Remember when the Viaduct was the place to go 'clubbing' as a teen, i.e. the Loaded Hog?! Well, thankfully we've grown up - and so has the Viaduct. Gone is the dodgy Hog, and the white trousers from Tommy Gun (I know, tragic). Anyway...
The Viaduct is now the place to go to show off Auckland to your tourist friends. It's the place for romantic walks before settling in to sip good wine and eat even better food. It's the place to sit and watch the boats go by. It's just beautiful really.
Here’s a rundown of the Viaduct restaurants taking part in Auckland Restaurant Month:
Snapdragon Kitchen & Bar. This place is huge and has all the bells and whistles - dimly lit downstairs, huge bar upstairs, outside seating overlooking the water...a bookcase that conceals a private room. Nice. And @sweetkat agrees, "Modern and quirky, makes this a great place for a get-together with friends for a round of cocktails. The staff are really friendly and the venue its self is HUGE and looks out over the water. Really awesome place, and the atmosphere is wicked."
Soul Bar & Bistro. If you really want to impress your friends from overseas, take them to Soul Bar. Yep, it's pricey, but it's also an experience. The food is top-notch, too. Check out what @AnnaAPBM indulged in: "We settled on the Scampi cocktail with whipped avocado & Moroccan ketchup to share as our starter. I wish I'd got one each but at $28.50 it was not going to happen. It arrived in a Martini class (nice touch) and had about 4 large prawns in a divine avocado mousse with salad and had a large crumbed scampi on top. Divine!"
Limon. If Spanish tapas are your thing, Limon is the place go. @Charlotte paints a pretty good picture: "It was a cool thursday night, live music was playing and it was warm enough inside. We had a lovely evening – the food was delicious and the live music created a lovely ambiance. Our favourite tapas were the dolmades and the salt & pepper squid, both of which we ordered repeats."
The Foodstore. If you're after something a little different, The Foodstore will deliver. It's New Zealand's first unique live food entertainment experience - the open kitchen means you get up close and personal with the chefs as they create their culinary magic. @Saykay had this to say: "The menu is extensive and has different options to the standard you find everywhere else. The exposed kitchen and screens allow you to watch your food being made. Try the Jelly-tip dessert - to die for!"
Portofino Viaduct. If it's a cheeky Italian you're after, head to Portofino. According to @Stephiie, their lasagne is pretty awesome: "they make the best lasagna I have ever had and everything I have ever eaten there has been amazing".
Other Viaduct restaurants taking part in Auckland Restaurant Month:
Check out our guide to Auckland Restaurant Month.