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Metro Top 50 Restaurants of the Year 2022

Here are the best 50 restaurants in Auckland, New Zealand, and the finalists for Metro's Restaurant of the Year, with Estrella Damm.

Metro Top 50 Restaurants of the Year 2022

Aug 27, 2022 Restaurants

Metro is excited to announce the top 50 Auckland restaurants that have been chosen to be a part of Metro Restaurant of the Year 2022, in partnership with Estrella Damm.

These restaurants represent the best of Auckland’s dining scene, from the casual neighbourhood joints that you can pop into on a weekday and be greeted like locals, to the special occasion fine diners that deliver technically excellent food with equally excellent service.

This year, the top 50 restaurants reflect an industry that has weathered a pandemic over the last two years, with fewer new openings from the previous list. While this means less changes from the list of 2021, it also signals something positive for the industry — most notably, the resilience of our operators, with only two restaurants from 2021’s top 50 having closed in the last year. This is a celebration of the restaurants that have made it; a long-overdue party and acknowledgement of the people who contribute so much to making Auckland a great city to live in. It’s the first year Metro Restaurant of the Year will be able to have an awards night since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s awards are made possible by Estrella Damm as well as Campari, Sanpellegrino, Esk Valley, Pernod Ricard, The Produce Company, Pacific Linen, The Great Catering Co and Ninety Nine Reasons.

Behind the top 50 list is a panel of 10 judges, made up of food writers, critics and hospitality experts, and led by the Metro team, who visit restaurants anonymously and pay for their own meals. The panel is refreshed year-on-year, and includes a mix of diverse perspectives, expertise and experiences.

All 50 restaurants are now in the running for the Estrella Damm Supreme Award, which is given to the best restaurant in Auckland as decided by our panel, as well as other categories such as Best Dish, The Produce Company Best Chef, Campari Best Bartender and more.

These awards will be announced on the event night on Monday 19 September at the Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira. Tickets are available to the public and can be purchased at

The Top 50 Auckland restaurants, and the finalists in the Metro Restaurant of the Year 2022, are, in alphabetical order:

454 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn
Commercial Bay, Level 2/7 Queen Street, central city
130 Quay St, Britomart
366 Karangahape Rd, Karangahape Rd Precinct
66-68 Tyler St, Britomart
280 Karangahape Rd, Karangahape Rd Precinct

10/26 Jellicoe St, Wynyard Quarter
Bar Céleste
146b Karangahape Rd, Karangahape Rd Precinct
Bar Magda
25b Cross St, Newton

Cafe Hanoi
27 Galway St, Britomart
155 Karangahape Rd, Karangahape Rd Precinct
Casita Miro
3 Brown Rd, Waiheke
5 Fort Lane, central city
854 Dominion Rd, Mt Eden
56a Brown St, Ponsonby
236 Ōrākei Rd, Ōrākei
375 Karangahape Rd, Karangahape Rd Precinct

177 Symonds St, Eden Terrace

Gemmayze St
Shop 16, St Kevin’s Arcade, 183 Karangahape Rd, Karangahape Rd Precinct
Commercial Bay, 21 Queen St, central city

Hello Beasty
95-97 Customs St West, central city
SkyCity 87 Federal St, central city
Hugo’s Bistro
67 Shortland St, central city

193 Symonds St, Eden Terrace

472 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn
19 Khyber Pass Rd, Grafton

SkyCity 90 Federal St, central city
210-218 Victoria St West, central city
Mr Lobster Private Kitchen
4/301 Lincoln Rd, Henderson
Mr Morris
Cnr Galway & Commerce St, Britomart, central city

171 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby
359 Dominion Rd, Mt Eden
Park Hyatt 99 Halsey St, central city
9 Princes St, central city

Paris Butter
166 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay
Pasta & Cuore
409 Mount Eden Rd, Mt Eden
235 Parnell Rd, Parnell
Shop 22 St Kevin’s Arcade, 183 Karangahape Rd, Karangahape Rd Precinct
Commercial Bay, Level 1/172 Quay St, central city
Ponsonby Road Bistro
165 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby
226 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby

Sake Bar Icco
601 New North Rd, Morningside
Sid at the French Café
210 Symonds St, Eden Terrace
283 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby

Tantalus Estate
70-72 Onetangi Rd, Waiheke
The Engine Room
115 Queen St, Northcote Point
The Lodge Bar & Dining
Commercial Bay 7 Queen St, central city
The Shed
76 Onetangi Rd, Waiheke
Three Seven Two
21 The Strand, Waiheke

Waku Waku
415 Remuera Rd, Remuera


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