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Giraffe is a celebration of everything that makes New Zealand great. Homegrown is front and center, showcasing the finest local producers and growers our country has to offer. However, we're mature enough to recognise, that occasionally, the very best ingredients are from further afield. The spirit of innovation is captured in the preparation and presentation of deliciousness. We are uncompromising in our promise to surprise and delight every time. Most importantly we make every guest feel at home. Enjoy.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
European, New Zealand
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront, Dog Friendly, Family style, Non-smoking restaurants
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent service thanks to Ash and his team, great food, reasonably priced, great atmosphere. I definitely recommend this charming port side restaurant!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Giraffe Restaurant, Owner at Giraffe Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your positive feedback. We are pleased to hear about your memorable service and looking forward to welcoming you soon again. Warm regards Slavka

Reviewed 1 week ago

Really good service , staff very friendly especially Ash and Aman & food amazing, we had the seafood platter & bread & dips & it was amazing delicious. Restaurant is so nice & over looks onto the Marina . I fully recommend this restaurant.its a...5 stars from me ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Giraffe Restaurant, Owner at Giraffe Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Stephen, our team is very appreciative of your comments and we are thrilled your dinning with us was very special and memorable. Looking forward to welcoming you back soon again .

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Delicious food! Amazing service! Great atmosphere and location! One of our group has allergies and she had such a wide selection of meals to choose from. Great menu with a large selection of meals using NZ produce. Would definitely eat here again!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Giraffe Restaurant, Owner at Giraffe Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Our team at Giraffe is very appreciative for your positive feedback and happy to take care of your dietary requirements when visiting us again on another occasion. You comments about the service were welcomed by our front of house team and they are looking forward...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great service, fantastic tasty food, lovely service by a very personable young waitress from Czech Republic. Dry good value.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Giraffe Restaurant, Owner at Giraffe Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. Our team at Giraffe really appreciate your feedback which left smile on our waitress from Czech republic. Looking forward to welcoming you soon again.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a nice dinner at Giraffe-- the food was good, but the service really stood out. I wish I had gotten the name of our waiter because he was exceptional. We enjoyed the vibe of the restaurant too, and the location in the Viaduct...neighborhood is fun. Overall a good experience.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Giraffe Restaurant, Owner at Giraffe Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your positive feedback and choosing our restaurant . We are proud to offer our best service alongside wonderfully created dishes from our talented team. We really appreciate your feedback and looking forward to welcoming you soon again on another occasion.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wasn’t great at all… food took around an hour to arrive and when it did two of the meals were Luke warm( congealing mushrooms… sitting around -yikes!) and one turned up with the main ingredient Italian Parma ham replaced with processed square spam ham straight...out of a packet from the local dairy. Clearly the kitchen had run out of the italian Parma and had to send a runner down to the local shop. Which was why out meals were so late and 3 were served cool Didn’t think to let us know or suggest an alternative. Juices were nice and served promptly but We we’re all very hungry after the hour wait as we watched neighboring tables who arrived 15 or more minutes after us order get served eat and leave and see most of the restaurant brunch customers leave before we even got anything. Wasn’t a good hospo experience for our out of town guest… at least they had the courtesy to not charge us for the cold food.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Giraffe Restaurant, Owner at Giraffe Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello and Thank you for your review. We are pleased you have pointed out the crucial mistakes of handling the busy breakfast service and mentioned issues with timing and quality of the meals provided . Our team are taking your comments seriously and we are...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ash & his team gave us a great night of service with great recommendation on food & a wine to complement, thank you greatly for an enjoyable evening. Ken & Jo🍷

Date of visit: April 2024
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Giraffe Restaurant, Owner at Giraffe Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your wonderful review and comments about service received from Ash and the team at Giraffe. We are pleased your dinning with us was memorable and we will look forward to welcoming you again soon on another occasion.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a thoroughly enjoyable big occasion lunch with family at Giraffe restaurant. We are visiting Auckland on cruise ship for my wife’s birthday, and booked this restaurant to celebrate the occasion. The food was outstanding (slow cooked lamb shoulder, calamari, grilled snapper, eye fillet),...service was excellent (thanks Rueben and colleagues) and ambience and view of marina was delightful.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Giraffe Restaurant, Owner at Giraffe Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your wonderful positive feedback. We are thrilled your birthday celebration met everyone's expectation and everyone had a wonderful time. We really appreciate your feedback comments related to our presented dishes carefully prepared by our head Chef Vicky and his team, served by...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we needed somewhere to take visiting family(8 of us in total) to breakfast in the Viaduct. All enjoyed the food and the vibe

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Date of visit: March 2024
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Giraffe Restaurant, Owner at Giraffe Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you Adrian for your review. We are pleased our team were able to accommodate your big group for breakfast and we hope for you to join us again soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ash and his team delivered impeccable service, ensuring every moment was memorable. The food was outstanding, with a delightful array of options to satisfy every palate. Additionally, the drinks were top-notch, adding to the overall enjoyment of the evening. A fabulous choice for any occasion!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Giraffe Restaurant, Owner at Giraffe Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Jade and Thank you for your wonderfull feedback. It means a lot to us and our whole team. Ash and his great team work hard to ensure all our customers are well taken care of and creating your dinning with us memorable.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent restaurant. We were greeted at the door by the Manager. He immediately took us to a table. Then our waiter (server) Herbie treated us well and met our needs. He is outstanding.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Giraffe Restaurant, Owner at Giraffe Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your wonderful feedback and mentioning Herbie's outstanding service. We are pleased your dinning with us was special and memorable and we look forward to welcoming you at Giraffe again on another occasion.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a fabulous brunch on a sunny day overlooking the harbour. Creamy mushrooms and eggs Benedict were gorgeous. Followed by one of the best cocktails ever - Butterscotch Sour. It was recommended by the waiter and didn’t disappoint. Will be back for more!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Giraffe Restaurant, Owner at Giraffe Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you Deirdre for your wonderfull feedback. We are pleased our signature cocktail and quality of the meals has made your day very special and memorable.

Reviewed 17 March 2024

Now this place isn't easy to find. Its entrance is down an alley across from the entrance to the London Pub restaurant. Which probably explains why it is not as populated as the more prominent Viaduct Harbor restaurants. But we're glad we found it. Braised...short ribs with potatoes gratin for me. Perhaps the best meal I've had in New Zealand. Ever! My wife had red snapper. She liked it very much. Service was exceptional. And being able to people watch from your table was a treat. Much better experience than the Portofino Restaurant two doors down. Heartily recommend.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Giraffe Restaurant, Owner at Giraffe Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

We are so pleased you have managed to find us and enjoyed every part of the dinning experience with us. We are very proud to serve high quality meals and we strive to maintain our standards so that all customers leave us with same experience...More

Reviewed 16 March 2024 via mobile

Food wise we had a great experiment at giraffe. I had a smashed avocado on toast (gluten free) and my husband had blueberry pancake. However, I had previously heard they had a gluten free menu but when I asked about it only got a “yes...we do” in reply and nothing else. They did not offer us a child menu for our 3 year old. We only realised after we order to him from the normal menu that a child menu existed. Same with a drink menu! Would rather have ordered a “normal” Appel juice for the little man for 6 dollars than one for 11 dollars that was presented in the lunch menu. But like stated before other than that it was a nice experience and nicely located by the docks.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Giraffe Restaurant, Owner at Giraffe Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you Anna for your feedback and pointing out at improvements we need to make. We need to ensure we take extra care with families with young children. Looking forward to welcoming you with us soon again on another occasion.

Reviewed 15 March 2024

This was our second time at the giraffe we had come here three weeks ago and absolutely loved the food the atmosphere and the staff. We were taken care of by Reuben and the dinner manager(didnt get his name) and they were lovely. You can...tell how much passion they put into there work as they remembered us from last time. We got the $130 tomhawk that came with side honestly such a bargin for money the crust on the steak was superb. That mushroom sauce is all you need and the portions were enough to get two people very full. We finished dinner off with there strawberry cheesecake and it is the best dessert ive ever had you could litrally just go to this place for dessert it will be unlike any dessert youve had. The way they use different textures and flavours. You wont have a dessert better than this. I canot praise the staff that took care of us enough, there passion towards the food and just warm welcoming makes you feel like coming back. I will probably be here once a month. Need to try there breakfast next!!!!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Giraffe Restaurant, Owner at Giraffe Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for your wonderful positive feedback. Our team at Giraffe are very proud of a comments such as yours and we keep striving to maintain our high standards and have customers leaving with the smile on their face, wanting to return missing the service...More

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Absolutely. There's a separate vegetarian menu they'll bring you.
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