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185 Ponsonby Road | Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9-360 2001
05:30 - 23:00
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Auckland, New Zealand
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2014

It was with considerable trepidation that I purchased a lunch voucher for Sunday Painters having read some of the previous reviews. But I'd had a memorable meal here a couple of years ago and had been meaning to go again ever since, so I snapped up the voucher despite my reservations and hoped for the best. And that's exactly what... More 

Thank Lagerwolf
Level Contributor
23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2014 via mobile

Was a great spot for years for smart casual dining, used to buzz with ambience, now dull and boring . On a Friday night only 2 other tables occupied. Menu has changed . Won't be going back in a hurry .

Thank peterTakapuna
Auckland, New Zealand
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150 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2014

Sunday Painters Restaurant is a rather small restaurant with less than 20 tables. There was quite a wide range of wine on menu, but unfortunately the first one I ordered was not available. Never mind, I've got my second choice. There were not many choices on starters & mains. To start our dinner, we were offered an amuse-bouche. My appetizer... More 

Thank 1pochette
Wairoa, New Zealand
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2014 via mobile

I am not a local Aucklander and was recommended the Sunday Painters by a friend. It turned out to be a great choice. It was a cold wet night and the restaurant was warm and inviting. The wait staff were friendly and knew their stuff. The menu was simple ( a plus for me). The food was beautifully presented and... More 

3 Thank Jill M
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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96 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2014

While the name was not very appetising we could not fault this establishment. Tuesday night so it was quiet however the mood of the place was enjoyable, service very good as was the wine selection and the menu varied and caused a pause for thought of what to have. Although a dessert was not going to be had the mains... More 

1 Thank RodG93
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2014

Went there for a weekend lunch with a voucher. After reading raving reviews I was absolutely shocked with what we have encountered. The soup tasted and looked old and there was no bread served with it. Poached eggs with bearnaise sauce turned out to be hard boiled and the sauce had strong vinegar taste and has curdled. The so called... More 

Thank Alonica
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2014

Firstly - the wait staff were not aware of the menu and had to keep going back to the kitchen to re-check. I had specifically asked for a gluten free meal - and was served a side with gluten. The chicken ballotine was flabby with an indistinguishable, unappetising filling The fish of the day was served on a 'sauce' which... More 

2 Thank Dawne F
Whangarei, New Zealand
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55 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014

Everything about this place says quality, simple understated food cooked with love and served in a wonderful atmosphere. I had the steak tartare for anyone too squeamish to have tried this before I say, try it you won’t be disappointed. Faye had Gravlax to start followed by entrecote, I followed my tartare with a Cassoulet. I finished with the Lemon... More 

Thank Faye G
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

Cute warm and inviting - loved the menu and the decor. This was a repeat visit for me as need to check first assumption was 'divine'. They accepted us with youngster (20 month old) and made us feel special with kind attention. Big ask from us but they delivered. Dishes not to be missed if visiting Auckland. Highly recommended.

Thank AnitaLouiseKiwi
Newcastle, Australia
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

Beware of an outrageous corkage of $25 per bottle ! When I made a telephone booking I enquired about byog and while told cork would be applied was not advised of the corkage charge. I presumed a reasonable $ would be asked. I was horrified to see $25 added to our bill - per bottle ! While the food was... More 

2 Thank GEG623

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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
Average prices
US$ 21 - US$ 50
French, International, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Seating
Open Hours
05:30 - 23:00
05:30 - 23:00
05:30 - 23:00
05:30 - 23:00
05:30 - 23:00
05:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 185 Ponsonby Road | Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
  • Phone Number: +64 9-360 2001
Welcoming, fun dining with a French twist and decorative atmosphere. Attentive service and sophisticated wine list.

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?