It’s time to spend a night with your beloved significant other but you’re both wondering what to do! You’ve exhausted the old haunts at Dominion Road, want something nice but want something exhilarating and refreshing. Where do you go? Dish Cult has you covered, with some of Auckland’s best spots for date night.
Non Solo Pizza
If any restaurant embodies romance, it’s Non Solo Pizza. Nestled in a courtyard on the Parnell street front, the décor reminds one of a romantic night in Milan. Being a favourite in the mind of an Aucklander is no small achievement–Aucklanders are fussy, and tastes change as much as the weather does. So, to be a city favourite for twenty-two years is only testament to how fantastic this establishment really is. Decked out with luxurious quilted-leather sofas, soft lighting, and traditional décor, there is an air of warmth and decadence. The restauranteurs behind Non Solo Pizza source only the best ingredients and wine–Even serving some of their own from Waiheke Island! If you want to treat your partner to a taste of Italy without the costs of international travel, this is the place to go.
An absolute classic that has surprisingly, not been open for very long. Established in 2018, Holey Moley’s blend of fantastic food, drinks and mini golf made its way over the Tasman to give Aucklanders a taste of experiential dining. Mini golf was never this exciting–Or tasty! Holey Moley takes pub grub to a new level–Their blend of hotdogs, burgers, salads, and seafoods is all a perfect accompaniment to harbour-side views and creative alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. If the mini golf becomes tiresome, try your hand out at singing with their in-house karaoke bar.
Another Viaduct establishment that has quickly risen to the top of the Auckland food chain. Offering undeniably delicious pizzas, mouth-watering chicken and cocktails sure to warm up even the coldest of nights, there isn’t much here that won’t satisfy you and your partner. Dr Rudi’s, like many other Viaduct establishments, is a very busy place–With their warm and inviting atmosphere and rooftop location, it is not hard to see why. To bring a more interactive element to your date, try your hand at the bowling lanes. The atmosphere, water views, and proximity to a romantic walk along the Viaduct–Dr Rudi’s was built for date night.
What’s better than the romantic scenes and effortless elegance of Italy and France? A menu that incorporates both cuisines! Amano is the restaurant for those who want to impress their special someone. Adorned with glittering lights, plush leather booths and an undeniably incredible seasonal menu–This swanky Britomart eatery shows that you’re in the know. Only the most sophisticated tiers of the Auckland foodie chain know how much of a staple this place is–Something that your date should appreciate. And if it doesn’t work, maybe you cannot be sure in your choices of lovers–But you most certainly can be sure about your choice in restaurants.
Soul Bar & Bistro
The place to see and be seen, Soul is a classic choice for lovebirds for many reasons. It’s exclusive spot in the heart of the Viaduct offers unparalleled views of the twinkling ocean, adorned with lights. Soul is modern yet traditional–Being in the game for over two decades, their longevity lies in their versatility. You’ll see businessmen having leisurely lunches, yo-pros mingling after work, and of course–Many on a romantic dinner date for two. Soul offers more than a luxurious food and beverage menu filled with oysters, wine, and cocktails–It offers a truly unmatchable dining experience. If you and your special someone are in the mood for indulgence, Soul is the place to be. And what makes a better aphrodisiac than oysters accompanied with an inviting glass of vino?
This one is a perfect spot for the feared first date. In the Viaduct area but tucked away in a pocket on Jellicoe Street, you’re away from the sometimes-overwhelming business of the waterfront. Filled with sharing dishes, a vibrant atmosphere, and a fantastic selection of Japanese and Western alcohol. There is a daily ceremony which celebrates birthdays, anniversaries and well, just about anything–Perfect for if the conversation starts to fizzle. And if all else fails, at least the food isn’t disappointing.
From the decadent charm of Milan to the country of love itself–Le Garde-Manger’s checkered tablecloths and rustic décor is a step into France. Located in both Ponsonby and on Upper Queen Street, both eateries are situated in bustling spots. If you’re stuck on what to order, Le Garde-Manger offers set menu options to give you a taste of what they have to offer. At varying price points, these set menus are designed for whatever your budget may be. Truly living the candlelit dinner fantasy, Le Garde-Manger is perfect for a low-key date night that highlights the most important aspect of dating–Spending time and appreciating that special someone in your life.
Xuxu Dumpling Bar
What’s a better duo than dumplings and a date? Xuxu is perfect for a romantic night out–With their inventive take on an Auckland favourite, nothing brings people together more than some incredible dumplings. A candlelit, moody décor sets the tone for a dinner date and its proximity to the CBD is always a big plus–Perfect for an after-work catchup. Their menu is complemented by a creative selection of alcoholic beverages and non-alcoholic offerings. Their in-house sodas are a dream come true!
The experiential eatery trend is growing bigger and better–With Save Ferris being the latest welcome addition to the scene. Mixing craft beer and arcade games, it’s the best parts of childhood and adulthood all in one go. Date like you’re a teenager in the 90’s experiencing the joyous waves of puppy love, in this Symonds-street establishment. There’s entertainment (and alcohol) for everyone here–Choose from pinball, retro arcade games or even a game of giant Jenga in the outdoor courtyard.