Denizen’s guide to the best private dining rooms in town

We’re spoiled for choice when it comes to dedicated spaces for a more intimate gastronomic experience in Auckland. No matter the occasion, there’s sure to be a private dining room that suits your needs, so next time you need to book somewhere for a group, we’ve got you covered with our extensive guide to the best private dining rooms in town.

The Chef’s Library at The Hotel Britomart

Nestled in the heart of Hotel Britomart is The Libraries, a space that assumes literary comforts and leisure. Here there is an air of unpretentious exclusivity, where even in the middle of the city you couldn’t feel more removed from the world if you tried. The Libraries are not open to the general public to walk-in (they do not operate as a restaurant) however they are available for private events and functions, with tailor-made solutions to cater to any need. The crown jewel The Chefs Library (table), which is available for private dinners for up to eight people, making it perfect for an intimate and memorable affair.

Location: 29 Galway Street, Britomart
Suitable For: 8 guests for degustation or family-style dining, 6 guests for cabaret

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Metita Private Dining Space


Recently opened within the SkyCity precinct, Metita occupies the space formerly home to beloved Gusto at The Grand, and it’s fair to say that the newcomer is already living up to the iconic nature of its address. Here, the offering is a new take on South Pacific cuisine, elevating traditional dishes with modern culinary techniques, inspiring a deeper reverence for our own heartland and connection to Meredith’s native Samoa. The concise, considered and experimental menu brings together a plethora of textures, flavours and techniques, calling on a unique ingredients list to deliver something truly groundbreaking, from paua served with ulu, paneer and burnt orange to fire-roasted Tua Tua served with okra and harissa. When a special occasion is on the horizon, those looking for an intimate dining space to bring people together should look no further than Metita’s exceptionally well-appointed private dining room. The space seats up to 26, but can just as easily cater to small numbers, and brings the very best of Metita’s food offering and interiors into focus to create a seriously memorable affair.

Location: SkyCity, 90 Federal Street, Auckland CBD
Suitable For: seats up to 26 guests

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Beachside Private Dining at Azabu Mission Bay

Azabu Mission Bay

The perfect beachside location for an end-of-year get-together, Azabu Mission Bay offers completely private dining in its adjacent Stonehouse or semi-private events in its open courtyard. From formal, sit-down dinners to casual drinks, this versatile venue offers a space for any kind of occasion.

Location: 44 Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay
Suitable For: Stonehouse — 40 (seated) to 60 (standing) guests, The Courtyard — up to 60 guests (standing), Venue Exclusive — up to 200 guests

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Private Dining at Le Bar, Origine at Commercial Bay

Le Mezzanine at Origine

Tucked above the grand dining room of Commercial Bay’s elevated French restaurant Origine, is a space perfect for an intimate gathering. La Mezzanine’s after-dark vibe, soft lighting and exceptional views over Downtown Auckland will set the perfect tone for a night with friends, one that will inevitably end in some convivial fun.

Location: Commercial Bay, Level 2/172 Quay Street, Auckland CBD
Suitable For: up to 50 guests

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Soul Bar & Bistro

A long-time go-to for corporate lunches and long-overdue catch-ups alike, bigger parties can also enjoy a ‘private’ piece of Soul by closing the bi-fold doors to what is usually the cocktail lounge. It’s perfect for seated parties that can indulge in Executive Chef Gavin Doyle’s fine cuisine via a set menu. Larger parties, on the other hand, can use the same space while also spilling out onto the famous deck and bar area for standing events.

Location: Viaduct Harbour, Corner of Lower Hobson Street &, Customs Street West, Auckland City
Suitable For: up to 30 guests seated or 35 – 100 standing for cocktails and canapés

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Jervois Steak House Private Dining Room

Jervois Steak House

The private dining room at Jervois Steak House is located upstairs in the restaurant. The interior blends rustic elements from the building’s original heritage with modern warm tones & James Russ lighting. Relax into plush leather seating in a bespoke tan hue (called ‘Jervois Molasses’), and enjoy an authentic steakhouse experience for any special occasion.

Location: 70 Jervois Road, Ponsonby
Suitable For: up to 12 seated guests

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Set just across from Kingi’s main dining room is the restaurant’s private dining and meeting space, designed to bring people together for a feast or to do business. A light-filled space anchored by a breathtaking raw-edge swamp kauri slab table underneath a shimmering fish-scale chandelier, the room gives diners a unique view into the Kingi kitchens as the chefs prepare seasonal dishes, creating an immersive dining experience. At the room’s north end, a wooden sideboard conceals a 65″ screen, which can be used to host board-style meetings, intimate product launches or special presentations. The space is equipped with high-speed internet connectivity and state-of-the-art AV facilities, making it an ideal location for productive business meetings. Whatever your requirements are, Kingi Private is the perfect, multi-faceted space.

Location: Tuawhiti Lane, 29 Galway Street, Britomart
Suitable For: 14 guests for degustation

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Masu Private Dining at SkyCity


The outstanding inner-city Japanese restaurant offers a couple of different options if you’d like to go for a slightly more intimate experience. The Obi Room is a striking, semi-private space anchored by a solid wood table crafted from two pieces of suar hardwood and earthen walls decorated with spectacular vintage Japanese obi kimono prints. The Obi Room is framed by bubble glass which creates the impression of privacy and seclusion without being completely separated from the main dining area.

Otherwise, opt for the Chef’s Kotastu Table, another semi-private area set at the back of the main dining room and backdropped by the restaurant’s single piece of art, a large Japanese Dragon created by calligraphy master artist Ushio Sekiguchi.

Location: SkyCity, 90 Federal Street, Auckland CBD
Suitable For: The Obi Room — up to 18 guests, Chef’s Kotastu Table — 8 to 10 people

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Bar Magda

Bar Magda’s exclusive new private dining room, is a sanctuary of elegance. Thoughtfully and comfortably furnished, this secluded enclave is the perfect choice for corporate soirées or special celebrations like birthdays, where guests can enjoy Bar Magda’s impeccable service and indulge in the finest cuisine, knowing that every detail has been meticulously curated to meet expectations.

Location: 25b Cross Street, Auckland CBD
Suitable For: up to 25 seated guests or if extended into the bistro, 50-60 guests

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Huami Private Dining Rooms


Huami offers several different and equally appealing options for those wishing to dine in privacy. The Chinese restaurant, which boasts traditional cuisine with a modern twist, has three elegant private dining rooms. Rooms one and two seat 12 guests each and are adjoining, but can be divided. Room three caters up to six guests.

Location: SkyCity, 87 Federal Street, Auckland CBD
Suitable For: 6 to 12 guests seated

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Cassia Private Events and Dinners


Cassia’s new home at SkyCity boasts several options for Private dining and events.

The main private dining area seats up to 20 people and is fully equipped for presentations. A large flat screen TV and connections enable the private dining space to be converted into a professional area to share ideas with business colleagues.

For larger groups of up to 40 guests, the mezzanine area is the perfect location for your next group booking. For all bookings for groups of 13 or more, Cassia offers a selection of set menus that can be tailored to suit your group’s requirements. 

Location: SkyCity, 90 Federal Street, Auckland CBD
Suitable For: private celebrations & events of up to 20 people, & group dinners of up to 40 people

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Non Solo Pizza's Courtyard for Private Dining Events

Non Solo Pizza

With one of the city’s best courtyards, plus a private dining room to boot, Parnell institution NSP has all your bases covered for your next private event. The modern Italian menu is sure to impress, as are the carefully crafted cocktails.

Location: 1052/259 Parnell Road, Parnell
Suitable For: Courtyard — 100 standing or 50 seated, Private Dining Room — 40 standing or 30 seated

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Ebisu's Private Dining Room


Fans of Ebisu’s exceptional Japanese cuisine will be pleased to know the downtown favourite also offers private dining. Filled with natural light, the Nikko Courtyard features huge warehouse windows overlooking the Waitematā Harbour, a perfect space for a seated dinner or cocktail party.

Location: 116 – 118 Quay Street, Britomart
Suitable For: up to 30 guests

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If it’s a cosy, intimate vibe you’re after, look no further than the private space at Remuera’s Mediterranean favourite. Sìso’s elevated take on the laid-back local has made it an instant hit with Auckland’s most discerning diners. A night here promises great food and an even better atmosphere.

Location: 311 Remuera Road, Remuera
Suitable For: parties of up to 10

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The Sugar Club

The Sugar Club’s private dining room has the best view in town, boasting the highest harbour views from within Auckland’s CBD. A seasonally changing menu is on offer, along with the option to include the stunning bar space for pre or post-dining drinks and snacks. For larger groups, you can hire a ‘section’ of the restaurant exclusively, offering a set menu, along with wine match options, and for standing events canapés packages are also available.

Location: SkyCity, Corner of Federal & Victoria Streets, Level 53, Sky Tower, Victoria Street West, Auckland CBD
Suitable For: Private Dining Room — up to 12 guests, Main Dining Room — up to 32 guests

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Somm Cellar Door Semi-Private Area

Somm Cellar Door

Tucked away to the east of Somm Cellar Door is the venue’s lush & gorgeous semi-private area. This space is cleverly tucked behind the venue’s cellar, which displays an impressive array of library and large-format wines. The room is draped in heavy set ‘cabernet’ curtains which when drawn instantly transform the space into the cosiest of settings.

Location: Shed 22 Princes Wharf, Auckland CBD
Suitable For: up to 12 guests

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Catering to groups of all sizes Viaduct Harbour restaurant Esther (housed in the QT Hotel) boasts a number of private dining options for those looking for somewhere special. Its Limáni dining rooms provide warm, high-ceilinged spaces bathed in beautiful light, where diners will be treated to Esther’s signature, locally-grown European-style flavours via sharable feasts or tasting menus created by the restaurant’s Head Chef, Sean Connolly.

Location: 4 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland CBD
Suitable For: from 17 to 60 guests

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The Park Hyatt Auckland’s new flagship restaurant isn’t just the place for an exceptional meal, it also plays host to discerning private groups, be it for business or pleasure. Choose from three menus to suit your group, each including a selection of small, large and dessert dishes.

Location: Park Hyatt, 99 Halsey Street, Auckland CBD
Suitable For: up to 12 guests

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