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Ponsonby Road Bistro

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$$ - $$$
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165 Ponsonby Road | Ponsonby, New Zealand
+64 9-360 1611
12:00 - 00:30
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 00:30
Sat 16:30 - 00:30
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Palm Springs, California
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69 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a lovely restaurant. Our friends in Auckland told us this is their favorite restaurant and I can see why. Beautiful, intimate room. Nice sidewalk dining, if you choose. Service was absolutely outstanding and the staff was very friendly. I had the filet, which was one of the specials of the day, and it was cooked to perfection. It was... More 

Thank Michael G
Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Small menu but dishes very nice. Efficient staff. Smart interior. Something for everyone on menu. Handy location.

Thank MLF28
Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good meal, excellent service. Enjoyed the calamari starter, husband had venison which was very tasty. My fish of the day, gurnard, seemed slightly over cooked and some what over powered by the spicy sauce. Creme brûlée wonderful. Portions v generous, we shared starter and desert.

Thank Sharon M
Wellington, New Zealand
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360 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

'Simple' menu. Had the venison which was excellent (and I am a fussy meat eater). Others at table as happy with their food and all looked excellent. Had the chocolate dessert which was nice. But think what really makes this place is the excellent female maitre d - she was brilliant. Front of house manager also great. Good balance of... More 

Thank amr100
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have been here a couple of times before and always sat outside on a summers evening, but tonight had dinner of the new menu , as always Melissa and her staff provide outstanding service , the food was fabulous as always , and will return with friends again very soon

Thank Simon L
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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101 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

I wanted to go here and fortunately I was able to take a reasonably well known individual to make it a proper evening out. The menu was spot on and dining during the Summer business made for an excellent night out. A very charming American waitress was in attendance and as we moved our table booking down to just 2... More 

Thank Norheim R
Oxford, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Lovely restaurant on ponsonby road . Had fantastic bluff oysters and turbot , all very fresh and fairly priced for the quality . All the front of house staff is very professional and friendly . Very good wine list Would definitely return while in Auckland

Thank Blewtribals
Napier, New Zealand
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169 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

This restaurant buzzes, wonderful vibe busy and popular. On the Ponsonby Road dining strip there are lots to choose from but this one stands out from the crowd just for atmosphere alone. I have my own restaurant out of town and I know that service is what makes the difference and makes for a enjoyable experience. Melissa sorted out our... More 

Thank NeilHBNZ
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed dinner here attracted by vibe as we strolled by. Enjoyed a table outside without having reservations on Saturday night. Chef special pasta dish was great. Snapper fish special was awesome as well. Server (can't recall his name) was very friendly and welcoming. Enjoyed our dinner there immensely

Thank SilverLining704
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We love this place ! Professional and classy and that's just the service ! Food incredible, wine wonderful Right on Ponsonby Rd and a cut above ! Well done Melissa and Blair you rock and we love you

Thank Annie B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
European, New Zealand, International, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:30
12:00 - 00:30
12:00 - 00:30
12:00 - 00:30
12:00 - 00:30
16:30 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 165 Ponsonby Road | Ponsonby, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region
  • Phone Number: +64 9-360 1611

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?