Uptown Dining

Staying at Waldorf St Martins in Grafton? Or perhaps you're just keen to see what uptown Auckland CBD has going on? Check out our recommendations for uptown dining

Gina's Italian Kitchen

One of Auckland's favourites, Gina's is not the place to go if you're looking for a quiet dinner but IS the place to go if you want to have a fun night out and enjoy great italian food.

Known for its rowdiness and delicious pasta's, a night at Gina's will not quickly be forgotten - especially if it's your birthday. You have been warned!
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Credit: Gina's Italian Kitchen

Uptown Freehouse

Love beer, food AND historic buildings? Uptown Freehouse is the place for you! Located inside an old post office at the top of Symonds St, this contemporary pub has 12 beers on tap at all times and a great modern dinner menu until late.

Uptown Freehouse also offers breakfast in The Alley until 2pm
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Credit: Uptown Freehouse

The French Cafe

Lauded as one of the best restaurants in the world, if you're a fan of exquisite food The French Cafe offers degustation menu is not to be missed. Consistently awarded top awards for food and service - it pays to plan well ahead of time if you want to dine here.
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Credit: The French Cafe

K' Rd

Vibrant K’ Rd (Karangahape Rd) is home to a wide range of some of the coolest dining in the city. Take a walk down this bustling street and you will find an array of international foods, funky bars and plenty of oddities.

  • K’Rd Food Workshop - Three eateries and a bar - El Sizzling, Moustache, Popped and Love Bucket
  • Apero - This ex-tattoo parlor is now a gorgeous restaurant and wine bar - very romantic!
  • Mexicali Fresh – Healthy Mexican kitchen serving delicious Mexican food and drinks in an upbeat casual setting.
  • Sals Authentic New York Pizza – Secret family recipe from the streets of New York to Auckland, by the slice or by the box. Money back guarantee the ‘best pizza you’ve ever had’.
  • Renkon – Japanese Donburi. Eat inside their intimate restaurant or take away. Great value for money.
  • Coco’s Cantina – Rustic Italian in a small & stylish setting.
  • Pok Pok - One of Metro magazines top 20 cheap eats - Delicious, affordable Thai food.
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Credit: Apero

Number 5

Number 5 is an upscale restaurant serving French-inspired New Zealand cuisine in an elegant, old-world space, just a few minutes walk from Waldorf St Martins on City Rd. If locally sourced meat cooked to perfection paired with seasonal vegetables is what you desire, Number 5 is the place for you.

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Credit: Number 5

Da Vinci's Restaurant

If it is Italian you crave, but you're looking for somewhere a little quieter than Gina's - Da Vinci's Restaurant is a great option! Located just a few minutes from Waldorf St Martins, on City Road, Da Vinci's is a long-standing favourite of guests and staff alike. 
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Credit: Da Vinci's
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