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Malt Restaurant & Bar

4 star rating 14 reviews

Telephone 09-360 9537

442 Richmond Rd
Grey Lynn
Auckland City

A La Carte, Bar Food, Gastro Pub Food, Tapas/Small Plates
Mon - Fri 11am - Late
Sat & Sun 10am - Late

Lunch: Mon - Fri 11am-3pm
Tapas: Mon - Sun from 3pm
Dinner: Mon - Sun 6pm-late
Brunch: Sat & Sun
Provided by business


Welcome to Malt Restaurant and Bar – a stylish, warm and inviting drinking/dining and socialising icon in the heart of suburban Auckland yet just a short drive from the central city. Situated in upmarket West Lynn, Malt’s contemporary and much praised interior décor reflects New Zealand’s pioneer heritage – with painstakingly restored natural kauri floorboards and walls, comfortable leather banquette seating, and a modern library-like lounge setting in front of a roaring natural wood fire. Outdoors under a unique louvered roof which opens and closes with the changing of the seasons, Malt proudly exhibits a fully enclosed and decked area featuring a focal-point natural wood fireplace and glowing gas heaters to create a ‘hot-house’ effect for those chillier winter evenings. In summer, seating on the deck at Malt is at a premium as guests relax and enjoy the resort-like setting. With the Monteiths range of brews on tap and a great selection of bottled craft beer available, Malt is a cosy drinking spot where you can relax and chat to the locals. Peruse the excellent menu and choose from tapas, pizzas and a superb range of heartier fare.


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Restaurants, Bar & Brasseries, Bistros, Pubs
Free On-Street
Price Range:
Moderate, $15 - $25
Good For Groups:
Good For Children:
Cocktails, Spirits, Wine, Beer
Wheelchair Accessible:
Takes Reservations:
Meals Served:
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Dessert
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
Seating For:
70 inside, 50 outside
Outdoor Seating:

Reviews for Malt Restaurant & Bar

3 star rating
by Laurie
25th May 2014

Ok – I admit I should have done my homework. We visited the Malt on a busy Saturday night when rugby was on. However, we did select this restaurant as it appeared in the fine dinning section of the Entertainment Book – this creates a certain expectation before your arrival. It was not fine dining – with the noise of the bar, TV’s showing rugby (and I enjoy sport) blaring away, sitting at a table that was unstable and rocked with every movement (actually thought it at risk of collapsing), sitting in the walkway between the bar and outside sports area etc. At one point we had to ask the waitress to speak up as we couldn’t hear her and I came home smelling like a cigarette. BUT, the staff were friendly, attentive and cared for our needs. The food very tasty (I had the soup which was a tasty meal on its own – as well as the pie – tasty and I couldn’t finish it as I was so full) and well priced. In summary – if you want a pub meal – worth a visit – been to far worse!! If you want a quiet meal with friends and a chat I strongly suggest you look elsewhere.

2 star rating
by Tina A.
23rd December 2013

We went here with a deal, when we sat down the waitress came and asked us three times within 10 minutes, if we were ready to order , then after that I had to go find her to tell her we were ready. She wasn’t busy, just inattentive, there were 4 tables occupied that day. We had to ask for the table to be wiped clean, so the waitress wiped the splatter, but not the whole table with a dry cloth, it made us feel the table wasn’t clean.
We had tapas, pork ribs, meatballs, squid. Very disappointing. The ribs were just pressure cooked without marinade then smothered in BBQ sauce, they were white not caramelised or grilled smothered with sauce that was too sweet, we had to scrape some of it off, then the meatballs were warm not hot covered in cold sauce, so it made for a funny feel to the dish, was it supposed to a hot dish or a cold dish? It would have been better hot. The squid, was oily, a sign the temperature of the fryer was not hot enough.
We didn’t really enjoy the meal or the service. Tapas should be small dishes of gorgeousness, tasty and rich, balanced in flavour and constructed with care. Perhaps we should have ordered meals, but how do you know that they would have been better? And tapas are supposed to be as good as meals, not a consolation prize. These were not. Sorry, we won’t be coming back.

Comment from Frenzigroup L. of Malt Restaurant & Bar 24/12/2013   
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4 star rating
by Sarah W.
18th December 2013

Malt hosted a Xmas do for me on the 13th – we had 48 people in a Hawaiian themed BBQ out on the deck and it was excellent. People commented on the quality and variety of the food, the staff were very helpful, they supplied a blue cocktail for everyone at our request and made everything really simple so the evening could flow. I would thoroughly recommend it as a venue for a group function

5 star rating
by Sandy G.
4th November 2013

had not heard of this place but it was on grab a deal and i wanted to go somewhere different – its lovely and we will defiantly be back – we sat in the courtyard and although we were early 12 o’clock for lunch there was only us there but the staff were friendly and my partner had ribs which were huge portion so he was happy and i had the chicken sand which with chips again huge portions – we will be defiantly back maybe over a weekend to check out the atmosphere and will be recommending our friends to go thanks for a lovely lunch

4 star rating
by Mark B.
23rd October 2013

I been to Malt Bar twice both times the meals were good and the Monteiths Beer on tap also a hit. One thing though is that both times the staff serving our tables were really friendly but when we enter and paid the manager himself wasn’t so friendly… other than that this is a great local and I would come back again and again.

1 star rating
by Lois w.
10th July 2013

Went here for pizza with my partner and my son. We ordered one large pizza and a kids pizza. Both pizzas arrived and the large one was badly burnt round the edges. The kids pizza wasn’t even cooked. It should have never been served. It was sent back. Then there was the waitress who kept playing with her hair, touching her face while handling plates of food. This would have to be the worst dinning experience we have had. My son will never eat there again. I will not be in a hurry to return. This restaurant badly needs to take a look at their food standards also their staff training. A very unpleasant evening.

Comment from Frenzigroup L. of Malt Restaurant & Bar 18/07/2013   
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4 star rating
by Tessa G.
21st February 2013

We went to Malt last night… Waitress was lovely, and funny, outdoor area was great, but we were not close to the smoking part which may have helped.

Service was a bit slow / hard to find, as there was only 2 staff working and they were busy for 2 people.

Booze was good, your average price, good Pinot Selection and decent value on beer jugs.

Pizza’s were pretty boring, and ours needed an extra minute to avoid the center of the base going soggy.

Chips – Best ever in the world!!! Ever

I would go back for drinks and snacks and a tonne of chips, easy!

Comment from Frenzigroup L. of Malt Restaurant & Bar 25/02/2013   
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4 star rating
by Kelly S.
18th November 2012

Went there for lunch. Like the atmosphere, and also the food was well prepare although we waited for 20 minutes to get the brunch on the table. Overall satisfied with the level of service and the quality of food.

3 star rating
by philip
26th November 2011

The food was nice. Typical pub meals, but the dinner portions were on the small side compared to other pubs.
The service was efficient.
The environment is nice. A good, cosy, pub atmosphere with plenty of character.
Kudos for offering the deal voucher promotion.

Overall a satisfying, pleasant night out.

5 star rating
by Marc
31st July 2011

I love going to Malt, the $29 tripple platter is delicious and great value. The chef cooks these dishes to perfection, and they are very well presented. The service is fast and the ambience is fine. A down to earth chic place that I really enjoy eating at :)

4 star rating
by katie w.
18th June 2011

i am regular there, strange thing is they have different chef each day.
sometimes, the food is too much sodium which none of my friend couldn’t eat. but they usually make amazing $10 lunch meals i like their beer beef pie with chips! it’s soo fresh and chips are really crispy too. they also offer soup, thai beef/ tuna wraps with salad.

4 star rating
by Louisa
21st November 2010

if there is one place to fall back on when you have no where else to be, The Malt is a good place to go. Great staff, great food, great service, great place to relax and eat after a long week…

4 star rating
by Pete
8th September 2010

Good night out here, sat down with a couple of friends and ate some good bar food. Were supposed to go out later for dinner in Ponsonby but just stayed on in there and ordered more.

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