Today, Cuisine magazine has announced the highly anticipated list of New Zealand restaurants to be included in its annual Cuisine Good Food Guide, with 108 restaurants.

48 Auckland restaurants have made the list, more than any other region (listed at the end of the article).

Of the top 108 list, we are yet to see which restaurants have achieved Cuisine’s coveted traditional ‘hats’. This will be announced, along with the category winners, during the Cuisine Good Food Awards (CGFA), at 8pm on 25 November at

The Awards, now in its 15th year, acknowledge the very best restaurants and chefs nationwide and produce the Cuisine Good Food Guide, which showcases outstanding places to eat and drink across the country. 

Kelli Brett, Cuisine editor and co-director, points out the notable rise in specialised restaurants and evolution of the dining experience in this year’s list. 

“The emergence of more specialty restaurants dedicated to telling a particular story of history and culture through their food has been wonderful to watch this year. New Zealand still does informal dining extremely well and fine dining has become a little looser and more relaxed, while still delivering a seamless experience.”

“New Zealand can provide a special and emotional experience through its food and although dining in New Zealand is hard to define, the constant is an ability to present excellence across a diverse menu.” 

Telling Auckland’s food story is a key project to come from the Destination AKL 2025 strategy. Recognition for our local restaurants aids ATEED in delivering this work.

For more information on the Cuisine Good Food Guide and to view the full list of recognised restaurants, please read the announcement issued today.


The top 48 Auckland restaurants are:

  • Amano
  • Antoine's
  • Apéro
  • Baduzzi
  • Bracu
  • Cassia
  • Cazador
  • Cibo
  • Coco’s Cantina
  • Cocoro 
  • Cotto
  • Culprit
  • Depot 
  • Euro
  • Federal Delicatessen  
  • Gemmayze Street
  • Giraffe
  • Gusto at the Grand 
  • Harbourside
  • Harbour Society
  • Hello Beasty
  • Huami
  • Hugo’s Bistro 
  • Kazuya
  • Lillius
  • Madame George
  • Masu
  • O’Connell St Bistro
  • Orphans Kitchen
  • Paris Butter
  • Pasta e Cuore
  • Pasture
  • Phil’s Kitchen
  • Ponsonby Road Bistro
  • Prego
  • Rothko - Matakana
  • Sidart 
  • Sid at the French Café
  • Soul Bar & Bistro
  • The Engine Room
  • The Grange
  • The Grill by Sean Connolly 
  • The Grove
  • The Hunting Lodge
  • The Shed at Te Motu – Waiheke 
  • The Tasting Shed
  • Three Seven Two – Waiheke 
  • White + Wong’s
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