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150 Ponsonby Road, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
09-360-1710
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Good for:
Bar scene
Large groups

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Visitor rating
  • 54
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
If only the staff cared we existed!!

I concluded with a four star based on food and drink but the service was a real disappointment, not sure why the waiter did not feel the need to treat us like humans!! I have never been at a restaurant where the waiter a) tells you something is off the menu and then serves it to a member of our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
njd200
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UK
via mobile
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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161 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

There's nothing really wrong with SPQR but nothing overally right either. I've been several times for lunch and dinner and it's always very busy but I do wonder if that's more about the aura and personality than the food. We have always been warmly greeted - the staff are friendly and act like you are a regular which gives off... More 

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UK
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

I concluded with a four star based on food and drink but the service was a real disappointment, not sure why the waiter did not feel the need to treat us like humans!! I have never been at a restaurant where the waiter a) tells you something is off the menu and then serves it to a member of our... More 

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Munich, Germany
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Bar and restaurant are pretty unique, I really loved the design of the place. Food was good, service okay but nothing special. It's very loud inside and I think it's too pricy: I recommend rather a drink than dinner.

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Singapore, Singapore
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

The waiter behaved as if we were bothering him by being there! That set the tone for a mediocre risotto, & seafood stew. It's a good thing the wine was nice!

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Great vibe and even greater food! Good place for a fun dinner with friends or partner. Great service too!

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New Zealand
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We went here for a girls dinner - and it was fantastic! Service was great, food was to die for and we though excellent value for money. I would definitely book this place time and time again - will be back to take my fiancé for sure!

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Provincetown, Massachusetts
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153 reviews 153 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We had dinner at SPQR and enjoyed our night there. The energy is good. Drinks are flowing and food is decent. Worth a visit if you're spending a few nights in Auckland.

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Orlando, Florida
Top Contributor
166 reviews 166 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
542 helpful votes 542 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We stopped in here without reservations and were seated next to smokers close to the outside. Requested to be moved and got seated in the right side of the restaurant by ourselves. We were tired from a long day of exploring Auckland and ready for what we thought would be a very nice meal. Smokers smoke still wafting through the... More 

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Gisborne, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

And you're still the same I caught up with you yesterday Moving game to game No one standing in your way Turning on the charm Long enough to get you by You're still the same You still aim high Fab, sexy staff, scrumptious food ~ Tiramisu to die for,, Ceasar salad rocked my world.. Best memories of Ponsonby road always... More 

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brisbane
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59 reviews 59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Recommended spot to eat and we were not disappointed. Busy night without a reservation but well looked after by the staff and quickly seated. Cocktails were great and tried the Fish Stew which was truly beautiful. A great finish to several lovely days in Auckland.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 150 Ponsonby Road, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
  • Phone Number: 09-360-1710

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?