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Auckland’s Best French Restaurants

By Lydia Horvat
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No-one does food and wine quite like the French! If you’re craving some richness and indulgence in your life, this is the list for you. What better way to spend the evening with your friends or family than enjoying a cuisine filled with delectable cheeses, soups, and delicious desserts? Top off your meal with wine and cocktails, and you’ve got yourself the perfect night. Check out our list of Auckland’s best spots in Auckland to enjoy all things French!

Paris Butter

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166 Jervois Road, Herne Bay

Beginning the list is the acclaimed Jervois Road restaurant, Paris Butter. Tucked away in Herne Bay, Paris Butter is sure to be your next French go-to! Modern and chic, the restaurant itself is very welcoming and aesthetically pleasing. The menu caters to both meat-lovers and vegetarians alike, with options such as braised beef cheek for the former, and broccoli risotto for the latter. The drinks list is sophisticated and broad, including a wide selection of red and white wine, bubbles, and cocktails. Paris Butter will definitely not disappoint while offering a special French dining atmosphere, perfect or a night out.

Sid at the French Cafe

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210 Symonds Street, Eden Terrace
Sid At The French Cafe

There is no way we can have a list on delicious French food and not have a special shout out to The French Cafe. It’s in the name, after all! With a history of more than 20 years, this family-owned restaurant (courtesy of Sid & Chand Sahrawat) is the perfect place if you’re craving mouthwatering French food complete with a lively atmosphere. The decor is white-themed, making the place bright, serene, and welcoming. Adding to the uniqueness of The French Cafe, the fine dining spot offers two options for ordering: a specially curated set menu or a larger a la carte menu to hand select from. And, what better way to enjoy a veal tartar or duck breast than with a glass of wine? The wine list is a whopping 35 pages long, offering you endless options and giving you the ultimate French experience.

La Fourchette

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8C Turua Street, St Heliers
La Fourchette

St Heliers deserves a medal for housing one of the best French restaurants in Auckland – none other than La Fourchette! With its dim hues, mezzanine floors, and modern decor, the atmosphere is elegant and sophisticated. Continue the sophistication with their pristine menu, available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The drinks menu is extensive and accommodating, ranging anywhere between delicious French wines to mouthwatering mocktails. Kid-friendly, this restaurant also offers a special menu for your little ones, including kids pizza, fish of the day, and a cheeseburger. Finish the night off with one of their delectable desserts or fresh patisserie treats, and you’ve got yourself a night to remember!

The Store

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5B Gore Street, Auckland CBD

In the heart of Auckland CBD is your next French obsession, The Store. Modern and sleek, The Store has an outside dining area so you can soak up the sun while you enjoy some of the finest French food in Auckland. With an option for dining in or takeaway, this classic French eatery offers anything from delectable breakfast and lunches, to sweet and savoury snacks. The takeaway menu offers options such as salads, soups, sandwiches and pastries, while the dine-in menu offers a European twist to your French dining experience. The drinks menu is stocked with a wide selection of juices, wines, beers, bubbles and cocktails, the perfect way to enjoy a sunny day in the city.

Number 5 Restaurant

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5 City Road, Grafton
Number 5 Restaurant

The next is on the list is the French-themed Grafton eatery, Number 5 Restaurant. Stylish and refined, Number 5 Restaurant has been in the fine dining scene for over 40 years. The white-themed decor, along with the attentive waitstaff, creates a calm, elegant atmosphere. Enjoy the glistening city skyline view as you enjoy your choice of an entree, including a delicious bone marrow or a pink oyster mushroom. The mains are just as upscale, dishing out options such as Hanger Steak, served with delectable caramelised carrots. End your dining experience with a roasted pumpkin ice-cream or Strawberry Rose Petal Sorbet, and your got yourself an amazing dining experience. Grab a glass of wine or two to tie it all together, and we guarantee you’ll be raving to your friends about Number 5!

Lava Dining

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21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland CBD
Lava Dining

Inspired by Auckland’s volcanic roots, the aptly named Lava Dining reflects its inspiration with their undersea marble themes. The Sofitel Hotel, situated on the Auckland waterfront, houses this magnificent restaurant, overlooking a sparkling view of the city skyline as you enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or Champagne. The menu is French-based with the occasional Italian and New Zealand twist, ranging from New Zealand Oysters, to pancetta and mozzarella options, to a French onion bouillon. The dessert menu is just as mouthwatering with options including a French cheeseboard and a selection of sorbets. You will not want to miss the Lava Dining experience if you're craving a taste a Paree!

Apero

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280 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD
Apero

Situated in the bright and bustling K Road, join the hum and hustle by paying a visit it to the bistro-styled Apero. Against the backdrop of a pub-restaurant hybrid setting, Apero offers a classy French dining experience. With their exposed brick walls and wooden floors, the atmosphere is decidedly warm and cozy. On top of that, the menu is sure to satisfy all your food cravings, stocked with a large range of choices from cheese platers to mouthwatering croquettes and everything in between. Apero also delivers excellence with their dessert menu, including their delectable seasonal soufflé and heavenly Madeleines. We can’t forget that wine list, including 30 wines from the cellar, anything from Ostler Pinot Gris to a Pieropan Soave Classico.

Le Garde-Manger 

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466 Queen Street, Auckland CBD

Last, but certainly not least is the homely CBD restaurant, Le Garde-Manger! French through and through, this authentic dining joint accentuates itself with red-and-white checkered table clothes, sleek dark floors, hidden courtyard, and an array of pictures frames to achieved its cozy and friendly ambience. The menu embarks on a unique French journey with onion soup for the appetiser, a choice of beef bourguignon, coq au vin, or braised lamb shank for the main, finishing off with an exquisite crème brûlée. Enjoy a glass of Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc as you indulge in one of Auckland’s finest French restaurants.

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