night.)

Menu Highlights:

  • Beef carpaccio with roasted beets, horseradish cream, aged balsamic, and pecorino.
  • Porchette – roasted pork belly middle served with duck fat roasted potatoes, grilled spring onion, salsa verde.
  • Milano Spritz – Hendricks Gin, St Germain elderflower, cucumber puree, lemon, salt

1052/259 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland 1052

Phone: 09-379 5358

Homeland

A new kid on the block, Homeland is so much more than just another restaurant.

Headed up by world-famous Peter Gordon and his partner, Homeland is considered the food embassy for Aotearoa and the Pacific.

From their base, they work tirelessly to connect with high-quality local food producers. They then serve Kiwi-inspired delicacies from their dining room whilst also running cooking classes, allowing us mere mortals to learn from the very best.

A visit to Homeland is not to be missed.

Menu Highlights:

  • Cider battered Moodew paneer taco with cucumber + cabbage slaw, Clevedon Buffalo feta and jalapeño aioli.
  • Chermoula braised Hawkes Bay lamb shoulder with roast garlic buffalo curd, beetroot, puffed quinoa
  • Chocolate with fig + hazelnut semifreddo, coffee brandy syrup

11 Westhaven Drive, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010

Phone: 09-869 7555

Related: 21 New Zealand Foods You Have to Try! Ka Pai Kiwi Kai.

Ahi

Though relatively new to Auckland’s dining scene, Ahi has already firmly established itself as a firm favourite amongst diners.

With a firm focus on New Zealand-inspired cuisine, award-winning Kiwi chef, Ben Bayly proudly serves up the best of our country from their stunning premise at Commercial Bay.

Ahi, which means fire in Te Reo Māori gives a nod both to the kitchen and the passion that drives their team to serve up an unforgettable dining experience – and that they do.

Combining fine dining with relaxed sophistication, this really is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion with your special someone.

Menu Highlights:

  • Grilled WAGYU bavette – Northland + pastrami beef tongue + oyster mayo + Garden beetroot, and stout onion rings.
  • BBQ’d Merino LAMB backstrap – High Country + alexander sausage + green olive tapenade + crème fraîche + garden summer greens
  • Dark Chocolate Delice – Britomart black doris plum + milk jam + cheesecake sorbet

Commercial Bay Level 2/7 Queen Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010

Phone: 022 524 4255

Two grill chefs grilling meat inside the restaurant.

Onslow

Onslow is the brainchild of Josh Emett. Having cooked in London and New York before returning to his native New Zealand, this modern restaurant combines the best of everything he’s learned over the years. And now you get to benefit!

Another sophisticated but typically relaxed restaurant (as only New Zealand can pull off), this is Kiwi cuisine exactly as it should be.

Local flavours shine through on the menu – combining a polished selection of ingredients and wine pairings.

If you’re looking for timeless style, delicious food and a fantastic atmosphere for your next dinner out, this is the place.

Menu Highlights:

  • Big glory bay salmon gravadlax fennel with honey mustard dressing, pickled cucumber, sour cream, and toasted Swiss rye
  • Harmony free range porchetta with fennel purée, savoy cabbage, and sauce charcutière
  • ‘Not Tiramisu’ layer cake with chocolate mousse, and caramel (served tableside)

9 Princes Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010

Phone: 09-930 9123

Orbit 360° Dining

The most visible restaurant in Auckland City, it’s impossible to miss Orbit 360° Dining! This iconic dining room rotates its way around the Sky Tower – the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere.

Offering modern, relaxed dining with a delectable New Zealand-inspired à la carte menu, Orbit showcases the freshest local and seasonal produce.

With unbeatable 360° views out over the city and Hauraki Gulf (as the restaurant slowly rotates), this really is the ultimate in date night perfection.

Even better, you’ll receive complimentary access to the Sky Tower viewing deck 45 minutes before your table booking and/or after your meal.

Menu Highlights:

  • Honey Soy Pork Belly – braised pork belly, smoked miso tofu, gai lan, edamame, braising broth, and shallots
  • Pan Roasted Akaroa Salmon with broccoli, fennel slaw, verjuice beurre blanc, and citrus salsa
  • Hazelnut Crémeux – arabica chocolate cream and praline crunch

72 – 78 Victoria Street West Level 52, Sky Tower, Auckland 1010

Phone: 09-363 6000

Kazuya Restaurant

Kazuya believes that a good restaurant is about so much more than amazing food.

With an eye for detail, they provide a unique fine dining experience in Auckland. They serve high-quality ingredients in a contemporary environment and time and time again are recommended by diners right across the city.

Featuring a special low-temperature, long-duration meat roasting process and traditional Japanese methods of fish preparation, this restaurant combines the best of European and Japanese cuisine.

Menu Highlights:

  • Sea eel with sweetcorn and parmesan cheese bubbles
  • Black angus beef with cos, courgette, blue cheese, and jus
  • Creme brulee with cacao nib, lemon caramel, pineapple, and coconuts

193 Symonds Street, Eden Terrace, Auckland 1010

Phone: 09-377 8537

Cafe Hanoi

More casual than most on this list, Cafe Hanoi is just as unmissable.

Housed in a beautiful heritage warehouse in Britomart, they do an excellent job of bringing authentic Vietnamese flavours into the modern era.

Featuring authentic street food (straight out of Hanoi) and modern dishes, the chefs combine the best Northern Vietnamese cooking techniques and flavours with fresh local produce.

The restaurant always has a buzz about it, making it the perfect place for a slightly more casual (but equally amazing) dinner date.

Menu Highlights:

  • Dry aged raw kingfish with lemongrass, palm sugar, Thai basil oil, and toasted rice powder
  • Tiger prawn cutlets coated in young green rice, chilli salt, and house chilli sauce
  • Jackfruit salad, caramelized oyster mushroom, carrot, soy lime dressing, and sesame rice cracker

27 Galway Street, Britomart, Auckland 1010

Phone: 09-302 3478

Sliced grilled chicken with edible green leaves, served on a bowl with brown gravy sauce.

Sid at The French Cafe

Synonymous with fine dining in Auckland, Sid at The French Cafe is a local icon.

Known especially for their degustation menu, this restaurant is the most awarded (and the best known) restaurant in all of Auckland. For people who appreciate gorgeous food in a beautiful setting, it really is unmissable.

With a 20-year legacy in the City of Sails, advance reservations are essential.

Menu Highlights:

  • Ruakaka kingfish with smoked scallops, miso, and cucumber
  • Dry aged duck with vindaloo and oyster mushroom
  • Chocolate, banana, blueberry, chrysanthemum

210 Symonds Street, Eden Terrace, Auckland 1010

Phone: 09-377 1911


Regardless of your reason for heading out, these Romantic Auckland restaurants are sure to impress your loved one.

Which will you try first?

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