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A local neighbourhood licensed restaurant specialising in Aegean Home Cooking (Greek / Turkish) with Courtyard Dining in Summer. Great atmosphere that transports you to the Mediterranean. Menu changes seasonally, whilst keeping signature dishes. Peta Mathias says "Real food, beautifully cooked"
PRICE RANGE
$15 - $100
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
Mediterranean, Turkish, Greek, Middle Eastern
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Table Service, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First visit.. reviews looked great.. location and atmosphere is excellent. The window card shows two greek guys as owners. Everything we have was prepared and not a greekperson in site. Shame was looking for some authentic Greek food

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 21 December 2023

Lokanta – a fabulous hidden gem, Eastern Mediterranean cuisine done to perfection. Ambience – dark, atmospheric, romantic and great for families too; outside seating as well as long-cavernous interior. Found it recently, brought friends there too. Friendly service, meals are top-notch, had been back a...number times; will visit again soon. (I have gait/walking challenges (stroke), wear a legbrace.)More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 9 July 2023

A truly delicious meal that exceeded expectations. Everything, the eggplant dip, swordfish special, halloumi, and rocket salad were beautifully cooked and served. We couldn’t resist dessert and were rewarded with the best crème brûlée we’d ever tasted. And the Turkish Delight was so good we...took extra home. Highly recommended! Friendly service too.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 30 June 2023 via mobile

Great food, great flavours. The staff were very helpful and friendly . We will recommend this to friends and family. Sword fish great . Chicken beautiful flavours. Hand cut fries both types were great. Bread and hummus… soooo good

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 18 May 2023

Best food we ever had in 12 years in NZ. Real Mediterranean food in an excellent atmosphere. An amazing place.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 11 April 2023 via mobile

Vibrant, warm and friendly place with fabulous food. Everything we ordered was delicious, generous and beautifully presented. Lamb and aubergines melting in the mouth, delicious hummus and taramasalata with fresh bread. Will definitely be back.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 19 October 2022 via mobile

Nice restaurant about 10 minutes out from the CBD. From Australia I got excited when I found a Turkish restaurant. Very nice staff, friendly and attentive. The food was tasty however it was definitely lacking authentic Turkish cuisine. My husband ordered lahmacun which was delicious...and I ordered the swordfish which was delicious also• Loved listening to the Turkish music. Would have loved a Turkish beer. Opted for the Greek beer instead.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 18 April 2022

Lokanta is Grey lynn Richmond road is wonderful such a cute restaurant lovely friendly staff intimate dinning small but very good menu wonderful food!!!!great wine menu waiting staff are lovely will be back!!

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 8 January 2022

It’s small, friendly and delicious. Awesome neighbourhood restaurant and well worth the trip to it. Better than anything in Ponsonby Rd and only 10 mins walk from there. If you like good food, go!

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 22 December 2021

The eggplant dip is to die for! The calamari, octopus and lamb was delicious. Didn't know this restaurant existed but I will be back soon.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 7 May 2021

I'd heard from a few people about Lokanta. I went last night and it was AMAZING! The barbecued lemon zested chicken shish kebab was gianormous and scrumptious. Octopus was the best I've ever tasted. The rocket and mint salad...I almost wanted to use my hands...to get more into my mouth with each bite. I will be back. And so will my Uber driver.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Clare H, Owner at Lokanta, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2021

hehe can just picture you in the uber after dinner :-) ! Look forward to having you back!

Reviewed 29 November 2020

Loved the food here and will definitely be back. Would have given 5 stars except our group were disappointed to be given an outdoor table after having booked a week earlier. (I hadn't brought sunglasses and it was a bit windy at times). Recommend staff...advise indoor/outdoor options at time of booking to avoid disappointment, Thanks to the friendly waitress for moving us inside when a table freed up.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 17 October 2020

food was delicious and service was awesome very attentive but not overbearing waiter heard friend drop cutlery and was there with replacement in seconds twice. Very impressed

Date of visit: October 2020
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418clare, Owner at Lokanta, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2020

Thanks Janet, go glad you enjoyed you evening - and have passed your compliments to the chefs! Cheers, Clare at Lokanta

Reviewed 20 September 2020

Came here for a 3 generation family dinner tonight for the third or fourth time and as always left very pleasantly satisfied. The food was excellent as was the service. Our waitress was very attentive and friendly as was the entire staff. All the dishes...we ordered were very well made. Some like the two pizza dishes have few ingredients and require perfect execution and balancing of top quality ingredients in order to work, which was all achieved. Some meals are based on traditional recipes but with a modern twist yet felt authentic. 2 in our group have a mediterranean background as well as having been professional chefs in NZ and are hard to please when it comes to food, so I suppose it is safe to say that I can thoroughly recommend this restaurant if you are here for the food, and the overall experience.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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418clare, Front Office Manager at Lokanta, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2020

Wow, great review thanks - love hearing that the chefs were happy! See you again soon

Reviewed 15 March 2020

I have biked, walked and driven past this restaurant numerous times over the years and tonight my extended family and I finally ate at our now new favourite local. A wonderful selection of tasty and authentic food with no hint of pretence. A fine wine...selection and the lovely staff were most helpful with any queries. We sat out front on a beautiful Grey Lynn evening and when the sun finally slipped away, the staff brought out rugs for us. Great portions too so pace yourself on the starters.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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418clare, Owner at Lokanta, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2020

Yay we finally snagged you! Thanks for spreading the word and see you again soon :-)

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  • Food: 4.5
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  • Value: 4.5