New Zealand’s Top 100 Restaurants

Cuisine has unearthed new flavours, hidden gems, old favourites and the restaurants that are bold, brave and hot to bring you Cuisine’s list of the very best dining experiences in New Zealand for 2018, as nominated by a team of assessors who visit restaurants across the country, unannounced, and pay for every meal. The annual inventory is now complete.

These 100 restaurants will feature in the Cuisine Good Food Guide 2018, and many are finalists for the Cuisine Good Food Awards 2018 where all winners will be announced, including the Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year, the Santa Vittoria Chef of the Year and the allocation of the coveted Cuisine Good Food Awards hats. Congratulations to each and every restaurant on this list. These are the restaurant teams and chefs that are claiming a place for New Zealand as a premium food and drink destination.

Lead assessor Kerry Tyack says he is delighted to have the opportunity to shine a light on those that have made Cuisine’s list of the 100 most influential restaurants of the last 12 months.

Winners

Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year
COCORO – Auckland

Santa Vittoria Chef of the Year
GIULIO STURLA – ROOTS – Canterbury

Best Metropolitan Restaurant
CASSIA – Auckland

SILERE Best Regional Restaurant
PALATE – Hamilton

Estrella Damm Best Specialist Restaurant
GEMMAYZE ST – Auckland

Epicure Trading Best Casual Dining Restaurant
DEPOT – Auckland

De’Longhi Restaurant Personality of the Year
TONY STEWART – CLOONEY – Auckland

Ōra King Salmon Innovation Award
VAUGHAN MABEE
AMISFIELD BISTRO – Central Otago

Yellow Brick Road Best Winery Restaurant
ELEPHANT HILL – Hawke’s Bay

Negociants New Zealand Best Wine Experience
NOBLE ROT – Wellington

Best Drinks List
CHARLEY NOBLE – Wellington

Cuisine New Zealand Future Food Legend
MONIQUE FISO

Pead PR New Zealand Long-Term Player
LOGAN BROWN – Wellington

Whitestone Cheese Best NZ Dish
THE PAUA PIE – VAUGHAN MABEE –
AMISFIELD BISTRO – Central Otago

 

Cuisine Magazine’s Top 100 Restaurants

AUCKLAND

Amano

Antoines

Apero

Azabu

Baduzzi

Bracu

Cassia

Cazador

Cibo

Clooney

Coco’s Cantina

Cocoro

Cotto

Culprit

Depot

Euro

Federal Delicatessen

Gemmayze St

Gusto at the Grand

Harbourside

Hugo’s Bistro

Kazuya

Lillius

Masu by Nic Watt

O’Connell St Bistro

Orphans Kitchen

Ortolana

Pasta & Cuore

Pasture

Ponsonby Road Bistro

Prego

Satya Chai Lounge

Sid at The French Cafe

Sidart

Soul Bar & Bistro

The Engine Room

The Grill by Sean Connolly

The Grove

The Hunting Lodge

The Sugar Club

White + Wong’s – Auckland

WAIHEKE ISLAND

The Shed at Te Motu

HAMILTON

Chim Choo Ree

Hayes Common

Palate

TAUPO

The Bistro

HAWKE’S BAY

Bistronomy

Black Barn Bistro

Elephant Hill

Pacifica

Te Awa Winery Restaurant

Craggy Range Restaurant

MARTINBOROUGH

Pinocchio

Union Square

NEW PLYMOUTH

Social Kitchen

MANAWATU

Amayjen

WELLINGTON

Boulcott St Bistro

Capitol

Chameleon

Charley Noble

Egmont St Eatery

Field and Green

Havana Bar

Hillside

Hippopotamus

Logan Brown

Loretta

Monte Cervino

Noble Rot

Oikos Hellenic Cuisine

Ortega

Pravda

Rita

Salty Pidgin

Shepherd

Tinakori Bistro

WBC

Whitebait

NELSON

Hopgood’s

Urban Oyster Bar & Eatery

MARLBOROUGH

Arbour

CANTERBURY

Twenty Seven Steps

Black Estate

Chillingworth Road

Gatherings

Inati

Pegasus Bay

Pescatore

Roots

NORTH OTAGO

Riverstone Kitchen

Fleurs Place

CENTRAL OTAGO

Amisfield Bistro

Bistro Gentil

Botswana Butchery – Queenstown

Fishbone

Kika

Ode Conscious Dining

Rata

Sherwood

DUNEDIN

Bracken