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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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Auckland, New Zealand
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74 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 3 weeks ago

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 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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176 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Thank NJDaniel
Napier, New Zealand
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148 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016 via mobile

Somethings never change and SPQR fits this. Honest, friendly and reliable with superb food and an interesting drinks list. An added bonus is a front seat to watch the Ponsonby Road people traffic.

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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016 via mobile

This is one of the finest restaurants on P Rd, having stood the test of time for a very long time. Beautiful Italian food, impeccable service, and an ambience second to none. If you are looking for a romantic, fun filled evening with some people watching thrown in, then this is your place.

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Thank Frank M
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

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 

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Thank Karchnz
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45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 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 

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Thank Scottyboykiwi
Wellington, New Zealand
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162 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016 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.

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Thank HayleyNZ87
Auckland
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171 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 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.

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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, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, 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?