Top Commercial Bay Restaurants in New Zealand

Commercial Bay: 11 Top Restaurants for the Foodie Frontier

Did you know Commercial Bay wasn’t always about lattes and lobster rolls? It once was a muddy marsh crisscrossed by a tidal stream. 

But the Commercial Bay we know today is buzzing with Michelin-worthy bites, and really, it’s become a foodie paradise. Having eaten our way through Commercial Bay more than once, we know all the restaurants to visit. You’ll be giving these places a visit more than once!

1. Burger Burger 

Burger Burger 

Address: Commercial Bay Level 2/7 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Sunday to Wednesday – 11:30 AM to 8:30 PM
  • Thursday – 11:30 AM to 9 PM 
  • Friday & Saturday – 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM

Phone: +64 9 390 5084

Burger Burger is known for its fresh, juicy, and flavorful burgers. Their classic is the simple beef-and-cheese burger. It’s for anyone who loves a good cheeseburger.

You can’t go wrong with the old smokey burger either. The smoky flavours from the bacon and cheddar are balanced by the tangy BBQ sauce.

Pro Tip: If you don’t feel like having a burger, give their fish tacos a try. They’re surprisingly good. 

2. Poni

Poni

Address: Commercial Bay Level 1/172 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Hours: Monday to Sunday – 11:30 AM to 10 PM

Phone: +64 9 869 7148

Poni is a vibrant place with its harbour views and boujee dishes.

Their crab and scallop ravioli is one of their most famous dishes—it’s superb if you love seafood. Or, try their daily-changing market fish. The golden raisins and capers give the fish a taste of luxury.

Meat lovers are equally spoiled for choice with their charcoal-free-range chicken thigh glazed in a satay sauce and served with refreshing cucumber noodles.

Pro Tip: Poni’s happy hour deals are Monday to Friday, 4 PM to 6 PM, so grab your friends and head over for dinner and drinks.

3. The Lodge Bar & Dining 

The Lodge Bar & Dining 

Address: Commercial Bay 7 Queen Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Monday to Thursday – 12 PM to 9 PM
  • Friday & Saturday – 12 PM to 10 PM 
  • Sunday – 12 PM to 5 PM

Phone: +64 9 884 4200

The Lodge Bar & Dining serves Kiwi cuisine cooked with flair and finesse. And the open kitchen allows you to peek behind the curtain, so to speak.

Their roasted snapper is a salty-sweet tango for all fish lovers. It’s accented by the zing of citrous and olive oil.

For those seeking something more luxurious, go with their grilled Royalburn Station lamb rack—smoky, minty, and rich.

Or the pork charcuterie is a great option too. The roasted grapes add a touch of sweetness, while the pork chop is just the right amount of savoury. 

Pro Tip: For dessert, try their passionfruit pavlova. It’s tangy and creamy.

4. Origine

Origine

Address: Commercial Bay Level 2/172 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Hours: Monday to Sunday – 12 PM to 10 PM

Phone: +64 27 674 4463

Origine is a haven for anyone seeking a modern French dining experience. This restaurant is like a sleek Parisian restaurant with a touch of Kiwi flair.

For the carnivores among us, the quasi d’agneau is your go-to. Woodfired lamb rump that smoked to perfection and that cauliflower on the side adds a pickled crunch.

And the poulet roti is a classic done right. The potato mille-feuille and the sauce supreme elevate this chicken dish.

Pro Tip: Check out their wine list for the perfect French wine to go with your meal.

5. Needo 

Needo

Address: Commercial Bay, level 2/7 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Sunday to Wednesday – 11 AM to 8 PM 
  • Thursday to Saturday – 11 AM to 8:30 PM

Phone: +64 21 669 750

Needo is a popular place serving wholesome, hearty, and generous portions of freshly made pasta (at budget-friendly prices).

Their menu features a variety of classic pasta dishes that almost everybody knows and loves. Their signature bologne is a crowd-pleaser, and the mac & cheese is a cheesy delight. You can’t go wrong with their lamb ragu either. 

Pro Tip: The garlic brioche with cheesy dip is a must-try, and you can add toppings like feta cheese, truffle oil, meatballs, and more to your pasta.

6. Nam Nam 

Nam Nam 

Address: Level 3/7 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 10 AM to 9 PM

Phone: +64 9 300 7112

Nam Nam serves up authentic Vietnamese street food, so you know the food here is delicious. It’s as if you’re eating directly in Ho Chi Minh City.

They have all the Vietnamese classics you’d expect, and some you might not. Their lemongrass sausage banh mi is one of their top sellers.

Or if you’re feeling like some soup, get their beef pho—rich and flavorful. If not, try their beef pho xao. It’s a stir-fried version of pho (with all the yummy flavours).

Pro Tip: Want a rice dish? Get their prawn and pineapple com rang. And don’t forget to try their Vietnamese iced coffee.

7. Reign & Pour

Reign & Pour

Address: Ground Floor, Shop 51/7 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Sunday to Wednesday – 12 PM to 10 PM 
  • Thursday – 12 PM to 12 AM 
  • Friday & Saturday – 12 PM to 3 AM

Phone: +64 9 280 3327

The menu at Reign and Pour is a royal feast for the eyes and stomach. They have a variety of dishes that cater to all palates.

Their gourmet burgers, like the falafel with chipotle mayo or the royal with all the trimmings, satisfy the hungriest of appetites.

Want something a little fancier? Get their Awhi farm ribeye steak.

And if you can’t decide what to get, try one of their sharing boards. Their land option is a meat bounty, the sea platter is obviously seafood, and they have a cheese board too.

Pro Tip: Book a table outside to enjoy harbour views.

8. Ahi

Ahi

Address: Commercial Bay Level 2/7 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Hours: Monday to Sunday – 12 PM to 10 PM

Phone: +64 22 524 4255

Forget generic Kiwi classics—Ahi takes you on a wild and tasteful ride. For starters, in their tapuae-o-uenuku, the venison takes on earthy notes while the black pudding is savoury, countered with the sweetness of witloof.

Another great choice is the hipi ranfurly, where lamb is caramelised with black garlic and macadamia butter. Or, indulge in a taste of luxury with the KAU lake chau—a BBQ wagyu that falls apart in your mouth.

Pro Tip: For dessert, try their strawberry soup. Strawberry and peppercorn sorbet is an unusual flavour, but in this soup, the sorbet is tied together by crystallised dark chocolate. It’s delicious and worth a taste.

9. Gochu

Gochu

Address: Commercial Bay Level 2/1 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Hours: Monday to Sunday – 12 PM to 2:30 PM & 5 PM to 10 PM

Phone: +64 210 905 2396

At Gochu, traditional Korean flavours get a modern twist, creating dishes that are innovative and incredibly delicious. The restaurant itself has a cool and contemporary vibe to it, but the real magic happens on your plate.

Their cold noodles come with a light kimchi broth and are topped with seaweed, egg yolk, and pickled radish. Or if you’re feeling a little fancy, get the kingfish in a delicate apple and anchovy consommé.

But of course, no meal is complete without dessert, and Gochu doesn’t disappoint. Get the bingsoo with dulce de leche, sweet red beans, and chewy rice cakes.

Pro Tip: If you’re really not sure what to get, try Gochu’s “leave it to the chef” option. For 60 NZD per person (minimum of two), the chef will surprise you with a delicious three-course meal.

10. South American Oven

South American Oven

Address: 7 Queen St, Harbour Eats Commercial Bay, 1010, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Sunday to Thursday – 11 AM to 8 PM 
  • Friday & Saturday – 11 AM to 9 PM

Phone: +64 9 600 2713

Let’s face it, you can’t visit the South American Oven without indulging in their legendary empanadas. Their lamb and vegetable empanadas are flaky, buttery, and savoury, and each bite is like a taste of heaven.

But the South American Oven isn’t just about empanadas. Try the milanesa sandwich, featuring juicy beef, schnitzel with fresh tomato, chimichurri, and mayo. Each bite melts in your mouth, leaving you craving more.

Pro Tip: Make sure you order extra sauce—you’re going to need it.

11. Kai Eatery

Kai Eatery

Address: 7 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 11 AM to 9 PM

Phone: +64 9 222 2689

Craving Taiwanese comfort food? Kai Eatery’s extra-large Taiwanese fried chicken hits the spot.

But for a taste of Taiwan’s street food scene, indulge in their hei hei bao bun. These fluffy buns burst with savoury pork and take away the munchies.

If you’re in the mood for something heartier, the bulgogi beef rice bowl is a must-try.

Pro Tip: Get the peri peri hashbrowns! It’s the perfect side dish, or even as a delicious snack on its own.