Top 9 Spots for the Best Brunch in Auckland

Best Brunch in Auckland

Featured Image Source from Federal Delicatessen’s Facebook

By Amelia Montgomery

Brunch is not just about great food and coffee but a great experience too. For that, we’ve compiled a list of the top spots for the best brunch in Auckland for you!

Chicken salad sandwich, blueberry griddle cakes, flavoursome scones, and pane fritto with folded eggs and sausage… These are just some of the dishes you can find in our featured restaurants below.

But before we present to you our list, we’ll talk about the price range of having brunch in Auckland. This will give you an idea of how much you have to spend on one.

The Price Range of Having Brunch in Auckland

Dining out in Auckland is more often than not expensive. This is reasonable since you get delicious and well-presented food made from seasonal ingredients.

According to Budget Your Trip, the average cost of a meal in New Zealand is $17. They add that breakfast prices are typically lower than those of lunch or dinner.

Therefore, it’s safe to say that brunch lies in the middle-price range. Below is a table showing the price range and cuisine types of the top brunch restaurants in Auckland.

RestaurantCuisinePrice Range
Federal DelicatessenJewish/American$3.50 – $150
Dear Jervois CafeNew Zealand$4 – $24
Odettes EateryMediterranean$4 – $200
OrtolanaEuropean$4.50 – $350
Le ChefFrench$5.50 – $40
Fondou CafeEuropean$7.90 – $16.90
Hemingway’sEuropean$8 – $38
Mudbrick Vineyard and RestaurantEuropean$8 – $950
Goode BrothersItalian$11 – $23
Winona ForeverNew Zealand$11 – $70

Note that these prices are based on individual meal and drink items on the particular restaurant’s menu.

Since you normally won’t just order a single meal but also add drinks, sides, and desserts, the restaurant costs can add up in your bill, so you’ll have to consider this.

Anyway, you’d want to go to a brunch restaurant where you’ll enjoy their offerings, hospitality, ambience, and get value for your money.

The Best Brunch Spots in Auckland

Now that you know the prices of the top brunch spots in Auckland, let’s proceed to our list!

1)   Federal Delicatessen

Federal Delicatessen's Brunch
Image from Federal Delicatessen’s Facebook
BEST FORJewish-American deli dishes
SERVICESBrunch
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Takeout
ADDRESS86 Federal Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS09 363 7186 [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSBrunch  
Saturday and Sunday: 8.00 AM – 3.30 PM  

Breakfast  
Monday – Friday: 8.00 AM – 11.30 AM  

Lunch and Dinner  
Monday – Friday: 12.00 PM – 10.00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 4.00 PM – 10.00 PM
PRICES$3.50 – $150 Please view their menu prices here

See It Here

The owner, Al Brown, brings the NYC Jewish deli experience to Auckland people. The joint sells fine-quality meats, sandwiches, salads, and pies—and offers brunch, too.

They serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 8.00 AM to 3.30 PM. In their menu, you can find a great variety of fun and delicious dishes from sandwiches to desserts.

You can go for the Street Dog, a New York-style hot dog with Old Yella mayo and cart relish. For a taste of the sea, you can order The Best Ugly Sandwich which comes with smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, and dill.

Then you can get bottomless coffee, tea, or fruit juice to pair your meal with. Alternatively, you can get yourself a Cracker Jack or Upper East Style cocktail.

The Fed is located at 86 Federal Street in Auckland. As no bookings are taken, you can come by whenever you want.

Pros

  • Offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices
  • Outdoor seating available
  • Accepts major credit cards
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Pricey menu

Customer Reviews

One of the best brunch spots in Auckland, The Fed offers fantastic food and service, according to many customers.

Here’s the review of one customer named Juliet:

“We had a lovely experience at Federal Delicatessen!

We popped in at 730am to see if they had scones ready (before our morning hike) and saw that there weren’t any in the cabinet so we walked out. BUT, the lovely manager, Jayesh, ran after us to see if we were after anything in particular. He recognised us from the day prior when we did the same thing, but he assured us that their scones were always ready by 7am every morning. We were very pleased to hear this.

The date scones were delicious and the coffee was great! Jayesh was so lovely and his service was impeccable.

We plan to go there for another breakfast tomorrow before we leave to Auckland.

Thanks Jayesh and Federal Delicatessan!”

What’s more, Paul said of the deli:

“Went for a quick meal and the customer service was outstanding. Had the pastrami plate and it was excellent. My only complaint and this is general to all places in NZ is the price of wine. We paid $70 per bottle that I would pay under $20 for. This makes it extremely expensive taking the bill to over $200.

However doesnt detract from the superb service and food.”

2)   Odettes Eatery

Odettes Eatery's Brunch
Image from Tripadvisor
BEST FORMediterranean-inspired cuisine
SERVICESBrunch
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
ADDRESS90 Wellesley Street West, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 9 309 0304 [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSBrunch  
Weekends and Public Holidays: 8.00 AM – 3.00 PM  

Restaurant Hours  
Monday – Wednesday: 7.00 AM – 3.00 PM
Thursday – Friday: 7.00 AM – 10.00 PM
Saturday: 8.00 AM – 10.00 PM
Sunday: 8.00 AM – 3.00 PM
Public Holidays: 8.00 AM – 3.00 PM
PRICES$4 – $200 Please view their menu prices here

See It Here

Odettes Eatery is a restaurant modelled after a conservatory. It is an urban oasis with lots of greenery and fresh air outside.

Inside, the restaurant has a cosy and elegant vibe with cushions, wooden tables, and artworks. It feels spacious and relaxing and is the perfect place to be on a Sunday.

Their focus is on bringing you a local and seasonal menu with gluten-free choices. As such, you will always find something new to indulge in for your brunch.

The food is Mediterranean-inspired with delectable options like Cauliflower and Lentil Salad, Herbed Scramble, Maple Roasted Carrots, and Portobello Mushroom Steak.

They also have a wide selection of drinks for you to choose from including homemade and organic tea, strong cocktails, fresh juices, and smoothies.

Pros

  • Offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices
  • Outdoor seating available
  • Accepts major credit cards
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Credit card surcharge of 1.7%

3)   Ortolana

Ortolana's Brunch
Image from Ortolana
BEST FORGentle and warm ambience
SERVICESBrunch
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
ADDRESS33 Tyler St, Britomart, Auckland, 1010
CONTACT DETAILS09 368 9487 [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday: 7.00 AM – 4.00 PM
Tuesday – Saturday: 7.00 AM – 10.00 PM
Sunday: 7.00 AM – 4.00 PM
PRICES$4.50 – $350 Please view their menu prices here

See It Here

Ortolana prides itself on using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients for their European fare, which tastes very fresh and flavoursome.

Furthermore, the place has a warm, gentle vibe that makes you forget about your problems. It’s up to you whether you’d like to dine in the restaurant or outside.

For your meal, why not start with croissants and scones? After that, you should try out their Tagliatelle Verde that comes with parmesan, ricotta, pancetta, and green bean.

After that, you can order the Chicken Cotoletta (pictured above) with kale, walnut underneath a base of goddess dressing. This goes well with some coffee, too.

Ortolana accepts cash and credit card payments. You can reserve yourself a table before coming for your brunch.

Pros

  • Offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices
  • Outdoor seating available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accepts major credit cards

Cons

  • Pricey menu

Customer Reviews

Ortolana received excellent reviews from customers who had an amazing breakfast or brunch experience, thanks to the splendid food and their friendly and polite staff.

Here’s a nice review from one customer:

“I have cone here on many occasions, never disappoints. The service is friendly and effective, the food is simple but flavoursome if you are in town give it a go!!”

Also, check out this feedback from another guest:

“We were so impressed with our first breakfast here we returned the next day! The multifarious menu is loaded with amazing options. The mussel fritter was my favorite, but we also enjoyed he folded eggs with pork sausage and the pane fritto. Great coffee and greta service are hallmarks. Dining al fresco is also a nice option!”

4)   Winona Forever

Winona Forever's Brunch
Image from Winona Forever’s Facebook
BEST FOREnvironmentally-friendly cafe
SERVICESBrunch
Breakfast
Lunch
Takeout
ADDRESS100 Parnell Rd, Auckland, New Zealand 1052
CONTACT DETAILS+64 9-974 2796 [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Friday: 7.00 AM – 4.00PM
Saturday – Sunday: 8.00 AM – 4.00 PM
PRICES$11 – $70 Please view their menu prices here

See It Here

Winona Forever is a Parnell cafe offering Kiwi-favourite meals and beverages. It has vegan, vegetarian, keto, and gluten-free options to suit your special dietary needs.

For a fresh, energetic start to your afternoon, you should sample their Sumo Sandwich (pictured above), Salmon Benedict with poached eggs, or Big Breakfast Plate.

For a nutritious meal, you can try the Vegan Bowl or The Eton Rifle which consists of cinnamon brioche toast, poached pear, acai cream, fruits, and organic maple syrup.

Winona Forever is a 6-star eco-friendly cafe. Its team practices sustainability to reduce the carbon footprint on the planet.

Also, they have great music and atmosphere where you can hang out with your friends who woke up late to catch some breakfast.

Pros

  • Eco-friendly cafe
  • Offers gluten-free, dairy-free, keto, vegan, and vegetarian options
  • Outdoor seating available
  • Wheelchair accessible

Cons

  • Mediocre customer service
  • No deliveries

Customer Reviews

Despite the complaints about their service, the reviews have mostly been positive, especially about their cabinet food, presentation, and ambience.

Sebastian said this of the brunch eatery:

“Must try cafe in Auckland.  Cozy vibes and food is so delicious and smell divine. Great coffee and cabinet food is so good to look at and enjoy.

Must try !!!”

Furthermore, Ruby shared her experience at Winona Forever:

“I have been following Winona Forever on Instagram for the last 3 years while I’ve been in London and was so stoked to finally try their food. Not only is it incredibly Instagrammable but it’s bloody delicious! Pork belly for breakfast! I didn’t even know that was allowed! 🤤 Will definitely be coming back here WAY too often 💕”

5)   Dear Jervois Cafe

Dear Jervois Cafe's Brunch
Image from Dear Jervois Cafe
BEST FORValue for money
SERVICESBrunch
Breakfast
Lunch
Functions
ADDRESS234 Jervois Road, Herne Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS09 376 7278 [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Friday: 7.00 AM – 4.00 PM
Saturday – Sunday: 8.00 AM – 4.00 PM
PRICES$4 – $24 Please view their menu prices here

See It Here

At Dear Jervois Cafe, you can get a scrumptious brunch without emptying the contents of your wallet. Their offerings are very affordable, ranging from $4 to $24.

Every day, they procure fresh and local produce for high-quality food and taste. Their food incorporates elements of both NZ and beyond that caters to all diets.

You have to have their Eggs Bene or Mushrooms and Potato Rosti Stack which satisfy! They have healthy Acai Bowl, Zucchini Fritter, and Vegan Taco as well.

Plus, they have a great range of fair-trade coffee. This benefits the coffee planters and their communities, as they receive fair remuneration for their coffee.

Pros

  • Affordable rates
  • Offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices
  • Function hire available
  • Has outdoor seating

Cons

  • No deliveries
  • Reservations only during weekdays

6)   Ground Coffee

Image from Ground Coffee
BEST FORSpecialty Coffee
SERVICESOffice/Home Consultation, Vouchers, Coffee Products, Catering/Event Hire
ADDRESS205 Queen Street, Auckland CBD,
1010, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS[email protected]
022 497 7455
OPERATING HOURS24/7
PRICESPlease view their menu prices here

See It Here

Ground Coffee is a coffee shop that aims to provide their customers with specialty coffee. They also have coffee beans and coffee cups for sale.

Their staff is dedicated to providing the best customer service to everyone that steps foot in the cafe. Quality is guaranteed if you decide to try what they have to offer.

Their seasonal house blend is also worth checking out. They’re located in the heart of Auckland CBD, which makes them the perfect place for a quick coffee break.

Pros

  • Serves staple brunch essentials
  • Quality meals
  • Good location
  • Excellent service

Cons

  • Gets crowded during peak hours

7)   The Grounds NZ

Image from The Grounds NZ
BEST FORModern Family Eatery
SERVICESBreakfast Menu, All Day Menu, Kids Menu, Antipasto Menu
ADDRESS8/14 Henderson Valley Rd, Henderson, Auckland
CONTACT DETAILS09 393 8448
[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSWednesday: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Thursday – Saturday: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
PRICESPlease view their menu prices here

See It Here

The Grounds is a cafe that offers delicious food and quality wine to their diners. They have various menus available, such as their all-day menu, breakfast menu, seasonal menus, and more.

Their meals are prepared by seasoned chefs using the freshest ingredients. Their dishes are guaranteed to taste as good as they look.

They’re well-known as one of Auckland’s best destination restaurants, and for good reason — they’re located near the beautiful and vibrant Waitakeres. It’s definitely a one-of-a-kind place to dine in.

Pros

  • Creative, hands-on approach
  • Attention to detail
  • Seasoned head chef
  • Dedicated team

Cons

  • Can only accommodate up to 10 people without booking
BEST FORTraditional Italian Breakfast
SERVICESBrunch
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Online orders for pick-up
ADDRESS10-12 Teed Street, Newmarket
CONTACT DETAILS022 644 1466 | [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
PRICES

Mon – Wed : 7:30am – 3:00pm

Thu – Fri : 7:30am – 8:00pm

Sat : 9:00am – 8:00pm

Sun : 9:00am – 3:00pm

See It Here

“Nonna” when translated to English means “grandmother”. And true to this restaurant’s name, they serve homemade, fresh pasta with soulful sauces just like how nonna cooks it in her own kitchen.

They have an extensive menu that highlights their freshly made pasta and a wide range of pasta sauces to choose from. You may opt to choose either a traditional, regional, gourmet, or special pasta dish. Nonna also offers a breakfast menu that’s perfect for brunch, which includes their specialties: Spaghetti Bolognaise, Eggs in Purgatory as well as Salmon & Avocado Smash.

The best part of their menu is that they are inclusive of vegetarians because most of their menu items can be requested to be vegan. Enjoy the comfort of home-cooked food made by Nonna at her very own restaurant.

Pros

  • Offers vegan menus
  • All-day menus
  • Discount for online orders
  • Glutten-free options available

Cons

  • Often booked and busy

Customer Reviews

Nonna is commended by many because of their authentic all-day Italian cuisine.

Read some of their reviews left on google:

“Absolutely amazing food. Love the fresh pasta and really puts other ‘Italian’ restaurants in Auckland to shame.

After living in Europe for over ten years, and been disappointed at the other Italian restaurants in Auckland, we’ve finally found this authentic gem. Will definitely return!”

“I tried Nonna for lunch on a Friday and it was the ambiance of the place was relaxed and smart. There were plenty of fresh pasta to couple with homemade sauces to choose from and my eyes went straight for tagliatelle with chicken cacciatore sauce.

The dish was quick to arrive and it looked and smelled heavenly, fresh and aromatic. The flavours were simple and clear with sizable chunks of tender chicken, plump olives and herbaceous tomato sauce. It was simply divine!

To finish off I had to try the sweet ricotta cannoli with an espresso and this was a wonderful close to my lunch. Highly recommended!”

9) Lily Eatery

BEST FORCreative brunch cuisine
SERVICES

Brunch, Savoury and Sweet treats

ADDRESS12 Wynyard St
Devonport, Auckland
CONTACT DETAILS09 445 0243
[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSDaily 7am – 3pm
Weekend 8am – 3pm
PRICESView Full Menu Here

See It Here

Located on a tiny side street near Central Devonport, Lily Eatery is a cosy and quaint cafe that offers bold flavours. Its breakfast and brunch menu may be one of the shortest on this list, but each and every option packs a punch to one’s palate.

Savoury and sweet treats are displayed on the counter, but the true stars of the show come out from the kitchen itself. Those who are looking for a no-meat option can look at the Almond Porridge, which comes with spiced pears and ancient grains. If you want something more traditional for breakfast, Lily Eatery also offers French Toast, which is served prosciutto, bananas, and creme patt.

The menu also allows for add-ons to one’s chosen dish. Sausages, smoked salmon, and small vine tomatoes are some that they have to offer.

To accompany the scrumptious meals, Lily Eatery also serves freshly-made smoothies, cold-pressed juices, and kombucha for those on a health kick.

Unfortunately, the kitchen closes early, so if you want to try out any of their selections, it’s best to place an order before 3PM.

Pros

  • Offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices
  • Light and airy interior
  • Coffee, tea, and sweet drinks available

Cons

  • Kitchen closes at 3PM
  • Small food selection

Customer Reviews

Lily Eatery has been praised for its friendly and professional staff and delicious menu. Here are some comments left by previous customers:

“Had the best salad there yesterday! Amazing flavours and super fresh! Will be making the trip over the bridge to go back for sure!”

“Had breakfast here this morning, out of this world!
I had the corn fritters which was an absolute banger and the waitress was great too. All round winner, next level food and awesome service. This is the new hot spot in Devonport.”

And there you have it for the top brunch spots in Auckland. You’ll certainly enjoy dining at these places with amazing food and coffee and then some!

Have you got any questions for us? If you have one, kindly drop us a line and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Don’t have the budget to enjoy brunch? If so, you might also want to see our list of the best cheap eats places in Auckland.