Whether they're honey glazed, rubbed in spices or extra saucy—you simply cannot beat a plate of sizzling hot ribs. Even those with the finest dining etiquette have difficulty eating these in style because no matter how hard you resist, you’ve got to get your hands dirty! That’s why we take a more ‘go hard or go home’ approach to these bad boys. You don’t want to wear that pristine white shirt or bother with your favourite lippy because when it comes to ribs, your gonna be left with a sauce smudged face and one very full, very content belly. We’ve rounded up where to find the best ribs in Auckland—So the next time you stumble upon ribs, you’ll be prepared to get messy!
We’re not surprised that these Thai style pork ribs are a game changer, especially when served with Kiss Kiss’s signature Jaew sauce. Perfect for sharing, grab the ribs and a pork bun or two and you’re destined for a deliciously divine evening.
The Lula Inn
Nestled amongst Auckland’s Viaduct lies The Lula Inn, showcasing the finest of Kiwi cuisine. Our pick? The merino lamb ribs with balsamic glaze and pickled carrot (duhhh).
Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen
Here we have not just one but two indulgent options that are sure to satisfy. Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen offer St Louis-style pork rib fingers with smoked applewood and sweet chilli. And for the main? Slow cooked beef ribs with horseradish mash, gravy and crispy shallots.
AKA your meat connoisseur: To start with, Miss Moonshine’s smokes every meat selection in pohutakawa so you know it’s going to be good. Then of course, order the grass fed beef ribs smothered in smoked bone sauce and served with pickled veges.
From buttermilk fried chicken to the wild mushroom gnocci, it’s difficult to order just one thing at Degree. But to help you along, these succulent beef ribs are served with none other than smoked hickory BBQ sauce! Yes please, Degree.
Not so keen on beef? Try Mekong Baby’s infamous spiced lamb ribs cooked in green chilli and served with herb relish. We like to get these badboys as an entree so we can order the spicy chicken curry for later. #Winning
Renowned for their oysters we know… but Depot’s lamb ribs with skordalia and cumin paprika oil are some of the best ribs in Auckland. If you missed that, we said paprika oil! Holy yum.
“Coconut-braised beef short rib bun with ginger, coriander and crispy shallots”. When it sounds that good, why not mix it up and have your ribs bun style at Woodpecker Hill. The best of both worlds, right?
El Sizzling Chorizo
This ain’t one for the fainthearted, this is ribs and this is BIG. Get yourself a 500gram plate of El Sizzling Chorizo’s short ribs. They’re succulent, saucy and downright delicious.
Mount Albert’s favourite little local, Chinoiserie is bound to leave your tastebuds watering. Especially when your order includes the authentic slow cooked pork spare ribs smothered with black bean sauce.
Cleaver & Co
Pro tip: Arrive hungry. Cleaver & Co have you sorted with 1/2 kilo of these tasty St. Louis pork rack ribs! New Lynn locals can’t go past this place, located in the hustle and bustle of LynnMall.
Britomart’s Vietnamese-inspired Cafe Hanoi is a perfect choice for a romantic date night. If it’s on the cards, grab the pork spare ribs twice cooked with five spice, ginger, sesame and grilled lime. Trust us, if it’s from Hanoi, it’s going to be incredible.
This corner gem located in Epsom offers some of the finest culinary indulgences in Auckland. With the choice to get either a small or large serving, Little Jimmy's Hawke’s Bay lamb ribs with garlic, lime and chilli caramel are seriously some of the best ribs in Auckland.
Brothers Juke Joint BBQ
Brews and BBQ ribs may just be a lads dream date. Take your beau to Brothers Juke Joint BBQ and have your pick at either the pork or the beef ribs. Even better, you get to pick ya sauce and ya side too!
Exotic and abosolutely decadent, that is The Culpeper for you. We seriously cannot go past the smoked lamb ribs with date puree, yoghurt and zucchini. This is a dream!
Big Fish Eatery
This list wouldn’t be complete without a mention from our friends down at Big Fish Eatery. Akuma lamb ribs with cumin, chilli, apple and cucumber slaw get a yes please from us!
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