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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 67
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  • 65
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Dinner in Auckland

Really good food in a fun part of town. The prices are good and the ambiance is urban like. We had an excellent dinner. And I would recommend it as a choice for a dinner outing when visiting Auckand

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Philipjay
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Los Gatos, California
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Los Gatos, California
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39 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Really good food in a fun part of town. The prices are good and the ambiance is urban like. We had an excellent dinner. And I would recommend it as a choice for a dinner outing when visiting Auckand

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london
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71 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Went early - which is the only way you'll get a table unless you've booked - and sat in the window to watch the world go by (ask for a table in the window or outside). Had the garlic bread (enough for two) and small platter to start with, followed by an excellent veal Milanese. Ferraro Richer ice cream to... More 

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Thank paulandozzie
New Zealand
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69 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love this place....although we did arrive at 8pm on a Saturday night - four of us were promised by Emma we'd be seated soon, and she delivered, even though more posh and no doubt uber cool people tried to get in ahead of us. As we were in the midst of the bar for our meal, she moved us (without... More 

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Thank euro79
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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58 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A popular restaurant along Ponsonby, not only was the food very good, but the waiter serving the roadside table was a real treat showman himself. A good range of vegetarian, seafood and red meat dishes were on offer. Try and get a table outside where the "fun" waiter is working.

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Thank Andrew402_13
Thessaloniki, Greece
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A recent trip to this famed Ponsonby eatery left us feeling irritated and quite cross! The food would have been passable had the service not caused us to run screaming for the door; during a meal, it is courtesy to leave diners in peace, something that the staff here would do well to learn. Boring menu, overpriced for what it... More 

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Thank Inthebiz_29
Christchurch, New Zealand
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

A very busy place that is obviously a bit of a place to be seen! We received good but not great service and found it extremely loud for a nice meal as a couple. The quality of the ingredients and the seasoning was all there but fell short of being cooked to perfection, If there was more focus on the... More 

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Thank Karel R
Greater Sydney, Australia
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114 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

Having made reservations a month prior to the visit, we arrived early, for our 7pm dinner. Sat at the bar, and sampled a couple of NZ Sauvignon Blanc wines, recommended by the very intuitive barman. The lovely maitre D' seated us in the covered window annex, which unfortunately seemed to draw in the smoke from the street side diners. But... More 

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Thank TravellerQF
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

Returned to SPQR after a few years away and was happy to find the standard had as high as ever. Great service with excellent food suggestions and wine recommendations. Will return.

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Thank 46will
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

I have dined here several times and am always disappointed at the food. Service is fine and the food would be fine also if if hadn't been frazzled to within an inch of its life! I have had beef carpaccio that has been (I presume) sitting under a hot light for so long its stuck to the plate and scallops... More 

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Thank araminti
San francisco
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Be weary about having a group dinner there, they are useless. Very small space to entertain a group as well. We ordered from a set menu and it took 1.5-2 hours to get our food and the place wasnt even busy or full. A couple of people didn't even get their meals and 2 of our friends got the wrong... 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, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Bar scene

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?