What are the most romantic restaurants in Auckland?

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Nicky Park

When I think of romance I think of dimly lit, sexy seating and delicious food and wine. Here are my picks of the best restaurants to get you in the mood.

Clooney: This central Auckland eatery oozes chic. The dim lighting is romantic (and flattering) and the tan, curved leather booth style seating just craves a cosy couple. The fine dining chef at Clooney is one of the best in the city, and the wine list is also worth boasting about. I suggest tackling a tasting menu for two.

Tanuki’s Cave: This underground yakitori and kushiage bar is very cool. It’s a favourite first date destination – there’s nothing like sharing delicious Japanese food and a pottle of warming sake to break the ice! It’s also well located on Queen Street if you’re based downtown or heading out to see a show.

Toto Restaurant: This is one of Auckland’s favourite Italian restaurants. It’s classic fine dining with white table clothes, polite, caring service and a roaring fireplace. The handmade pasta is divine, the ravioli is a stand-out. There's also live opera on Saturday night, if that's your thing.

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