Where to Eat in Milford: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 9, 2017 Joeann Galban

Discover the best restaurant in Milford, New Zealand including Swiss Cafe & Bakery, Takapuna Beach Cafe, Jam Organic Cafe, Al Forno, Aubergine, Botticelli italian restaurant, The Elephant Wrestler, Thyme Restaurant, Mexico, Little King - Milford NZ

1. Swiss Cafe & Bakery

5 Milford Road, Auckland Central, Auckland 0620, New Zealand Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Swiss, European, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 9-489 9737
Excellent
58%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 30 reviews

Swiss Cafe & Bakery

Reviewed By Bev S

A must go in Milford for a wonderful selection of pastries and breads and great coffee. The pastries are the real thing and heads above the rest. The strudel and donuts are to die for. Freshly cooked breakfasts are great too - not pretentious and just like a great home breakfast. This is a must do if you are not gluten free!!

2. Takapuna Beach Cafe

22 The Promenade | Takapuna, Auckland Central, Auckland 0622, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$8 +64 9-484 0002
Excellent
52%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 462 reviews

Takapuna Beach Cafe

Reviewed By love2skiLosAngeles - Los Angeles

We met some friends for Brunch and had a very nice time. The Chicken Salad was my favorite although there are plenty of other great dishes. The service is very good. They have some interesting drinks. I ordered an Iced coffee and it came with two scoops of ice cream and an expresso in a small cup which were combined with milk on arrival. More like desert but good.

3. Jam Organic Cafe

33-45 Hurstmere Road | Takapuna, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 9-486 1600
Excellent
40%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 105 reviews

Jam Organic Cafe

Reviewed By Richard R

Visiting Takapuna we had to find an affordable and healthy-options place for lunch - Jam Organic is the place that met both criteria. Enjoyed the Smashed Avo which includes 2 poached eggs on bread of your choice (GF available too) - it was delicious, generous and most affordable. Quick, efficient service and ample indoor or outdoor Seating options. Highly recommended.

4. Al Forno

34 Anzac Street | Takapuna, Takapuna, Auckland 0622, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover Mediterranean, Italian, Pizza, European, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$55 - HK$267 +64 9-488 0179
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 220 reviews

Al Forno

Al Forno Italian Restaurant in Auckland serves traditional Italian dishes along with a excellent selection of wine, beer and non alcoholic beverages.

Reviewed By Kylie N

For a few years now I’ve had a friend recommend to go here but just haven’t made around to actually doing so, but have dined all around everywhere else in Takapuna. The food tonight was absolutely amazing. The stand out meal for me tonight was the calamari. The flavours and perfectly cooked calamari is really hard to find
And it was delish. I also want to say that the staff were fantastic. Everyone was engaging when you looked at them, the service was on point. I’m excited to recommend this place to my friends and to bring my work here for another Friday for some cold beers and amazing pizzas. Great place with better food and even better staff.

5. Aubergine

129 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$110 - HK$181 +64 9-489 3104
Excellent
35%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 213 reviews

Aubergine

Reviewed By Paul B - Carmarthen, United Kingdom

Business meal with my wife's work colleagues. This place was a real surprise. Great service, great wines but the food........wow, I loved it. In fact every one at our gathering, around 10 people, loved the food.
My wife and I were traveling around NZ, working and travelling and we ate in fantastic place's.
Even after a couple of months, I am still trying to replicate their Cauliflower mash.....amazing place....

6. Botticelli italian restaurant

8 Anzac Street, Takapuna, Auckland 0622, New Zealand Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Highchairs Available Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner 488-0991
Excellent
41%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 88 reviews

Botticelli italian restaurant

Reviewed By Keith G

Driving past this restaurant on many occasions and always looks busy so had to try first time.
Was really happy, great service friendly staff and very authentic Italian food simple menu but everything to suit most tastes.
Three of us had fillet steak which was amazing very generous portions.
Can’t wait to go back

7. The Elephant Wrestler

138 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available Bar, Pub, International, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +64 9-489 8030
Excellent
24%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 130 reviews

The Elephant Wrestler

Reviewed By mooseandbok2006 - Christchurch, New Zealand

We went along on Saturday night for something to eat, and to watch the All Blacks game while we were there. I booked a table for 6:30pm and that meant we had the table for the rest of the night, which was really handy and we didn’t have to fight others for a seat to watch the game. We had nibbles to start with – chips and karaage chicken. The chips were nice, although for $9 a pop, I would have liked to have seen more in the basket. The chicken was nice, but again not a huge amount there. Later in the evening we ordered a Tandoori Chicken pizza to share and this was really good, a nice thin base with a generous tasty topping. The restaurant was heaving but all the staff were brilliant. The place was like a well-oiled machine, drinks were being replenished, orders taken, plates cleared away and food brought out, all without, what seemed like, not a bit of stress or frazzle. It’s nice to see places run like they should be. Well done team, we had a great evening out. The DJ came on as we left and I’m sure the place was rocking till late in to the night.

8. Thyme Restaurant

The Spencer on Byron Hotel, Level 1 | 9-17 Byron Avenue, Takapuna, Auckland 0620, New Zealand Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch HK$181 - HK$487 +64 9-916 4982
Excellent
65%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 164 reviews

Thyme Restaurant

At Thyme we offer just the right service for your occasion - we're quick and discrete when you're busy working and give you lots of attention when you're out to celebrate. Choose freshly cooked food from our seasonal menu If you're joining us for dinner, you'll be eating from the varied A La Carte Menu offering in-season, fresh local dishes. The menu also caters for a range of diets and includes vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free and low-carb options. As well as the A La Carte Menu, Thyme also offers a set-price Lunch Menu and the restaurant is open for Breakfast every morning. All of our restaurant staff are friendly, attentive and work hard to make your meal enjoyable. With live music 7 nights a week from 6.30Pm, Thyme Restaurant is the perfect place to celebrate special occasions.

Reviewed By candidcanada - Pitt Meadows, British Columbia

The New Year's Eve buffet was like a well buffed shoe. Polished, shiny, and up for the occasion. Might be a shoe-in for other such special nights. Moreover, we didn't have to foot an unreasonable bill, especially considering the nicely appointed buffet choices and complimentary champagne and specialty coffees. The service personnel were certainly not loafers -- in fact, they booted it. Thumbs -- and toes -- up. The hosts/greeters were equally commendable -- very welcoming and double checking how we were faring through the evening. The tables were not crunched together like the "old woman and many children who lived in a shoe". The decor was elegant. The capable piano player played pleasing easy going music that wafted through the dining area. Super supper upper.

9. Mexico

4 The Strand, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +64 9-489 6781
Excellent
23%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
8%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 167 reviews

Mexico

Reviewed By Sus1952 - Palmerston North, New Zealand

We certainly found the food very interesting at this restaurant and enjoyed our lunch. At that time of the day, the place was very quiet. To be recommended.

10. Little King - Milford NZ

99 Kitchener Road, Milford, Auckland 0620, New Zealand Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, New Zealand, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 9-489 7278
Excellent
46%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
9%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 101 reviews

Little King - Milford NZ

Reviewed By Owen B - Auckland, New Zealand

Four if us had Sunday lunch in this busy and very noisy cafe. The meals consisted of absolutely the basic items listed on the menu - no salad greens and just plonked on the plates.
I have had better-presented meals at church camps than these were!
Then as I proceeded to clear my plate (didn't take long) I found a significant chip off the eating surface which must have been seen by the "chef" unless (s)he was blind.
The prices were right "up there" compared with nearby cafes that serve much better meals.
Nothing wrong with the waitress though - she was efficient and friendly but that was not enough to entice us to ever return to this cafe.

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