Over 250 restaurants to be featured in the Cuisine Good Food Guide 2023/2024

We’re delighted to bring you this list of more than 250 restaurants that we have selected to showcase in our Cuisine Good Food Guide for 2023/2024 presented by American Express.

All of these establishments have been carefully assessed by the 40-strong Cuisine Good Food Guide judging panel – comprising food writers, critics, chefs and hospitality-industry professionals, lead by food writer and industry expert Kerry Tyack – to ensure that they meet the requirements to make it into the new guide which will be released on 7 August 2023.

This year, in addition to our prestigious hat allocations and category winners we have introduced Cuisine Destinations. This new section will give a wide view across regional and metro areas of the diverse taste of Aotearoa that is craved by both Kiwis and international visitors. Cuisine Destinations will throw a spotlight on those experiences that you wouldn’t want to miss: it might be showcasing some of the best kaimoana in town; the place for popping the big question over bubbles and snacks; or a spot that makes all of your sourdough pizza dreams come true. All of our Cuisine Destinations are firmly food focussed and will feature a selection of global tastes, vineyard beauties, hot hotels and familiar favourites.

On 7 August 2023 we will present the Cuisine Good Food Awards at SkyCity Auckland to announce our 18 category winners, including the highly anticipated awards for Cuisine Chef of the Year and American Express Restaurant of the Year. We will also announce our coveted hat allocations for 2023 highlighting those restaurants that deliver New Zealand’s most outstanding dining experiences.

We hope you will celebrate this magnificent list of New Zealand dining options and check back here for the release of our full Cuisine Good Food Guide 2023/2024 presented by American Express on 7 August 2023. 

Kelli Brett
Editor, Cuisine

Kelli Brett
Editor, Cuisine

With special thanks to all our partners


5th St, Christchurch, Canterbury
50-50, Paraparaumu Beach, Wellington
1154 Pastaria, CBD Wellington


ADJØ, North East Valley, Dunedin
Ahi, CBD Auckland
Alessandro, Havelock North, Hawke’s Bay
Alma, CBD Auckland
Alma, Ōmokoroa, Bay of Plenty
Alpino, Cambridge, Waikato
Alpino, Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
Amano, CBD Auckland
Amayjen, Palmerston North, Manawatu-Whanganui
Amisfield, Queenstown, Otago
Andiamo, Herne Bay, Auckland
Aosta, Arrowtown, Otago
Apéro, CBD Auckland
Arbour, Blenheim, Marlborough
Arc, Wānaka, Otago
Astoria, CBD Wellington
Atelier, CBD Auckland
Aunt Ginger’s, Carterton, Wairarapa
Azabu, Ponsonby, Auckland


Baduzzi, CBD Auckland
Bar Céleste, CBD Auckland
Bar Magda, CBD Auckland
Bar Yoku, Christchurch, Canterbury
Beau, Ponsonby, Auckland
Bellamys by Logan Brown, CBD Wellington
Best Cafe, CBD Dunedin
Bistro Gentil, Wānaka, Otago
Black Barn Bistro, Havelock North, Hawke’s Bay
Black Estate Winery, Waipara, Canterbury
Black Rabbit Pizza, Kaikōura, Canterbury
Bossi, CBD Auckland
Botswana Butchery, Queenstown, Otago
Boulcott Street Bistro, CBD Wellington
Brac & Bow at The Royal Hotel, Featherston, Wairarapa
Bracken, CBD Dunedin
Bracu, Bombay, Auckland
Bunga Raya, New Lynn, Auckland


Cafe Hanoi, CBD Auckland
Candela, CBD Auckland
Capitol Restaurant, CBD Wellington
Captain’s Dining Room, The White Swan Hotel, Greytown, Wairarapa
Casita Miro, Waiheke Island, Auckland
Cassia, CBD Auckland
Cazador, Mt Eden, Auckland
Cellar 495, Hastings, Hawke’s Bay
Cellar Door, Christchurch, Canterbury
Central Fire Station Bistro, Napier, Hawke’s Bay
Chaat St, Te Aro, Wellington
Charley Noble, CBD Wellington
Cibo, Parnell, Auckland
Cinderella, Te Aro, Wellington
Clarence Bistro, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Clearview Estate Winery & Restaurant, Te Awanga, Hawke’s Bay
Cloudy Bay Jack’s Raw Bar, Rapaura, Marlborough
Cocoro, Ponsonby, Auckland
Coco’s Cantina, CBD Auckland
Concord Bistro & Bar, CBD Wellington
Cool Change Bar & Eatery, Martinborough, Wairarapa
Copia, Ōrākei, Auckland
Cotto, CBD Auckland
Craggy Range Restaurant, Havelock North, Hawke’s Bay
Cucina, Oamaru, North Otago
Culprit, CBD Auckland


Daisy’s, Thorndon, Wellington
Damascus, Te Aro, Wellington
Deckchair Cafe and Sundowner Beach Bar, Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
Depot, CBD Auckland
Dosa Etc, CBD Dunedin
Dragons, Te Aro, Wellington
Duke of Marlborough Hotel, Bay of Islands, Northland
Duke of Wellington, CBD Wellington
Duo Eatery, Birkenhead, Auckland


Earl, Christchurch, Canterbury
East, CBD Auckland
Ebisu, CBD Auckland
Egmont St Eatery, Te Aro, Wellington
Eliza’s Manor, Christchurch, Canterbury
Embra, Taupō, Waikato
Esther, CBD Auckland


Farina, Ponsonby, Auckland
Federal Delicatessen, CBD Auckland
Field & Green, CBD Wellington
Fife Lane, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Fish, CBD Auckland
Flo & Co, Kaikōura, Canterbury
Floriditas, CBD Wellington
Fork n Knife, New Plymouth, Taranaki
Frank’s Oyster Bar and Eatery, Blenheim, Marlborough


Gao Asian Fusion, Albany, Auckland
Gatherings, Christchurch, Canterbury
Gemmayze St, CBD Auckland
Gganbu, Herne Bay, Auckland
Gin Gin, Christchurch, Canterbury
Gochu, CBD Auckland
Gojo Ethiopian Eatery, New Lynn, Auckland
GPO Intercontinental, CBD Wellington
Gramado’s, Blenheim, Marlborough
Graze Wine Bar, Kelburn, Wellington
Great India, Te Aro, Wellington


Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill, CBD Auckland
Harvest, The Marlborough, Rapaura, Marlborough
Havana Bar and Restaurant, Te Aro, Wellington
Hawker House and Bar, Nelson, Nelson-Tasman
Hayes Common, Hamilton, Waikato
Hello Beasty, CBD Auckland
Hiakai, CBD Wellington
Highwater Eatery, CBD Wellington
Hillside Kitchen, Thorndon, Wellington
Homeland, CBD Auckland
Hōne’s Garden, Bay of Islands, Northland
Hopgood’s & Co, Nelson, Nelson-Tasman
Huami, CBD Auckland
Hugo’s Bistro, CBD Auckland
Hunger Monger, Napier, Hawke’s Bay


Ima Cuisine, CBD Auckland
Inati, Christchurch, Canterbury
Izakai Bar & Eatery, Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty


Jano Bistro, CBD Wellington
Jervois Steak House, Queenstown, Otago


Karahui Wine Bar & Eatery, Martinborough, Wairarapa
Kazuya, Eden Terrace, Auckland
Kika, Wānaka, Otago
Ki Māha, Waiheke Island, Auckland
King of Snake, Christchurch, Canterbury
Kingi, CBD Auckland
Kingsland Social, Kingsland, Auckland
Kisa, Te Aro, Wellington
Koji, Mt Victoria, Wellington
KOL, Ponsonby, Auckland


La Fuente, CBD Auckland
Lantern,Tauranga, Mt Maunganui
Liberty, Te Aro, Wellington
Lilian, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Lillius, Grafton, Auckland
Little Savanna, Palmerston North, Manawatu-Whanganui
Local Talent Taverna, Whangārei, Northland
Logan Brown, CBD Wellington
Lokanta, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Londo, Christchurch, Canterbury
Loretta, Te Aro, Wellington


Madame George, CBD Auckland
Māha, Kerikeri, Northland
Malo, Havelock North, Hawke’s Bay
MAPU, Lyttleton, Canterbury
Margot, Newtown, Wellington
Mary’s, Havelock North, Hawke’s Bay
MASU by Nic Watt, CBD Auckland
Mesita, Martinborough, Wairarapa
Milenta, CBD Auckland
Miro, Christchurch, Canterbury
Mission Estate, Napier, Hawke’s Bay
Moiety, CBD Dunedin
Monica’s Eatery, New Plymouth, Taranaki
Morell Bistro & Bar, Remuera, Auckland
MoVida, CBD Auckland
Moy Hall Vineyard, Martinborough, Wairarapa
Mr D, Napier South, Hawke’s Bay
Mr Morris, CBD Auckland
Mr Pickles, Hamilton, Waikato
Mussel Inn, North West Nelson, Nelson-Tasman
Mutton Bird, Wānaka, Otago


Nanam, Takapuna, Auckland
Nero, Palmerston North, Manawatu-Whanganui
No7 Balmac, Maori Hill, Dunedin
Noble Rot, Te Aro, Wellington


Ockhee, Ponsonby, Auckland
Omata Estate Vineyard & Kitchen, Bay of Islands, Northland
Omni, Mt Eden, Auckland
One80, Oriental Bay, Wellington
Onemata, CBD Auckland
Onslow, CBD Auckland
Ooh-Fa, Mt Eden, Auckland
Origine, CBD Auckland
Ortega Fish Shack, Mt Victoria, Wellington


Pacifica, Napier, Hawke’s Bay
Palate, Hamilton, Waikato
Paloma Taqueria, Wānaka, Otago
Paris Butter, Herne Bay, Auckland
Parts & Service, Nelson, Nelson-Tasman
Pasta & Cuore, Mt Eden, Auckland
Pici, CBD Auckland
Picnicka, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Pipi Cafe, Havelock North, Hawke’s Bay
Plume, Matakana, Northland
Pocha, CBD Auckland
Poco Tapas & Wine, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Poivre et Sel, Napier, Hawke’s Bay
Poni, CBD Auckland
Ponsonby Road Bistro, Ponsonby, Auckland
Prego, Ponsonby, Auckland
Prohibition Smokehouse, CBD Dunedin


Rātā, Queenstown, Otago
Rita, Aro Valley, Wellington
Riverstone Kitchen, Oamaru, North Otago


Sage at Paroa Bay Winery, Bay of Islands, Northland
Sai, Napier, Hawke’s Bay
Sails, St Marys Bay, Auckland
Saint Clair Vineyard Kitchen, Blenheim, Marlborough
Saint Sebastian, Masterton, Wairarapa
Saltwater Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
Salty Pidgin, Brooklyn, Wellington
Shed 5, CBD Wellington
Shepherd, CBD Wellington
Sherwood, Queenstown, Otago
Shining Peak Brewery, New Plymouth, Taranaki
Slam Club, Kaikōura, Canterbury
Sid at the French Café, Eden Terrace, Auckland
Sidart, Ponsonby, Auckland
Sime’s Kitchen, Kaikōura, Canterbury
Sisu, Picton, Marlborough
Smoko Room, Matakana, Auckland
Social Kitchen, New Plymouth, Taranaki
Solera, Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
Somerset Cottage, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
SOUL Bar & Bistro, CBD Auckland
Spiga, Remuera, Auckland
Spring Kitchen, CBD Wellington
Sri Pinang, CBD Auckland
Stanley Avenue Wine Bar & Bistro, Milford, Auckland
Sugo, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty


Table Restaurant, New Plymouth, Taranaki
Tantalus Estate, Waiheke Island, Auckland
Teresa, Napier, Hawke’s Bay
Terra, Bay of Islands, Northland
The Bathhouse, Queenstown, Otago
The Bistro, Taupō, Waikato
The Blue Breeze Inn, Ponsonby, Auckland
The Boat Shed, Stepneyville, Nelson-Tasman
The Butcher Baker, Helensville, Auckland
The Chef’s Table at Blue Duck Station, Ōwhango, Ruapehu
The Cow, Queenstown, Otago
The Engine Room, Northcote Point, Auckland
The Farmers Daughter, Matakana, Northland
The Fat Duck, Te Anau, Southland
The Fat Farmer, Palmerston North, Manawatu-Whanganui
The Grove, CBD Auckland
The Hour Glass, New Plymouth, Taranaki
The Lodge Bar, CBD Auckland
The Ōkato Trencherman Chophouse, Ōkato, Taranaki
The Oyster Inn, Waiheke Island, Auckland
The Screening Room, Masterton, Wairarapa
The Shack, Raglan, Waikato
The Shed at Te Motu, Waiheke Island, Auckland
The Sugar Club,CBD Auckland
Three Seven Two, Waiheke Island, Auckland
Tītī, St Clair, Dunedin
Tokki, Milford, Auckland
Toret Cucina Italiana, Ōakura, Taranaki
Twenty Seven Steps, Christchurch, Canterbury


Uncle Man’s, CBD Auckland
Union Square Bistro & Bar, Martinborough, Wairarapa
Urban Eatery, Nelson, Nelson-Tasman


Vic Road Kitchen, Devonport, Auckland


Wairau River Wines Restaurant, Rapaura, Marlborough
Wakuwaku, Remuera, Auckland
Wallingford Hotel, Wallingford, Hawke’s Bay
WBC, Te Aro, Wellington
White + Wong’s, CBD Auckland
Woof!, CBD Dunedin