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4 Amazing Restaurants in Wellington, New Zealand

4 Amazing Restaurants in Wellington, New Zealand
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, $$$
High Tea at the Hippo
Hippopotamus High Tea is what dreams are made of | © russellstreet / Flickr
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. Hippopotamus Restaurant & Bar | ©russellstreet/Flickr
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Meal service:

All Day


Fine Dining, Quirky, Unusual
Mon - Sun:
6:30 am - 10:00 pm

Logan Brown

Restaurant, European, Contemporary, $$$
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. Logan Brown Restaurant, housed inside the former National Bank of New Zealand, Wellington | ©geoff pedder/Flickr
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Ortega Fish Shack and Bar

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

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