Lava Dining

4 star rating 9 reviews

Telephone 09 354 7478

21 Viaduct Harbour Ave
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Auckland Central
Auckland City

A La Carte, European, International, New Zealand
Mon - Sun 6am - 10.30pm
Provided by business


Lava Dining resides in the heart of a stunning waterfront oasis which captivates the soul, with its outlook across the Waitemata Basin and the Auckland city skyline. Seasonal, fresh produce is a focus for Lava Dining, where the dining concept blends contemporary New Zealand cuisine with the culinary techniques of France to deliver an innovative menu. The restaurant’s sophisticated interior is reflected in the name “Lava”, which was inspired by Auckland’s volcanic heritage. The marble interiors generate an all-encompassing warm amber glow, as the back-lighting shows off the rich and bold design characteristics within. Lava Dining, the hotel’s signature restaurant, lends itself to a variety of eating-out occasions – whether an intimate dinner overlooking the harbour views, or a relaxed breakfast or lunch with friends, colleagues or clients, Lava is a destination restaurant beloved by both locals and travelers alike. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days. Lava Dining is situated at Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour on Lighter Quay.


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Lava Dining
Sustainable Local Fish
Dinner: Warm squid, black pudding & onion salad with bok choy & roast chilli
Baked milk custard, roast rhubarb, stem ginger, anzac biscuit

More Information

Price Range:
Splurge, Above $35
Smart casual
Good For Groups:
Good For Children:
Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
Wheelchair Accessible:
Takes Reservations:
Meals Served:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
Outdoor Seating:

Reviews for Lava Dining

5 star rating
by Allison
9th March 2014

Had a fantastic meal. Service was the best I had ever received, very attentive and a wonderful dining experience. I had the cured king salmon as an starter, was absolutely wonderful, and my partner had the whitebait, another fantastic starter. Would definitely go back again. Thank you to the great staff for a wonderful dining experience.

4 star rating
by Colin Y.
25th January 2014

The Lava Dining experience was excellent, food and service top rate however I can’t say the same for the booking process. After asking for a booking via MenuMania I had heard nothing from the restaurant after several days so rang them only to find they had never heard of me so I ended up doing the booking over the phone a couple of days out from our event. This worked to a point as the different people I spoke to were very polite although their English needed some work. Finally I got someone whose English was good and the booking was made. Everything after this point was wonderful, had a beautiful day with my whanau.

1 star rating
by Holly H.
27th October 2013

Booked 21 seats online for my 21st birthday. They took a week and a half to call me in regards to my reservation and told me I must have a set menu which is $75/$85 per person. I asked if they could email the set menu to me ASAP and again, made me wait just under a week to send me the email.

At this point I was already frustrated and decided to change venue. When I called the number provided to cancel my reservation, they had to transfer me three times till I could speak to someone about my reservation. When I wanted to cancel the lady couldn’t even understand me when I said it is booked for the 25th of October she kept saying 21? and I had to repeat MANY TIMES “No, 25ht, 25, FRIDAY”.

Finally after cancelling the booking, I received a phone call the next day confirming my booking which I had to explain again that I HAVE ALREADY CANCELLED IT!

Terrible service, terrible timing, thank God I allowed plenty of time planning my party or I would have stressed out.

5 star rating
by Maggie S.
2nd September 2013

What an awesome night we had at the Lava Dining. The food was just exquisite and the waiter Koi ( Not sure on his spelling) was just fantastic. The staff are hugely professional making us feel very welcome. Definatley will be returning. Thanks everyone.

4 star rating
by Alfredo R.
9th June 2013

Ambiance was great, food was greater but our waiter was the best….to put it simply! We pick the right place to celebrate our wedding anniversary…lovely night

5 star rating
by leigh b.
20th December 2012

We enjoyed a fabulous dinner here last night 19.12.12. Our waiter was lovely and had the biggest smile and made us feel very welcome. The food was exceptional I had the Salmon Entree which was fresh and tasty my partner had the Scallops which tasted Divine. Our mains were just as pleasing, my partner had the beef which was tender and cooked to perfection, I had the pork and no complaints from me. Everything on the plate worked so well together and the flavour combinations delightful. Great food look forward to going back for a special occasion.

4 star rating
by Rochelle R.
27th November 2012

The service was only okay as we did have to wait a little while to be seated even though we had a reservation. This was not really a problem though as we sat in the waiting area and soaked up the ambiance which was great!

Our waiter was a little clumsy to say the least but the food made up for the skills he lacked. The whitebait was to die for!

All and all a great dining experience with wonderful wine and a great atmosphere. We will return with more friends to ensure the standard is the same.

4 star rating
by Birgitte
20th October 2012

We went here on a voucher deal,and it surpassed my expectations. The salmon entree was excellent, such delicate and well balanced flavours. The beef main was superb, a beautifully cooked piece of meat.Another stand out was the chocolate mousse. We enjoyed the ambience, and attentive, if somewhat awkward service. Recommended.

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