A good meal becomes a great meal when it’s paired with a glass of your favourite vino. You bring the booze and they’ll take care of the food at any one of these fine Auckland establishments. Read on to discover the best BYO restaurants in Auckland and get ready to eat, drink and be merry!
There are a lot of things to love about Sri Penang. Firstly, their Malaysian chicken curry is all sorts of amazing. Secondly, the owner, Angie, is one of the friendliest people in Auckland. And lastly, corkage is a measly $1 per person. Need we say more? Pro tip: order lots of rotis.
You can’t call yourself an Aucklander until you’ve scoffed 20 dumplings dressed in your Friday night best at New Flavour. Gather your squad, grab a bottle of Passion Pop from the Liquorland down the road and demolish a plate of tasty morsels before you hit the town.
Average customer service is all too common at BYO restaurants, but Symonds Indian is an exception. The owner, Arun, is all smiles as he serves up some of the best curries in town. And, when you return again (which we guarantee you will), he’ll greet you like a long lost family member. Love ya, Arun!
If you enjoy nice décor and friendly customer service, don’t visit Canton Cafe. However, if it’s good times you’re after, Canton is your one stop shop. Book a table, recruit your tribe and load up on garlic prawns and Lindauer. A night out at the iconic Chinese restaurant is always a distinctly rowdy affair.
Joy Bong Thai
Joy Bong Thai is certainly one of the tastiest BYO restaurants in Auckland. The pork ribs with tamarind, ginger and soy glaze are not to be missed. Life’s too short to say no to dessert especially when we’re talking about these infamous banana fritters. Or if you’re after a feast, opt for the banquet menu at just $29.50 per head.
Covo Restaurant & Bar
Covo Restaurant & Bar, is one of the best BYO restaurants in Auckland. Take inspo from Lady and the Tramp and share a plate of Covo’s delicious homemade pasta with your significant other. Pro tip: save room for tiramisu—there’s no need for sharing when it comes to this dessert.
Raja’s Indian Restaurant & Bar
Serving curry to the eastern suburbs is Raja’s Indian Restaurant & Bar. Here, the curry is just the way we like it—thick, flavoursome and with generous chunks of meat. Seriously, this Botany Road restaurant dishes up some of the best Indian food in Auckland—the fact that it’s BYO is just a bonus. Whip out the garlic naan and you’re in the safe zone.
Tucked away behind KFC on Balmoral Road you’ll find Thanya Thai. The hidden gem is classy and totally date night appropriate, so grab a bottle of red and your lover and settle in for the night. With the menu boasting all the classics, you’ll find your favourite green curry, pad thai and curry puffs awaiting.
Mutiara Malaysian restaurant takes inspiration from Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine. Our top picks are the butter prawns (flavoured with garlic, chilli and fragrant curry leaves) and the traditional rendang kampung (a thick, spicy coconut curry served with either beef or chicken). Rock up to this Ponsonby gem with your brown-papered bottle in hand and eat your way through the extensive menu.
To BBQ or not to BBQ? That IS the question at Korean BBQ joint Faro. And, in our humble opinion, we vote BBQ. Choose from a selection of raw meat dishes (the pork belly and marinated beef steaks are our faves) to cook on your very own grill and enjoy with tasty sides. Whether you’re trying to impress your Tinderella or your friends from out of town, Faro’s interactive dining experience is your go-to.
Wine bottle in hand or not, Moto Sushi is the Japanese joint you need in your life. Located down wooden fairy lit stairs in Parnell, the small bustling restaurant is a favourite amongst locals. The bento box is our must-have off the menu and perfect for first timers as it provides a taste of everything. There’s also no going wrong with a classic teriyaki chicken roll, served with freshly cooked rice and avo.
Pane e Vino
Just like their website says, “When you visit Pane e Vino, you’re in for a treat!”. This is a perfect spot for the pizza lovers. Grab your crew together and devour a few slices over your favourite drink. The menu is plentiful, with not just one but SIX different sorts of bruschetta in the antipasto section. You’ll be greeted with ‘Ciao Bella’ and you’ll have a hard time wanting to leave the beautiful interior of this place.
Okay, this one’s edging on the pricey side with a minimum spend of $20 in order to make you allegeable for the BYO at Sawadee. But trust me, it’s worth it. We recommend getting the starter platter to share as an entree complete with spring rolls, gari puffs, prawn patties and satay skewers. After all, messy thai food and a bottle of red are the ingredients of a night to remember.
This list wouldn’t be complete without a mention from our friends over at Nishiki. A generous space that seats even the largest of crowds, round up your crew and eat (and drink) yourselves silly. Don’t leave without trying the infamous Japanese pancake though, it’s one thing you’ll remember from the night for sure!
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