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

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  • 57
    Excellent
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    Very good
  • 31
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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
Great place for a classy meal!

Recently I booked for dinner at SPQR in Ponsonby. Great location, and placed in an area which has a great vibe, and still remains classy. I really appreciated the fact that SPQR were able to accomodate my booking - a group of 17 people, with only a few days notice. The menu was great - many... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
vlolohea01
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Auckland, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
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English first
Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Recently I booked for dinner at SPQR in Ponsonby. Great location, and placed in an area which has a great vibe, and still remains classy. I really appreciated the fact that SPQR were able to accomodate my booking - a group of 17 people, with only a few days notice. The menu was great - many great dishes to choose... More 

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39 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The food was good with a wide price range to suit different pockets. there is also a choice of other foods. My wife ate from the specials menu and its definitely worth considering. Now the service wasn't bad, it could have been better. It certainly wouldn't put me off going again.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

SPQR has been consistently amongst the best Auckland cool/fun bars/brasseries for 20 years. This is where locals meet for a drink, great food or a party - sometimes all 3. Great well priced menu and many wines by the glass. A must visit.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

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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119 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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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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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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14 restaurant reviews
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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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Additional Information about SPQR Cafe & Bar

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

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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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