The best hotel restaurants and bars in Auckland

Finding a hotel with memorable food and drink options is a must when you’re travelling. To make it easier for you to choose appetising accommodation when you visit Auckland, here’s a guide to hotels that boast the best restaurants and bars.

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    Discover Auckland
  • Last updated

    Apr 2024
  • Time to read

    5 mins

The Grand by SkyCity

Federal Street – where you’ll find the main entrance to The Grand by SkyCity – is lined with hot hospitality spots helmed by some of the country’s most awarded chefs. Federal Delicatessen transports you to New York City with its fun diner vibe.

Next door, Depot Eatery introduces you to the casual dining traditions of the Kiwi bach (humble holiday house), and Metita will wow you with its celebration of Pacific Island culinary traditions.

Fans of Japanese food will love MASU’s sashimi and prime cuts of meat and seafood cooked on the charcoal robata grill, and Huami dishes up impressive Chinese cuisine – do not miss the Peking duck, dry-aged for 72 hours and roasted over fruit wood in a clay oven, it’s the best in the city.

Up the Sky Tower, enjoy a side of incredible views with your cocktails at SkyBar or a sumptuous meal at The Sugar Club

The Hotel Britomart

In the heart of the city’s vibrant downtown hub, The Hotel Britomart boasts a stylish stay and a gem of a restaurant with kingi.

Enjoy seafood from the Hauraki Gulf on Auckland’s doorstep, and the pristine waters of our remote Chatham Islands. The owners of the hotel also lay claim to The Landing winery in the sunny Bay of Islands – check out  their wines on the menu.

Park Hyatt Auckland

Perched on the water’s edge in Wynyard Quarter, the Park Hyatt Auckland has plenty of choice when it comes to satisfying your appetite.

The Living Room opens onto the waterfront promenade, so you can gaze across to the city skyline as you enjoy one of Auckland’s most outstanding afternoon tea spreads. The savoury and sweet morsels served over five courses are created with a fine dining approach. The service is slick, and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.

The menu at Onemata aims to champion small-scale producers from around Aotearoa, and its award-winning sommelier Suraj GC has created his dream list for lucky diners to explore. Retire to Captain’s Bar for a premium rum cocktail.

Sudima Auckland City

The menu at East on the ground floor of Sudima Auckland City is entirely vegetarian and vegan. Regardless of dining preference, no one will feel they’re missing anything – the flavours and textures on this modern Asian menu are vibrant and satisfying.

The rooftop bar, Sunset, has an unimpeded view out to the west and plays host to a different sky each evening. Live music and DJs keep the vibes going till late. Vegetarian bar snacks by the East team are a great accompaniment to a sundowner cocktail.

If a rooftop or elevated hotel bar is your jam, there are some other great examples to gravitate towards. Located on the 20th floor of Four Points by Sheraton is gin bar The Churchill, which offers an impressive eyeful of the sun setting as well as a bird’s eye look directly down the main thoroughfare, Queen Street.

On the 38th floor of voco, Bar Albert’s floor-to-ceiling windows and terrace offer the perfect spot to enjoy creative cocktails crafted by an award-winning international team.

QT Auckland

But wait, there’s more! The rooftop bar at QT Auckland gives off a relaxing maritime feel with wide decking and view over the marina below. Plus, there’s a cosy indoor area if the weather turns.

Start your night off with a classic negroni, then head down to the ground floor to continue the night in good taste at Esther. Chef Sean Connolly’s menu oozes with the sun-drenched flavours of the Mediterranean.

The slow-roasted coastal lamb shoulder with roast garlic, anchovies and Moroccan olives is a must-try. It’s also open for breakfast, when the loukoumades (Greek doughnuts) with premium mānuka honey, pistachios and lemon cream offer a sweet, hard-to-refuse welcome to the day.

SO/ Auckland

Design-forward SO/ Auckland, with its enviable downtown location, is also a great choice for foodies. Its signature restaurant Harbour Society is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers a luxurious dining experience. Premium cuts of meat, including local and Japanese Wagyu, are cooked to perfection in a mānuka wood-fire oven.

If you’re feeling in the mood to celebrate, Oscietra caviar is on the menu in several delicious ways. And yet another excellent hotel rooftop bar to add to the list, is HI-SO. Known for its epic DJs, you can enjoy a backdrop of the Waitematā Harbour and the iconic silhouette of Rangitoto Island.

If you need caffeine and something sweet to perk you up the next day, Javalab has you sorted with Parisian-inspired bites and top-notch organic coffee.

Cordis Auckland

With a sleek tower of elegantly appointed rooms on offer, Cordis Auckland is also a hot ticket for dining at its restaurant Eight. As the name suggests, eight international kitchen stations prepare and cook up fresh flavours as you watch on with your plate at the ready.

It’s an interactive dining experience featuring the likes of a raw bar piled with local oysters, mussels and more, colourful sushi and sashimi, dim sum, gourmet cuts of meat and vegetables grilled to your preference, smoky delicacies from the tandoor, pizza and pasta plus sweet treats that encourage leaving a little room to indulge.

Cordis’ bar Our Land is Alive serves beverages exclusively from Aotearoa – it can’t hurt to go during cocktail hour (3-5pm Monday to Saturday) when $15 specials are the order of the day.

Written by Discover Auckland

Last updated 24 Apr 2024

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