Restaurant of the Year went to long-time Auckland favourite Sidart, which also picked up Best Metropolitan Restaurant, in the awards announced tonight.
Newcomers in the city were also recognised, with Masu winning Best New, and Baduzzi getting Best Specialist.
A new award, Best Wine Experience, was taken out by O’Connell Street Bistro thanks to their extensive wine list and knowledgeable staff.
Chef of the year went to Benjamin Bayly from Baduzzi and The Grove, while Restaurant Personality of the year was awarded to Mojo Horiuchi from Kazuya.
But the prizes didn’t all go to Aucklanders, with Hamilton’s Chim Choo Ree named Best Regional Restaurant and Hawke’s Bay’s Elephant Hill picked as Best Winery Restaurant.
Head judge Kerry Tyack says the standard of competition this year was “an outstanding credit to New Zealand.”
Each restaurant is judged on its environment, service, atmosphere, wine and drinks list – and, of course, its food.
Cuisine Restaurant of the Year: Sidart, Auckland
Vittoria Coffee Chef of the Year: Benjamin Bayly, Baduzzi and The Grove, Auckland
Sanpellegrino Best Metropolitan Restaurant: Sidart, Auckland
KitchenAid Best Regional Restaurant: Chim Choo Ree, Hamilton
Runner-up: Riverstone Kitchen, North Otago
Electrolux Best New Restaurant: Masu, Auckland
Runner-up: Roots, Canterbury
American Express Best Specialist Restaurant: Baduzzi, Auckland
Runner-up: Ortega Fish Shack & Bar, Wellington
House of Travel Best Winery Restaurant: Elephant Hill, Hawke's Bay
Runner-up: Amisfield Bistro, Queenstown
European Foods Restaurant Personality of the Year: Mojo Horiuchi, Kazuya, Auckland
Negociants New Zealand Best Wine Experience: O'Connell Street Bistro, Auckland
2014 Hat recipients
Scores out of 20 determine a restaurant’s hat rating. One hat is considered very good, two hats are great to excellent and three hats (18-20) mean a restaurant is consistently amazing and among the best of the best.
Amisfield Bistro, Queenstown
Charley Noble, Wellington
Chim Choo Ree, Hamilton
Elephant Hill, Hawke’s Bay
O'Connell Street Bistro, Auckland
Orphans Kitchen, Auckland
Ortega Fish Shack & Bar, Wellington
Pegasus Bay, Waipara, North Canterbury
Ponsonby Road Bistro, Auckland
Riverstone Kitchen, Oamaru
Soul Bar & Bistro, Auckland
Taylors on Jackson, Petone
The Larder, Wellington
Logan Brown, Wellington
The Grill by Sean Connolly, Auckland
The French Café, Auckland
The Grove, Auckland