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Open early and closed late, when you walk into Al Brown’s Federal Delicatessen you’re walking into a bustling kitchen full of action and conversation like an old school Jewish Deli in New York. ‘The Fed’ is all about informality, fun and generosity - no need for table cloths here as eating deli is a meal of spills.
Think hand-cut specialty meats, cured lox, rotisserie chicken, deluxe salads, pie by the slice and other classic deli dishes with a New Zealand twist. There's an eclectic wine list to match - all available by the glass. So perfect for dinner and a drink before the show or open late for great food and nightcaps after.
7am  -  late, 7 days a week. Kitchen open till 1am Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Take out  also available.
No need to make a reservation (they don’t take any).
86 Federal Street
Ph. 09 363 7184



This is Indian, but not as you would expect - it’s not just another Indian restaurant and not just curries...

Ela Cuisine is here to prove Indian food is not only wonderfully coloured spicy curries, but much more!

The food is different to usual Indian and even tastier with more spices and coconut milk - Also, it’s the only place where you can get the butter ‘less’ chicken, so way less guilt!

The New Zealand Herald has called it the “best kind of Indian”.

The chef is excellent at creating custom made delicious food, whatever and however you like it and it’s a must try for all seafood and vegan food lovers.

Elliot Stables (Shop M17)
39 Elliott Street, Auckland CBD 

Ph 09 379 2710



You can’t go past El Faro for a Spanish inspired restaurant and tapas bar with an intimate and eclectic atmosphere, nestled in the cobblestoned combined eatery that is Elliott Stables.

Stop in, order up a selection of tapas, a pot of mussels to share, and a jug of sangria (or five!) and you’ll be away laughing, prepped and ready to go for a fun night of comedy! Or stop in for a late nibble and drink when you’re done giggling for the night.

At El Faro, they believe in sourcing local meat from local organic farms specializing in rare breeds. That's why they’re partners with The Farm Butchery Warkworth. Come and taste why El Faro has been Auckland’s numero uno for pre-show dining for five years – you’d be a fool not to, with so many Comedy Festival venues just around the corner. And don’t forget to be adventurous! Hora de fiesta!

Elliott Stables (on the right)
39 Elliott St, Auckland CBD
09 365 1111

Open: Monday to Saturday 11am to Late



Talk about a fancy food hall. In fact The Elliot Stables is much more than a fancy food hall – its sort of like a cluster of mini restaurants bouncing of each others energy and taste sensations.

Offering everything from Spanish tapas, Nigiri sushi, Italian bruschetta, German sausage, French creperies alongside a distinctive marketplace where specialist artisans trade organic meats, wines, cakes, liqueurs and whisky.

Since opening in 2007, Elliott Stables has become a popular place to visit, especially before or after a show. Located super close to the comedy plethora, Elliott Stables is the ideal restaurant environment to meet friends and pick and choose between a massive selection of delicious foods.

Centrally located behind the iconic Smith and Caughey’s building on Elliott Street, and only a short walk from The Civic, it’s the perfect place for meal before or after a show and is open early until late Monday to Saturday.

Elliott Stables Epicurean Village
39 Elliott St, Auckland CBD



Cuisine NZ Restaurant of the Year 2012 – Supreme Winner. Sean Connolly’s The Grill is an established dining favourite of ‘in the know’ Aucklanders, with a taste for great quality food. The premise is good honest fare with a distinctly Kiwi accent, created from the fresh local produce, including pasture-fed meat and sustainable seafood. If you’re simply looking for a delicious meal before the show, The Grill by Sean Connolly should be high on your list of top dining spots.

Enjoy a special two or three course set menu before your show with delicious Grill specialties such as the duck liver parfait and the Savannah Angus Sirloin. Two course menu $50 per person or three course menu $60 per person. Diners must be seated between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.

90 Federal Street, Auckland CBD
09 363 7067
Open: Mon – Fri 12pm – 2:30pm and dinner daily from 5:30pm - 10:30pm.
For bookings, email
Or book online at



Hotel DeBrett is a boutique hotel with a sense of humour – known for their occasional “comedy in the kitchen” dinners, with local comedians entertaining between courses; for after work drinks in Housebar; and leisurely lunches. It’s a great place to grab a bite or a drink before a show. The quirkily designed space changes as the day progresses, from light and sun filled daytimes, to hovering chandeliers, and moody candlelight in the evenings.

The menu and wine list has the best of New Zealand, with menus changing frequently to take advantage of seasonal fare. This is not your typical hotel restaurant – it celebrates style over fashion, in everything from the décor, and the food to the style of service.

Head in before or after a show and choose your space – from the iconic Housebar, exuding old world style; the slightly rugged internal courtyard; the soaring atrium, or cosy banquet seating with a great view of the chefs in action.

2 High St, Auckland CBD
09 925 9000
Reservations at
Open: Daily for Breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails/drinks from 6:30am - late.



Kura Japanese Restaurant has modern style Japanese food with a fusion twist. Situated amongst the Comedy Hub of Auckland, Kura can be found underground in an old grain silo (Kura means ‘warehouse’ in Japanese). The silo dates back to Auckland’s early days when the Waihorotui creek flowed down Queen Street valley. Its original purpose is still made obvious by the large stonewall that supports Queen Street and creates an impressive backdrop for the works of art which their Japanese chefs create and creates a unique Japanese eating experience.

Besides sushi, they delight in taking Japanese dining further, offering specialty dishes such as their famous Bridge Roll and Spider Roll (deep-fried soft-shell crab sushi!). Kura also has Japanese beer on tap, and a wide range of sake to choose from.

They also offer a small but special menu for lunches on Fridays, 12-2pm. A midday treat, why the hell not!

Come down the stairs and visit Kura before you go to your next show. It’s definitely worth the visit.

315 (basement) Queen Street, Auckland CBD
09 379 5656
Open: Daily from 5pm - 11pm & lunch 12-2pm Fridays only
Bookings definitely recommended -



When you eat here you'll fall in love with the traditional Latin American cuisine. Besos Latinos is the first restaurant in NZ to offer traditional dishes from Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and the Caribbean, plus an awesome selection of Latin American cocktails, wines and beers.

The scrumptious “Machetes” (Foot long Tacos) with handmade soft corn tortillas are perfect to share before or after a show, we had 2 and it was heaps for two of us and delicious! You could also try the Peruvian Ceviche, a mouth-watering marinated raw fish Peruvian style, and wash it down with an amazing Pisco Sour cocktail.

Culinary mexican couple Cecilia Mijangos and award winning Chef Luis Cabrera, have brought to life a Pueblo marketplace. The elegance of warm brick and exposed timbers is complimented by Cecilia’s beautifully painted bright mural and flower arrangements.

Besos Latinos is passionately committed to sharing authentic Latin American gourmet cuisine with you. Enjoy.

Elliot Stables, at the back (Shop M16)
41 Elliott Street, Auckland CBD 
09 303 0217
Open: Tue – Fri Lunch 12pm – 2:30pm, Dinner 5:30pm – late, Sat 1pm – late & Sun 1pm – 8pm.



For tasty tapas and well-chosen wines you need to visit Mezze Bar. It has been an icon of Auckland for 21 years, serving an eclectic army of customers who enjoy the casual yet colourful atmosphere – it’s the perfect appetiser for a night of comedy in the city. It has become the traditional watering and feeding spot for festivalgoers and culture vultures since it opened in 1992.

During the day the Mezze Bar is an oasis of relief from the city outside, with its home away from home ambience. All food is made on the premises – the cakes are especially good, and Miller’s coffee is extracted perfectly by well-practiced baristas. Be warned – it can get very busy so give yourself plenty of time to enjoy your pre-show meal, or head down there afterwards instead.

9 Durham Street East, Auckland
09 307 2029
Open: Mon – Thurs 7am - 11pm, Fri 7am - Midnight, Sat 11am - Midnight and Sun 11am - 10:30pm.



Bellota is the Spanish word for acorn and it’s the acorn that plays an essential part in the creation of one of the world's most prized delicacies – Jamón Ibérico de Bellota (literally Iberian ham of acorns). Peter Gordon’s Bellota, ideally located in popular Federal Street in Auckland’s inner city, is the perfect place to meet pre or post a Comedy Festival Show. Indulge in a true Spanish experience, a delectable range of authentic tapas, Spanish wine and live guitar Thursdays – Saturdays.

91 Federal Street, Auckland CBD
09 363 6000
Open: Daily from 4:30pm - late and from midday Friday.