SPQR restaurant review: Metro Top 50 2019

SPQR is a finalist in the Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year 2019 awards for Best Casual Restaurant. To see a full rundown of all our winners, click here.

This Ponsonby stalwart personifies the street and the neighborhood – no longer cool or edgy, but still as good as any place in Auckland to see and, of course, be seen. While its outside tables have become something of a cultural institution, it’s easy to forget that there’s a functional restaurant behind them. And a good one, too. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, SPQR’s pizza and pasta-based menu (leaning heavily towards seafood doused in lemon and garlic) is as dependable as anywhere with an long list of wines by the glass to match. When wouldn’t you want the scampi tail linguini and a glass of chardonnay? It may be a bit 90s, but hey - the 90s are back.

What it offers: Set-course menus / Shared-plate options / Good for vegetarians and vegans / Takes large bookings / Outdoor dining

A favourite dish: Snapper with saffron risotto

Hours: Lunch, Dinner 7 days
Bookings: Yes
Price: $$
Chef: Luiz Perreira

150 Ponsonby Road
Ph 360-1710

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