Top Restaurants in Wellington
Restaurants Wellington – What’s a vacation without excellent food, delicious cocktails or fine wine in a good restaurant? Such evenings create memories. WorldTop7 offers a selection of the best restaurants in Wellington. And because we know how different tastes are we cover all of the different restaurant styles!
Whether a sushi restaurant in Wellington, an American steakhouse, an Italian restaurant, a Thai eatery or exotic Cajun cuisine – the lovers of culinary delights come fully at their expense and find lots of insider tips. Our restaurant tips in Wellington are by locals (which should know where it tastes best!), celebrities, globetrotter and business people. And if you’ve eaten in one of these restaurants in Wellington where cuisine, service and atmosphere was unbeatable and you want to tell everybody – that’s what WorldTop7 stands for! Restaurants in Wellington with the x-factor!
The demands in terms of restaurant style are naturally very varied and WorldTop7 is happy to assist. Whether it is a small, cozy bistro in Wellington with delicious and authentic food for surprisingly little money or a completely styled Michelin-star restaurant in Wellington where movie stars and models have diner – here you find everything from inexpensive to expensive, from grunge to classy, from traditional to macro kitchen!
But not only for your vacation, also for your business lunch or business dinner in Wellington you can find exactly the right place to eat. Thus, business become pleasure in no time!
Arbitrageur Wine Room and Restaurant
Style: Romantic Wine Lover’s Paradise
Wine is what Arbitrageur does best. This beautiful restaurant and bar slap bang in the centre of Wellington’s Central Business District is well known amongst local connoisseurs for good reason; Arbitrageur has one of the best wine lists in New Zealand. If wine is your thing, you won’t be disappointed by the tour of the cave des vins, housing over six hundred bottles.
The menu is tailored to wine pairing; antipasti, tapas, succulent meats and fresh fish. Enjoy nibbles with fine wine accompaniment or a full blown meal with pairings. The service is top notch and the staff are well trained and knowledgeable about the wines on offer.
Arbitrageur is open Monday through Friday from midday and Saturday from 6:00pm. Closed on Sunday.
Address: 125 Featherstone Street, Wellington, New Zealand
Area: Central Business District
Phone: +64 4 499 5530
Price: NZ$40.- main dishes
Boulcott Street Bistro
Style: Iconic Bistro in Wellington
Boulcott Street Bistro has been delighting locals and tourists alike for over twenty years. The menu here is focused on seasonal, locally sourced produce prepared with flair and a lot of New Zealand love. There is a clear emphasis on bistro food with dishes such as Citrus Braised Ox Cheek served with lardoons, shallots and a sumptuous thyme gnocchi; the sirloin steak is also well worth a try. The wine list at Boulcott Street is very well considered and a good bottle is reasonably priced; service staff are happy to make good recommendations for your chosen dishes. The atmosphere is relaxing, friendly and informal.
Boulcott Street Bistro serves dinner daily from 6:00pm (5:30pm on Saturday and Sunday) and is also open for lunch Monday to Friday at midday.
Address: 99 Boulcott Street, Wellington, New Zealand
Area: Central Business District
Phone: +64 4 499 4199
Price: Mains starting at $30.-
Style: Wine Tasting In Casual Atmosphere
New Zealand has firmly established itself on the world map as being a producer of world class wines. The Gladstone Vineyard is located outside of Wellington on the Ruamahanga Riverbed and is a family owned and run business, internationally well known and loved for producing excellent, complex wines.
The Vineyard itself is a beautiful location and a tour and wine tasting here is a wonderful way to wile away a day.
Gladstone Vineyard is open for tours and tasting daily from 11:00am until 4:00pm. The onsite café offering a range of tasty, simple menu options is open Friday through Sunday 11:30am until 4:00pm. The Vineyard is closed on public holidays.
Address: Gladstone Road, RD 2, Carterton 5792, New Zealand
Price: NZ$20 main course
Style: Fine Dining in Wellington
The creators of Logan Brown, namesakes Steve Logan and Al Brown, have really raised the bar in respect of Wellington’s fine dining scene. The restaurant has received many well deserved awards and a night here is sure to delight, whether for a formal business meeting, romantic dinner for two or a couple of social drinks at the sophisticated bar.
Logan Brown’s menu is a wonderful smorgasbord of contemporary and classic New Zealand cuisine and culinary techniques. Head Chef Shaun Clouston has developed an array of tasty dishes, including the succulent Rangitikei Rack of Lamb with Gremolata Crusted Belly Pork, Falafel and Provencal Vegetables.
The restaurant is stylishly decked out without being overly formal, the hosts and waitstaff are attentive without being intrusive. The wine list is varied, well considered and unpretentious. Lovely stuff.
Logan Brown in open for dinner daily from 5:30pm. Lunch is served Tuesday through Saturday, midday until 2:00pm.
Address: 192 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6141, New Zealand
Area: Te Aro
Phone: +64 04 801 5114
Price: NZ$45 upwards
Style: Fashionable Waterfront Seafood
Thank goodness the powers that be have decided to finally open the doors at Martin Bosley’s to the general public. This fantastic seafood restaurant was previously only accessible to members of the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club. Its waterfront location is hard to beat, the service is unfussy, friendly and professional and despite all this, the food remains the top reason to visit Martin Bosley’s. The finest New Zealand seafood is served up here in traditional and more contemporary dishes; the oyster broth is to die for and the smoked eel mousse is a taste sensation.
The menu changes on a frequent basis, often daily.
Martin Bosley’s is open daily for lunch and dinner.
Address: 103 Oriental Parade, Oriental Bay, Wellington, New Zealand
Area: Oriental Bay
Phone: +64 4 920 8302
Price: NZ$40 and upwards
Style: Countryside Wine Yard
The Palliser Estate is located in the picturesque wine village of Martinborough, about an hours drive from Wellington. The wines produced here have won numerous awards and are truly world class; try the Pinot Noir or the 2002 Sauvignon Blanc. Wine tasting can be enjoyed in the light, airy indoor tasting area or al fresco in the leafy outdoor courtyard. Conference facilities and a Cooking School are also available onsite.
The Palliser Estate’s Cellar Door is open daily throughout the year from 10:30am until 4:00pm (closed on public holidays).
Address: Kitchener St, Martinborough 5741, New Zealand
Phone: +64 6 306 9019
The White House Restaurant
Style: Romantic Fine Dining Waterfront Restaurant
The White House restaurant is located at Oriental Bay and provides breathtaking views over the harbour and the city at night. One of Wellington’s premier fine dining restaurants, the White House has a deservedly good reputation for fine cuisine, world class wines and attentive, considerate service.
The cuisine leaves you wanting for nothing, wonderful seasonal flavours married together with finesse from a menu that changes regularly.
Theatre goers rejoice as the White House serves an Express Bistro Menu on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:00pm until 6:00pm and Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30am until 6:00pm. Dinner is served daily. Reservations are recommended.