Cuisine: A La Carte, Tapas/Small Plates, Vegan
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $35

Crave is not your usual eatery. It’s a social enterprise and neighbourhood cafe and restaurant run by a collective of locals with a strong sense of whanaungatanga and kinship.

Designed to bring the community together and make Morningside a better place to live and work, Crave has grown over 8 years from a 20-seater ‘cosy’ coffee shop to a large, thriving cafe by day, restaurant by night. All of Crave's profit goes back into the neighbourhood - this team are catalysts of social good who actually walk the talk.

And there’s none of the usual compromise on quality that can come with not-for-profit establishments. By day, Crave is bursting with locals enjoying superb brunch and lunch options, all excellently presented and typically accompanied by a perfect pour of Supreme coffee. At night, flavoursome sharing plates are the mainstay of the menu – from their popular, fall-apart beef cheek to their mouth-watering roast lamb shoulder, from tidbits to night bites all designed for sharing, the kitchen have perfected the balance of filling mains with delectable accompaniments. Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diners are all catered for.

The drinks menu is equally impressive. A wine list crafted by NZ’s only Master Sommelier shows Crave take their food and wine seriously. Along with tempting house-brewed ‘Morningcider', an impressive range of craft beer and non-alcoholic options made fresh on site, you will be spoilt for choice.

Keep your eyes peeled for community events or check out their menu on Crave’s website

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Crave
6 Morningside Drive, Morningside
Auckland 1025

Open Hours:
Mon - Wed 7am - 5pm
Thu - Sat 7am - 11pm
Sun 7am - 4pm

Phone: 09 845 4714
Website: www.cravecafe.co.nz

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Crave
Location: Morningside
Cuisine: A La Carte, Tapas/Small Plates, Vegan
Mains: $15 - $35

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Yummy food. A lovely evening. Will be back.

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Paula Lewis

Fantastic service, the food was nice although the roast root vegetables were too spicy for us, I might have misread the menu and they have changed the pork buns which are now black which my son didn't like but maybe the restaurant is more suited for adults. Still a lovely dinner though!

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Friendly staff and great food!

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Rachael Clarke

Lovely people and delicious food! We were there for dinner and had a great time. Would recommend you give Crave a try!

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Jess Page

This was our first time dining at Crave in the evening and it's safe to say that their dinner menu is just as good (if not better) than their popular brunch options. The food was outstanding! If you like truffle flavour, get the arancini which unexpectedly came in a liquid sauce but the slight sogginess was forgiven for the amazing truffle flavour, the half cauliflower was beautifully soft, the size of my head and gorgeous coconut fragrance matched in flavour & the beef short rib melted off the bone like we hoped it would & was bursting with... you guessed it, flavour. Don't go expecting restaurant service, it's still friendly & casual with loads of love put into the food.

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Crave was wonderful. The setting has a lovely relaxed retro vibe and the food was amazing. Casual, modern food prepared with care and great ingredients. The service was relaxed and attentive.

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Alek Lisefski

I love the food here. Healthier than other places with some good veggie options. Service can be a bit slow, but still an enjoyable experience. We'll be back!

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Kathryn Bond

I love everything about Crave. The decor, friendly staff and the yummy food. We had the crispy chicken, soft shell crab, vegetable side and pork ribs followed by cheesecake. We also tried the house brewed ciders and very nice. We are planning a return with more people:)

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Friendly, prompt service from beginning to end, and the food was generous and tasty. Can't wait to go back again.

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Graham Barrett

We really enjoyed the shared meal. The lamb shoulder was very succulent and plenty for four of us. Also very good was the cauliflower dish and the off-the-bone chicken wings. Recommended.

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Paulus Kasuma

Food was so good. We know they will deliver as we went there for brunch a couple of times. Service was ok, nothing to rave about.

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Lovely, casual dining experience. Super friendly and nice staff, and great food. Can't beat the charred broccoli, pork ribs and delicious gelato for dessert!

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awesome food and friendly staff. lamb shoulder was tender and juicy. venison tartare was something that I have never tasted before and it was good.

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Hannah Bartley

I had been wanting to go to Crave cafe for months now, and after having gone, I don’t know why I hadn’t gone sooner!! The food was amazing, at a great price (even if I was paying full price), and the staff were helpful! I love the fact that you can end your night with just a scoop of gelato, or have a full blown dessert. 10/10 would be returning

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Alek Lisefski

Very yummy -- all the food seemed to be high quality and prepared to be healthy without any sacrificing on taste. Love the burnt broccoli dish, in particular, as I was in the mood for more vegetarian stuff when visiting. But I want to go back to try other dishes as well.

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Great food, service was really good too. Highly recommend

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Cindy Kuger

Normally I would not have picked to go to a restaurant out of our area but my husband suggested we try this one and I was really very pleasantly surprised. The food was delicious and the menu interesting. We will definitely be back! The Burata salad is a must!

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Cris Barker

As always the food was exceptional, staff were super helpful and the atmosphere was homely.

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As always the food is fresh and amazing at Crave! And don’t forget to check out the gelato stand for deserts

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Had a great night at Crave, the food and service was excellent. If you've saved room for dessert the gelatos are definitely worth a look!

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Cosy atmosphere and great food. Salads were particularly good.

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Yep - we had a great family celebratory night out with the large and very tasty sharing plates. The food was delicious (especially for meat lovers) and had some very interesting combinations of flavours and textures. I always like to experience nice food cooked in a way that I cannot or do not do at home! I love the ethos of this place and am keen to support it when I can. Absolutely wonderful for diners with little people of all,ages - and I do like getting sparkling water on demand (not charged extra).

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Food, service and atmosphere were good and the food came out very quickly.

The only negative is that the beef rib sauce was a touch too salty and perhaps needed an acidic element. The potatoes in the dish were unseasoned- perhaps to balance out the sauce but they also weren't as crispy as I would expect. The meat itself however was cooked fantastically and was perfectly delicious.

We were surprised that the venison tartare didn't have a strong acid/mustard element in it like a traditional tartare but really enjoyed the dish. The black pudding crisps were genius.

Stand out dishes by far were the mushroom arancini and the chocolate brownie dessert. Both were fabulous and full of flavour.

Would definitely go back to try other dishes.

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Natalie Pettitt

This was our first time dining at Crave, and we were really impressed. We sampled their in-house ciders which were delicious. Our server was friendly, unobtrusive, and helpful. We split the mac and cheese bites and the beef ribs--both were great but the beef ribs were a stand out plate, with meat that was tender but not at all overcooked. Desserts were generous portions. The space itself is very cozy and relaxed, and I would absolutely go back.

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Amazing restaurant - everyone at our table enjoyed all the dishes we had. They were still raving about the food and service the following day. Highly recommend.

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Lisa Williams

Amazing food. Lovely atmosphere.

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Beny Tu

Food and atmosphere are both perfect for my wife and I to enjoy.

We will definitely come again to experience more.

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Victoria Yang

Coooooool environment and good food~ You'll find lots of vintage toys and decorations here~ Ordered 1kg lamb shoulder, juicy and tender, kumara was beautiful~ Got a giant gelato as desert, and Brownie was so creamy~

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Trudi Kareko

Crave is consistently superb! Customer service is amazing as is the menu! Definitely recommend the Morningcider!!! The 6pm is the best I’ve ever had

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Oksana Zhang

Nestled in the heart between the fast-paced hustles of Kingsland and Sandringham, this hidden gem transforms the local neighbourhood by bringing a sense of 'community'.

The outstanding effort put into the interior decor will strike anyone when walking into the restaurant. It's an restaurant, eatery, cafe, museum, meeting room, lounge, library; all under one roof!

We tried an array of dishes which were all beautifully presented with explosions of flavour! I would recommend the 300g scotch fillet; tender pieces of joy that melts away on the tongue. Another personal favourite would have to be the Venison Taretare and the Fungi Aracini balls!

Service was amazingly accommodating, patient, considerate from start to finish. The team of owners behind Crave really put people and the community in the centre of what they do, which makes them stand out amongst other eateries.

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We had a great meal at Crave last night. We have been for brunch before, which is really good, dinner is even better.
The venison tartare was delicious, and the beef cheek was wonderfully soft. Miss 4 enjoyed the mac and cheese bites, and a chocolate gelato for afterwards.
We definitely recommend to others.

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Trudi Kareko

Crave definitely lives up to its reputation for bringing that community feel and whanagnatanga! They’re big on delicious and big on you. The food was amazing... as was the service! I’d certainly recommend the mouth watering lamb shoulder, the burnt broccoli was to die for and you can’t leave without sampling the best gelato flavours ever!!! Go for the mint chocolate chip or the banana bread!!! Crave is certainly ‘good in the hood’

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Rebekah Asher

Great food and wine selection ... definitely worth a visit ...

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We had a great time at Crave. They were very accommodating of our almost-one year old and the service was attentive without being intrusive. Crave has a very family friendly atmosphere and lots of old-school toys for kids (and maybe adults...) to play with. We had burrata, beef cheeks and chips, and all the food was exceptional. We highly recommend Crave and would definitely go there again.

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Paula Lewis

Great service, friendly staff, nice atmosphere and delicious healthy food, we will be back again for sure

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Cris Barker

Delicious as always, a lovely evening!

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Graham Barrett

Enjoyed the food. Interesting menu. Bring your own cushion.....the chairs are like I had at school and low....makes you think you are sitting up to the table begging, lol

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Paula Lewis

Great service and lovely food, the shared entrees were more than enough but we shared a main also, kids enjoyed despite a very adult looking menu, would definitely go back for their pulled pork buns!

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Laura Dallaston

Between the vintage decanters of water and the GIANT mural of mother Mary, Crave delights with it's urban design, bringing a taste of Melbourne to Morningside. I was really impressed with the friendliness and speed of the servers, and as a vegetarian was happy that I had multiple options to choose from. The food portions were generous and beautifully presented. Overall I had a great experience, I just wish I could have a larger stomach. I would highly recommend anyone going to Crave to try the gelato - can't go wrong with the strawberry, basil and gin sorbet!

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This was our first experience dining at Crave in Morningside. It is a definite returner. We had sharing platters which were delicious. Flavours were amazing. We ended with gelato which we all loved. We would have loved desserts but had eaten far too much. Beautiful night sitting of the deck. Great venue. Thanks Crave.

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Siak Chung

Gorgeous setting. A showcase for originality. Great service. Ideal for families. Will definitely be back.

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Catherine Tsai

Lovely space, marvelous food and friendly staff! We had a great time enjoying the nice ambient and delicious dinner. We ordered two big plates and one small plate to share between the two of us, and all dishes were bursting in flavours!

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We were delighted with our meal and the creative and warm ambience at Crave. Staff were attentive, the service was efficient and the food was stunningly delicious and brilliant value. We shall definitely return and highly recommend to all our friends and family. What a great find!

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Karen Browne

Really enjoyed the casual cafe atmosphere. Three ladies dines and we tried 3 sharing platters, beet nut, aracini risotto balls, chicken crusted and also had the beef cheek which serves 2-3. Made for a nice style of eating and very healthy - we noticed there were not many carbs in any of the meals but that;s Ok, we felt full but not overstuffed. We finished with coffee and the Peanut Buttercup Gateau - it was a huge slice, great for 2 and they said it was great. I had Caramel cashew slice which was nice but I would have loved a serve of cream or yougart to add some moisture and cut through the sweetness. We would love to see at least one dessert eg. cheesecake for the dinner service as they cake/slice cabinet wasn't quite what we were looking for.
Service was excellent, very friendly and attentive but not rushed. The cafe itself is huge and has lots of interesting seating areas, library with retro chairs, quiet spaces and outside spaces - I would go back just to show friends how cool it is.

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Crystal P

As always food was delicious and look fantastic, service was excellent too, we will be back again. Thank you!

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Sam Spibey

Our dinner was delicious at Crave. It was a family catch up over several tasty dishes, perfect for sharing. The service, as always in Crave, was lovely. Having this gem on our doorstep is fab!

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Great food, ambience and service! We ordered the prawn wontons, arancini and pulled pork buns to share. They were delicious and cooked perfectly. We were well looked after throughout the night. Will definitely be back! Highly recommend!

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Francesca Fogarty

Our best dining experience in a long time. Crave combines the powerful mix of a beautifully architecturally designed space, food equally luscious in both taste and presentation, and attentive, engaged staff. It really is a unique place, and you'll be missing out if you don't visit Crave.

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We had a great first 'first table' dining experience at Crave. Couldn't fault the service, staff were friendly and attentive. We ordered the prawn wontons, pulled-pork bao and chicken cotaletta. Everything was delicious but prawn wontons were the highlight. We will definitely be back for dinner and for some of the delicious looking treats in the cabinet.

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Great service and fantastic food. A few more gluten free options would be great but that's certainly not a complaint! Perfect spot for dinner before/after a movie. Will be back!

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