The summer season is here and it's the perfect time to venture outdoors for some al fresco dining. 

Check out our list below of six restaurants where you can enjoy terrific outdoor dining ambience as well as a great lunch or dinner right in the heart of the city. 

La Zeppa
​Victoria Park

Unwind in the sun during February on La Zeppa's deck which offers great views of Victoria Park and plenty of space to mingle with your friends over some choice bites and cold drinks. We recommend their cured meats platter, which pairs perfectly with a crisp beer or a glass of bubbles. 

The Crab Shack 
Princes Wharf 

Make it a day out down on the waterfront with some delicious seafood at The Crab Shack. Not only will you get stunning views of Auckland Harbour, but you can try out their scrumptious dining choices such as the 1kg Blue Swimmer crab which comes with garlic chilli butter, spring onion, coriander, lime and crispy shallots. 

The Glass Goose
Federal Street

If you're looking for that great inner city location to hang out with your friends then you have to check out The Glass Goose on Federal Street. This garden-like oasis is modeled on a glass house, and its rooftoop setting allows great views of the Sky Tower and plenty of open space to chill out. 

The Kimchi Project
Lorne Street

Brand new restaurant The Kimchi Project has a beautiful outdoor dining area that you have to check out. Their covered outdoor dining space is the perfect place to unwind with your friends and you should definitely try out their unique Asian-infused menu items like their pork & prawn wonton TKP style with house-made soy sauce and seasonal mushrooms. 

Food Truck Garage 
City Works Depot

Enjoy your lunchtime out at City Works Depot and stop by the Food Truck Garage. This healthy fast food offering has some great items on its menu such as the Beefroot Burger which includes an angus burger with a beefroot boost. lettuce, tomato, crunchy pickle, their special awesome sauce and a kumara brioche.   

Last updated: 25 June 2019