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 on Federal
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.
59 Federal St, Auckland, 1010, New ZealandBook The Cut
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.
M16-41 ELLIOTT ST, CBD, New ZealandBook Besos Latina
Rockefeller Champagne and Oyster Bar
If there’s a person out there who doesn’t enjoy treating themselves, we’ll eat our hats. So what better way to do that than with champagne and oysters at the Rockefeller Champagne and Oyster bar? Describing themselves as “luxury punk” they serve delicious champagnes by the glass, tasty nibbles and everyone is welcome. It’s one of the best restaurants in Auckland to celebrate great friendships in a chilled-out vibe.
104 Fanshaw, Auckland, New ZealandBook Rockefeller
Looking for somewhere with a cool vibe where you can just hang out with your pals? We’ve found it at MR TOMS. Focusing on good food, done right, MR TOMS has an amazing selection of sharing plates, from cheeseboards to salt and pepper squid, pizzas, and a classic menu of traditional mains. Pair it all with some cocktails that the expert bar team have created and relax. If you decide to go on a Sunday there’s even live music too.151 Ponsonby Road, Auckland City, New Zealand, 1011 Book MR TOMS
The Garden Shed
A bit different from the ramshackle wreck your dad would call a shed, The Garden Shed is an oasis of peace in the middle of bustling Auckland. Another one of our picks that features sharing food, The Garden Shed is perfect, whether you’re a devoted carnivore or you prefer your animals running around. If you’re a bit short on evenings, why not go for a tasty brunch? The Garden Shed is one of the best places in Auckland for a gathering as their weekend brunches are delicious and even better when washed down with their famous Bloody Marys.
470 Mount Eden road, Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand, 1024Book The Garden Shed
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