We all love great food and discovering new flavours but finding good places to eat can be tricky. And when it comes to picking a restaurant to dine at in Takapuna, you’re spoilt for choice which makes picking a dinner destination a challenging one. That’s why we have curated some of the best restaurants in Takapuna to make your life a tad easier.
Whether you’re planning a special night or simply looking for a different place to eat with friends in Takapuna, Auckland. You’re spoilt for choice with our top picks to explore flavours of the world at Italian, French, Thai, and Japanese restaurants to name a few, located in quirky and romantic settings.
Without further ado, here are some of the best restaurants in Takapuna.
📍 178 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland 0622, New Zealand
☎ 09 488 9976
|Sunday & Monday – Closed|
|Tuesday & Wednesday – 4:30pm – 10:00pm|
|Thursday – Saturday: 8:30am – 3:00pm & 4:30pm – 10:00pm|
|✓ Bottomless Brunch (Saturdays & Sundays)||✓ Dinner||✓ Set Menus|
|✓ Desserts||✓ Drinks||✓ Takeaway Menu|
Based in Takapuna, family-run Nanam is all about bringing the tastes of Filipino traditional cuisines to the people of Takapuna. Enjoy dishes prepared with top quality, fresh ingredients for lunch and dinner from an extensive menu of flavourful entrees, mouth-watering mains, and delicious desserts. The food is perfectly complemented by Nanam’s selection of fine wines.
Our favourite dish? We love the Confit of Duck… a large 1/2 duck roasted with spicy soy bean onion glaze and cabbage watered down with a glass of fine wine.
2. SOHO Kitchen
📍 Smales Farm, 72 Taharoto Road, Takapuna, Auckland 0622
☎ 09 972 2711
|Monday – Closed|
|Tuesday – 11:30am – 3:00pm & 5:00pm – 9:00pm|
|Wednesday – Saturday: 11:30am – 3:00pm & 5:00pm – 10:00pm|
|Sunday – 11:30am – 3:00pm & 5:00pm – 9:00pm|
|✓ Dinner||✓ Weekend Menu||✓ Cocktail Menu|
|✓ Gluten Free Options||✓ Vegetarian Friendly||✓ Vegan Options|
Treat yourself to a taste of Thai cuisine with a visit to SOHO Kitchen in Takapuna. The menu features a selection of sharing dishes from grilled butternut squash yellow curry to a vegetarian pad thai dish. With accompanying sides such as pad puk, coconut rice, and som tum salad and delicious desserts such as pandan cookie dough served with coconut duck island ice cream. SOHO Kitchen is one of the best restaurants in Takapuna and is ideal for a family meal or a relaxed catch-up with friends.
3. Burger Burger
📍 40 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland
☎ 09 390 5348
|Sunday – Thursday: 11:30am – 9:00pm|
|Friday – Saturday: 11:30am – 10:00pm|
|✓ Burgers||✓ Sides||✓ Green Stuff|
|✓ Specials||✓ Shakes||✓ Sodas & Juice|
|✓ Kids/Combo||✓ Sweet Treats||✓ Takeaway Menu|
Burgers are often best when they’re done simply. There’s something delightful about biting into a juicy seared meat patty, carefully sitting inside of a soft bun that threatens to fall apart as soon as you take your first bite.
You’ll not be disappointed when you tuck into a Burger at Burger Burger in Takapuna, where the burgers are bursting with flavour…you’ll want to order the whole menu, but we’d suggest you try the Kiwi classic…NZ grass-fed beef patty, bacon, aged cheddar, pickles, cos lettuce, tomato, fried egg, beetroot, tomato jam, mustard, mayo. Or try the McFly, fried chicken, bacon, Swiss cheese, mayo, cos lettuce, BBQ sauce. Polished off with a Chocolate Shake, secret chocolate sauce combined with delicious cold real ice cream from Duck Island!.. If you’re craving a burger, check out Burger Burger…but be warned: food coma pending!
4. El Humero
📍 3/40 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland
☎ +64 9 4899973
|Monday – Closed|
|Tuesday – 5:00pm – 9:00pm|
|Wednesday – Sunday: 11:30am – 3:00pm & 5:00pm – 9:00pm|
|✓ Entrees||✓ Barbecue||✓ Sauces|
|✓ Vegetarian||✓ Sides||✓ Drinks|
Treat yourself to a taste of Colombian-style barbecue dishes at one of the best restaurants in Work your way through El Humero’s mouth-watering Colombian-style barbecue dishes that are prepared fresh over traditional wood-fired and charcoal grills. Choose from a great range of beer and wines to finish your meal.
5. Al Forno
📍 34 Anzac Street, Takapuna, Auckland 0622, New Zealand
☎ +64 9-488 0179
|Monday – Closed|
|Tuesday – Sunday 5:00pm – Late|
|✓ Entrees||✓ Mains||✓ Desserts|
|✓ Takeaway||✓ Group Menu||✓ Drinks|
If you’re looking for an intimate, relaxed and welcoming Italian restaurant Al Forno is the one. Known for being one of the best Italian restaurants in Takapuna, Auckland, you’ll not leave hungry. With an impressive menu serving wood-fired pizzas, pasta, classic to sink your teeth into. Our pick? The Spaghetti Carbonara is particularly good. Everyone thinks they can make good pasta at home but, we assure you, not many have mastered it like this, then working your way through a baked lemon and coconut cheesecake topped with a tangy lemon syrup and served with a scoop of gelato or sorbet. Wash it all down with a tasteful cosmopolitan cocktail.
6. Tokyo Bay
📍 20 The Strand Takapuna Beach, Takapuna, Auckland 0622 New Zealand
☎ 09 390 7188
|Sunday – Wednesday: 12:00pm – 9:00pm|
|Thursday – Saturday: 12:00pm – 9:30pm|
|✓ Starters or Share Table Plates||✓ Mains||✓ Teppan-yaki|
|✓ Sushi Maki||✓ Dessert||✓ Dinner Box Selections|
|✓ kids Menu||✓ Juices & Soft Drinks||✓ Extras & Share Table Extras|
If you are looking for somewhere special to dine, you’ll find it at Tokyo Bay, Takapuna Beach. On the knives is ‘Fugu’ blowfish licensed chef, Chikara Sato, one of the best in the country. Everything about Tokyo Bay is excellent, from views of Takapuna beach to the ambitious, hit-making menu. Dinings signatures include sushi nigiri, beef tataki, teriyaki duck and much more.
7. French Rendez-vous
📍 2 a Manurere Avenue Killarney Park, Takapuna, Auckland 0622 New Zealand
☎ 09-487 0009
|Monday & Thursday – 10:00am – 3:00pm & 5:30pm – 8:00pm|
|Friday – 10:00am – 3:00pm & 5:00pm – 8:00pm|
|Saturday – 9:00am – 4:00 & 5:00pm – 8:00pm|
|Sunday – 9:00am – 4:00pm|
|✓ Breakfast (until 2pm)||✓ Salads||✓ Entrees|
|✓ Mains||✓ Savoury Galettes||✓ Sweet Crêpes|
|✓ Desserts||✓ Juices & Soft Drinks||✓ Hot Drinks|
If you’re looking for dining at a pleasant hidden spot in Takapuna away from the bustle of the crowds. French Rendez-vous is the place for you. Located on the lakeside by the Takapuna pool with the option to eat inside or outside. The menu has a nice selection of French cuisine from hot meals like beef bourguignon and French onion soup, to galettes and crepes.
The prices at French Rendez-vous are a bit on the expensive side, but dishes such as the slow-cooked lamb shoulder with, black olives, tomato sauce, carrots, and parsnips are superb – so go on, blow the budget.
Tip: Make sure you book 24hours in advance.