New Opening

Auckland's Most Impressive New Eateries In 2021 So Far

By Shannel Milne
our land is alive

Auckland is home to an abundance of delicious restaurants but there is always space for new players. Whether they pay homage to our beautiful country or incorporate flavours from around the world we’re always ready to experience a different take on dining.

Our Land Is Alive

Modern New Zealand
83 Symonds Street, Grafton
Our Land Is Alive in Grafton.

If you’re looking for a true Kiwi experience then look no further than Our Land Is Alive. This destination bar combines all that we love within our beautiful country, taking inspiration from Aotearoa’s landscape, flora, and fauna – this bar is not to be missed. Our Land is Alive truly lives up to its name, dine in the al fresco courtyard and be surrounded by a world of native plants. You’ll find this slice of New Zealand at the main entrance of Cordis Auckland hotel.

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Boasting a classic Kiwi menu, you can enjoy all of your favourite dishes from Fisherman’s pie to Wairarapa lamb ribs and Cloudy Bay clams. All of the food is locally sourced and prepared the Kiwi way. The Down to Earth pumpkin is cooked Hangi-style to capture all of the delicious flavours, or if it's a cocktail you're after let their talented mixologists blow your mind.


454 Great North Road, Grey Lynn
Ada in Grey Lynn.

Ada embraces the history of the building it inhabits, located in the Convent Hotel it already has a reputation. The old heritage building began as a convent for nuns, hence the choice of name, then it became a boarding house for the homeless and now, finally The Convent Hotel. If these walls could talk, they would whisper great tales from times long past. Rather than painting over the history, Ada celebrates it.

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Keeping with the integrity of the building you dine beneath wide archways, exposed stone walls, and photographs of religious figures. The restaurant captures a truly authentic Italian experience as you watch your meals being prepared in the open kitchen. If you love pasta as much as we do then Ada is the perfect spot for you, they make their own fresh pasta in-house. Choose between the banquet and share with friends or grab a dish for you alone, pair the fazzoletti and white pork ragù with a dry white wine for a winning combo.


4 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland CBD
Esther in the Viaduct.

Esther brings the warm embrace of traditional, authentic Mediterranean flavours to our shores with a menu that incites wonder in its simplicity. Located at QT Auckland, Esther sits by the marina and gives patrons a night of salty sea air and dishes full of sun-soaked ingredients. With a country-style kitchen that boasts homely meals with a twist, Esther caters for every meal of the day.

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It’s hard not to get caught up in the sensation of wanderlust as you dine on the lavish menu, while using locally sourced produce, each plate takes inspiration from places like Sicily, France, and Morocco. Share from their communal menu or get the baked saganaki with Greek Kefalograviera cheese to enjoy all to yourself. End the night perched on the rooftop bar with a cocktail in hand and a beautiful view of the New Zealand sun setting.


Modern New Zealand
Commercial Bay Level 2/7 Queen Street, Auckland CBD
Ahi in Commercial Bay.

Ahi translates from Te Reo Maori to mean ‘Fire’, the inspiration for the name derives from the technique and the passion it takes to create their divine dishes. Ahi combines a sophisticated fine dining experience with a new definition of New Zealand cuisine. The restaurant celebrates the diversity of locally sourced produce from across Aotearoa and the people who bring these ingredients to the table.

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The interior follows suit with crafted native timber and a ceiling created with New Zealand oak wood, the décor supports and promotes authentic New Zealand culture. Dine with a view of the Waitemata Harbour, as you’re treated to the highest standard of Kiwi hospitality. The menu sports dishes like the dry-aged tuna, grilled octopus, and the Wagyu beef short rib – all of which are just a handful of the stunning dishes Ahi has to offer.

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