Ellerslie Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Ellerslie

July 16, 2017 Fernanda Pittenger

Discover the best restaurant in Ellerslie, New Zealand including One Tree Grill, The French Cafe, Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant, Doolan Brothers Ellerslie, Burgerfuel Ellerslie, Kazuya, Red Crab, Melba, Mexico, Sierra Cafe
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1. One Tree Grill

9 Pah Rd | Epsom, Auckland Central, Auckland 1023, New Zealand Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Steakhouse, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$149 - HK$337 +64 9-909 7215
Excellent
78%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 962 reviews

One Tree Grill

Outstanding cellared wines, innovative cuisine, thoroughly professional service - as one of Auckland's favourite local restaurants, One Tree Grill offers a complete dining experience.

Reviewed By Mike P - Auckland Central, New Zealand

It was one of those very rare occasions that we get to Auckland...Ahhhh "The Traffic"....anyway, we did what we had to do while down there and then decided we would meet my Niece for lunch. This was the perfect choice.....great views, great food and good company. The staff were very warm and friendly and the meals we had were very tasty. We will definitely go there again the next time we "HAVE" to go to Auckland....lol.

2. The French Cafe

210 Symonds Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar French, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$8 +64 9-377 1911
Excellent
84%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

The French Cafe

Reviewed By bubbleblowernz - nz

We come up to Auckland once a year and always take our niece and nephew out to a fine dining restaurant - we have visited a fair few of the highly recommended ones - Sidart, The Grove etc, and this time chose The French Cafe for dinner. Unfortunately we all found the food as bland and underwhelming as the decor - we were seated out in the covered outdoor area. We ate off the a la carte menu, and with one exception (the ceviche dish one of us had for our first choice) found that the 3 courses we had were uninspiring and lacking in the 'wow' factor one expects from a restaurant with this reputation. The pork dish (3rd course) was a particular disappointment, closely followed by the lamb (first choice). Under-seasoning seemed to be a significant issue. Interestingly we all thought the 'palate cleanser' (a sorbet) and the amuse-bouche were the pick of what we were served! The wine selection was slanted towards expensive imported French wine (as you would perhaps expect) and I was not hugely impressed by what was on offer from other wine regions (particularly NZ). Service was reasonable, perhaps a little stiff to begin with - but a restaurant like this should never bring a course out when one of the table is absent in the toilet. All in all (considering the prices) a disappointing evening, and not at all what one would hope for from a restaurant often proclaimed as the best in NZ.

3. Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant

237 Parnell Road | Parnell, Auckland Central, Auckland 1052, New Zealand Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$71 - HK$337 +64 9-358 3095
Excellent
76%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 716 reviews

Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant

Auckland's taste sensation in a warm cosy atmosphere with great service. Whether for a romantic dinner or lunch, a catch up with friends or family or for business entertainment, we can cater for your needs. With Seating capacity maxing out at around 40 to 50 (depending on Seating arrangements), it is advisable to make a telephone reservation. The restaurant also offers great wines, cocktails, beers and a nice selection of teas. Open 7 nights (closed public holidays)

Reviewed By JadeVenture2210 - Houston, Texas

Focus was on service and was geared toward getting ratings... food was so-so at best. The portions are large, overly sauced and lean on the meat portions.Not sure what you meant by "service geared towards ratings"? I notice you've never rated another restaurant so I'm not sure what you are comparing us to. What meals did you have? Regards.

4. Doolan Brothers Ellerslie

3 Robert Street, Ellerslie, Auckland, New Zealand (Formerly Cock & Bull Ellerslie) Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Irish, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner +64 21 207 0748
Excellent
28%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
8%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 46 reviews

Doolan Brothers Ellerslie

Reviewed By nikallison88 - Gladstone, Australia

Stopped in at this local pub for lunch, the chicken wings were delicious & calamari pretty good too. We came back later that evening for a few drinks & the “regulars” really made the place feel like home. We stayed til close with our new...MoreThank you so mush for leaving us some feedback! we are so pleased you enjoyed your time with us. Have a great time in NZ!

5. Burgerfuel Ellerslie

2 Robert Street, Ellerslie, Auckland, New Zealand Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food, Healthy, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$39 - HK$157 +64 9-525 7752
Excellent
50%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
10%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 40 reviews

Burgerfuel Ellerslie

BurgerFuel: The ultimate experience in gourmet burgers, incorporating delicious, fresh natural ingredients in an atmosphere as charged as our food. Because we believe that life is too short to eat bad burgers, we cook 'em and prepare 'em while you wait, to bring you a healthy, built fresh alternative in gourmet fast food. We've cooked and eaten a whole lot of burgers in our time to get them to taste as good as they do, but that's ok with us, our stores are our temples and burgers are our religion. We're continually looking for the freshest, healthiest, most wholesome ingredients, free from artificial colours, flavours, preservatives, additives and GE modifications. That's why we use 100% pure grass fed NZ beef smashed juicy and succulent free range chicken. We also offer gluten free, vegetarian, vegan and halal options on our menu, as well as specials using different and unusual ingredients to provide variety and adventure to the world's burger connoisseurs. It's the BurgerFuel way.

Reviewed By kiwijokers - Auckland, New Zealand

We phoned an order through to be collected at 6.15. Left the name which is fairly normal European name. When my niece went to collect it they couldn't find it under her name and it was under another name! An Asian man took the order. Perhaps management should be more careful about putting people on phones who's standard of English is not up to scratch. Because when she arrived with the burgers they were all stone cold , like they had been made for sometime and left sitting. Expensive exercise! I wanted to phone and complain but my niece said they are regulars and she would talk to the manager. Never mind we had a terrible dinner after a hard day of moving house

6. Kazuya

193 Symonds Street | Eden Terrace, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$455 - HK$793 +64 9-377 8537
Excellent
87%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 335 reviews

Kazuya

We are a unique European Japanese fusion fine dining in Auckland.

Reviewed By Mitchell K

Best meal of my life. Each bite, of each course. Each flavor. Every morsel. The myriad textures. The complementary pairings. The mood, the vibe, the humility. This experience is simply better than any other. Better than Per Se, Daniel, Charlie Trotter (RIP), Taillevent, 11 Mad Park, SingleThread (my favorite new spot) and my prior favorite, closing night of the original Bouley (in 1996).
Go to Auckland just for this meal.

7. Red Crab

19 Kalmia Street | Ellerslie, Ellerslie, Auckland, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available Asian, Thai Lunch, Dinner 579 3201
Excellent
33%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 56 reviews

Red Crab

Reviewed By William L

Had lunch with my colleagues. I was on a diet and could only have soup. Ordered their chicken soup which was tasty. Just what I needed. Very refreshing taste. Also had the Tom Kha Kai which is a Thai coconut chicken soup with rice noodles. This was also tasty. One of the things I don't normally like about Thai restaurants is how sweet the make their food. It is not the case with this restaurant. Happy customer. Nice restaurant setting but not flash.

8. Melba

2/135 Main Highway, Ellerslie, Auckland 1051, New Zealand Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 9-525 1303
Excellent
57%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 87 reviews

Melba

Reviewed By Adrian M - Auckland, New Zealand

An excellent restaurant/cafe and I have visited hundreds of times over the years under three different managements. Food is almost always excellent but today one dish was not so good. We had the fish burgers (with good chips.) There were three pieces of battered fish on a ciabatta bun with mayo, tomato and salad greens. All was good except the fish batter and that was very bland and oily. They had a bad day for some reason and I passed that on to the Chef. Otherwise it is a highly recommended cafe. Just wish they would bring back their awesome warm beef salad onto the menu.

9. Mexico

120 Main Highway, Ellerslie, Auckland 1051, New Zealand Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +64 9-281 2714
Excellent
30%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
9%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 123 reviews

Mexico

Reviewed By epsomrose - Auckland, New Zealand

Had an awesome time at Mexico, eating the fiesta menu (which we could hardly finish!). The food was amazing- there was sooo much of it and every bite was absolutely delicious. The waiter was also great- really good sense of humour and customer service skills. You won't leave this place hungry or disappointed

10. Sierra Cafe

179 Ladies Mile, Ellerslie, Auckland 1051, New Zealand Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 9-525 5583
Excellent
46%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 27 reviews

Sierra Cafe

Reviewed By Adrian M - Auckland, New Zealand

Disappointing having visited several times before. Tried the warm chicken salad and the steak Sandwich. The chicken and bacon salad was tasty but the salad greens were well past their best. The steak Sandwich was on excellent ciabatta with caramelised onion. The chips were good as was the coffee but overall I will not go again as there are other excellent cafe's close by.

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