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Molten Restaurant

4 star rating 16 reviews

Telephone 09-638 7236

422 Mt Eden Rd
Mt Eden
Auckland City

Lunch: Tue - Fri 12noon - 3pm
Dinner: Mon - Sun 6pm - 11pm
Provided by business


Molten: ‘Best Neighbourhood Restaurant’ – Cuisine 2009: “The well-conceived and generous mains are classically cooked with clever touches such as whitebait-crusted snapper served with cauliflower nuggets and candied tomatoes”. Molten features a private dining room with seating for up to 20 people, catering for your personal dining experience. Molten Restaurant has been serving contemporary European food to its guests for over 5 years. It has 2 private rooms available for many types of functions that can seat up to 20 and stand up to 30 people respectively. There is an award winning wine bar next door with a beautiful courtyard garden. Molten is an multi-award winning restaurant, situated in the heart of Mt Eden village only 10 mins from central down town Auckland.


Photo of Molten Restaurant
Salt cod risotto, baby spinach, soft boiled hen's egg & truffle oil

More Information

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

Reviews for Molten Restaurant

4 star rating
by Lau
19th May 2014

Had a great time at Molten last week. Started with a drink in their wine bar then moved into the restaurant. It was a bit quiet though good to be able to chat. The staff were very helpful and knowledgeable. They recommended us each a really good wine match for our food which was generous and delicious. Sadly we had no room for dessert! Definitely plan on coming back, see what it’s like on a weekend evening.

2 star rating
by Brent S.
15th December 2013

Sadly, things ‘ain’t what they used to be in the state of Molten. They now have two sittings in the evenings – 6.15 and 8.15. Our party of four booked for 8.15. Our table was still occupied when we arrived so we had a drink in the associated wine bar next door while we waited – and waited – and waited. The staff treated us exceptionally well, and a round of free drinks was supplied. But an hour and a half wait for a booked table is not acceptable. We were offered the opportunity to have entrees in the wine bar and then move into the restaurant, but the bar was noisy and moving defeats the purpose of a relaxed and leisurely dining experience – which is what Molten used to deliver.
I did not think the food was as good as it used to be. By the time we finished our mains it was so late and we were so over the whole experience that we did not have dessert. Service from wait staff cannot be faulted. We would never return.

4 star rating
by Matt
26th September 2013

Had a lovely meal last night. The atmosphere was cosy and not pretentious. Food was delicious and service was fast and friendly. We had the pulled Mozzarella and shared for entree, I had the duck and my wife the snapper for main, then finished with the chocolate dessert. Will definately be heading back soon

2 star rating
by Simone W.
4th July 2012

Very disappointing wasted one evening of our brief stay in Auckland, flat champagne, cold oysters kilpatrick, no cutlery when main arrived, or resetting between courses and meals that were average at best. Steak was cold. We booked in advance and made it clear we were coming from CHCH for a special occasion…..reception zero. Biggest let down, nobody asked us if our meals were ok, we could tell the staff knew things weren’t up to scratch. The standard of food and service we have received elsewhere in Auckland has been faultless, lift your game guys. $200 lighter and feeling ripped off.

4 star rating
by Ally Y.
28th April 2012

I used to always drive past this restaurant and look in and think ‘I must try that place’ but Mt Eden is such a random destination for dinner I never had.

Meal: Dinner
Food: Nibbled on the eggplant tortellini for starters and had the snapper for main. Was good enough to write about – put it that way! Dessert was the Dutch Kiss – like a homemade Wagon Wheel biscuit – yum!
Service: Excellent. Attentive but not annoying. We arrived late, ate around 9pm and were the last to leave but no one hurried us up.
Cost: I was lucky enough not to see the bill, but it was worth every penny I did not pay :)
Stand out feature: The expansive wine list, and the many ways you could read it. If you love your wine, you will love Molten.
Will I go back? Most probably.

2 star rating
by Frances
22nd April 2012

Visited for dinner last night and although food was excellent we felt we were rushed through and this spoilt the evening. Our reservation was for 7pm and by 8.30 had finished both entree and main and were being presented with dessert menu. Also very disappointed with table settings. We were 30cm from our neighbour on one side. I might add we didn’t come in off the street either, we had booked 3 weeks in advance.

3 star rating
by Cam W.
7th December 2011

First time I have eaten at Molten last night and went due to the excellent reviews it was receiving.
The entrees are over priced ($25 for 1 buffalo mozzarella ball and a few bits of rocket, pretty bland) but the mains (I had the Broadbill, delicious) was well priced. Desserts (our table had a several from the menu) were well executed.
The only big let down of the evening was poor service. Slow with taking food orders and even slower to take our drinks order.
Great food but the evening slightly let down by inattentive service.

5 star rating
by Sue C.
28th August 2011

My absolute first choice when taking friends of all ages or business associates out to dinner. Fantastic food, totally reliable, always beautifully cooked and presented. I’ve never been disappointed and our guests have always raved over their meals. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed so that you can sit back and just enjoy the company and great food. A little pricey, but as I’ve never had any “duds” I believe it’s well worth it. They also have a small private dining room upstairs which they let us use when we wanted a quieter area for a our party of six.

5 star rating
by Ben
22nd August 2011

Went for a work lunch late last week. Absolutely blown away by the service – our waitress was quick, polite and attentive.

The beers were fantastic – I ordered the (read: three) Hawkes Bay Pilsner which went down a treat. Had the special for the day which was kingfish on a risotto – cooked to perfection. Beautiful and moist, a great meal. Would highly recommend.

4 star rating
by Joanne m.
25th April 2011

Excellent food! great service in a relaxed, non-pretentious environment. Recommend the pork hock pie starter! I could taste it before it hit my tongue, it was so fragrant and the pastry was perfect. Not cheap but worth it.

5 star rating
by NomNomPanda
16th April 2011

Went to Molten for a weekend lunch. Very excited to see not one, but two vegetarian options which did not involve pumpkin, or spinach and feta, or mushroom risotto, which seem to be standard for many restaurants. Bypassed the artichocke gnocchi with stuffed courgette flower to order the mushroom and truffle pappadelle with cavalo nero, which tasted fantastic and gave us an opportunity to try a new vegetable. For a non-vegetarian dish we ordered the kingfish special, which sat on a bed of risotto with strands of meat stirred into it. Great flavours made us decide to try dessert, even though we were no longer hungry. Impressed again, not just by the taste, but by the presentation of the dish. Service was also attentive and friendly. Very enjoyable meal in a beautiful restaurant. Will definitely be back again!

2 star rating
by Nate
6th January 2011

What was good…the service! In fact the service was exceptional. We had an amazing waitress, Kylie. She was attentive and very professional! The food was a let down to be honest. I have eaten there twice before and remember my meals as being outstanding. Both mains were overcooked but in saying that the manager agreed and did not charge us for one main that was only half eaten. Our starters were ok but I would not say outstanding. I know that Molten is a favourite however maybe our visit which was over a public holiday meant they were having an off day?

4 star rating
by David B.
7th October 2010

We took another couple along for a business dinner. As we had been there before and was impressed with the food and service. Again we were not disappointed, we started next door with wine before moving through to our table. The service was excellent, non-intrusive and there is an extensive wine list.

The food is fantastic and serviced in a semi-formal atmosphere.

5 star rating
by Laura
8th September 2010

This was our second visit, first time was with friends. Well informed staff, answered every question without drama, only needed to go to the kitchen once to confirm. Meal was spot on and could not fault it. Will be back again come summer for the new menu.

5 star rating
by Evan K.
26th May 2010

I went here for a lunch meeting and was extremely impressed. The food was excellent, the waitress (Sonia) was on the ball and attended all of our needs, and the overall experience was just first rate.
I totally recommend this venue. I have gone back since and was not disappointed. Neither will you be.

5 star rating
by Mandy J.
24th April 2010

We are regulars here as the experience is always wonderful. Nice location, efficient and friendly staff and excellent food. Good value for money and well worth a visit.

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