Auckland's Best Restaurants For Casual Family Catch-Ups

By Shannel Milne

Cater to the whole family’s needs with these delicious, family friendly restaurants.

The Blacksmith

Modern New Zealand
Unit 1, 30 Walters Rd, Takanini Village
The Blacksmith.

The Blacksmith Eatery and Bar has seating options for every occasion, head upstairs for a formal event or sit downstairs for a casual more intimate catch up. Family owned and operated The Blacksmith knows what families need., with hearty meals that cater to the whole family, you can’t go wrong. Serving up classic dishes like beer-battered fish and chips, surf and turf or the iconic BBQ ribs, you’ll leave with a full stomach. The Blacksmith also offers a menu for kids, 12 and under, with options for even the pickiest of eaters, featuring beef nachos and mac'n'cheese – a crowd favourite.


Takapuna + Quay Street + Albany + Botany

Introduce the family to a teppanyaki steakhouse that provides both traditional and modern Japanese cuisine. Sit front row as the chef cooks your meal in front of you, combining your dining experience with entertainment. Flying flames is enough to inspire awe in every family member. Dig into a flavourful bowl of ramen noodles or experiment with sashimi as you sip on traditional Japanese sake. Daikoku also has a menu for under 5’s and under 13’s, with options like fish tempura and chop chop fried rice so the little ones get to try something new. With restaurants all across the Auckland region, each with their own unique style, you can visit wherever's easiest.


Modern New Zealand
5 Clark street, New Lynn

Bricklane has a great outdoor area for the whole family to gather in, take a seat around one of their many fireplaces and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. Hosting a high tea at the end of every month, steak nights during the week and mussel madness on Mondays - it’s the perfect spot for the whole family. The kid’s menu sports dishes like the pizza quesadilla’s, bacon and mushroom pasta, or a burger with fries. And on Sunday’s kids eat free! For the adults in the group there is an extensive selection of wines that pair perfectly with every dish on the menu, from the steak to the crispy duck. 

Paper Moon

Modern New Zealand
437 Beach Road, Mairangi Bay
Paper Moon.

If you’re out on a family day trip to Mairangi Bay stop by the Paper Moon for a breather and bite to eat. Just a short walk from the sandy beach, take the weight off in front of the roaring fire as you sit street side or snuggle up indoors. Even your furry four-legged friends are welcome to stop by for a refreshment in the form of a water bowl. Whether you’re in need of breakfast, lunch or dinner, Paper Moon has stand out dishes for every meal of the day. Share a charcuterie board with the family or treat yourself to the legendary Beef Wellington. End your visit with an ice-cream to go and head back to the seaside. 

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Family-OrientatedModern New ZealandCheap and cheerfulGood for Groups
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