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10 Amazing Restaurants in Wellington, New Zealand
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10 Amazing Restaurants in Wellington, New Zealand

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Updated: 15 January 2018
Wellington is acclaimed as the gastronomic capital of New Zealand, as well as the actual capital of this island nation. And in line with this reputation, its restaurants deserve to be explored. We list 10 of the best to start with.

Hippopotamus Restaurant and Cocktail Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, French, Fusion, $$$
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High Tea at the Hippo
Hippopotamus High Tea is what dreams are made of | © russellstreet / Flickr

Hippopotamus Restaurant and Cocktail Bar

Set in the Museum Art Hotel, the Hippopotamus Restaurant offers beautiful views of Wellington Harbor while also surrounding its guest with exceptional original artworks. The dishes served are works of art in themselves, inspired by French gastronomy and beautiful in both presentation and taste.

90 Cable Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand, +64 4 802 8935

Hippopotamus Restaurant & Bar | ©russellstreet/Flickr

Hippopotamus Restaurant & Bar | ©russellstreet/Flickr | © russellstreet / Flickr

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Mon - Sun:
6:30 am - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Fine Dining, Quirky, Unusual

Logan Brown

Restaurant, European, Contemporary
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Logan Brown

With the subtitle ‘Wellington’s outstanding fine dining without pretension’, Logan Brown has been serving innovative and mouth-watering dishes since its opening in 1996. The restaurant is nestled in a listed building dating back to 1920 and uses seasonal, organic and local ingredients in a menu of contemporary delicacies.

92 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6141, New Zealand, +64 4 801 5114

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Sun:
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Tue:
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Wed:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thu:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Martin Bosley’s

Restaurant, Seafood
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Handmade Butter and Salt at Martin Bosley's
Handmade Butter and Salt at Martin Bosley's | ©Jessica Spengler/Flickr

Martin Bosley’s

After a life dedicated to gastronomy, Martin Bosley and his partner opened the restaurant they had dreamed about for years. An internationally acclaimed seafood dining establishment, Bosley claims the philosophy of its food is simple: ‘eat what’s in season, what’s local, and what’s fresh’. With a stunning waterfront location, Martin Bosley’s is a must-go destination for seafood lovers.

103 Oriental Parade, Wellington 6011, New Zealand, +04 920 8302

Handmade Butter and Salt at Martin Bosley's | ©Jessica Spengler/Flickr

Handmade Butter and Salt at Martin Bosley’s | ©Jessica Spengler/Flickr | ©Jessica Spengler/Flickr

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Ortega Fish Shack and Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, Steakhouse, $$$
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Ortega Fish Shack and Bar
Ortega Fish Shack and Bar | ©peter burge/Flickr

Ortega Fish Shack and Bar

Ortega Fish Shack and Bar is a great location to enjoy sensational seafood in a quirky setting. Set in a shack, kitted with maritime lighting dangling from nets and marine themed artworks, Ortega certainly feels oceanic. The head chef prides himself on his culinary travels, and unites the best ingredients, years of experience and creativity to produce ‘interpretations designed to bring your palate an experience it will remember.’

16 Majoribanks Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand, +04 382 9559

Ortega Fish Shack and Bar | ©peter burge/Flickr

Ortega Fish Shack and Bar | ©peter burge/Flickr | ©peter burge/Flickr

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Sun:
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon:
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue:
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wed:
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu:
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri:
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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The Larder

Taking great pride in small food industries, the environment and, most importantly, flavor, The Larder works directly with many of its suppliers, using organic and local ingredients. With a philosophy of ‘nose to tail eating’, the restaurant aims to use and honor all parts of the animals. The seared calves liver with caramelized tongue is incredible.

133 Darlington Road, Miramar, Wellington 6022, New Zealand, +04 8910354

White House Restaurant

Head chef Paul Hoather and his wife Louise run the award-winning White House Restaurant, holding the values of freshness and sustainability at its heart. The restaurant uses eco-eggs, free range Waimarino pork, Angus pure beef, organic meat and also operates its own roof top garden, all of which can be enjoyed while enjoying panoramic harbor views.

232 Oriental Parade, Wellington 6011, New Zealand, +04 385 8555

Scallops at The White House Restaurant, Wellington | ©smalljude/Flickr
Scallops at The White House Restaurant, Wellington | ©smalljude/Flickr

Ancestral

Bar, Restaurant, Chinese, Contemporary
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Crispy Cantonese Pork Belly
Crispy Cantonese Pork Belly | ©smalljude/Flickr

Ancestral

Focusing on flavors from Eastern Asia, Ancestral fuses history and tradition with modern gastronomy. Authenticity in culture and taste are the foundations of each dish, with the menu exploring modern Cantonese and Sichuan flavors. The restaurant also has a garden bar, which is the perfect setting from which to enjoy their stunning range of cocktails.

31-35 Courtenay Place, Wellington 6143, New Zealand, +64 4 801 8867

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Matterhorn

Restaurant, Swiss, Contemporary
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Wine Glasses and Lights at The Matterhorn, Wellington
Wine Glasses and Lights at The Matterhorn, Wellington | ©Newsbie Pix/Flickr

Matterhorn

Opened in 1963 as a Swiss coffee house, Matterhorn has a sensational menu full of subtle surprises, a beautiful dim-lit atmosphere and a rotation of some of Wellington’s most talented musicians. The restaurant also takes great pride in its drinks menu, with a wide range of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails.

106 Cuba Street, Wellington, New Zealand, +64 4 384 3359

Wine Glasses and Lights at The Matterhorn, Wellington | ©Newsbie Pix/Flickr

Wine Glasses and Lights at The Matterhorn, Wellington | ©Newsbie Pix/Flickr | ©Newsbie Pix/Flickr

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Crazy Horse the Steakhouse

The menu of Crazy Horse the Steakhouse is a celebration of New Zealand’s culinary culture, from meat and fresh produce to a wine list showcasing the best New Zealand has to offer. As the name suggests, the steaks are the star performer on the menu, and Crazy Horse uses only the best livestock, which can be traced back to the individual animal and farm.

129 Willis Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand, +04 801 5152

Grilled Steak | ©Ralph Daily/Flickr

Grilled Steak | ©Ralph Daily/Flickr

Charlie Bill

Bistro, Contemporary
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Charlie Bill

Winning awards such as ‘Chef of the Nation’ and ‘Chef of the Capital’, head chef Hemi Tahu is a master when it comes to contemporary New Zealand cuisine. Focusing on innovation and flavor, the menu of Charlie Bill is full of dishes that use seasonal produce in creative recipes.

241 Tinakori Road, Thorndon, Wellington 6011, New Zealand, +64 499 8464

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