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SPQR Cafe & Bar

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150 Ponsonby Road, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
+64 9-360 1710
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Mangawhai, New Zealand
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Pizza + White wine + Terrace = Perfect It's not even necessary to write a review about this institution.

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Thank avw_mg
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80 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We came in with little expectations but we where delighted with great Italian attention, event better cuisine and a very respectable wine menu for our delight. A very beautiful evening with a very tasty paella. Portions are very generous, I don't think I could have handled a three dish menu, regardless the options for every step where very tempting.

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Thank Martin R
Auckland, New Zealand
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have to agree with Tony G's review... my husband and I also thought SPQR too be a bit too pretentious for us and had never been until October 2016 when we decided to give it a go for lunch one quiet day... and it was GREAT! Once we actually decided on what to order (because the menu was just... More 

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Thank Dive_Girl_BK
Adelaide, Australia
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We dropped in for a late lunch after walking around Auckland, having been here a few years ago. The service was slick, two entrees and glasses of wine, were dispatched calmly and efficiently. Crayfish ravioli, and whitebait fritter were both tasty and light. Alas to woman on the till was heavily engaged in conversation rather than interested in the simple... More 

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Thank StuartnMsJane
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The truth is that I have avoided SPQR for years as in the past the staff and general clientele have seemed....more preoccupied with themselves and image than good service and food. Delighted to find at a client function this year that the food was delicious and the staff were cracking smiles! Had a delicious pork belly starter which was shared... More 

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Thank Tony G
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

Very bad experience! We got a group of 18 ppl went for dinner tonight. We called them to book several days ago and we've been advised that since there were quite a few ppl of us we have to go for the set menu and made our choice from the options provided in advance which was reasonable. We make our... More 

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Thank Duncan D
Auckland, New Zealand
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77 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

SPQR has been around forever, and I think that sometimes they are overlooked as being a bit 'old school'. A recent visit reminded me of why they have been successful for so long. A short but well thought out menu, focusing on Italian specialties, and an Italian facing wine list, with plenty of NZ options. The food was very good,... More 

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Thank alandel01
Invercargill, New Zealand
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

It looked like a good place to eat. A busy atmosphere but plenty of staff on... we just didn't realise that they were hopeless. Given menus, waited, ordered wine, waited, waited, waiter spotted us staring and remembered our drinks order...so twirled back to the screen to place the order and then delivered the wrong drinks. Took it away after I... More 

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Thank Jennymax73
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016 via mobile

Watermelon martinis are the best here but are only available during the summer season, and the sharing platters are the best to! Also the prawn rissotto is delicious. Staff are friendly. More on the expensive side of dining. Worth it.

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Thank lucilu95
Sydney, Australia
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177 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile

The restaurant was quiet when I arrived and it didn't seem to difficult,considering the number of people, to get an order right. The linguini with chicken came with no chicken and the waitress told me I never asked for it. Since I don't eat seafood and there was no meat options I most definitely did ask for a protein on... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, European
Meals
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 150 Ponsonby Road, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
  • Phone Number: +64 9-360 1710

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