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SPQR Cafe & Bar

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

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  • 31
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  • 17
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The forever patron

Started going here in the eighties when I was still living in NZ. And overtime I go back to NZ, there is always at least 1 dinner at SPQR. Decades of success is a fantastic achievement. The interior is totally unpretentious, if not garage/industrial like. The music is on the loud side and the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
LarryKL
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Kuala Lumpur
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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English first
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We met my son and his roommates here on a Saturday night, and had just a great time. Place was hopping early, the service was great and the food terrific. Great spot in Ponsonby!

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Brisbane, Australia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The chicken fettuccine made me die of happiness. The restaurant itself is beautifully warm and cozy, and the service was fantastic.

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Kuala Lumpur
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46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Started going here in the eighties when I was still living in NZ. And overtime I go back to NZ, there is always at least 1 dinner at SPQR. Decades of success is a fantastic achievement. The interior is totally unpretentious, if not garage/industrial like. The music is on the loud side and the buzz of the patrons is like... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

One of our regular haunts and why? Because it's fun, atmospheric, reasonably priced and has wonderful professional staff-the food is usually great. Partner had the duck special with saffron mash and it was divine. Generous and so tasty. I had the spanner crab with spagettini and while not setting world on fire was perfect for me for a light supper.... More 

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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I have been to SPQR a few times and I love bringing my dates because I know I will have good service and good food! Good selection of wines as well

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Auckland, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Such an appaling experience at SPQR. I was so looking forward to dining at this 'renowned' restaurant for the first time. I was there as part of a group (2 tables of 10) and had called to check whether there were any vegetarian options as part of their $50 set menu. It was assured, and I made myself known to... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

An elegant Ponsonby staple it had been a while since I had visited. It was good to see that things were as great as they were 5 years ago, and have been for a lot longer than that. Good wine list albeit we opted for espresso martini's (maybe 2, maybe 3 of each), and a blue cheese pizza which was... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

All of our dishes had generous portions. We came, we saw and we were nearly conquered. All 3 dishes of our meal were packed with flavour. The pizzas in particular were huge drenched in cheese and toppings. The base was light and crunchy and the end result was a poem in your mouth. We ended with the creme brûlée that... More 

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auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This restaurant oozes cool and the food is just delicious. Always consistent and great service. Highly recommended.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

SPQR is a small Italian restaurant merged with a noisy bar playing loud music. It is VERY dark to the extent that you must use the table light to read the menu and even to see your food! Subdued lighting is pleasant for atmosphere but this is far too dark. I would have taken pictures but the lighting made this... More 

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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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