This is your official warning that Valentine's Day is in less than two weeks. If you've ever been caught-short, you'll know the sinking feeling of dread when trying to find a last-minute table on the busiest night of the year. Which is why we're here to help – and to take the guess work out of where to go.
We've rounded up the most romantic Valentine's Day restaurants for you to impress your guest. Whether you've been together for decades or you're spending your first V-Day together, everyone secretly likes to be appreciated on February 14th, and these spots are sure to do the trick!
Love is most definitely in the air at Culprit this Valentine's Day. The unique dining room on Wyndham Street makes the most out of unloved cuts and otherwise disregarded produce, creating a whole new world of flavour. Valentine's Day at Culprit has its own designated special menu for the night, coming in at $99pp. You'll be treated to dishes such as Kumara & Mussel Fritter ‘Taco’, Kingfish Sashimi, Chicken Liver Parfait, Short Rib Corn Dog, and Pressed Pig face. You're also offered the option to add on Champagne, oysters, and a rose for $41pp, and a wine match for $50pp.
Culprit is constantly pushing the boundaries and receiving praises from the masses, so why not try something new this V-Day? A booking will be needed, which you can do here.
Tick one of our favourite restaurants off your bucket list this Valentine's Day with a visit to Eight Restaurant at Cordis. The interactive dining experience is a food-lover's dream, with eight kitchens and a dessert bar free to explore at your own pace and indulge in as many courses as you fancy. This Valentine's Day at Eight will be extra special – for $179pp you'll receive a glass of Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne, a delicious Valentine’s Day chocolate, and a stunning red rose on the table ready and waiting for you when you arrive.
You'll have full access to Eight's kitchens, with plenty of vegetarian, halal, vegan, and gluten-free options, all enjoyed at your own cosy table for two. Book in before February 7th, and you'll be in the draw to win a For The Romantic's Package for two and a couples treatment at Chuan Spa at Cordis. Bookings are essential, which you can do right here.
You can never go wrong with margaritas and tacos but this Valentine's Day, make it that extra bit special. Treat your date to INCA's Peruvian-Japanese cuisine, mastered by Chef Nic Watt & Chef Darren Johnson. Think fresh hand-pressed corn masa tacos, a selection of fresh sashimi, wood-fire grilled ribs, salmon, and sirloin, a range of marinated and grilled sides, and a few cool glasses of their margarita of the day! You'll be enjoying all of this on top of Newmarket's gorgeous new rooftop dining precinct, with a perfect view of the landscape – perfect on a balmy summer evening. INCA is a real catch, so don't miss your chance – book now!
Enjoy a deliciously curated 3-course meal in Andiamo's romantic surroundings this Valentine's Day. The Italian eatery invites you to revel in their special February 14th menu, including a glass of Champagne and amuse-bouche on arrival and your choice of dishes such as grass-fed beef meatballs, crudo, burrata, triangoli, wagyu bavette, tartufo di pizzo, and buffalo milk panna cotta. The three-courses also include a side of truffle fries and a baby rocket and aged balsamic salad, all for $95pp.
Any date at Andiamo is magical, we can only imagine the sparks flying on Valentine's Day. Book your table for Andiamo here!
The Hunting Lodge
Looking for a little more seclusion this Valentine's? Spend it in the vines with the help of The Hunting Lodge. Offering something a bit different than the previously mentioned spots, The Hunting Lodge wants to arm you with their luxurious V-Day hampers and send you into their gorgeous vineyard for a lush picnic. Their hampers include an antipasti platter for two, fresh bread, dessert, and your choice of wine, as well as disposable biodegradable cutlery and cups – all for just $70.
All you have to do is place your order here, and collect on the day. You're more than welcome to head off to one of the beautiful Auckland beaches near by, or any spot that takes your fancy. If you're wanting to spend the day and indulge in a full dining experience at The Hunting Lodge, they'll also have a special Valentine's Day menu which you can read all about here.
Nothing is better than sharing a platter of good food with the person you love, and no one is doing a better platter than Daisy Chang this Valentine's. Offering their special edition Valentine's Day platter, the Asian fusion eatery is the perfect spot to spend February 14 if you're after a couple of flutes of Champagne and a tasty variety of dishes shared with great company. The V-Day platter will include bites of fresh seafood, fresh zesty salads, and Daisy Chang's famous dumplings. Book in now if you're looking for the perfect low-key romantic night out.
Treat your sweetheart this Valentine's with one of the hottest tickets in town. Book into the brand new Onslow and indulge in their 4-course set menu by Chef Josh Emett and the wonderful Onslow team, complete with a glass of Champagne on arrival. Between gorgeous bites and signature dishes, Onslow is the perfect place to wow your date. Enjoy a few picturesque cocktails with a beautiful view of Auckland City on the most romantic night of the year.
Bookings are available and filling up fast, so we suggest getting in quickly! You can book your spot at Onslow here.
If you're looking for a European escape this Valentine's Day (sorry, we don't think we'll be making it to actual Europe anytime soon), The Apothecary has you covered. The French-inspired coffee parlour slash evening wine bar has a three-course Valentine's Day menu designed to impress even the pickiest of guests. Take your pick from their flavourful appetisers, mains, and desserts with favourites including their bruschetta, sticky pork belly, mushroom risotto, roasted duck, and their raspberry creme brulee.
Opt for the 3-course menu for $55pp or take it down to 2-courses for $45pp and head home for dessert. Click here to book your spot!