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Hector’s Restaurant

4_half star rating 16 reviews

Telephone 09 979 7434

35 Hobson St
Heritage Auckland Hotel
Auckland Central
Auckland City

European, Vegetarian, New Zealand, Vegan
Mon - Sun 6.30am - 10.30pm
Breakfast: 6:30am - 10 am
Lunch: 12pm - 2pm
Dinner: 6pm - 10pm
Provided by business


Enjoy award-winning dining in an inspiring atrium setting at Hectors Restaurant in Auckland. For a romantic meal, before a show or with a group, up to 120 diners can sample selections from a celebrated Pacific and European influenced menu under a canopy of beautiful native palms. We also offer vegan options in Hectors Restaurant and a fully plant-based menu in The Lobby Bar. Hectors Restaurant has developed an enviable reputation as a leader in fresh, innovative cuisine. Situated in the heart of the city in the Heritage Hotel, diners may expect superb service and an atmosphere that’s second to none. The food philosophy is based on the “Eco Gastronomy” concept, which has strong connections between how and where food is produced and consumed. Hectors Restaurant strives to source premium ingredients locally whilst seasonal, fresh and in prime condition. The menus offer a wide range of light, healthy options, as we believe that eating is for the mind, body and soul. Hector’s is a wonderful choice for groups who have members of their dining party who are vegetarian or vegan. Executive Chef- Jinu Abraham – HIGH TEA: High Tea at Hectors Restaurant is a much-loved institution. Tiered cake stands with finger sandwiches and dainty tea cakes, plus an exquisite range of teas from Harney & Sons. Served daily from 12pm – 3pm. Join us for $40 per person, or $49 including a glass of sparkling wine. A special vegan high tea selection is also available for these prices. Free valet parking with every receipt over $100 Bookings are recommended.


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Cedar Planked Tofu with Wasabi Salsa
Raw Bircher Muesli
high tea at Hectors
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More Information

Price Range:
Spendy, $25 - $35
Smart casual
Good For Groups:
Good For Children:
Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
Wheelchair Accessible:
Takes Reservations:
Dietary Restrictions:
Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free
Meals Served:
Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
Seating For:

Reviews for Hector’s Restaurant

5 star rating
by Rolf A.
7th May 2014

Went for great dinner here with my wife while back in Auckland.The welcome by the staff just perfect , great starters and the mains and desserts were fantastic, all tasted excellent and looked stunning. The service was professional and the dining area again was well designed and very cosy!
All in all PERFECT. Thanks Guys

2 star rating
by Daffy
4th April 2014

High tea was overpriced, sandwiches were so dry and in odd number, 9 small sandwiches for 2 people. Used tea bags not leaf tea. You can’t find waitresses when you want them. Would not return again.

Comment from Vince P. of Hector’s Restaurant 15/04/2014   
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2 star rating
by Lucia G.
18th June 2013

High Tea here is boring and overpriced. It is very old fashioned and traditional, the scones were dry and overall just lacked the feeling that it was special. Would not return again.

Comment from James B. of Hector’s Restaurant 25/06/2013   
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5 star rating
by Liz W.
23rd April 2013

I absolutely loved coming here to Hector’s on Sunday evening, for a meal with Mum & Dad, plus hubby, plus daughter. I chose the “Organic tofu & peas stuffed potato, with Smoked tomato & onions, karengo, caper & golden raisin sauce”. It’s quite amazing that this is a vegan dish! The caper & golden raisin sauce was the highlight of the dish for me. It was really nice and salty/tangy.

Hubby had the free-range Waiheke Chicken and really loved it. He wasn’t as keen on his choc-cheesecake, as he found it a little salty for his liking. However that would be the only critique of the night, really.

I really loved my dessert – I had the “Red summer fruits with Blackcurrent sorbet, macadamia caramel”. Really refreshing and with beautiful rich, sharp berry flavours.

The venue is a nicely kept, 5-star hotel-style restaurant, with well-trained international staff.

I was really appreciative of the colouring pens & activity sheet for my preschooler too! She was more than happy with her chicken nuggets & wedges, while everyone else was able to indulge in other spectacular culinary creations.

Defintely a fantastic place for dinner conversation and a relaxed high-class meal.

3 star rating
by Lynette E.
6th February 2013

Bought a deal voucher for High Tea for 2 to treat my sister who is from a small farming community. Can only describe as average. We waited at the counter for 5mins before anyone saw us, the restaurant was empty.

The High T started by choosing our tea and there certainly was a great range to choose from. The food arrived on a three tier plate as you would expect. Sadly the bread used for the sandwiches was dry. It seemed that they had been made earlier and left to dry out. It doesn’t take much to put a damp teatowel over them . We all know that trick. The fillings though were lovely.
The scones clearly were pulled from the freezer and microwaved. How do we know this….one was icy cold in the middle….they were also rock hard.
the sweet stuff…..two of the things ( sponge roll and mini choc eclair ) I can buy at my local supermarket . The citrus tart was lovely.

Nobody returned to us for the whole time we were there after the tea and food was delivered. Just reflected how we felt,….nobody really cared.

Such a disappointment and I know that without too much more effort this could have been so much better. We won’t be going back. There was really nothing remarkable about this experience.

5 star rating
by Fiona Q.
27th January 2013

Delicious! this is like comfort food for vegetarians and vegans there are so many vegan choices and has equally delicious meals for meat eaters. The servings are generous and the deserts are creative and yummy. Great service and a quiet relaxed atmosphere – an excellent place to take a group of people as you know everyone will find something they will really enjoy on the menu. Just make sure you are hungry before you go there!

4 star rating
by Baz C.
1st December 2012

We dined here late November 2012, to celebrate our 43rd Wedding anniversary. It was the Vegitarian menu that drew us as it seems that even in 2012, Vegitarianism and Vegans are a rare breed easily dismissed as nuisance value only. It’s about time this attidude changed and HECTORS most certainly seem to be heading the charge in that direction. An EXCELLENT menu with plenty of variety and ‘tastes’ that I had never experienced before. We will have to go back a few more times. Cannot fault the service or the meals or the wonderful Plant based environment but if I had to mention a tiny suggestion that would improve night-time visits, it would be that it is TOO LIGHT and almost like eating out during a daytime. A MUCH darker restaurant with perhaps individual table lighting would really set the mood and really MAKE this place. Enjoyed the night though with the soft music that allowed easy conversation and also liked the fact that we could ‘add’ to our account in favour of Charitable causes they support. All round GOOD GUYS (n Gals of course). Going to try their daytime high teas before Christmas too.

5 star rating
by Sylvia P.
7th November 2012

Visited this place for the first time and will definitely come back. Had the 3 course vegan menu- which is an absolute pleasure to see since NZ definitely lacks vegan food- and it was absolutely worth every dollar.

Everything was delicious and nutritious. You have got to try the seaweed caviar! Cute little red balls that have a big kick.

Service was really good and everything exceeded expectations.

5 star rating
by Ann A.
31st October 2012

The menu at Hectors seems to appeal to everyone – fish, meat, vegan alike. As vegetarians it is a welcome surprise to find such a very vegan friendly menu. Four of the starters (one of which is a signature dish) and five of the mains (three of which are signature dishes) were vegan. The food was comparable to the very best vegan restaurants in San Francisco (The Millenium) and New York (Candle 79). I can recommend the Curried Laksa Bowl and the Macadamia & Herb Roasted Eggplant filo – which had wakame tea powder, a most unusual and delicious addition. Being thorough, the restaurant also offered vegetarian wines to match the food. This was the first time in a good restaurant that when I declined the bread I was asked if I would prefer a gluten free option – wonderful! Everything was impressive, friendly, and I will certainly be going there again. Congratulations to Hectors on the excellence of all they offer.

4 star rating
by charissa
12th August 2012

Had a pre show dinner here last night and it was a very nice experience.Efficient staff and although we had limited time and had to do the set menu it was still lovely.Will definitely be back to try the ala carte menu next time.

5 star rating
by Tabe-Aruki
13th May 2012

I love this restaurant! Their $20 lunch special is wonderful, and you are guaranteed to get good service every time. Beautiful atmosphere as well. I am a big tiramisu fan and I order it whenever I can, and I think Hectors has one of the best tiramisu in town! Hectors is really a hidden gem…

5 star rating
by Karen R.
26th March 2012

The flavours of the exquisite mushroom dish I had were just gorgeous. I was in seventh heaven eating that meal… Especially accompanied with the best wine I’ve tasted this year: Te Whare Ra gewürztraminer.

I found the service was very good, and we enjoyed the relaxed setting. Soft accoustics meant it was really easy to enjoy conversation, and the tables are very spaced apart from each other – it was a great set up.

There was so much more on the menu that I wanted to try. I’ll definitely be coming back here.

4 star rating
by Leyla J.
24th November 2011

Great restaurant! Cool surroundings, and waterfall! It has a fantastic range of food, especially for vegan or dairy free individuals (even desserts!). I absolutely loved the food, the presentation and taste was superb, although I did think that the service did not live up to the high standard of food. Not bad service, just little things, like not removing bread plates which cluttered the table. Other than that, WOW, what an experience!

5 star rating
by A B.
18th January 2011

This is a really lovely restaurant with excellent food. My husband eats anything/everything while I am vegan – Hector’s had plenty of choice for both of us. Both our meals were delicious. I would highly recommend it.

5 star rating
by Ben F.
22nd September 2009

Came for dinner here last week and i have to say it was busy but the service excellent, the food great and the restaurant just stunning in the atrium. It feels like you sit under the stars. Very good place, value for money or even more i would say. Small but good menu selection. Will come again.

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