District Dining

4 star rating 14 reviews

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09 3685315

50 Customs St East Charter Customs Building, Britomart, Auckland CBD

Mon-Thur noon-3pm, 6pm - 11pm Fri noon - 11pm Sat noon-3pm, 6pm - 11pm


Reviews for District Dining

4 star rating
by Birgitte
Nov 04, 2012

Went there last night pre Black Keys concert. It was busy at 6pm but they squeezed us in. The service was very good, warm, informative and not too formal. We shared all the dishes (although my husband was reluctant to part with his pigs ears !), but I agree that portions can probably only be shared easily with 2. Back to the pig....deliciously crispy and tasty, a tad salty. The prawn toast was also crisp, light and the mayonnaise gave it a nice lift. The salmon with fennel sorbet was good but ordinary. Steak tartare so nice I forgot I was eating raw meat. The scallop ravioli was a knock out. Velvety pasta, delicate filling, in a delicious broth with mushrooms and seafood....so good. We have already rebooked !

5 star rating
by Sam
Oct 30, 2012

We had dinner at District Dining last night, and it was simply amazing! The food, the atmosphere, and service! Had the Cured King salmon for the entrée while my boyfriend had the Steak tartare, then had the crispy market fish and the lamb shoulder shepherd’s pie, both mains and entrees were full of flavours just loved it, and the waiters were very friendly and attentive! And to finish off, we had the banoffee pie and that was to die for!! It is a little overpriced but would still go back!

5 star rating
by Rob
Sep 18, 2012

We had a meal at the Soul on Friday night which was quite good but the meal on Saturday night from District Dining was something else. We had Mussel fritters(awesome) and pork belly with scallops(cannot describe how good it was) for starters(shared). We then had Snapper which was also very good. With 3 from 3 we tried the Banana and chocolate in a glass(sorry forget the name). 4 from 4- surprised to read some of the negative recommendations. (must have a great head chef at the moment). Definitely going back with friends to sample more

3 star rating
by Al Kumar
Jul 07, 2012

Went for dinner with friends last weekend. Awesome atmosphere and bar ambiance. Food was Ok, nice chicken wings and fish cake for starters, mains had crispy skin market fish, wasn't that crispy but rather found 2-3 scales in the fish didn't complain though, wife had confit chicken that too was ok but not something to die for. Will give 6/10 for food. But very helpful and friendly staff. Excellent place to mingle at the bar before dinner. Restaurant was quite busy, so would pay to book your table in advance, try not to sit in front of the kitchen window opening its a little bright and uncomfortable.

3 star rating
by Blitz Y
Jun 10, 2012

Went there a few weekends' ago now, and were rather disappointed.
We started with the Pigs Ears after everyone raving about them - but couldn't even finish them - waaaay too salty. Not even my friend could, and she is a salt fiend!
The mains were tasty - 12 hour lamb was delish and the kingfish with wasabi was...interesting. But plate sizes were quite small - definitely need at least 2 'shared' plates per person.
We ordered a bruschetta style dish off the menu without the bread, but asked for the bread as extra. Loved the waiter - funny guy. "yeah I love it, you and your free styling..." haha. The waiter was quite attentive, so thumbs up for service.
Dessert was the best bit. We shared the banana, chocolate parfait. YUM!
The meal cost was overpriced in my opinion. $170 (with a cheaper bottle of wine however) for 2 people was a bit steep for the amount of food we got.
Bottom line, won't go back for a meal but would go back for dessert.

4 star rating
by Debbie
Jun 09, 2012

Went here for my husbands birthday and took our children 11 & 15yrs.

The staff were very friendly, very stylish and modern place but not over the top. Staff made us feel really welcomed even with the children.

We each ordered a dish and shared portions. Started with the Crispy pig’s ears (kids thought this was fun as we feed pigs ears to the dog!!). Very crispy and delicious, better than crackling.

The Pan-fried snapper dish was abit small but again very tasty.

Spiced 12-hour lamb shoulder definately recommend, great size, moist and the best.

Prawn and scallop raviolo & Skirt steak, scorched corn etc was also very nice.

With 1 starter shared and 4 dishes & drinks (mostly non alcoholic) the bill was $130, very good value for a fine dining, sophisticated restaurant.

3 star rating
by Simon Wood
Jun 03, 2012

We went for a dinner last night to the District Dining. After reading all the positive reviews I was really looking forward to it. I was very disappointed as it was more like a supper as the portions were really small and everything except lamb, bread and deserts were over seasoned. The pigs ears were crispy but so salty we could not finish them. Our waiter was excellent as was the service and we got our food fast. Deserts were nice but not good enought reason to go back.

4 star rating
by Chris
Mar 27, 2012

Love it here. Came for a work function then returned with friends. Great both times.

Awesome food and fab service. Will go back again for sure.

3 star rating
by Els
Feb 09, 2012

Service deserves 9, food 5. I love Tapas style eating, but alas the suggestion of "sharing plates" doesn't work at District Dining, portions way too small. A table of four needs to order each dish in pairs. Duck was shredded into minuscule portions served on gloopy kumera. Kingfish was difficult to find amongst the greenery. Cucumber salad OK ......

5 star rating
by Victoria
Oct 21, 2011

Wow, i loved it and have already got friends arranged to go back. Superb tapas style portions, you have to order a real mix and share. Makes for such a fabulous eating experience.Looking forward to going back with my husband too. Food was fresh, adventurous and clever. Of course it was delicious or I wouldn't be going back. Sampled beetroot and goats cheese, king fish, and scallop then beef flaps and polenta ( YUM) and veal and salad.
LOVED setting, simple decor and our waiter was so on to it.

5 star rating
by Sam
Sep 27, 2011

Went here the other night with my Girlfriend. Fantastic food and a great atmosphere. Highly recommend the Market Fish, was fresh and cooked to perfection. If your looking for somewhere new with good food, this is a good spot to try.

4 star rating
by Kathryn Price
Sep 23, 2011

Fantastic food, great service from very personable wait staff and a warm and funky atmosphere. I chose the olives for an entree and lamb for my main course. Both were superb. A great 'girls night out' at District Dining and I will certainly be back.

4 star rating
by Brigid Banas
Sep 22, 2011

Awesome! Superb food, excellent and attentive service, without being intrusive, a really lovely experience all round! Highly recommend the Pigs Ears too, lovely :)

4 star rating
by Sarah Lloyd
Sep 22, 2011

Went for dinner tonight at 6:30pm (Thursday 22nd September) and was absolutely blown away.

For a restaurant that’s only been open a week they’ve got it nailed and I’m extremely pleased with my choice to take family there.

We started off with bread and oils, olives and as strange as it sounds, pigs ears and it was delicious. Warm sourdough, huge olives, and the pigs ears were just outstanding.

The mains was mushroom risotto, which was very creamy without being too rich and it had plump portobello mushrooms through out it. The others had the spatchcock and Lamb, both were great portions, nicely presented and cooked perfectly.

Dessert was the sticky date pudding and it was the perfect size topped off with caramel and whiskey ice cream which wasn’t an overpowering flavour.

The whole meal was $180 including 5 glasses of Chardonnay and three non alcoholic drinks so we were pleasantly suprised with the bill.

The atmosphere was great, very stylish and the service just fantastic. We were personally met by the Restaurant Manager and he was charming without being over bearing.

Extremely happy and will definitely be going back again soon.