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Auckland's Most Delightful Restaurant Courtyards

By Cayley Nel
Outdoor table at cafe

With winter only a few weeks away, sunshine appreciation is at an all-time high. And there’s no better way to soak up some rays than while eating in one of Auckland’s stunning outdoor courtyards. To find out where to visit next, check out our list below. 

Prego

Italian
226 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Prego's picturesque Ponsonby courtyard

For nearly fifteen years, Prego’s sleek, sun-filled courtyard has been the meeting place for many friends, families, and colleagues. Its simplistic white table cloths, sun-shade umbrellas, and woven cream seats scream an elegant summertime meal. The outdoor dining area is made complete with lush surrounding trees and a lively ambience of laughter. 

Ortolana

European
33 Tyler Street, Auckland CBD
Ortolana's outdoor Britomart courtyard

Situated in the popular Britomart Pavilions, Ortolana offers a casual, sophisticated dining spot. Their modern, glass-topped tables and black chairs sit under a sea of fairy lights, creating a unique space that is well-loved by both locals and tourists. Plus, with the bistro’s wide-glass doors, the courtyard and indoor area seamlessly feel like one. 

Book your table at Ortolana here!

Non-Solo Pizza

Italian
259 Parnell Road, Parnell
Non Solo Pizza's wrought iron chairs and lush greenery

Inspired by the flavours of Italy, the courtyard at Non-Solo Pizza has a beautiful Italian flair. Made up of rustic, wooden bar stools, charming white seats, a wood-stacked fireplace, and subtle greenery – it’s simply a cosy date-night dream. Opening up directly from the bar area, the outdoor guests have a great view of the mosaic bar and vintage wine displays. 

Cibo 

European
91 Saint Georges Bay Road, Parnell

Cibo’s covered heated courtyard is ideal for both casual dining and special events. Elegantly opening up from their sleek white and black interior, this outdoor space is fitted with circular tables covered in crisp white table cloths, bought to life with subtle greenery and angelic hanging lights. 

Book your table at Cibo here!

Plumm Cafe

Cafe
170 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna

Following the directions on the floor, you’ll soon find Plumm’s hidden courtyard situated behind their cafe building. Surrounded by trees and hedges, the small area is cleverly designed to fit several wooden seats. Here, you can enjoy your brunch while soaking up the sun. 

Everybody’s

Bar
7 Fort Lane, Auckland CBD
The wide open space and indoor-outdoor flow at Everybody's

Tucked down Fort Lane sits the iconic Everybody’s Restaurant. With more than seven different seating areas, you can count on these guys to have a courtyard. As you walk downstairs, you’ll find an ultra-trendy outdoor space complete with dark wooden benches, modern bar seats, hanging lights, exposed brick, and beautiful greenery. 

The Commons

Modern New Zealand
21 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna
The Common's Garden Bar

Decked out with long wooden benches, red umbrellas, and plenty of greenery, The Commons Garden Bar is a social occasion waiting to happen. Its glass ceiling means that the outdoor feel can be enjoyed in sunshine or rain - perfect for Auckland’s indecisive weather. 

Book a table at The Commons here!

Tiger Burger 

Korean
549 Great North Road, Grey Lynn

Hidden at the back of Tiger Burger is a small, modern courtyard surrounded by an aesthetic black fence. The trendy wooden benches and chairs combined with the building’s brick exterior create a chilled-out vibe ideal for catching up with mates.

Augustus Bistro 

European
1-3 Saint Marys Road, St Marys Bay
Augustus Bistro's glamorous European courtyard

Augustus Bistro offers a European escape with an incredibly elegant touch. The enchanting courtyard is bought to life through an abundance of plants and flowers, crisp white table cloths, and a detailed fireplace. When the sun goes down, this sun-soaked area quickly transforms into an intimate, candle-lit wonderland. 

Bodrum Market

Mediterranean
Level 4M/309 Broadway, Newmarket
Bodrum Market's Greek-style courtyard

Sharing the courtyard with neighbouring roof-top eateries, the Bodrum Market’s Mediterranean-inspired space will give you serious Greece vibes. The blue and white seats and patterned pillows will make for a great background when snapping those food pics. 

Wintergarden Cafe

Cafe
20 Kiosk Road, Parnell

Only a short walk from the CBD, the Wintergarden Cafe provides a tranquil escape from the city. Its outdoor courtyard space is beautifully put together with a range of vibrant outdoors seats and tables overlooking the gardens.  

Eatery at Rothesay Bay 

Cafe
2 Knights Road, Rothesay Bay

At the rear end of the newly opened Eatery at Rothesay Bay is an adorable outdoor space. Semi-sheltered by vintage white windows, and a hanging blue net, the area is filled with lovely fresh energy. Not to mention, this space is perfectly positioned to offer slight views of the bays. 

Meadow

Cafe
20 Saint Johns Road, St Johns
Meadow's light and bright outdoor courtyard

Meadow takes their courtyard vibes very seriously. Designed for ultimate relaxation, this space is filled with a variety of crisp white seats, trendy bean bags, sun umbrellas, and a large curtain drape shade area. All combined, it becomes an aesthetic yet super casual dining space. 

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