1. Takapuna Beach Cafe & Store
22 The Promenade, Takapuna ph 484 0002
The only problem is it's not open for dinner. Original twists on breakfast and lunch selections, plus high teas, picnic baskets, polished service. Mains from $18.50-$26.50, desserts $13.50, high tea $45.
2. Cin Cin on Quay
Auckland Ferry Building 99 Quay St Downtown P 64 9 307 6966
CinCin is a consistent landmark spot offering European cuisine, an extensive wine list and views of ferries and cruise ships. Mains $29.50 to $42, desserts $12-15.
3. Long Bay Restaurant On The Beach
Long Bay Regional Park, Torbay, Auckland. ph 09 4735436
With a deck that reaches the sand Long Bay Restaurant cannot be beaten for setting and ocean views. Mains $24.50 to $35.50.
4. The Beach House
The Parade, Bucklands Beach Peninsula, Auckland. 533 0408
The Beach House has a crisp beach bungalow atmosphere, and smart owner/chef who combines European and Pacific rim styles. Mains $26.50 to 35 desserts $12 - 15.