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Sunday Painters

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185 Ponsonby Road | Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9-360 2001
05:30 - 23:00
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Tue - Sun 05:30 - 23:00
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134 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2015

This is one of those reviews where we need to break it into 2 parts because one aspect was good but not the other. First, the service. Yes it is called Sunday Painters and maybe they should have stuck to painting. The staff was attentive but one of them did not really understand what we were ordering and though the... More 

Thank petitmonde
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2015

Went to Sundays Painters for my partners birthday and it was just ok, barely. It's a little quite cute place which has nice decor and ok food, but the service and availability of drinks really let it down. They didn't have either of our first choices of drinks, or our second! even though they were on the menu... My partner... More 

Thank taylorjane92
Hamilton, New Zealand
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88 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2015 via mobile

Food was great. Small menu but covers all tastes well. Every dish was beautifully cooked. Wine list reasonable but not extensive, again covered most tastes. Service was friendly. We will go back again.

Thank KingyOE
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2015

Our experience at this restaurant was a mixture of fabulous and second-rate. We ordered butternut soup, steak tartare, cassoulet, and cauliflower panacotta for our entree. The first three were fine, but the cauliflower starter was weird. The round white log of gelatinous, slightly sweet cauliflower, did not have a pea salsa accompanying it, as stated in the menu. It simply... More 

Thank Xenawarriorteacher
Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2015

Hadn't realised the place had changed hands...until arriving. Appalling service, dreadful food and not one member of staff who seemed to care. My soup was served cold (unintentionally). By contrast, my partner's cassoulet was radioactively hot. We waited for around 45 minutes to receive our first course. When I mentioned the soup temperature to the "waitress", she smiled! I reiterated... More 

Thank Emmerc
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2015 via mobile

We went there with a Grabone voucher. The decor is eclectic, the staff very friendly. We had a 3 course dinner. Both our entrees were really tasty, raw fish; and a 3 cheese hot appetiser. Nicely presented. Mains were disappointing. An entrecôte which we are sure was frozen, and cold in the middle. And lamb shank which was average. Desserts... More 

Thank Birgitte R
Auckland, New Zealand
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2015

I had only been to Sunday Painters once before about 18 months ago and it was great. We did not know that it had changed owners but it only took a few minutes to work it out. We had to ask for menus, we had to ask for our drinks orders to be taken. The wait staff did not really... More 

Thank Rebecca B
London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2015

We enjoyed our evening meal, the food was good however the service was strange, the waitress didn't really understand the menu, she was pleasant & engaging but lacked the knowledge of a French restaurant

Thank avisit_12
London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2015 via mobile

Went for dinner after reading some reviews and seeing the restaurant had been in the Metro top 50. We were warmly greeted and shown to our table. Things started OK but just after ordering, we were asked to move as a party of 6 had a booking and there was no other space. We did so and actually had to... More 

1 Thank TheBishopsAvenueN2
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70 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2015

We came to Sunday Painters for our company lunch, the entire restaurant was booked and a set menu arranged. Sadly groups were split into separate rooms, so colleagues were isolated away from others. Service was very poor, it took almost 15 minutes to be offered a drink and refills were almost non-existent. Glassware was very poor, with chipped wine glasses... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$50
French, International, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Seating
Open Hours
05:30 - 23:00
05:30 - 23:00
05:30 - 23:00
05:30 - 23:00
05:30 - 23:00
05:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 185 Ponsonby Road | Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
  • Phone Number: +64 9-360 2001
Welcoming, fun dining with a French twist and decorative atmosphere. Attentive service and sophisticated wine list.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?