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SPQR Cafe & Bar

150 Ponsonby Road, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
09-360-1710
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Ranked #348 of 1,195 restaurants in Auckland
Cuisines: European, Italian
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Ambient - superb food and bubbles - what more could one ask for? Customer service warm and inviting.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Its a strange place, decorating very dark and more reminiscent of a nightclub than a restaurant. But as it is a bar restaurant then I guess that's the vibe they are going for. Service was good at the start of our lunch but became a little hard to come by, by the end of the meal. The food was also... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Came for dinner on Wednesday night and have to say have never had such poor service!Our waitress while very sweet clearly needed training as her menu knowledge was very poor but that was not the issue.....we arrived at 8pm and had dinner,we were then joined by another friend around 10.45pm and we asked for another bottle of wine but were... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

As always SPQR CAFE AND BAR great food and servic, the food always present well and the service from waiter was excellant he knows his job, I and my friends always enjoy going to this place, either lunch or dinner take your pick weekdays or weekends great. Peter J

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Auckland, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

SPQR along with Praego have been Ponsonby Road icons for many years in that the food and service is consistently top rate. Sadly, it seems SPQR has fallen off the grid. Over the years I have spent many a Saturday afternoon sipping wine and nibbling on SPQR's minimalist pizzas along with the odd dinner. This is the first time I... More

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Auckland, NZ
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

A group of 8 of us went out for dinner to celebrate a birthday (mid 40's). The service was second to none & we were made to feel special, the food was exquisite, great selection on the menu. But .... it was just too noisy especially if you wanted to hold a conversation with someone other than the person beside... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Had a waiter break my credit card, because I refused to pay for a drink that wasnt consume at our table . Not a great experience.

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Mebourne
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014 via mobile

We were excited to dine at an Auckland institution and we weren't disappointed. Unsurprisingly the service was as erratic and flamboyant as previous reviews intimated. Thankfully the Stygian gloom was relieved by a requested and welcome candle, the menu offered a good range of choices and the meals were excellent! The 35 minute wait for our starter of pizza bread... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014 via mobile

Took my overseas guests here for dinner. Couldn't hear a thing as the music was so loud. Ordered Cesar salad with chicken, came minus chicken, and basically I got a pile of cos lettuce, with a jar of sauce, an egg, 2 anchovies, 2 big croutons. Asked for no bacon. For $23 it was a total rip off. In saying... More

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Top Contributor
194 reviews 194 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Went on a recommendation from a good friend who used to live in Auckland. Tried to book but was told no bookings for two. We were seated out the front - tables all very close and sadly smoking is allowed AT THE TABLE so yuk smoke in our faces whilst trying to enjoy our lunch.Also 2 huge Labradors sitting in... More

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