Cuisine: A La Carte, Bistro, Tapas/Small Plates
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+

Pilkingtons Bar, Terrace and Kitchen is an inner-city oasis and one of the few places in Auckland where the décor is as exciting as the dining.

Being awarded a place in Metro’s Top 50 Restaurants 2015, national finalists in the Hospitality NZ Awards for Best Beverage List, Best Dish Over $25 and Best New/Redeveloped Bar or Restaurant - the hand-tooled joinery pieces sit alongside bespoke fabrics, natural stones and an abundance of greenery, creating a sophisticated atmosphere of celebration designed by award-winning Nat Cheshire. From the carved wooden bar to the tropical upholstery, ornate red ceiling and hand-blown glass light fittings – Pilkingtons literally is an oasis in the middle of Auckland’s inner city.

Whether you're seated inside for hand-tooled joinery, bespoke fabrics and blown glass lamps or outside for the Mediterranean-inspired terrace garden, the Pilkingtons experience doesn't disappoint.

Their dining menu is superb with kiwi and European style bistro food. Why not stay a little longer for the daring dessert selection and an excellent range of New Zealand and international wine and beer?

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Pilkingtons
41 Shortland St.
Auckland CBD
Auckland 1010

Open Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9am til midnight
Sat: Midday Tapas. Dinner Menu from 5pm til midnight
Sun: CLOSED

Phone: 09 336 1857
Website: pilkingtons.co.nz

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Pilkingtons
Location: City Centre
Cuisine: A La Carte, Bistro, Tapas/Small Plates
Mains: $25 - $35+
Accepts:   Pilkingtons accepts American Express

Reviews

Caron Lynn

We were absolutely blown away by our experience at Pilkingtons. The manager, Vanessa, was friendly, engaging and personable - we'd come back again just to see her! The food was divine - my personal favourite was the ceviche. But the goat cheese salad and skirt steak were pretty damn good, too! I would definitely recommend coming here. We will most assuredly be back!

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Jasmine Chen

We had a lovely time at Pilkingtons. The lady serving us delivered great service, and she was so passionate about the menu it made us excited to dig into the food! The food matched the expectations set by the staff. Good portions and interesting flavour combinations. We loved the atmosphere too, was very relaxed and we were'nt rushed to leave and felt welcome to stay back after our meal. Would definitely come back.

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Everything was great. The staff were amazing - professional and kind and the food was superb in both quantity and quality. We enjoyed our food and no doubt we will come back again.

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We had a great time at Pilkingtons. Not being from Auckland, it was a bit of a wild stab in the dark based on location, availability and a nice looking menu. I wish all stabs in the dark worked out this well.

As soon as you work in, the décor strikes you; it is open and fresh. It somehow manages to seem classy but inviting at the same time. It's not the sort of fine dining place that makes you feel uncomfortable, more like being welcomed into a rich friend's well decorated house.

The service was excellent; in particular the server who we dealt with 80% of the time was really attentive, and provided some very thoughtful and helpful food and wine recommendations.

The food, also was excellent. Everything was well cooked, well seasoned, and the dishes were really nicely constructed to have a good balance of flavour and texture. I was particularly impressed by the beef carpaccio, which is such a simple dish, and was executed flawlessly. The lamb main was perfectly cooked, and the mix of the white anchovies and salsa verde really bound it together. The kale (which I normally dislike quite intensely) added a nice bitterness in the context of the dish. I ended up with dessert envy. I had the orange crème brulee had nice flavour, but was very very slightly overdone. Not so much that it was unpleasant, but enough that I noticed. My wife, however, had an amazing chocolate cake. It was a chocolate dessert done right; bitter and rich. I may have stolen a decent amount of it from my wife.

The only one negative for me (and it's a small niggle) was it was (despite being a very open restaurant) very warm inside. It was a warm evening, and it was warmer inside than out. Might have been an idea to crank the air conditioning. Honestly though, that is nitpicking of what was a lovely experience of both service and flavour. I am now back in Christchurch, but would happily return on my next trip to Auckland.

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great experience with friends. good food and good service. lovely decor

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Amazing

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Seems like a great place for after work drinks.

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Nicole Jardine

Service was great. Food was ok, not bad but not wowed. Gin was excellent!!

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Food was good, came out promptly and drinks were well made. Service could be better. Charged us full price initially but then changed it when we explained we were with firsttable. Manager seemed displeased when we spoke up about it and unfriendly. Wait staff were much more professional.

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Luisa De Vega

Food and ambiance is good that’s why I kept coming back!

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Graham Barrett

Wow, what a delicious meal. When told hapuka was the fish main we all chose that dish. Superb.

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Absolutely delicious! Would 10/10 dine again. Highly recommend. Great venue, fantastic venue, all round a incredible dining experience.

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Great lunch menu selections. Food was delicious and well presented.

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Natalie Cole

Great spot! Love the vibe and great food

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Kate Goodwin

We went to Pilkingtons with no expectations and came away totally impressed. The food was delicious! And interesting. Will definitely go back!

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Food & service was good!

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We had a lovely lunch before departing on our mini getaway.
Great service and great food

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Caron Lynn

We were absolutely blown away by our experience at Pilkingtons. The manager, Vanessa, was friendly, engaging and personable - we'd come back again just to see her! The food was divine - my personal favourite was the ceviche. But the goat cheese salad and skirt steak were pretty damn good, too! I would definitely recommend coming here. We will most assuredly be back!

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We had a fabulous experience at Pilkingtons. The food was excellent, our table great and the service excellent. We recommend it to anyone who wants a lovely evening out.

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Adele Holmes

Food was lovely, service was really great.

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Lyndsay Davenport

Nice menu selection and very generous portions. The starters could double up as a small main if needed.

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The environment and food are great, and the service is awesome, will come back again.

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Amy Jackson

Amazing food :)

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Sabrina Phu

The food, atmosphere and service was great. We loved the chocolate mousse and ice cream desserts. I would definitely come back again.

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Vladimir Baskov

Great service, decent food. Was a little bit noisy at times on Thu evening, but great experience anyway. Thanks.

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Great location and great food.

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had a great time, dessert was spectacular, not a large menu but everything was executed perfectly, confit duck was divine

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Lisa Simonsen

We had a lovely time. The food was delicious and the staff were amazing. Will definitely be coming back soon.

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Karissa Templanza

My 2nd time to dine in here for lunch. Food was amazing!! Had the market fish, chicken, prawn linguine and squid! Yummy! Will definitely be back!

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Julie Carter

Great restaurant, wonderful decor, attentive staff and delicious food ! Will definitely be returning

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Lisa Cole

We had a really nice time, food was so good and the place itself is absolutely stunning. We loved the atmosphere and the sorroundings. I would definitely return on that basis however the waiting staff were not very pleasant.

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Hannah Donoghue

Great food and loved the design details of the restaurant. Amazing, helpful staff. Thanks

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Hyun Sue Lee

Good service, good food :)

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Tereza Eickmann

The restaurant is beautiful.
However, the service was not that good, taking us a while to be able to call attention to any waitress, and the food was nice, but that’s all.
All in all, if you’re not in a hurry and want a cosy place to have some drinks, is not bad.

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Nicole Moore

Had a lovely dinner at Pilkingtons. Highly recommend the buttermilk fried chicken! Great service and awesome atmosphere.

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Everything was fabulous, great service, food and wine. The gnocchi was to die for! Highly recommend!

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Food was delicious and a lovely environment. Was the perfect place to sit and chat after not seeing my boyfriend for a couple months. Second time dining and both experiences have been superb!

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Jasmine Chen

We had a lovely time at Pilkingtons. The lady serving us delivered great service, and she was so passionate about the menu it made us excited to dig into the food! The food matched the expectations set by the staff. Good portions and interesting flavour combinations. We loved the atmosphere too, was very relaxed and we were'nt rushed to leave and felt welcome to stay back after our meal. Would definitely come back.

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Amazing, friendly staff. Delicious food and lovely cocktails. Not too busy around dinner time as most people were just there for drinks rather than a meal.

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Pilkingtons had a lovely ambience and decor, soft lighting all around. Staff were friendly and attentive, we didn't wait long for anything. We ordered the lamb, squid and the poke salad between the two. It was the perfect amount to order, they were delicious and well presented (I loved the rustic glazing on the plates as I do pottery). We had a great time and will return another day :)

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We had a great dinning experience here from the moment we stepped through the door. The service was really good and the staff were wonderful, so helpful and obliging. The food was delicious, every dish we ordered was a delight. We highly recommend. Thank you for a lovely time.

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Joseph Martin

Pumpkin pie fans will luv brulee ;)

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Paea Ashton

The Food was amazing, venue was beautiful, the staff were very friendly....Thank you!! il definitely be back

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Great food and service. Good atmosphere however pretty loud on a friday night

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Kai Li

Good food, great service

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Amazing food, drinks and service every time I dine at Pilkingtons. I walked away feeling relaxed and chilled after a great night out.....

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Derek Lau

The food was really nice and we were returning customers and in fact had or wedding at the same venue! Nice food with seasonal updates. We're biased in saying that the food couldn't beat what we had on our wedding day!
Keep up the good work team!

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Asrar Alzhrany

It is amazing in term of food and atmosphere.

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Calvin So

Great experience! Only could afford coming here with First Table but the food was amazing!

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Katey Chapman

Yummy food. Looked great. Just service needed to be better as we had never dined here before, and we weren't asked if we had or not. So would of liked to have been told more about menu and how much to order as left hungry even with dessert.

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We had high hopes after reading the reviews however we were underwhelmed with our experience. The lunch menu was extremely limited and food was mediocre very little flavour with the salad being mostly lettuce leaves and very little else. The waitress was attentive with refilling our water glasses however she didn't seem to know the menu and gave us incorrect information about what was in the croquettes and when we asked for the dessert menu she went away to get it and then came back and said dessert wasn't available. No other options were given no coffee no tea and I did notice (as we left) there was cake on the counter which could also have been an option had we been offered it.

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Helayna Seiuli

Had such a beautiful night at Pilkingtons. The food and the environment were gorgeous and the staff are proper lovely.

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Berry Clee Maglahus

Love the food!

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Great food, great atmosphere, great service. Will definitely be back!

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