Top Restaurants in Viaduct

From Wharf to Wow: Viaduct’s Top 12 Restaurants Will Reel You In

I once made the mistake of visiting Viaduct Harbour on an already-full stomach. With an array of top-notch restaurants boasting delicacies that can make any food lover drool, my overeager taste buds were left disappointed by my lack of planning.

But let’s not dwell on past mistakes. If you’re looking to explore the culinary delights of Auckland, there’s no better place to start than Viaduct Harbour. 

From the freshest seafood to the most exquisite wines, here is a list of the top restaurants that are a must-visit in this food paradise. And, yes, most of these places offer food delivery!

1. White Wong’s – Auckland Viaduct

White Wong’s – Auckland Viaduct

Address: 149 Quay Street Cnr Lower Hobson & Quay Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Sunday to Thursday – 11 AM to 10 PM

Phone: +6493796914

White and Wong’s is a gem that’s taken Auckland by storm with its ‘east meets west’ fusion cuisine. This place is all about sharing, so don’t be shy about ordering a bit of everything.

From their crispy pork belly bao to their mouth-watering dumplings, every dish is a masterpiece. And let’s not forget about their cocktails! The fig martini is delicious.

Pro Tip: Make sure to try their house-made sorbet!

2. Oyster & Chop

Oyster & Chop

Address: Market Place, Viaduct, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

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

Phone: +6493770125

Oyster and Chop is arguably one of the best spots in Auckland for seafood lovers and an absolute haven for oyster enthusiasts. Whether you prefer them raw, grilled, or kilpatrick, Oyster and Chop has got you covered.

And the view? It’s the cherry on top! You get a stunning panorama of the harbour, especially beautiful at sunset.

Pro Tip: Between 3 PM and 6 PM daily, it’s happy hour at Oyster and Chop! You can enjoy the chef’s selection of rock oysters for only $2.00 each. It’s a steal, and trust us, these are some of the freshest oysters you’ll find in town.

3. Soul Bar & Bistro

Soul Bar & Bistro

Address: Corner of Lower Hobson Street and, Customs Street West, Auckland City, Auckland 1143, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Sunday to Thursday – 11 AM to 11 PM
  • Friday & Saturday – 11 AM to 1 PM

Phone: +6493567249

Soul Bar and Bistro is a well-established favourite among Auckland’s foodies, and for good reason. Soul Bar and Bistro offers a unique blend of classic and contemporary.

One of the must-try items on their menu is the beer-battered tarakihi. It’s light, crispy, and cooked to perfection. For those who prefer a hearty meal, you can’t go wrong with their pasta.

Pro Tip: Soul Bar and Bistro offers an exceptional cheese platter. Paired with their selection of dessert wines, it’s the perfect way to end a meal.

4. Esther Restaurant

Esther Restaurant

Address: 4 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Monday to Friday – 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM & 12 PM to 3 PM & 5:30 PM to 10 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday – 7 AM to 11 AM & 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM

Phone: +6493799123

Esther is a culinary gem you just can’t afford to miss. Let’s start with their sirloin on bone. It’s juicy, tender, and has flavours that’ll have you dreaming about it for days. If you’re a beef lover, this dish is a must-try.

Then, there’s the coastal lamb shoulder. It’s like a love letter to New Zealand’s rich pastures, with each bite more delicious than the last. But the true showstopper is the line-caught trevally crudo. It’s a dish that once tried is never forgotten.

Pro Tip: Esther has an impressive list of champagnes. It’s HUGE. So, don’t hesitate to ask for a recommendation. They’ve got a bottle for every mood and every dish.

5. La Maree

La Maree

Address: 21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Monday to Saturday – 6:30 AM to 10 PM
  • Sunday – 6:30 AM to 11 PM

La Maree is a real catch, serving up some of the best seafood Auckland has to offer. First up, their mussels are to die for! Simmered with a hint of garlic, white wine, and a dash of cream, these delicate morsels are a real treat. 

Then, we have the monkfish with leeks, a dish that’s truly in a league of its own.

Pro Tip: La Maree’s speciality pastry, the michou, is a sweet, flaky dream come true. It’s the perfect way to round off a seafood feast.

6. Hello Beasty

Hello Beasty

Address: 95-97 Customs Street West, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Hours: Monday to Sunday – 12 PM to 10 PM

Phone: +6421554496

This place is all about innovation, serving up a delightful blend of Asian and New Zealand flavours that will make your tastebuds do a happy dance.

Their roasted hapuka is a standout. Each bite will transport you straight to the heart of New Zealand’s pristine waters; it’s a must-try for any seafood lover.

Or, bring on the heat with their chilli Sichuan noodles. Trust us, this dish is a game-changer. The Sichuan chilli gives it a kick that will have you coming back for more.

And the potstickers—get them on the side.

Pro Tip: If you’re up for an adventure, try the ‘feed me’ menu. You get to sit back, relax, and let the chef surprise you with their culinary wizardry.

7. Homeland

Homeland

Address: 11 Westhaven Drive, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Sunday & Wednesday – 9 AM to 3 PM
  • Thursday to Saturday – 9 AM to 9 PM

Phone: +6498697555

Homeland is all about celebrating New Zealand’s diverse culinary heritage. Their half-wood roast rostock chicken will have you clucking with delight. As a chicken lover, this dish is a must-try!

And the kumara gnocchi—these pillowy morsels of goodness make every bite a surprise. It’s a delicious twist on a classic dish that you just can’t afford to miss!

Not to mention, for all you cheese lovers out there, Homeland’s cheese platters are legendary. Paired with a glass of local wine, it’s a culinary match made in heaven.

Pro Tip: If you’re planning a weekend brunch at Homeland, make sure to book in advance. They can accommodate up to a maximum of 12 people per booking. So, gather your foodie friends and make your reservation early.

8. Koel Cafe

Koel Cafe

Address: 175 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Monday to Friday – 8 AM to 4 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday – 9 AM to 4 PM

Phone: +6493028837

Koel Cafe is a haven for those of us who appreciate a good sandwich, a hearty pie, or a perfectly baked quiche. Their sandwiches are simple, fresh, and, oh, so satisfying. These bad boys are a lunchtime favourite for many Aucklanders, us included.

Now, we’re not exaggerating when we say they have some of the best pies in town. Whether you’re after a classic mince and cheese or something a bit more gourmet, Koel Cafe has got you covered.

Pro Tip: At Koel Cafe, it’s all about the Kokako coffee. This locally sourced brew is smooth, rich, and has a depth of flavour that pairs perfectly with any of their delicious foods. So, make sure to order a cup (or two) on your visit.

9. Saint Alice

Saint Alice

Address: Level 1/204 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Monday & Tuesday – 11 AM to 11 PM
  • Wednesday – 11 AM to 12 AM 
  • Thursday – 11 AM to 1 AM
  • Friday & Saturday – 11 AM to 3 AM
  • Sunday – 11 AM to 10 PM

Phone: +6499723562

Saint Alice is a paradise for all you food lovers out there. Their antipasto platter is a smorgasbord of flavour, featuring a selection of fine cheeses, cured meats, pickles, and fresh bread. Every morsel is a delight, making it an ideal starter to share. or to hoard for yourself; no judgement here!

And their coconut ceviche is a tropical dream come true, with fresh, zesty flavours that’ll make your tastebuds do a happy dance. It’s light, refreshing, and packs a punch of flavour that’ll have you dreaming of summer days.

But hold your horses—their wood-fired pizzas are a real crowd-pleaser. 

Pro Tip: You’ve got to try their housemade chilli margarita. It’s the perfect mix of sweet, sour, and spicy that’ll have you raving about it to all your friends.

10. Lawn Cafe

Lawn Cafe

Address: 12 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Hours: Monday to Friday – 7 AM to 3 PM

Phone: +6498867473

Brace yourselves for Lawn Cafe, where the coffee’s strong, the views are epic, and the food is oh-so-satisfying.

One bite of their cuban eggs benedict, and you’re transported straight to a Havana street fiesta, minus the salsa dancing.

Now, for veggie lovers, the zucchini fritters are a must-try. Ditch the cutlery and go full-on fritter fingers—it’s messy but magical.

Pro Tip: Do try their legendary lawn granola. This ain’t your supermarket stuff, people. We’re talking homemade goodness. And the best part? You can pimp your granola with their secret weapon—whipped coconut and kiwifruit.

11. Boracay Garden Restaurant

Boracay Garden Restaurant

Address: 124 Customs Street West, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday – 11 AM to 2:30 PM & 5 PM to 9 PM

Phone: +6493773288

Alright, foodie friends, buckle up because you’re about to take a ride to the Philippines, right here in the heart of Auckland. Boracay Garden Restaurant is a little slice of Filipino paradise.

You can’t go wrong with their all-day breakfast, the bangsilog—this traditional Filipino dish is a combination of bangus (milkfish), sinangag (garlic fried rice), and itlog (egg). The bangus is pan-fried until it’s golden and crispy, and it will get your day off to a fantastic start!

Or their beef steak, Tagalog. This dish is a real crowd-pleaser, featuring tender slices of beef marinated in a blend of soy sauce, calamansi juice, and a heap of sautéed onions.

Pro Tip: You’ve got to try their Halo Halo. This traditional Filipino dessert is a colourful medley of sweetened fruits, jellies, and beans, topped with shaved ice, evaporated milk, and a scoop of ube ice cream. It’s a refreshing treat that’s perfect for those warm Auckland days.

12. Bivacco

Bivacco

Address: 115 Customs Street West, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Sunday to Tuesday – 11 AM to 11 PM
  • Wednesday – 11 AM to 11 PM
  • Thursday – 11 AM to 12 AM
  • Friday – 11 AM to 1 AM

Phone: +6498016505

Bivacco serves up some serious culinary dishes that’ll make you feel like you’ve taken a trip to the sunny Mediterranean.

Their seasonal oysters are fresh from the ocean, served up in all their briny glory. Trust us, you won’t want to miss these!

Their beef wagyu tongue may sound a bit daring, but don’t be hesitant, because this dish is a real game-changer. The Wagyu tongue is tender and delicious if you’re an adventurous foodie.

Pro Tip: Bivacco offers a $110 set menu. It consists of some of the best dishes they have to offer, expertly curated by their talented chefs. Yes, it’s worth every penny!