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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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69 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We very much enjoyed our evening here, the waiters are friendly and stylish , and service fast and professional. The food is tasty and varied and a good wine selection. Rather expensive compared to most though.

Thank Llinderose
Auckland, New Zealand
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked the table for 7.00pm on a Saturday night, last minute had to change to 8.00 pm. No problems, two had the paella, one risotto, one the steak, couldn't fault anything , ample seafood in all, steak cooked to perfection. The service was prompt, maitre de broke out in song when we arrived adding to the ambiance of the restaurant.... More 

Thank keviny392
Epsom, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We trawled the main drag of Ponsenbuy, and decided that the SPQR was our best bet for the evening and we were not disappointed. My wife and I had a paella, and we have never seen such big green mussels. Our friends had tuna and salad and were equally pleased with their choises.

Thank Phaphosman
Arlington, Virginia
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115 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to SPQR on an early Sunday evening based upon reviews we read on Trip Advisor. I had the seafood paella which was solid but had too many mussels and not enough other types of seafood. The rice was well seasoned and cooked just right. My husband had an appetizer which he enjoyed - but he was a bit... More 

Thank Kauaidudette
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145 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Try the whitebait fritter, I thought it was good - pizza excellent along with good pasta. Excellent vegetarian options for a vegetarian friend. Nice buzz and good service in the centre of Ponsonby.

Thank Todd S
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 17 January 2017

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

Thank avw_mg
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55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

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.

Thank Martin R
Auckland, New Zealand
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

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 

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 27 December 2016

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 

Thank StuartnMsJane
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

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 

Thank Tony G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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?