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Ponsonby Road Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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165 Ponsonby Road | Ponsonby, New Zealand
+64 9-360 1611
12:00 - 00:30
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 00:30
Sat 16:30 - 00:30
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely restaurant on ponsonby road . Had fantastic bluff oysters and turbot , all very fresh and fairly priced for the quality . All the front of house staff is very professional and friendly . Very good wine list Would definitely return while in Auckland

Thank Blewtribals
Napier, New Zealand
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153 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant buzzes, wonderful vibe busy and popular. On the Ponsonby Road dining strip there are lots to choose from but this one stands out from the crowd just for atmosphere alone. I have my own restaurant out of town and I know that service is what makes the difference and makes for a enjoyable experience. Melissa sorted out our... More 

Thank NeilHBNZ
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed dinner here attracted by vibe as we strolled by. Enjoyed a table outside without having reservations on Saturday night. Chef special pasta dish was great. Snapper fish special was awesome as well. Server (can't recall his name) was very friendly and welcoming. Enjoyed our dinner there immensely

Thank SilverLining704
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love this place ! Professional and classy and that's just the service ! Food incredible, wine wonderful Right on Ponsonby Rd and a cut above ! Well done Melissa and Blair you rock and we love you

Thank Annie B
Auckland, New Zealand
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62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to the Ponsonby Road Bistro for the first time tonight with friends visiting from Singapore. It was a Friday night so expected it to be busy and it was. Overall the service met expectations although the server had to go and find out the price of the fish of the day which was advertised as "market price" and... More 

Thank markrichards1964
Dunedin, New Zealand
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dinner last evening was excellent. Staff very friendly and efficient. We will certainly be back Value for money about what we would expect in Auckland.

Thank Brucesrobinson
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went mid-week and it was a lovely, quiet (though certainly not empty) and cosy dinner spot. Food was truly delicious. I had the best duck I've had in a long time; it was full of flavour and melt-in-your mouth tender. Service was pleasant and attentive. Prices are a shade higher than what we usually pay but it was worth... More 

Thank Jessica H
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took my mum and her partner here tonight for a farewell dinner as they were going home to Europe. We arrived at 6.30pm. Food was good but staff came across very busy and quite stressed; however it was a busy Friday night so fair enough. The mains came in and looked pretty, but unfortunately I had a Caterpillar in my... More 

Thank ronaldsf
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

My wife and I had a very delicious dinner here. Atmosphere pleasant. Service very good. I had an absolutely delicious lamp rump served on roast corn and rice with a very unusual array of seasoning and flavors. My wife had the fish of the day served with a extremely tasty salsa. For desert we split a dish of lemon and... More 

Thank ManjidelMondo
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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223 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

This was worth the taxi ride from our hotel! The food was first class, with flavours dancing off the plate. I had the lamb....perfect. I believe the menu changes regularly, which is quite right, so check online before you go. I think booking is essential. Don't miss it. It's a bit special! The service was also brilliant.

Thank lastword2016

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
European, New Zealand, International, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:30
12:00 - 00:30
12:00 - 00:30
12:00 - 00:30
12:00 - 00:30
16:30 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 165 Ponsonby Road | Ponsonby, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region
  • Phone Number: +64 9-360 1611

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?