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SPQR Cafe & Bar

150 Ponsonby Road, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
09-360-1710
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Ranked #270 of 1,285 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
  • Any
English first
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Food & service, could not fault. Indeed, we were pleasantly surprised at the size of the portions. We were a group of friends catching up after a few months of being out of touch so were looking forward to much chit chat. BUT the staff had the worst type of chit-chat background music - and SOOOOOO loud, that we could... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Very pleased with our meal. It was delicious and catered for all tastes for our table. The service was good. The ambience was nice.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I didn't expect (or want to) like SPQR as its image and clientele seemed pretentious. But have consistently enjoyed the food and service. Food is tasty and avoids too many bistro clichés. Always good for a late night meal and the sidewalk tables permit a spot of people watching.

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Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Went for some Saturday afternoon drinks and lunch with another couple and were disappointed with our experience. We arrived after the peak lunch time so it wasn't overly busy, however, we were repeatedly passed by the various wait staff and eventually had to catch the attention of the manager to get seated. The wine list was good as was our... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
Top Contributor
179 reviews 179 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Had dinner on a Saturday night. The place was packed and had to wait 20 min at the bar to get a table. No problem good list of wines to choose from. The we ordered starters (calamari average) that arrived quicly) and mains (pastas rather good) that took for ever to materialize. Waitress told us that there was "some backlog... More 

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Timaru
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250 reviews 250 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Aucklander friends of mine stated to me that SPQR has been and is THE place to be and to be seen. That's where celebrities and celebrities wannabe congregate. This is where outside tables are lined up amid a Brutalist warehouse converted restaurant/bar. And that's where nice looking people with their massive sunglasses, inspired by celebrities are. It's got a nice... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

SPQR showed Aucklanders it was ok to sit outside, enjoy the view and feel international. With a relaxed atmosphere, delicious menu, friendly and professional staff, this restaurant has everything going for it. It's always been this way but now SPQR is even more comfortable in its skin! Scampi, calamari, pizza! Beautiful, authentic and not expensive. My only wish was that... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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111 reviews 111 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Maybe I'm missing something. The meal was tasty but nothing to write home about. The service was efficient (bordering on surly). The music was load making it hard to converse. Look this place is fine but I think it's overrated.

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Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I think I would have given this place a four or five star had I tried the seafood mains like the paella, clam pasta etc we had the pork belly and steak as our mains and they were good but not great. I found the medium rare steak to be dry. The pork belly was overly fatty. I would like... More 

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Ponsonby
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Chris and his crew for more than twenty years have made SPQR and institution. From casual dining to express Business lunches or hanging out with mates there is always a space for you .Courtney the manager is warm welcoming and efficient . The menu is italian centred with fine New Zealand produce.the wine list is a selection of quality vino... More 

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

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