Auckland’s waterfront is teeming with trendy restaurants and bars – none more vibrant than the ones in the Viaduct Harbour.
This is the place to be seen, to drink and dine with your friends while soaking in the harbour atmosphere and enjoying the view. With more than 30 bars and restaurants in the Viaduct it can be difficult to choose just one – so here are a few of our favourite restaurants in the Auckland viaduct.
Fancy sitting back with a drink, soaking up some sunshine and watching the boats roll in and out of the Viaduct? Then Degree Gastro Bar is the place.
Situated at the heart of Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour, Degree has something for everyone on its extensive menu – including a great range of pizzas, seafood, burgers and stonegrills – and is a popular spot on Auckland’s nightclub circuit.
You’ll be feeling pretty zen after dining at this popular Japanese restaurant in the Viaduct.
Industry Zen serves both new and traditional authentic Japanese dishes, with table-top charcoal grills. Its menu is a work of art and the restaurant itself is atmospheric and comfortable – just what you’re looking for on date night.
Specialising in duck and boasting a wide range of seafood, Grand Harbour’s extensive menu is sure to thrill your taste buds while the restaurant’s friendly waiters make you feel right at home. Large groups are always welcome.
Crystal Harbour is one of the largest Chinese restaurants in Auckland – which is a good thing because this restaurant is a real crowd pleaser.
Ideal for a meal after a few drinks at one of the Viaduct’s many great bars, Crystal Harbour, like Grand Harbour above, has an excellent range of dim sum.
Looking for top quality seafood and a view to match? Harbourside Seafood Bar & Grill is located right on the water’s edge in the ferry building and boasts an excellently extravagant menu. From the grilled salmon fillet to their legendary Cray fish and Japanese a la Carte menu you won’t be disappointed.
One of the snazziest venues on the viaduct, Kermadec boasts a bar and brassiere, a tasting room, a cocktail bar, Japanese dining, the Ocean Dawn room, the roof garden and an ocean fresh restaurant.
Kermadec restaurant specialises in premium seafood and the Viaduct is the perfect location to showcase New Zealand’s freshest ingredients caught that day.
A taste of Italy can be had at the centre of Auckland’s thriving Viaduct in the harbour branch of Portofino’s Italian restaurant. A family originated restaurant, Portofino’s values tradition and great wine knowledge. And the staff are always on hand to give excellent recommendations.
Looking for a lively place to have a cocktail or two? Bungalow 8 is one of the Viaduct’s most popular bars.
Choose from the classic range of drinks such as cosmopolitans and martinis – or why not try one of their signature mixes? With names like Absolutely Amazing and No Kiss No Mint they’re worth having a little fun with.
With its open kitchen and cameras broadcasting the ins and outs of the restaurant, The Foodstore is a truly unique dining experience in the Auckland Viaduct in which you are encouraged to spy on the chefs. The Foodstore use only New Zealand produce in their meals. You can book the upstairs bar or outside courtyard area for events (they have particularly stunning views of the harbour). It was one of Metro magazine's top 50 Auckland restaurants of 2013.
With a name as eye-catching as the brightly lit sign outside, Snapdragon is all about the glamour. Three separate bars are festooned with 1940s vintage glamour, coupled with sweeping harbour views and a drinks menu to die for.