Ortega Fish Shack

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Tuesday5:00 – 11:30 pm.

Wednesday5:00 – 11:30 pm.

Thursday5:00 – 11:30 pm.

Friday5:00 – 11:30 pm.

Saturday5:00 – 11:30 pm.


16 Majoribanks Street, Mount Victoria, Wellington

04 382 9559

A favourite amongst Wellingtonians, Ortega Fish Shack is a must go-to seafood restaurant within the city, a local institution perfect for any occasion.

The two-story building, built in 1886, is decked out with nautical blue walls, marine themed portraits and quirky collectables. There’s seating on both levels, a popular bar with comfy stools and private dining rooms on the top level. Led Davey McDonald with head chef Teresa Pert, the food, service and overall environment are excellent. The team is genuine, knowledgeable and especially helpful when it comes to navigating the menu and matching dishes to the outstanding wine and beer lists.

The focus at Ortega is on the food and wine, and the centre point for ritual they create around the table. Start the evening with freshly basked bread and delicious ocean treats such as oysters and ceviche For the mains there’s a concise selection of dishes with the spotlight on fish presented many ways, together with the likes of beef fillet and a vegetarian option or two.

Desserts are enticing; think bush honey panna cotta or catalan crepes, which can be accompanied by a sherry or dessert wine match, while the traditionalists can finish with a cheese board.

Ortega is one of those restaurants you won’t want to leave quickly, and by ordering from entrée through to dessert you’re able to stay as long as possible and enjoy the restaurant to its fullest.

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16 Majoribanks Street, Mount Victoria, Wellington

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