Faro Restaurant

4 star rating 18 reviews

Telephone 09-379 4040

5 Lorne St
Auckland Central
Auckland City

Korean, Asian, Barbeque, Family
Mon - Fri
11:30am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Sat - Sun 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Provided by business


Since 2009, Faro Korean Restaurant has offered the highest culinary standards of Korean cuisine, incorporating table BBQ and all popular Korean styles. ~~ Attractively furnished, the relaxed dining space at Faro Korean Traditional Grill Restaurant is now one of Auckland’s foremost restaurants for Korean cuisine. ~~ The team strives for exceptional service as they serve the wide variety of traditional dishes. The Faro chefs are passionate about the importance of employing both the finest ingredients and an attention to detail that ensure your meals are a mouth-watering Korean experience. ~~ Faro Korean Restaurant now has 3 locations (Lorne St CBD; Newmarket; and Takapuna).


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Restaurants, Takeaway / Fast Food
Pay & Display, Free On-Street
Price Range:
Moderate, $15 - $25
Good For Groups:
Good For Children:
Spirits, Wine, Beer
BYO, Corkage Charge
Wheelchair Accessible:
Takes Reservations:
Dietary Restrictions:
Meals Served:
Dessert, Dinner, Lunch
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
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Reviews for Faro Restaurant

4 star rating
by Pol O.
3rd July 2014

This is probably the best Korean in the city. Good quality meat, tasty side dishes and excellent service.

My only complaint would be that they use too much sugar/corn syrup. For example the ‘buldak’ fire chicken was definitely more sweet than spicy.

Koreans seem to labour under the impression that Kiwis prefer sweet to spicy food but that is simply not the case! Plus, despite what Koreans tell you, Korean food is not that hot, certainly not compared to Thai or even Indonesian.

4 star rating
by Mark V.
7th February 2014

Very efficient restaurant with a good selection of Korean dishes that are presented with an eye for detail. I think you generally get what you pay for and so the quality is reflected in the price.

5 star rating
by Karen H.
7th January 2014

2nd visit to this restaurant with 12 year old son in tow.

Son was very impressed with our meat being cooked on the charcoal bbq and the selection of wee side dishes. Great service, great food but like Tony M’s review slightly on the pricey side as including 2x glasses of wine and a coke for the lad it came to $99 but in saying that great experience for him and satisfying tasty meal for me.

We will indeed be back.

4 star rating
by Tony M.
7th January 2014


I came here often in my early days, and always treated like an emporer.

The food is delicious, however bit on the pricey side.

However, the staff look superb and smart, and interior design similar to a Japanese sake bar.

Highly recommended and best Faro out of all other Faro’s in Auckland

Service: 5/5
Wait time: 4/5
Environment: 4/5
Food Quality: 5/5
Food Quantity: 3/5
Price range: $40+ pp

5 star rating
by Barb
9th November 2013

My partner and I had an absolutely superb meal at Faro…I can’t believe some people have said this place is too expensive. It is not a cheap eats place or a fast food joint, it’s a high quality restaurant. The prices are very comparable to other eateries of this standard in Auckland, and in fact you get considerably more food than equivalently priced places in Ponsonby. We eat out in Auckland a lot and considered this very good value for money, as it is excellent quality, delicious and authentic korean food.

The dining experience is very unique with the cool charcoal grills and stylish interior. The grill results in very tasty bbq smoked meat and the side dishes were tasty and interesting to try. On the night we visited it was very quiet and the services was excellent. Staff made sure that we were familiar with how to work the grill and checked what order we would like all the dishes to be presented in, and came back to check on us often without being intrusive. It was probably the best service I’ve experienced in Auckland in a while.

We are already planning to visit again. My partner and I lived in Japan for some time and eat out at Japanese places often. However, we’re going to make Faro one of our regulars as fell in love with korean cuisine. I’m looking forward to taking others there, very impressed!!!

4 star rating
by Carol C.
3rd June 2013

First time to visit and eat at Faro Restaurant.The food presentation at Faro was good. The staff very friendly , some staff limited with their English understanding.empty side dishes left on the table . Although pricey well worth visiting and experiencing western style Korean.
Comparing to another Korean restaurant we usually eat at (being my first choice for Korean food ) but hubby wanted to experience a different place hence Faro Restaurant. The other Korean Restaurant they constantly replenish any empty side dishes no extra charge , had a set price per head very reasonable. Not only did they have set menu’s but they also had a set price buffet displaying side dishes and different meats and sauces and spices, which you select and take back to your table and cook.Perhaps Faro could look at doing the same. Not suitable for children, more suited for large groups, and special occasions

3 star rating
by Ninan G.
28th March 2013

2nd time at this restaurant and once again – good food, well priced, very friendly & helpful staff. Can be a bit noisy at times as we found out. Our evening was spoilt by some feral idiots from the Auckland office of Korean Airlines & their local business partners having a work get-together right next to us – obviously they could not handle the alcohol and most of their conversation was expletive ridden – making this an embarrassing dinner choice to go out with my parents. The manager at the desk did not seem to understand/bothered and we did not bother explaining any further.

4 star rating
by Jade H.
15th March 2013

Very nice restaurant, the atmosphere is really enjoyable. It’s nice to have BBQ food cooked on your table without smelling like smoke, since the restaurant has individual extractor fans for every table. price wise, it was kind of expensive, it would be a restaurant for special occasion.

4 star rating
by Allan F.
3rd December 2012

food was good, the restaurant was tidy. not the cheapest korean food but you pay more for the quality.

4 star rating
by Tim B.
3rd December 2012

Been here on many occasions and this is the sort of place you would introduce people to Korean food. But from my past experiences with Korean food, I would say the food is good but not great. But overall, it’s an authentic Korean restaurant.

4 star rating
by Nattapon Y.
30th June 2012

Been here more than 5 times. Definitely one of the BEST korean food in Auckland.

Staffs (who serve at the table) a bit rude and have bad expression on their face while service. I’ve experienced more than 3 times already.

It’s different back in 2011 when staffs were really friendly.
The manager is superb !

Will give them one last chance.

1 star rating
by Jennifer H.
3rd April 2012

Went to this restaurant purely because my friends and I heard Big Bang (korean boy band) were dining here – and we love Korean food too. Restaurant is super classy, a bit of a mix between authentic Korean style decor and western decor. Service was OK – staff were borderline friendly though it was a busy period so that may be the underlying factor. However, food was pretty over-priced, definitely not worth what I paid for and they tried to push us out as fast as possible after we finished our meal, quite rude to be honest.

Wouldn’t recommend this place if you’re interested in dining Korean food as this place is extremely over-priced, average to poor tasting food and semi rude customer service.

3 star rating
by mozzibee
5th February 2012

Very authentic food and great decor. However a bit overpriced.

4 star rating
by Greg
26th August 2011

Good, am a fan of authentic Korean BBQ, these guys are close, but not quite there. Perhaps being a little fussy….

Shame they didn’t have Sesame leaves, that would have got them 5 stars.

Waitresses were very friendly and helpful.

5 star rating
by philip
24th April 2011

- a beautiful traditional Korean environment with sunken tables and very peaceful, nice decor.
- service was very attentive and super friendly. The waitresses actually sit at your table for while helping to prepare your bbq meal.
- price reasonable. We had a decent meal for 4 people at $80.
- unlimited side dishes as with most Korean restaurants
- ENTERTAINMENT BOOK participant. 25% discount.
- food was nice quality and very authentic Korean.
- very clean, flash looking place
- free tea, which is unlike many Chinese restaurants these days.

- tried hard, but I can think of anything this time.

If you cant afford or bother travelling to Korea, then come here for a short experience. This is how an ethnic restaurant should be. Will I be coming back – I think so, and would encourage anyone who likes a different experience at a reasonable price to do so.

5 star rating
by Peter Y.
18th March 2010

I can tell it is the best new style of Korean restaurant in Auckland. I would recommend booking before you go. I really enjoyed all the foods (free plenty side dishes!) , atmosphere, services. So tasty! It was good experience to cook BBQ by myself. I would love to go again! Thank you FARO!

5 star rating
by Brian P.
13th March 2010

It was great experience!! One of my friends took me, we were party of 5, everyone enjoyed. So delicious, good service as well. Like it!

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