Gone are the days when tofu was your only option. It’s 2018, being a vegetarian is now exciting and especially in the beautiful city of Auckland. From cheap eats to fine dining, the amount of veggie spots in town has increased… a lot! So we’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up the 5 best vegetarian restaurants in Auckland. And trust us, even the curious carnivores will agree these tasty veggie venues are a joy.
Hippie vibes, fresh food and cool people. That’s what awaits you at Gypsy Caravan. Developed in the back streets of Ponsonby, this beautiful restaurant serves “modern traveller food” from every corner of the world. Their menu is innovative, full of creativity and is basically heaven for you, dear vegetarians. Try their golden beet with comte and black rice, or glaze potatoes and scallions. These guys can cater to all dietary requirements, as there are also gluten-free and vegan options. Book your spot, you’ll thank us later!
One Tree Grill
Situated alongside its famous “One Tree Hill” namesake, One Tree Grill offers a refreshing change form the hustle and bustle of inner city dining. It’s an iconic spot in town, and one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Auckland. We recommend their saffron and mushroom ravioli, beetroot salad, or new season asparagus, they’re a joy. We love them for their food but we love them even more for their wines. Meticulously selected by their sommeliers, their wines come from all parts of the world and they’re simply divine. Reserve your table and experience it for yourself.
If fine dining is what you’re looking for, then it’s fine dining you’ll get. Nestled away in an old chocolate factory, Cibo is a charming spot that has been one of Auckland’s favourites for over 20 years. The award-winning kitchen offers delightful vegetarian dishes such as beets with avocado, radish and mozzarella, or mushroom with egg, black garlic and cheese crumble. Their plates are made of simple fresh ingredients, mixed together to provide the best taste they have to offer. At Cibo, you’re in for an amazing 100% meat-free dinner.
We often associate Asian food with raw fish and grilled meat, but there’s so much more to it. Asian food has a lot of delightful vegetarian dishes, and you can find them all at Kazuya. This Japanese gem 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 reserve your seat and get ready for a happy evening at Kazuya. Quick note: their vegetarian menu is available on 5 courses and 7 courses, and their 10 course menu needs to be ordered in advance.
If you’re looking for an authentic New Zealand eatery, then this one should be on top of your list. Little Jimmy proudly showcases 100% New Zealand food and drink from small artisan producers, and their menus offer lots of different veggie options. Try their charcoal fired cauliflower, roasted parkvale portobello mushrooms, sauteed kalettes, or potato gnocchi. Accompany your meat-free feast with one of their mouthwatering wines, beers or ciders. This one is one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Auckland and one of our favourites too!