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Lava Dining


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Created with the best, seasonal and local ingredients, the Lava Dining menu offers contemporary New Zealand dining with a touch of French flair. The name 'Lava' reflects the restaurant's rich, warm & sophisticated amber interior, inspired by Auckland's volcanic origins. Many of Auckland's striking landscape features have been shaped over several million years by volcanic activity, including the iconic landmark, Rangitoto Island beautifully visible from Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour.Lava restaurant's back-lit marble interiors are a rich & bold design statement creating an all encompassing warm amber glow. The signature restaurant features dramatic marble walls, illuminated by night for dramatic
US$20 - US$33
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
European, New Zealand
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
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All reviews scallops lamb kingfish bread potatoes salad sofitel hotel minute lunch express lunch fish of the day three courses cooked to perfection high tea special occasion great restaurant new zealand dining experience
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Part of the sofitel hotel. We stayed at the hotel on a tour and had breakfast there every morning and a few dinners. Food was good with a nice breakfast buffet

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank 241jefff
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a last minute stay at the hotel and were able to make a reservation for dinner. We were impressed by the quality of the food. We had a wonderful dinner. While the restaurant was busy, we still had a quiet place to sit...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank alicepP6626XB
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the breakfast area in the mornings. In the afternoon and evenings it serves a full menu, including option for a three-course menu for $85. Special menus are offered on special days like New Year's Eve, etc. Dining here never fails to delight, as...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank phileagle1602
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best romantic place in the heart of Auckland harbour with million dollars view for a fair price. Will definitely go back again .

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Sdiijavu19
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This would have to be a favourite restaurant in 2014 we went there the food was fabulous. So we were back in Auckland in 2018 and once again we were not disappointed it was the best. Great service with excellent food, the fish was beautiful...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank jacqualinep2017
Reviewed 14 January 2019 via mobile

Excellent food, fantastic attention to detail, perfect portions, friendly staff, worth every dollar.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank NoelW391
Reviewed 13 January 2019

Honest food, presented well by friendly staff, What more can one ask for? The atmosphere and location is good and nothing bad can be said.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank petern156
Reviewed 13 January 2019

We selected Lava for our New Year's Eve lunch in view of overall high TA ratings. Despite being first to be seated we found the service to be incredibly inefficient and slow, resulting in our orders taken after 15 minutes, and then 20 minutes later...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Peter A
Reviewed 4 January 2019 via mobile

Both the scallops and lamb well very good and well presented. For convenience we also had breakfast the next morning and it was equally delicious.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank tonydT9649EZ
Reviewed 13 December 2018

Highlighly recommend the 3 course lunch option - excellent value for money, good portion size and the food was of a high standard.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Kiwi75
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21 February 2018|
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Response from Ghostwriter 3 | Reviewed this property |
No. We turned up straight off the plane after an 8-hour flight and no questions asked.
18 July 2015|
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Response from HampshireRoadrunner | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest a reservation if the hotel has high occupancy it might be full. Smart casual I guess but don't know it they had a dress code. Enjoy your meal we had the Lamb it was delicious
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