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150 Ponsonby Road, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
09-360-1710
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 56
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 9
    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:
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
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164 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Lunch at SPQR is always a occasion to look forward to, be savored, lingered over and remembered with joy with a aim to repeated again and again. This is something my wife and I have done and will repeat so that not only can the food and experience be enjoyed but also the the people watching from such a great... More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Had the most disappointing experience coming here. Never in my life have I encountered such appalling service. Truly in shock by how our table of five was treated by the wait staff. We were seated at two round tables pushed together, which was very uncomfortable and cramped. One of our group's chair was bumped at least 4 times by an... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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152 reviews 152 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

With a name like SPQR, you'd expect this place to stand the test of time. And the people have spoken for well over 20 years now, voting with their feet and their wallets. I remember raucous nights here in the 90s, once the dining is done, the drinking would take over on weekends. This visit was a more sedate catch... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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36 reviews 36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
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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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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 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
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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
93 helpful votes 93 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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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: Large groups, Bar scene

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