The Top Seafood Spots In Wellington, New Zealand

Photo of Karmi Chan
14 October 2016

Home to beautiful beaches and an idyllic waterfront promenade, New Zealand‘s coastal capital, Wellington, is a warm and welcoming city set in a stunning seaside location. Unsurprisingly then, the area boasts sumptuous seafood restaurants serving incredible freshwater delicacies. From fine dining spots to small seafood bars, here’s our guide to the best seafood restaurants in Wellington.

Wellington Waterfront I | ©Gopal Vijayaraghavan/Flickr

The Crab Shack

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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Crab | ©Young/Flickr
Specializing in seafood, particularly crab, The Crab Shack is a casual, coastal themed restaurant situated right on the waterfront of Queens Wharf. With friendly staff and beautiful views of the harbor, The Crab Shack is the perfect stop for a tasty lunch or dinner. The seafood and other dishes on offer are all very fresh and full of flavor. The venue also offers great beer, cocktails, and wine.

Blue Island Seafoods

Restaurant, Seafood
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Blue Island Seafoods know how to cook their fish to perfection. Using the freshest ingredients and just the right amount of batter, diners will not leave this small restaurant disappointed. The chips here are crispy and well-seasoned, and the portion sizes are generous, with all food being served in charming cardboard trays with lemon wedges. The service is friendly and welcoming, instilling the establishment with a relaxed ambiance, and along with their tasty seafood dishes, Blue Island Seafoods also make a mean burger.

Fish Fins

Fish and Chip Shop, Restaurant, Seafood
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Fish and Chips
Fish and Chips | ©Alpha/Flickr
An old fashioned fish and chip shop, Fish Fins is the place to go for a plate of classically cooked fish and chips. A Wellington gem off the beaten path, this venue is a favorite among locals and is often crowded on weekend nights. Lucky customers often get extra pieces of fish thrown in with their orders on the house.

Wellington Trawling Sea Market

Market, Seafood
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Wellington after a storm
Wellington after a storm | © Stewart Baird/Flickr
Located on dynamic and bustling Cuba Street, Wellington Trawling Sea Market is a top spot to taste perfectly cooked freshwater delicacies. This seafood market will cook your fish on the spot any way you like, whether it’s battered or crumbed, fried or baked. Their wide selection of fresh fish can be purchased to cook at home or made to order. Wellington Trawling Sea Market serves large portions of fresh seafood at a great price.


Restaurant, Seafood, Mediterranean, Oceanian, $$$
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Named the ‘Best New Restaurant in New Zealand’ in 2015, Whitebait is an unmissable spot when visiting Wellington. Using the country’s freshest produce and seafood, Whitebait serves excellent and innovative food, upholding its prestigious reputation. The dishes are plated beautifully, and the atmosphere inside the restaurant is warm and relaxed. And who doesn’t enjoy dinner with a view? Whitebait is located on Clyde Quay Wharf and offers spectacular views of the Wellington waterfront.

Mt Vic Chippery

Fish and Chip Shop, Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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Priding itself on using only the freshest ingredients, Mt Vic Chippery is a local favorite in Wellington. This fish and chip shop is always packed to the rafters, and offers a large range of tasty fresh fish for customers to enjoy. The extensive variety of fish, batter, chip and sauce options ensure a delicious dish is provided for all tastes.

Kilbirnie Fish & Chips

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Kilbirnie Fish & Chips

Always bustling with business, Kilbirnie Fish & Chips is the perfect place to grab some scrumptious seafood to go. This small takeaway shop knows what it’s doing when it comes to making the perfect fish and chips. The venue’s fries are renowned for being gloriously crunchy on the outside and delectably soft on the inside. For a quick meal on the go when exploring Wellington, Kilbirnie Fish & Chips is a must try.
Address & telephone number: 41 Coutts Road, Kilbirnie, Wellington, New Zealand, +64 4-387 2282

Ortega Fish Shack

Restaurant, Bar, Seafood, European, Oceanian, $$$
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Ortega | © peter burge/Flickr

Offering fresh seafood and friendly service is what Ortega Fish Shack does best. Cooking their cuisine to perfection, Ortega knows how to create dishes that are both delicious and aesthetically pleasing. The portions here are gigantic, and the staff are welcoming and always cheerful. We advise you to make a reservation in advance if you’re planning on dining at Ortega on the weekend, as it is a very popular destination in Wellington.