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Hugo's Bistro


Located in the heart of Auckland CBD’s business district, Hugo’s Bistro offers true all-day dining, from early morning coffee and inspired lunch service, through to afternoon Aperitivo with friends and sophisticated, European-inspired evening fare.

Beautiful ingredients are simply but thoughtfully prepared over our open charcoal fire, with a lighter style of classical cooking made with exceptional New Zealand produce.

Our historic Shortland Street dining room blends luxury and subtlety, with spots perfect for a morning perch for exceptional coffee and cosy nooks for intimate dinners.


Alex Llewellyn took over the pans at Hugo’s Bistro at the start of 2023, bringing with him wealth of experience in New Zealand, Australia and Japan.

After an apprenticeship at Sails Restaurant in Auckland he left New Zealand and travelled around ski fields, until meeting his partner Steph and relocating to Sydney. A decade in Sydney shaped Alex’s cooking style; the ready availability of different produce and European and Asian products was inspiring to a young chef.

Stints at North Bondi Italian, Buon Ricardo, Fratelli Fresh, Vini, 121BC and Berta followed; all great lessons in regionality and the historical and cultural aspects of food in Italy. Ester then provided an education into cooking with fire, along with incorporating Chinese and East Asian techniques and flavours. His time at Moonacres Kitchen heightened his interest in sustainable produce and kitchen farming. These experiences come together at Hugo’s Bistro where Alex creates seasonal, ever-changing dishes with a focus on high-quality produce and our charcoal grill.


Cuisine Good Food Awards Two Hats 2023/2024
Cuisine Good Food Awards Restaurant Personality of the Year 2023/2024 – Poi Eruera
VIVA Top 50 Restaurant 2022
Metro Top 50 Restaurant 2018-2022
Cuisine Good Food Awards Two Hats 2021/2022
Metro Top 10 Cafe 2021
Metro Top 50 Cafe 2019-2023
Cuisine Good Food Awards Top 108 2019
Metro Finalist 2019, Best All Day Eatery
Cuisine Good Food Awards Top 100 2018
Metro Winner 2018, Best Inner-City Bistro





We accept bookings for breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Book up to ten guests online or email hello@hugosbistro.co.nz for larger parties.

Book a seat at our kitchen bar for a front-row view of Hugo’s brilliant team of chefs.

A credit card & paywave surcharge of 1.7% applies.


Monday 7am-3pm | Tuesday to Friday 7am until late | Closed weekends & public holidays



CELLAR CLUB – Last Tuesday of every month

Unlimited BYO at $15pp

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Hugo’s Bistro is available for:

  • Private hire
  • Intimate dinner parties
  • Long lunches

We can seat 38 people at our tables and a further 18 at the bar. We are closed to the public on weekends. We are able to work with you and your budget and tastes, whether you prefer a shared banquet or a special menu exclusive to you and your guests.

Please enquire to hello@hugosbistro.co.nz


Available on Shortland Street (pay and display) or in the Tournament parking building next door.




+64 09 320 4387

Hugo's Bistro Dollars

Gift vouchers can be purchased online here


If you wish to apply for a position in the kitchen or front of house please send your CV and interest to hello@hugosbistro.co.nz

Please note that all applicants for a permanent position must apply with approval for their residence/ work permit