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Lava Dining

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21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue | Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
+64 9-354 7478
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
6:00 am - 11:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 10:30 am
Sat - Sun 6:00 am - 11:00 am
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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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70 reviews
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Reviewed April 11, 2016

the meals were very impressive with a collection of flavours on every dish and beautifully presented.

Thank Rosemariie F
Sydney, Australia
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110 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed April 1, 2016

I had a beautiful dinner with family. The staff were very attentive and helpful and the service was excellent. The food was delicious, I had the gnocchi and it was divine! I loved every mouthful. The view from the restaurant is beautiful. It really is a wonderful dining experience.

Thank Gail S
Wellington, New Zealand
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175 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed March 31, 2016

The Lava restaurant is part of the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct hotel which is situated in quite an out of the way part of the Viaduct Basin, quite some distance away from theatres and the events centre. The shocking pink Lamborghini parked outside and the metres of back-lit orange granite in the restaurant sums up the hotel’s vibe perfectly. People at... More 

Thank Int_Academic
Whitford, Auckland
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183 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2016

We had dinner here, with friends, last night. We all enjoyed a three course meal at a price that was fair, given the quality. The scallop entrée was superb, beef main excellent and the desserts well presented and decadent. The menu and wine selection was good. Service and location is great and given the quality we felt our meal represented... More 

Thank Cheezel
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 reviews
Reviewed March 16, 2016

The Lava Dining offers one of the best breakfasts I have ever had, including produce sourced from France. The dinner was also superb.

Thank Laura M
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 15, 2016

Dine here often, staff are always very helpful and friendly. Food choices are great. They also offer a lite choice menu which is great.

Thank viaducthome
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 12, 2016

The food and service is fantastic, it is in a nice location and the atmosphere is very nice as the evening gets darker the walls of the resturant have lights in them and the effect is great. The meal is $80 for all 3 courses and just fantastic, the tastes are Devine, we have been a few times now and... More 

Thank Paul J
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed February 28, 2016

Have been several times now for dinner and brunch, always impeccable standard. The service is great, friendly but also ensures the feeling of special occasion. The food having a French flair but also healthy and surprises the taste buds.

Thank Nurse-Teri
Mercer Island, Washington
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 28, 2016

Too much hard surfaces, hard to hear if the restaurant is busy. Food was good for hotel food. Convenient if you are staying in the hotel and it is raining out.

Thank Sarmsci
Singapore, Singapore
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40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed February 17, 2016

Ventured to Lava Dining for for something new, after reading reviews. We had three-course the set dinner for two with choice of entre, mains and dessert, with a glass of bubbles each. I was very happy with my scallop entire, duck breast mains and caramel pudding. My husband loved the venison salad entre, but was disappointed with his beef fillet.... More 

Thank MarinaB1402

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $33
European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
6:00 am - 11:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
6:00 am - 10:30 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
6:00 am - 10:30 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
6:00 am - 10:30 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
6:00 am - 10:30 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
6:00 am - 10:30 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
6:00 am - 11:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue | Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
  • Phone Number: +64 9-354 7478
  • This restaurant is at Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Created with the best, seasonal and local ingredients, the Lava Dining menu offers contemporary New Zealand dining with a touch of French flair. The name 'Lava' reflects the restaurant's rich, warm & sophisticated amber interior, inspired by Auckland's volcanic origins. Many of Auckland's striking landscape features have been shaped over several million years by volcanic activity, including the iconic landmark, Rangitoto Island beautifully visible from Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour.Lava restaurant's back-lit marble interiors are a rich & bold design statement creating an all encompassing warm amber glow. The signature restaurant features dramatic marble walls, illuminated by night for dramatic effect, & floor to ceiling windows that offer calming views of the harbour & lock beyond. The chic dining room has been designed to allow for different settings & occasions, from an intimate dinner overlooking the harbour waters to a more casual lunch or breakfast with friends, clients or colleagues. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner daily, Lava is a dining destination respected by locals & travellers alike.

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