Start planning your best-ever New Zealand culinary adventures and visit any one of our Cuisine Destinations for a deliciously good time. Our Cuisine Good Food Guide assessors have done the work for you so that you can explore and understand the unique flavours of Aotearoa. 

Look for our Cuisine Destination category icons for a taste of what to expect.

A Cuisine Special Destination
The Cuisine Special Destination recognises terrific establishments, with friendly teams and talented chefs that are serving high-quality food.

A Cuisine Cool Destination
Interesting sips and luscious bites served within a casual, cool vibe

A Cuisine Hotel Destination
Restaurants situated within hotels that are well worth your visit.

A Cuisine Global Destination
Global tastes from casual to high-end, at the top of their game

A Cuisine Favourite Destination
Favourites that we return to again and again, friendly, comfortable and delicious

A Cuisine Winery Destination
Winery restaurants that pay special attention to delivering a great menu alongside their unique wine selections.

Fork n Knife

Tucked behind their Arizona burger joint, this boutique eatery is owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Jeremy and Brittany Webling. Fork is famous for its smoked meat feats, as much as its set menus. Even the ordinary gets elevated here.

91A Devon St West, New Plymouth /
06 757 8336 /

Monica’s Eatery

The Monica’s moniker (inspired by Monica Brewster – founding benefactor of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery next door) asserts a fresh, generous menu. Breakfast, brunch or lunch, it adds an extra edge. Those fluffiest of omelettes are pretty as … a picture.

42 Queen St, New Plymouth /
06 759 2038 /

Shining Peak Brewing

An incredible, award-winning array of small-batch beers is impressively partnered with creative kitchen dishes, courtesy of executive chef Freddie Ponder. We think the smoked eel toastie is a big winner. Do not depart without trying the fresh house-made beer ice cream.

59 Gill St, New Plymouth /
06 927 3133 /

Social Kitchen

Taxidermy animal heads point to a largely meaty offering here. This informal, warm and welcoming space is one made for sharing: of crowd-pleasing meals. Firecracker chicken sparked our interest; the house-made gnocchi with blue cheese and black pepper is a perennial fave.

40 Powderham St, New Plymouth /
06 757 2711 /

Table Restaurant

Located in the Nice Hotel, this is a quality find in New Plymouth’s oldest wooden building. Grab a seat inside the plush, classical dining room or settle out on the terrace and choose from an ever-changing menu of sharing, small or large plates. A great option for special occasions.

71 Brougham St, New Plymouth /
06 758 6423 /

The Hour Glass

Killer cocktails, serious tapas and craft beers take this venue through early evening drinks to late-night schmoozing. Put on your glad rags and join the locals at a private party where the food puts you in the mood and the martinis are as smooth as James Bond. Now is the hour.

49 Liardet St, New Plymouth /
06 758 2299 /
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The Ōkato Trencherman Chop House

“Comforting traditional chop house provisions” they say. We say: “Aah, nostalgia in rural surrounds.” They only use the best-quality meat and seafood – sustainably caught and local if possible. The menu has a hip city touch, with an added touch of country cosset.

2502 South Rd, Ōkato /
027 326 6524 /

Toret Cucina

The minimal menu at this Italian restaurant is big on good taste, the flavours condensed by the focus. Technical skill meets creative panache in a culinary journey that is authentic but original. The wine list mixes choices from the old country with New Zealand drops and a meal at this destination restaurant is well worth the drive along the coast.

1151 South Rd, Ōakura /
06 751 9254 /







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