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SPQR Cafe & Bar

150 Ponsonby Road, Auckland Central 1001, New Zealand
09-360-1710
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Ranked #277 of 1,108 restaurants in Auckland Central
Cuisines: European, Italian
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
auckland
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Excellent menu and food standard superb. Service was first class on a busy Saturday night. Could have been perfect but smoking diners sit outside main entrance doors polluting the immediate inside area of the restaurant. Have to walk through smoke just to get in. Unacceptable and ruins a good restaurant. This will stop many returning. Otherwise hard to fault.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

You could say that SPQR is a Ponsonby or Auckland institution as it's been there for well over 20 years. The setting is perfect for crowd watching and the menu is huge. The pork belly is to die for and the pizzas are superb. Service is usually friendly, entertaining and top notch but I've had below standard and rude service... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We sat down to dinner at 7 and ordered around 7:30. The starter came out within 20 mins which was okay. At 8:45 we inquired as to where the mains were. In the meantime you would think they would be able to handle getting the drinks right but sadly this seemed to be difficult. At 9pm, 90mins after ordering, we... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

We were recommended this place by the hostel we were staying in, in the Ponsonby area. Wish we'd never sat down. Rude and ignorant staff - unhelpful about the menu & impolite. Food was tasty but nothing out the ordinary - toilets were unclean although an apologetic sign up to guarantee refurbishment soon....would definitely not return. As it goes Ponsonby... More

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Houston, Texas
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238 reviews 238 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We stopped here for a light lunch after shopping in the up-and-coming Ponsonby Road. Wide selection. Many tables outside. Food was good but service a bit slow.

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

I have been here a few times now and the food has been delicious every time. The menu is not as impressive as you would hope but the prices are low so it is ok. Most of the times we have been the service has been average but the last time we went it was appalling. We were ignored, waited... More

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Estero,FL
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Flies, 3 sips of wine in a glass, very expensive....boring place with a waiter who had Terribly bad breath...and another helper who couldn't speak English...uninspired menu for Italian...food so-so....again, very expensive and food definitely not worth it.

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Adelaide, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Decided to stay after looking at the menus of several bars and restaurants along Ponsonby Rd. We were not disappointed. The food was delicious and the serves were generous (a steak and the seafood stew) and the service was 'slick'. Would be more than happy to return!

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Dublin, Ireland
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185 reviews 185 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013 via mobile

Ate here after landing into auckland. The weather was lovely and the doors and windows were open. Lovely atmosphere,always busy when passing. We had a pizza and the tuna ŵith a side of potatoes. All were delicious. The pizza had a lovely thin base and had lovely flavours. We would have returned again only had no time. All food around... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

It was Sunday, almost 3 pm, so not many places left for a good lunch. We decided to try, even with our 2 year-old baby. The food was AMAZING. Really delicious, good portion, freshness, and came really quick. Well, I think all the staff just wanted to go home because of the time. The restaurant is really nice, but is... More

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