Romantic restaurants in Auckland

Can you feel the love tonight?

Wael Makki | Date posted - 22 Nov 2018

Looking for the best table for two in town? We can offer a helping hand. Here’s our list of the hottest spots and most romantic restaurants in Auckland. From traditionally chic to chilled-out and relaxed spots, you’re in for an exciting evening wherever you decide to go.

Kazuya

This Japanese eatery offers European cuisine with Japanese essence, and it combines quality ingredients in a culinary, discreet, and contemporary setting. Their mission is very simple, to “make our guests smile”. So if you’re looking to make your date happy, this one’s the right spot. They don’t offer an a la carte menu option, only three, four, and seven-course set menus. Share their full degustation ten-course menu with your partner and you’ll be in for a romantic evening.

Cooke’s

Located in the lobby level of Hotel Grand Windsor MGallery by Sofitel, this luxurious yet affordable restaurant offers carefully crafted dishes designed “with sharing in mind”. From buffalo curd and smoked duck to grilled cauliflower and line-caught fish, their menus will bring sparkles to you and your beloved one. Don’t miss out on their savoury desserts and especially their ricotta cheesecake, our favourite one! Oh, and if you’re about to get lucky, don’t hesitate to book one of their fabulous room. (wink wink)

Culprit

It’s simply impossible not to be seduced by Culprit’s tasty food and warm atmosphere. This little gem works in collaboration with New Zealand’s best producers, growers, and farmers to bring the freshest and best of local food. Owned by reputed chefs Jordan MacDonald and Kyle Street, they’ve come up with a tasty menu inspired by their local bounty and their travels through the States and Europe. If you’re looking for a cosy, romantic restaurant in Auckland with refreshing food and a friendly atmosphere, Culprit is your match.

TAO

There are no quiet corners at TAO, meaning there’s not much risk of awkward silence. This Asian restaurant is known for its contemporary fusion cuisine and seasonal, fresh food. It’s open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, and some of their plates are designed for sharing. This spot is classy, yet affordable, and is definitely one of the most romantic restaurants in Auckland. By the way, “TAO” is derived from the Chinese philosophy that nurtures the understanding of balance and harmony. Who knows, it might bring you luck for your date night.

Lava Dining

If impressing your date is what you’re looking to do, then try French cuisine. Popular chef Sebastian Hindrichs delivers flavour and flair with an innovative menu, tastefully blending the best local produce. The restaurant is located inside the prestigious Sofitel and the venue is original and quirky. At Lava Dining, expect an intimate dining experience with breathtaking views. Bon Appetit!

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