Ah romance, there’s nothing quite like it. Staring deeply into each other’s eyes, holding those hands and cuddling just warms the heart. And to help you make that love even stronger, we’ve rounded up Auckland’s most romantic restaurants. These places will leave you feeling like you’re living your own rom com or fairy tale. Text, call, poke your better half now and let them know you’ve got the next date sorted. Food, wine, views, they’re all here.
Enjoy the masterpieces brought to you by chef and owner Sid Sahrawat, while overlooking some of the best views in Auckland from Sidart. If you’re in the mood to try something different, head to the test night on Tuesdays—the menu changes weekly to bring you a surprise the team has been working on. Or, opt for the Discovery Menu available Wednesday to Saturday. It consists of seven courses and some appetisers that look like a dream.
Warm and cosy, The Grove is the perfect destination for romance. The flavours will take you away and you’ll find it difficult to pick a favourite dish. Here you’ll find degustation dining—you can choose petit degustation consisting of nine items or full degustation consisting of twelve. Oh, and we can’t forget about the wine —The Grove has you covered with a comprehensive list.
For a dimly lit and intimate setting, head to Clooney. With impeccable presentation and a tasting menu featuring more than twelve courses, you will be taken on an exciting journey that brings New Zealand’s regions straight to your plate. If you’re vegetarian, don’t worry there’s a special menu dedicated just for you. Why not go all out and experience the private dining area where you’ll get to see executive chef Jacob Kear perform all the magic right in front of your eyes?
Paris. Butter. The name says it all. Treat yourself and your date, you will not be disappointed. Have your ‘gram ready for the pics that look too good to be true. You can’t get enough of this place, and guess what you might even get a French kiss at the end (from your date ofc). J’adore <3
The Sugar Club
If you’re looking for fine dining where global ingredients form exotic combinations, head to The Sugar Club. Whether you’re looking for lunch or dinner the menu will have you tasting more flavours and ingredients than you would out of one meal. Pair it with a beverage from the Contemporary selection inspired by favourite perfumes and historical references. Sitting high above the city, the views are sensational.
Dedicate and entire day to see everything Casita Miro has to offer. Starting off with a ferry to Waiheke, experience an escape like no other. This Spanish deco vineyard will take you to a whole different world. Take time to soak in the four course fiesta with wine to match.
If that SO spins you right round, baby right round, then Orbit 360 is your romantic spot. Experience breathtaking views of the city while enjoying your picture perfect meal with your loved one. This is New Zealand’s only rotating restaurant offering 360 degree views so it’s worth it. Arrive early to take advantage of your complimentary access to the Sky Tower.
Cable Bay Vineyards – The Dining Room
Views, wine and dine, Cable Bay Vineyards has it all. The luxurious dining room features floor to ceiling windows that look out onto the bay and truly is the perfect escape from your city life. During winter, cuddle up with the company of the fire place. The ambience is minimalism at its finest. While you’re there don’t forget to enjoy the award-winning wine!
Take a trip to Euro to experience fine dining right next to the sea. While everything on the menu looks breathtaking, the dessert menu is the key to a true romantic meal. Try the Valrhona chocolate ganache consisting of caramel tuile, whipped ‘dulce de leche’, and malt ice cream or Ricotta cheese cake, Graham cracker crumble, blueberries and ice cream.
Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill
Feeling fishy? Head to Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill for premium seafood, supported by spectacular views of the Auckland harbour. The raw bar offers quality New Zealand fish for their sashimi selection and seafood platters. The tapas feature both hot and cold appetizers, so take your pick. They also have a lunch and dinner menu perfect for any occasion.
Experience a something different at Azon. It’s a Filipino-inspired restaurant where every dish tells a story of culture and history. The food is great and beautifully laid out—we recommend the chicken and pork abodo or the prawn curry. The amount of thought that’s gone into the interior decorations is inspirational too.
You don’t need to book a flight to be transported to a magical destination! All you need to do is hop onto a ferry to Mudbrick. With stunning views overlooking the Hauraki Gulf and Auckland City, this is one to steal your heart. You’ll feel like a main character in one of those rom coms that you love. There’s an a la carte or degustation menu for you to choose from.
From vibrant colours to creativity, Pilkingtons is the place to be. They’ve put their heart into not only the food but the interior as well. Outside, be prepared to get lost in the Mediterranean-inspired garden or head inside to absorb the beautiful lights. The food is overseen by none other than Des Harris who creates delicious dishes that will please your belly and keep your SO happy.
Last but not least, Ortolana offers a European-inspired menu with produce straight from their own farm—it doesn’t get any fresher than this. The menu changes regularly, but we can assure you, you won’t be disappointed. Easily one of the most beautiful restaurants in Auckland, head to Ortolana in the evening and sit beneath the twinkling lights for some serious romantic vibes. When it’s time for sweetening, then next door’s Milse have you covered in style.
Image credit: Kellie Blizard at Ortolana