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Ponsonby Road Bistro

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165 Ponsonby Road | Ponsonby, New Zealand
+64 9-360 1611
12:00 - 00:30
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 00:30
Sat 16:30 - 00:30
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New Zealand
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98 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A truly stunning restaurant - the menu was varied and certainly not your normal restaurant fare - the sardines for entry were delicious, followed by a main of snapper and then a simple affogato for desert. The staff knew the menu and wine really well and provided excellent advice. The only tiny criticism was the noise (not a place for... More 

Thank Kiwi124
Auckland, New Zealand
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57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently dropped into Ponsonby Road Bistro very early in the evening on a wet night in Auckland. Once again, we were reminded just how how good this place is. The decor is wonderful - Imaginative lighting providing just the right balance of light and dark, tables assembled around the central bar providing separation and space, and an appealing layout... More 

Thank KCiscasey
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been there many times and it's always been great. Food, atmosphere, warm service, always got a table with no bookings. Thank you.

Thank Jonathan L
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed tonight's visit - the atmosphere was great (although a little loud), very good service and the food was brilliant. Only negative feedback is that cigarette smoke seemed to travel in through the front door, as we often got whiffs of it when the door was opened, so I would not recommend sitting at the front if this would... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Palm Springs, California
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69 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a lovely restaurant. Our friends in Auckland told us this is their favorite restaurant and I can see why. Beautiful, intimate room. Nice sidewalk dining, if you choose. Service was absolutely outstanding and the staff was very friendly. I had the filet, which was one of the specials of the day, and it was cooked to perfection. It was... More 

Thank Michael G
Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Small menu but dishes very nice. Efficient staff. Smart interior. Something for everyone on menu. Handy location.

Thank MLF28
Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Good meal, excellent service. Enjoyed the calamari starter, husband had venison which was very tasty. My fish of the day, gurnard, seemed slightly over cooked and some what over powered by the spicy sauce. Creme brûlée wonderful. Portions v generous, we shared starter and desert.

Thank Sharon M
Sydney, Australia
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388 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

'Simple' menu. Had the venison which was excellent (and I am a fussy meat eater). Others at table as happy with their food and all looked excellent. Had the chocolate dessert which was nice. But think what really makes this place is the excellent female maitre d - she was brilliant. Front of house manager also great. Good balance of... More 

Thank amr100
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

Have been here a couple of times before and always sat outside on a summers evening, but tonight had dinner of the new menu , as always Melissa and her staff provide outstanding service , the food was fabulous as always , and will return with friends again very soon

Thank Simon L
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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101 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

I wanted to go here and fortunately I was able to take a reasonably well known individual to make it a proper evening out. The menu was spot on and dining during the Summer business made for an excellent night out. A very charming American waitress was in attendance and as we moved our table booking down to just 2... More 

Thank Norheim R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
European, New Zealand, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, 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?