The Best Al Fresco Dining in Wellington, New Zealand

St. John's Restaurant and Bar, Wellington
St. John's Restaurant and Bar, Wellington | © Phillip Capper/Flickr
Photo of Thalita Alves
23 January 2017

They say nothing beats Wellington on a good day. The New Zealand capital has a trove of delectable eateries, set to satisfy all taste buds. Whenever you’re feeling like soaking up the scenery, make sure to check out some of the best al fresco experiences around. Here’s your first taste of the capital’s top outdoor dining destinations.

Mac's Restaurant and Brew Bar

Bar, Restaurant, European, Oceanian, $$$
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Waterfront dining, craft beers and all-around pleasant vibes are among the various reasons why this restaurant is a Wellington favourite. A spacious outdoor seating area makes this an ideal place to visit in the summer months. With a menu that covers everything from brunches to bar snacks, the venue will cater for your needs whenever you happen to drop by.


Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Mexican, European, Cuban, $$$
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Fidel's Back Garden
Fidel's Back Garden | © Ewan Munro/Flickr

A rustic Cuba Street gem with a large courtyard area, Fidel’s is the go-to for alternative al fresco dining in Wellington. It’s open from mornings to evenings, and the menu smoothly transitions to meet those changing mealtime demands. If you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth, the venue is renowned for their milkshakes.

Hummingbird Eatery and Bar

Bar, Restaurant, European, Contemporary, $$$
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After a full renovation in 2012, this establishment started focusing on the ‘unpretentious’ side of dining. An elegant outdoor seating area will satisfy all artsy tastes with a full view of the vibrant Courtenay Place. Add an exquisite collection of dishes and cocktails and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a well-rounded evening.

St. Johns Restaurant

Bar, Restaurant, European, Oceanian, Beer, $$$
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St. John's Restaurant and Bar, Wellington
St. John's Restaurant and Bar, Wellington | © Phillip Capper/Flickr

An elegant venue inside and out, St. Johns Restaurant is set to please all palates. Choose between any of its chic indoor and al fresco tables, or opt for a bit of picnic inspired dining along the grassy turfs. Either way, you’ll be able to relish some of Wellington’s finest harbour views as you savour a classy meal.

Foxglove Bar & Kitchen

Bar, Restaurant, Diner, Cocktail Bar, European, Fusion, Pub Grub, $$$
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For a full panorama of the Wellington Harbour, you can’t go wrong with Foxglove Bar & Kitchen. With 1940s-inspired décor, a dynamic downtown setting and a delectable menu to match, al fresco diners are going to feel right at home in this popular restaurant.


Restaurant, European, Oceanian, $$$
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If you want to splurge on a nice meal with a fantastic view, this Days Bay restaurant will be the place to go. Take the ferry to Eastbourne, then enjoy a bit of al fresco dining after a day’s worth of exploring. Consider booking a table as this venue tends to get quite busy.

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