Chocolates, good food, and wine - the key to warming any heart. Grab that someone special and treat yourselves to a date night out in the City of Sails. Natural wine? Unique cocktails? Italian food? Whatever mood you’re in, we’ve found something for every romantic with our list of Auckland’s most romantic restaurants.
Surpassing its 25-year landmark in Auckland, Cibo has withstood the test of time. Any special occasion spent at Cibo’s will feel truly celebrated with their perfect ambience of elegance and fun. Sit out in the courtyard oasis or tuck inside with a candle-lit booth, if a romantic evening is what you’re looking for, you’ll find it in here. With a blend of Asian and Kiwi flavours, choosing what to order will be a hearty task. If a five-course degustation and a glass of Tattinger sounds up your alley, book in advance for a table (Cibo is popular!) and dig into a selection of seafood, duck pancakes, and lamb, all finished off with a red velvet and cream cheese sweet treat for dessert.
The Sugar Club
Feeling fancy? Dine in the clouds with one of the best views of Auckland City. Level 53 of the Sky Tower takes you away to the 1930’s glam that is The Sugar Club. Bring out your best attire and sip on your chosen poison as you enjoy the elegant ambience with your other half. The classic cocktails cover your usual favourites as well as their weekly favourites, while their native cocktail menu is collaboratively curated by the team to reflect stories and experiences of New Zealand. “Kamote” is just one of the unique concoctions complete with coconut rum, kumara coulis, Peychaud bitters, and pineapple juice.
Xuxu Dumpling Bar
For a mood-lit and intimate dining experience, Xuxu Dumpling Bar should be on your bucket list. Expect hand-crafted dumplings served to your table in baskets of six. Easy to share and equally delicious, Xuxu has created delicious flavour combinations for an impressive date night. For a little something different, we recommend the pan-fried roast duck and leek dumplings, complete with a hoisin dipping sauce - This flavour combination really hits the spot. In your excitement of ordering - don’t forget the boutique wines or seasonal cocktails to complement your meal. And what’s a date without dessert? We strongly urge you to save some room for their molten chocolate steamed buns or banoffee dumplings filled with salted caramel and banana goodness. You’ll never look at a dumpling the same again.
You can’t spell romantic night out without a stroll under the Britomart fairy-lights. As good as the sun is that soaks Ortolana’s conservatory by day, the cosy nights are truly a destination. Sweet, sophisticated, classy, and casual, this Italian-inspired bistro is perfect for your next date night. Sourcing sustainable and local produce, the menu changes seasonally so expect green beans and snow peas with your delicious agria gnocchi and summer stone fruits with your dessert.
With a view out over the Waitemata Harbour, Akarana Eatery is the special spot for that special someone. With platters to share, pizza, and Cloudy Bay Clams straight from the wood-fired oven, Nic Watt has outdone himself once again with a menu focusing on fresh seafood and sustainable ingredients. Perfect for both the summer days and long into the evening, we recommend swapping out the usual dining formalities and ordering the picnic hamper. Soak-up a picture-perfect view of Rangitoto as you sit out on the lawn and enjoy a selection of prosciutto, Puhoi cheeses, smoked salmon, and delectable chocolate donuts to name a few.
This wine bar and French neo-bistro is your home away from home. Cosy into the intimate space and prepare to stay late into the night as you indulge in their natural wines with your other half. Tucked into the convenient location of K’Road, Céleste is an easily accessible destination with lots of surprises. Cooking with local and seasonal produce, the menu is known to change, and with closing times ranging from 12 am - 2 am, expect to see a guest DJ or two on those later nights. If you’re wanting to show-off your astrology knowledge to your date, sit outside as the seating spills out onto the pavement to create a friendly neighbourhood vibe. But what should you order? The Forte Green sourdough slathered with seaweed butter is the best (and only) way to start your night, followed up with the creamy burrata in a basil pistou...you’ll be not only in heaven but back here to try the rest of the menu. Date night round two?