Cuisine recognises New Zealand’s top 100 restaurants for 2017

Cuisine has revealed its much-anticipated list of New Zealand’s top 100 restaurants for 2017. The only nationwide restaurant awards programme of its kind, the New Zealand Cuisine Good Food Awards identify and celebrate the very best dining experiences the country has to offer each year.

The restaurants that have made it into Cuisine’s top 100 will be celebrating the coveted accolade of being included in the annual Cuisine Good Food Guide, and there’s more to come.

Today’s announcement is the first cut of the rigorous judging process, which has been under way around the country for months. To feature in the guide is to be selected among the cream of the country’s ever-evolving restaurant scene. The next step for the judges will be the awarding of “hats” (a rating system of 1, 2 or 3) and, at an awards dinner in early August, announcing the industry’s very best individuals and businesses.

A category for Best Casual Dining Restaurant has been added to the awards this year to better acknowledge a growing trend in restaurant excellence found in more casual settings. Cuisine editor Kelli Brett says: “We felt we weren’t recognising the casual sector enough. There are so many places serving up excellent food and wine and craft beers, but not necessarily in a formal setting. They still have that level of excellence of food and drink and service, but you are not going to walk in the door and get linen table cloths.”

Through the judging process this year, chief judge Kerry Tyack has noticed another trend, as restaurants in the regions close the gap on their metropolitan counterparts.

“What we typically see on offer in urban areas we are now seeing appear in regional areas too. Travellers don’t all just come to the cities, they go to the regions, and they are demanding more variety. Restaurants are popping up to meet that demand,” he says.

“Whereas the trends used to be led by the urban restaurants, now the regional restaurants are much more in tune with what is going on.”

This trend is reflected in the top 100 list, with new additions such as Wairarapa’s Pinocchio and Taranaki’s Social Kitchen putting their respective regions on the Cuisine Good Food Guide’s map this year. Other smaller regions have also seen an increase in representation, including Northland, Taupo, North Otago and Nelson.

Brett says the awards are not only about New Zealand celebrating the best of its own, they also provide a guide for international attention on New Zealand cuisine. Both she and Tyack believe at least a couple of the country’s top restaurants are deserving of a spot in the world’s top 100, and the Cuisine Good Food Awards help shine a light on where these can be found.

She says: “It is my absolute pleasure to be announcing New Zealand’s top restaurants for 2017 today. We have restaurateurs all over the country doing incredible things and in a highly competitive industry, it is really something to be recognised at this level. On behalf of my team, congratulations to every restaurant who has made the list.”

Keep an eye out for these establishments in your travels around New Zealand to enjoy the best of what the country’s dining scene has to offer!

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THE TOP 100 FOR 2017


1. Duke of Marlborough
2. Quay


3. Apero
4. Amano
5. Artwok
6. Augustus Bistro
7. Azabu
8. Baduzzi
9. Beirut
10. Bracu
11. Cassia
12. Cazador
13. Cibo
14. Coco’s Cantina
15. Clooney
16. Cocoro
17. Culprit
18. Depot
19. Euro
20. Gemmayze Street
21. Gusto at the Grand
22. Hallertau
23. Harbourside
24. Ima
25. Kazuya
26. Masu
27. Merediths
28. O’Connell Street Bistro
29. Orphans Kitchen
30. Pasta e Cuore
31. Pasture
32. Phil’s Kitchen
33. Ponsonby Road Bistro
34. Saan
35. Sidart
36. Soul Bar & Bistro
37. The Engine Room
38. The French Café
39. The Grill by Sean Connolly
40. The Grove
41. The Sugar Club
42. True Food & Yoga
43. White + Wong’s


44. Poderi Crisci
45. The Shed at Te Motu
46. Tantalus Estate


47. Alpha Street Kitchen & Bar
48. ChimChooRee
49. Crudo
50. Hayes Common
51. Palate
52. Victoria Street Bistro


53. The Bistro
54. The Brantry


55. Macau


56. Bistronomy
57. Pacifica
58. Elephant Hill
59. Malo
60. Te Awa Winery Restaurant
61. Terroir


62. Social Kitchen


63. Pinocchio


64. Amaygen


65. Capitol
66. Chameleon
67. Charley Noble
68. Field & Green
69. Hillside Kitchen & Cellar
70. Hippopotamus
71. Jano
72. Logan Brown
73. Noble Rot
74. Ortega Fish Shack
75. Shepherd
76. WBC
77. Whitebait


78. Hopgood’s Restaurant
79. Urban Oyster Bar & Eatery


80. Arbour


81. Black Estate
82. Chillingworth Road
83. Gatherings
84. King of Snake (pictured top)
85. Pegasus Bay
86. Roots
87. Saggio di Vino
88. Twenty Seven Steps


89. Fleurs Place
90. Riverstone Kitchen


91. Amisfield
92. Botswana Butchery
93. Fishbone
94. Kika
95. Madam Woo
96. Rata
97. Sherwood


98. Bracken
99. No 7 Balmac
100. Two Chefs Bistro