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 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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Non Solo Pizza

Non Solo Pizza

Non Solo Pizza

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. Courtyard suitable for: 100 standing, 50 seated. Private dining suitable for: 40 standing, 30 seated

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Onemata

Onemata

Onemata

Onemata

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 crew, each including a selection of small, large and dessert dishes. Suitable for: Up to 12 guests

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Ebisu

Ebisu

Ebisu

Ebisu

Fans of Ebisu’s exceptional Japanese cuisine will be please 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. Suitable for: 30 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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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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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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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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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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Siso

Siso

Siso

Siso

If it’s a cosy, intimate vibe you’re after, look no further than the private space at Remuera’s Mediterranean favourite, Siso. Able to accomodate parties of up-to 10, Siso’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.

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Beau

Beau

Beau

Beau

Always bustling (if you’ve tried the food here you’ll know why) Beau Wine Bar is the ideal spot to book for a special occasion or dinner with friends. Offering a private dining space upstairs, Beau is known for the way it matches delicious wine with exquisite food and friendly, personable service, making it undeniably appealing for an extra-special evening.

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Orphan’s Kitchen

Orphan’s Kitchen

Orphan’s Kitchen

Orphan’s Kitchen

Whether it’s for a breakfast gathering, a special lunch or a daytime event, the private dining space above Ponsonby stalwart Orphans Kitchen can accomodate large groups, and is bathed in lovely, natural light from the morning until well into the afternoon.

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Mr Morris

Mr Morris

Mr Morris

Mr Morris

Offering a private experience like no other, Britomart’s Mr Morris boasts a private dining space with its own open kitchen and a dedicated chef. With options to suit any kind of party including three- or four-course menus or bespoke tasting menus and able to fit up to 20 in the space itself (or more if you want to book out the main dining room), Mr Morris is perfect for any special occasion.

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Barcita

Barcita

Barcita

Barcita

Set out the back of popular K’ Road spot Candela, Barcita is the new private space as ideal for a casual drinks as it is for a private, sit-down dinner with friends. Able to provide delicious snacks and grazing plates or pull from Candela’s utterly delicious Spanish-inspired menu, Barcita sets the right mood every time with its low-lit ambiance and sleek, after-dark fit out.

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Esther

Esther

Esther

Esther

Catering to groups of all sizes (from 17 to 60 guests) 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.

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