The Best Waterfront Restaurants In Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington Harbour | © Brett Vachon/Flickr
Wellington Harbour | © Brett Vachon/Flickr
Wellington takes pride in its vibrant food venues, coffee culture and bar scene. In fact, you’ll find a treasure trove of waterfront dining establishments in New Zealand’s cool capital city. Follow this guide to start immersing yourself in the best, tastiest restaurants in the area that offer beautiful views of the idyllic harbour.


Restaurant, Seafood, Mediterranean, Oceanian, $$$

There’s no better place to splash out on seafood than a waterfront-facing restaurant. Located on the Clyde Quay Wharf, Whitebait is renowned for its diverse food selection – all of which are sourced from fresh, locally-produced ingredients. The acclaimed venue, with its upmarket dining experience and stunning views, has a few local awards under its belt. In particular, Whitebait was crowned the winner of Cuisine magazine’s Best New Restaurant in New Zealand in 2015.

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Dockside Restaurant & Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, Oceanian, $$$

You’ll find this delectable gem right at the heart of Wellington’s Queen’s Wharf. A maritime theme prevails in all aspects of the restaurant’s menu, from its platters right through to its mains. The menu changes on a daily basis, as the restaurant insists on sourcing all ingredients from local seafood markets.

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Beach Babylon

Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Oceanian, Contemporary, $$$
Beach Babylon
Beach Babylon | © Aidan / Flickr

If you’re venturing out to Oriental Bay, make sure to stop by this harbourside restaurant. Catering for the coffee crazy, brunching crowds, and fine diners, Beach Babylon is a great place to head to if you’re wanting to add a bit of variety as you wind down by the cool ocean waves.

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Coene's Bar & Eatery

Bar, Restaurant, Wine Bar, Oceanian, Seafood, Coffee, $$$

A pleasant ambiance, fabulous waterfront views, and a rich seafood-based menu are what make Coene’s a popular attraction with Wellingtonians and tourists alike. This venue caters for all tastes and moods, from fine-dining delicacies, to bar essentials and coffee culture classics.

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Mac's Restaurant and Brewbar

Bar, Restaurant, European, Oceanian, $$$
Complimentary Sunscreen at Mac's Brewbar
Complimentary Sunscreen at Mac's Brewbar | © PROKristina D.C. Hoeppner / Flickr

Waterfront dining, craft beers and a dynamic central-Wellington location are some of Mac’s Restaurant and Brewbar’s main crowd-pleasers. On a sunny day, you’ll be able soak up some great views of the Wellington harbour as you sink your teeth into a nice selection of seafood staples, pub grub, or brunch favourites.

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Foxglove Bar & Kitchen

Bar, Restaurant, Diner, Cocktail Bar, European, Fusion, Pub Grub, $$$
Foxglove | Courtesy of Foxglove

Foxglove Bar & Kitchen is located right at the heart of the city, offering a satisfying experience with their dining treats. Grab a balcony table to get a nice glimpse of the Wellington waterfront, or settle yourself in the outdoor area below. The varied menu will keep you well and truly replenished, regardless of whether you’re in a fine-dining mood, craving a scenic lunch, or you’re simply stopping by for a few drinks on a summer’s evening.

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