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SPQR Cafe & Bar

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150 Ponsonby Road, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have been coming here for over 20 years and had wonderful service and meals. Yes some better than others but we keep coming back because of the service, atmosphere and food. Its always busy and noisy and fun. The waiters all have a personality, look great and only once did we have one who looked down on us but... More 

Thank Karchnz
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I dined here on a quiet Sunday evening - and generally really enjoyed it. Service was attentive and friendly without being intrusive - drinks on the table within 10 mins of being seated. Gravlax Salmon entree was divine, and baked scallops very nice. Pick of the mains was my wife's scotch fillet - supremely tasty and well... More 

Thank Scottyboykiwi
Wellington, New Zealand
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147 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in here for an Espresso Martini which was exceptional but $18.50 each which is expensive. Very crowded with limited seating but nice for a drink.

Thank HayleyNZ87
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112 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Dreadful if you're on a diet... Delicious food, great drinks, good service. Could do with a little better heating given that it is a pretty classy place. If it wasn't for the heating, and the slight mis service (wrong coffees...) this would be a 5.

Thank Aklguy
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hats off to the staff it was a saturday night massively busy and our big group didn't help. They were very attentive helpful and kept the drinks flowing. The food was cooked well and served quickly considering how busy. However meals were just a lil average.

Thank Jonathan S
Auckland, New Zealand
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

Lovely atmosphere, good was stunning! very busy place but service was still very good. Great selection of wines and beers, can't wait to go back.

1 Thank DannyAuck001
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10 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

First time at SPQR , with a group of friends. Busy Saturday night service was fine and prompt. One main got forgotten but turned up after a little wait and to be fair we didn't have to pay for it in the end. Food was nicely presented and cooked. Atmosphere was a little loud but acceptable.

Thank Owen W
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

Restaurant is great and been around a long time. The service and food is really spectacular but everyone is talking loudly with their friends because in general, it's a noisy place. This means the restaurant noise gets louder. If you like to dine in a night club, this is the place for you. If you are looking for an intimate... More 

Thank Rex D
Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

Surprisingly I haven't had the chance to go to SPQR ever before, but boy oh boy let me tell you it was on my top 5 to try list - it's very satisfying achieving food goals, no? (😂😂🌭). Book ahead if you can, yes even if it's a Tuesday - this place is a Ponsonby legend! The service is very... More 

Thank Monique P
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

I have visited SPQR many times over the past 15 years, and have always been happy with the service and food. This time the service did not disappoint, but the food was utterly underwhelming. I ordered a pizza bread to start which seemed like it had been cooked hours before and reheated. I had the saffron and prawn risotto for... More 

Thank Fiona G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Italian, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?