The Best Restaurants In Island Bay, Wellington

Matthew Clark

Island Bay is a coastal suburb south of Wellington that was settled by Europeans in 1879. This suburb, which is only five kilometres south of Wellington’s CBD, is known for it’s protected marine reserve and beautiful views of New Zealand’s landscape. Island Bay is well worth a visit, so read on to discover the best places to eat in this gorgeous seaside suburb.

The Bach Café

Come down to this coastal café and taste some of the great food and in-house roasted coffee in this gorgeous setting – the perfect location for the perfect beachside café. The Bach Café (pronounced: ‘batch’) is home to signature dishes such as the BBQ ribs, halloumi & falafel burger and caramel slice and is sure to have something to convince you that The Bach is your new favourite place.
The Bach Café, 410 The Esplanade, Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand, +64 4-383 5108

The Bach Café

Goose Shack HQ

The décor reflects the name of this restaurant – the shack part, there aren’t any geese flying around. From the light fixtures to the bar stools, you probably wouldn’t expect much from the food, but this eatery is a perfect example of why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. The food at Goose Shack HQ can be described very effectively in one word: exquisite. The local free-range seasonal ingredients are treated with the utmost respect and are crafted into delicious meals packed with flavour.
Goose Shack HQ, 461 Adelaide Rd, Wellington, New Zealand, +64 4-389 7171

Goose Shack © Laura Nicholls

Maranui Café

This hidden café is connected to the Maranui Surf Life Saving Club and is a first choice not only for lifesavers, swimmers and surfers but also other residents of Island Bay. As well as having fantastic views of the sea and being located very close to the beach, Maranui Café also has delicious options for breakfast or lunch making it a great spot for an after swim bite. After you’ve eaten, make sure you rest up before hitting those waves again.

Maranui Surf Life Saving Café, 7A Lyall Parade, Lyall Bay, Wellington, New Zealand +64 4-387 4539

Seaside views at Maranui

Blue Belle Café

The walls are lined with the old burlap sacks that were used for coffee, which give a representative and also gripping feel to this café where good quality coffee is of huge importance. Here you can find delicious lunch options, including a roast vegetable and feta panini or a pulled-pork quesadilla with their delicious and fresh avocado salsa. This is a great place for a casual and delicious lunch with friends.
Blue Belle Café, 142 The Parade, Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand +64 4-383 8408


Brew’d is your classic local bar, except for the fact that it’s everything but classic. The old Italian furniture is artfully brought together with the gorgeous sun room, which again conflicts with the grungy brick work and street art. This intense mix of styles in the interior design is daring, but pulled off well. This restaurant and bar offers a list of typical pub food with which you’ll be encouraged by the enticing range of beers that garners the name ‘Brew’d’.
Brew’d, 163 The Parade, Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand +64 4-383 8260

Island Bay

Roti Corner

The magnificent and delightful flavours of South India and Malaysia are brought to New Zealand by Roti Corner. Roti Corner offers the ability to eat in or take away, meaning that you can dine elsewhere and enjoy the gorgeous weather and sea-side views Island Bay has to offer. Come down and try some of the authentic Indian curries, or maybe the delicious Malaysian noodle dishes.
Roti Corner, 145 The Parade, Island Bay, New Zealand +64 4-383 9799

The Original Thai Restaurant

Island Bay is graced by the delicious meals provided by The Original Thai Restaurant, where they serve authentic and delicious Thai delights. Whether you’re looking to eat in or take away, you will be impressed every time by the fantastic combination of flavours and fresh ingredients. A little slice of Thailand is brought to New Zealand thanks to this superb quality cuisine near the coast.

The Original Thai Restaurant, 155 The Parade, Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand +64 4-383 5596

An Island Bay surfer

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