Auckland City 09-376 3095
- Mon – Sun 12 noon – 11pm
- Business Dining
- Children's Menu
- Romantic Dining
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 120
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free Off-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: No
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner
- Wi-Fi: None
Prego Restaurant is right the heart of Ponsonby Rd where for over 20 years it has become known for its slick friendly bistro service in a buzzy atmosphere.
Since 1986, Prego’s unpretentious approach to Italian cuisine has entrenched Prego as an enduring and much loved ‘local’ that is highly regarded by critics and diners alike.
The extensive Prego menu features traditional Italian cuisine, along with a regularly revised specials menu to satiate the appetites of diners interested in a more modern skew.
Prego incorporates courtyard dining and is fully licenced, offering a rewarding range of wine to accompany the cuisine.
25 Reviews for Prego Restaurant
The woodfire pizzas are always a good start, but it’s the rotisserie chicken that always wins me and my family over.
To finish definitely tiramisu with an illy coffee on the side.
Overall the food is delicious, the atmosphere perfect and service was very attentive. A must visit if you are in Auckland!
The restaurant was quite busy when we walked in, but there were a few tables free. Three or four waitresses walked past us without guiding us to a table; not knowing what to do, we sat down at one of the free tables inside, and we managed to get a waitress to take our order.
We remembered from previous experience that the pizzas took a long time to arrive at the table, so we decided to order a pizza first, before choosing what else we were getting.
I was looking through the menu when a man who looked like the manager walked over to our table and rudely told us to leave, as apparently there was a long waiting list of people who wanted to get a table, and we did not put our name down. This would have been understandable (although it still doesn’t justify the rudeness), had it not been for the empty seats we could see around us. It was also very strange that the manager (?) didn’t even try to put our name down on the waiting list, and simply walked away, leaving us feeling very embarrassed and awkward, since other diners were trying to see what was happening.
It was clear that they just wanted to kick us out because they thought we weren’t ordering enough food. This was a terrible experience, especially since all the good restaurants in Ponsonby were fully booked for dinner by this time, and we had to go back to the CBD.
It’s such a shame, as good Italian restaurants are rare in Auckland… We will not be going back since a restaurant that is so obsessed with making money can’t be providing you with the best food possible for the price.
I recommend Toto, Barolo (in the Langham) or Da Vinci if you are looking for an Italian restaurant for dinner in/near the CBD with good food AND great service.
The service is friendly, professional and as helpful as can possibly be.
This place is fantastic for catching up with friends for a lunch outside in the garden with a few wines.
Quick service and always attentive.
Not ideal for a romantic date but great for friends and families.
The addition of blankets at the outside tables on winter evenings is a cute touch.
I had wood roasted hapuka on dill risotto with orange hollandaise which was delicious. The dessert of a cassis sorbet and passionfruit semi freddo was also to die for. I tried a friends pizza and it was yummy too.
Good value and a good night out. Only criticism is the tables and chairs aren’t that comfortable, but hey who cares when the food is that good?
Most recently we had the big table at the back for a birthday, which I had always wanted to do, and it was so worth it.
It has never, ever disappointed, and always been of a very high standard.
Very good service , good presentation . Quality of ingredients really good too.
Best Indian – Oh Calcutta in Parnell,
Best Italian – Prego in Ponsonby,
What else do we need
Having eaten there at least 4 times in the past year usually going for the pasta or stone oven pizza which are always great. I have to tell you about the beetroot carpaccio I had there last year – one of the best first course of the year for me! And I am fortunate enough to eat out a lot and in different countries. So big pat on the back for being so good at what you do and thank you!
After more than 20 years most of Auckland will have already been at least once, but if you haven’t then give it try. Service, price and great energy will work their magic and make you even happier.
I went to Prego for lunch with my boyfriend yesterday and took the only free table for two in the courtyard. The waitresses were all very efficient and friendly. We could tell that they were properly trained from the way they handled the dishes.
We had garlic bread, seafood pizza and calamari, which were all very delicious. The garlic bread and seafood pizza had a nice crisp, while the calamari was very tender with a beautiful light golden yellow finish. The calamari was the best that I have ever had!
The bill for our lunch was of great value considering the high quality of food that we had and their fantastic service.
I would have loved to order dessert but was very full. I will just have to go back!