Sunday Painters

3_half star rating 14 reviews

Telephone 09-360 2001

185 Ponsonby Rd
Braemar Building
Auckland City

French, European, Bistro, A La Carte
Fri 12 noon - 2pm, 5:30pm - Late
Tues - Sun 5:30pm - Late
Provided by business


Sunday Painters Restaurant opened in 2010 to glowing reviews and has quickly established a reputation as one of Ponsonby’s best Restaurants. The menu is French Bistro fare. One of the Metro/Audi Top 50 Restaurants for 2012.


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Oxtail Crépinette with Carrot and Parsnip Purée

More Information

Restaurants, Wine Bars
Free On-Street
Price Range:
Spendy, $25 - $35
Good For Groups:
Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
BYO, Corkage Charge
Wheelchair Accessible:
Takes Reservations:
Dietary Restrictions:
Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free
Meals Served:
Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX
Outdoor Seating:

Reviews for Sunday Painters

4 star rating
by Captain
19th July 2014

Went here with a group of 6, the staff were great fun, everyone really enjoyed the food, worth trying if you want a relaxed evening with nice food.

2 star rating
by Jason K.
13th May 2014

I had been here a couple of years ago and it was great. I again went on Friday night for a spur of the moment meal. I didn’t think we would get in but there were only a few tables busy (warning bells).

The food was pretty average and the service considering the place was nearly empty was poor, no wine top up and water glass empty for 15mins.

I won’t be going back.

5 star rating
by VerenaM
11th April 2014

Such a lovely restaurant!
I had a great visit with my boyfriend last night in the Sunday Painters. It is just perfect for a candle light dinner, has music of vinyls and lovely drawings on the wall. Although the menu was small, we could definitely find something we like. We both had the onion soup as an entry which was very nice and hot. As a main, my partner ordered the oxtail which looked just like a ball of meat, but he said he liked it and it was really soft. I had the vegetarian Ratatouille Roulade which came with an amazing sauce. As a dessert, we had the Gateau au Chocolate and the Passionfruit Soufflé which was really amazing. We felt very full after the meal but satisfied.
I think the restaurant is a perfect place for a romantic dinner, it’s quite, has nice music and u can be for yourself. I really loved it and we will soon come back!

2 star rating
by Steve
2nd April 2014

Been here several times before, and loved it. Tonight we went and similar to other recent reviews, not so good. Food poorly seasoned, not very special at all. The waitress never asked if everything was ok until we paid the bill, when we told her what we thought. Couldn’t attract her attention to get a second glass of wine.
Waitress explained it had changed owners which probably explains a lot.
We won’t be rushing back which is a shame as we like the ambience of Sunday Painters.

2 star rating
by peppermint
29th March 2014

Food was very average and service was poor. No smile, never bothered to ask about how our meals were.

3 star rating
by Birdy
29th December 2013

Great food. I had fish of the day and it really was nice. Used the room upstairs and it really would make a big difference if they installed an air conditioning unit as it gets quite hot and stuffy up there in summer. This would make the dining experience so much more relaxing. Service was good as well.

3 star rating
by Dee
21st October 2013

We dined using a deal voucher for entree, main and dessert, which made this excellent value. The decor is rustic with charming touches such as candles and fresh flowers on each table. There is a great wine list including as you’d expect, French wines (just as well because corkage is $25 a bottle – luckily we realised that beforehand!) The service was efficient but a little on the brusque side; a smile would not have gone amiss and it is disconcerting to be told ‘yes’ each time you place your order, as if to suggest yes you may have that. The house-made charcuterie plate with bread and preserves was an unusual and exceptional entree. The duck main was superb, whereas the scotch fillet so-so; it came medium rare instead of the requested rare, and would benefit from being served with potatoes rather than onions which added nothing to the dish. Dessert was also mixed – the house-made licorice ice cream was wonderful but the raspberry sorbet had a huge lump of ice at its core, and serving the trio on a dinner plate so they slid around and made it difficult to get on your spoon was just baffling. Overall though a good experience, for me it stopped short on this occasion of being very good hence the rating though I would give it 3 1/2 stars if that was an option.

3 star rating
by James H.
25th August 2013

Big group! Service was average. Food was good.Octopus and chorizo… Spectacular. Mains very average. Duck was disappointing. Coffee and cheeseboard very good. We found it expensive.

2 star rating
by Silvestrito
21st August 2013

I celebrated my birthday here. We were a table of 16 and ordered wine, starters and mains. The place is loud and even though they have a small menu the quality varies. The fish was excellent but the beef was terrible.
What really upset me is that at the time of desserts I did not order, because I knew my husband would ask for a cake and candle. A creme brûlée came with a candle which I blew. As I was preparing to take a bite the waitress came and told me that dessert wasn’t mine because I didn’t ask for anything, then she gave the dessert to a friend who was sitting next to me. We both could not believe it. Thank God my friend is very close and she didn’t mind having a dessert which took my candle and breath…
It is an expensive restaurant we paid over $1000 and I still can’t believe they would not be able to give away a dessert.
Very disappointed!

5 star rating
by Lisa
15th August 2013

We came here with a group of artisan food producers and we all loved it. We had a great night, the service is attentive and the décor enviable and its like sitting in a warm loving dining room at a friends place! Our meals were divine and we all tasted each others, we had pigs ears, soufflé, duck, pork, fish all delicious, so were the deserts and the menu has plenty of excellent wines.
We have recommended this too many people since our visit, wonderful evening we will be back.

5 star rating
by Reginald
21st March 2013

Best evening out we have had in a long time! The service was splendid – sincere and enthusiastic. The waiter knew his wine (and food) well. The duck was divine, the onion rings a hit! Definitely worth a visit.

4 star rating
by Hannah
23rd February 2012

This place was recommended to us, and it was worth the visit. They try something a bit different: pigs’ ears and also liquorice creme brulee were on the menu. Strange TV screen in the bathrooms showing one of the waiters with a fake moustache reading romantic poetry in a faux French accent made it more quirky!

4 star rating
by Anna W.
18th February 2011

We really enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere was fun with an arty/qwirky feel. Aside from yummy, fresh food we loved eating off NZ Crown Lynn china!

4 star rating
by Dave
16th December 2010

A fun, lively and simple restaurant for a great night out. Great staff, wines are good and the decor is in French style. Well worth a visit.

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