Planning a private event? We have your round-up of the best private 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 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 rooms in town.

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The Matisse Room

The Matisse Room

The Matisse Room

The Matisse Room

Level 5 of Seafarers Members’ Club houses the gorgeous Arclinea kitchen. Perfect for medium-sized parties, the concept of hiring the space involves plucking a chef of your choice from any of the group’s eateries (Ebisu, Ostro etc.) to cook for you. Suitable for: 10-40 guests

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Gusto at The Grand

Gusto at The Grand

Gusto at The Grand

Gusto at The Grand

Gusto’s private dining room is an opulent continuation of the restaurant’s upmarket Italian atmosphere, accommodating up to 30 seated guests with AV equipment on hand if required. Here you can enjoy the celebrated Italian fare with a set menu tailored to your requirements. This might be an extravagant breakfast menu, an express menu for lunch or early evening, or one of the various ‘Italian Feast’ options on offer. 

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Soul Bar & Bistro

Soul Bar & Bistro

Soul Bar & Bistro

Soul Bar & Bistro

A long-time go-to for corporate lunches and long-overdue catch-ups alike, bigger parties can now 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. Suitable for: up to 30 guests seated (with a maximum of 26 around one table or three tables of 10) otherwise up to 60 guests standing for cocktails and canapés.

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The Deck at Ostro

The Deck at Ostro

The Deck at Ostro

The Deck at Ostro

With its sweeping ocean views, The Deck at Ostro is one of downtown’s most picturesque event spaces. Offering a range of menu options from the kitchen, helmed by Michelin-starred chef Josh Emett, the wine is flowing and good times await. Suitable for: Private hire of the deck is for parties of 20 or more.

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Huami

Huami

Huami

Huami

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. Suitable for: six to 12 guests seated.

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Jervois Steak House

Jervois Steak House

Jervois Steak House

Jervois Steak House

Known as ‘the steakhouse to end all arguments’, this Jervois Road outpost has a private dining room upstairs. Its famous menu and cosy environment, complete with rustic brick walls, ensure guests will settle in and feel right at home in this fine steak establishment. Suitable for: 12 guests seated.

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The Sugar Club

The Sugar Club

The Sugar Club

The Sugar Club

It doesn’t get much more impressive than The Sugar Club’s harbour views (indisputably the best in Auckland). With beautiful, seasonal menus crafted to suit each party, there’s no way guests will walk away from a night here unimpressed. In fact, we’re quite sure they’ll find it difficult to forget. Suitable for: up to 12 guests seated. (Larger parties are asked to inquire.)

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Little Alice

Little Alice

Little Alice

Little Alice

Anyone who has dined at Saint Alice would be well-aware at how busy the restaurant can get. Fortunately, the rooftop eatery offers patrons a Little Alice experience. And while the menu is the same style as its older sister,  this room ensures more privacy, perfect for hosting exclusive events. Suitable for: Capacity of 20 — 60 people.

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Sid at The French Cafe

Sid at The French Cafe

Sid at The French Cafe

Sid at The French Cafe

If you’re a genuine gastronome and appreciate the culinary arts, take a seat in the cellar at Sid at The French Cafe. The cosy space gives diners the opportunity to receive an incredibly intimate chef’s table experience along with a timeless and charming design, perfect for either corporate or personal events. Suitable for: An intimate dinner for 12.

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Sidart

Sidart

Sidart

Sidart

Sidart’s gorgeous marble bar and dining area, named the Alhambra Room, is a nod to the predecessor that closed down in 2006. The Alhambra Room is peaceful, quaint and looks over at the Auckland skyline which illuminates during the evening. On Fridays, Sidart opens its doors from midday, making the Alhambra Room the perfect spot for a long luxurious lunch to kickstart the weekend. Suitable for: Private functions of up to 20 people or you can book the entire restaurant for up to 60 people.

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Cassia

Cassia

Cassia

Cassia

Tucked away in Fort Lane, the restaurant itself is secluded as is but diners have the option to go even more lowkey with the two rooms on offer. The Holi is designed for patrons who appreciate an element of discretion while still soaking in the ambience of bustling fellow diners. Whereas the private dining room is an exclusive room for events and celebrations that ensures full privacy. Suitable for: Private celebrations and events of up to 24 people and group dinners of 10 to 14 people.

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Masu

Masu

Masu

Masu

The outstanding inner-city Japanese restaurant offers a couple of different options if you’d like to go for a slightly more intimate experience – we love the Chef’s Kotastu Table backdropped by the restaurant’s single piece of art, a large Japanese Dragon created by calligraphy master artist Ushio Sekiguchi. Suitable for: eight to 10 people.

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Tantalus

Tantalus

Tantalus

Tantalus

Waiheke Island’s Tantalus is a flexible venue that caters to all manner of events. While the main restaurant seats up to 200 guests, the private dining room could see 22 of your nearest and dearest seated for a special meal or 50 friends for cocktails. 

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Paris Butter

Paris Butter

Paris Butter

Paris Butter

The highly-esteemed fine dining restaurant amps up the X-factor with its private dining room. Going above and beyond to create a thoughtfully tailored food and beverage offering, the team is sure to make any special occasion unforgettable. Suitable for: up to 20 people. 

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Prego

Prego

Prego

Prego

Paying a visit to Prego is delightful with a large group, as you’ll be seated at the restaurant’s iconic giant table. While away the hours at a long lunch or celebratory dinner and bask in Prego’s famed hospitality. Suitable for: 10-16 people. 

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VYC Trattoria Moderna

VYC Trattoria Moderna

VYC Trattoria Moderna

VYC Trattoria Moderna

If you’re keen to have a whole restaurant to yourself for a private function, you’re in luck: the newly reopened VYC Trattoria Moderna (formerly Viaduct Yacht Club) has private use of the venue for functions available 7 days per week for breakfast, brunch, lunch, drinks or dinner. With a warm fire and delicious Italian menu, it’s sure to be an ideal location for a corporate or personal event. They can even help out with organising entertainment, music and flowers. Suitable for: up to 100 people.

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Saan

Saan

Saan

Saan

For authentic Northern Thai cuisine, Saan is the place to go. The whole restaurant is beautiful, but the private dining room offers an extra-special experience, separated from the bustle of the main space by a sliding door. The space still feels light and airy during the day thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, and is the perfect environment to enjoy Saan’s mouth-watering flavours with a group. Suitable for: between eight and 22 people. If the group is larger than 22, Saan is happy to consider opening outside regular hours.

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Blue Breeze Inn

Blue Breeze Inn

Blue Breeze Inn

Blue Breeze Inn

Visiting Blue Breeze Inn is always a good time, and if you’re after a more discreet dining experience we highly recommend booking the exclusive dining booth. There’s something about a round table that makes us feel connected to everyone we’re dining with, and this one is just secluded enough while still feeling like you’re part of the fun. Suitable for: minimum 8 and up to 10 people.

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Cafe Hanoi

Cafe Hanoi

Cafe Hanoi

Cafe Hanoi

Having recently moved to beautiful new premises in what used to be 1885, Cafe Hanoi’s private dining offering has also had an upgrade. The Parlour is available to book for lunch or dinner throughout the week except weekend lunches. Guests in the space can opt for a $65 per head banquet menu with the option to add extra courses or premium dishes for an additional price. Alternatively some or all of the group may choose the vegetarian/vegan banquet menu, and a canape menu is also on offer for standing functions. Suitable for: up to 44 seated and 50 canape-style.

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Saxon + Parole

Saxon + Parole

Saxon + Parole

Saxon + Parole

Modern American steakhouse Saxon + Parole opened in Commercial Bay this September, bringing accolades and attitude from New York City. The space boasts stunning views over the glittering harbour, with an enticing offering for private events. The main dining space is available for full venue buyouts, welcoming 60 guests seated or 100 guests standing. There is also a mezzanine dining area located on the upper level of the restaurant, offering unobstructed views of the harbour in an exclusive space, complete with its own bar. The mezzanine is suitable for 48 people seated, or 60 standing. 

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Cotto

Cotto

Cotto

Cotto

While handmade pasta haven Cotto caters well to groups in its Karangahape Road space, thanks to a plethora of large tables, those after a more intimate experience would do well to book the restaurant’s recently-opened upstairs dining room. With light streaming onto its cosy red walls and central city location, it’s the perfect space for a special event. Suitable for: up to 50, seated

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The Poni Room

The Poni Room

The Poni Room

The Poni Room

Commercial Bay hotspot The Poni Room is an all-day eatery boasting a sun-drenched, panoramic outlook, a lighthearted spirit and a Japanese and South-East Asian-inspired menu. A convivial space that encourages its patrons to have fun, this extends to the private dining room, raised slightly from the main dining space and able to be curtained off. Suitable for: 25 seated, with a set menu available. 

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