Ortega Fish Shack


Tuesday5:00 – 8:00 pm.

Wednesday5:00 – 8:00 pm.

Thursday5:00 – 8:00 pm.

Friday5:00 – 8:00 pm.

Saturday5:00 – 8:00 pm.


16 Majoribanks Street, Mount Victoria

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 2007, 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 by accomplished chef Mark Limacher, (who’s worked in numerous prestigious restaurants around the world) and Davey McDonald, (a leader in front-of-house service in the capital's hospitality scene), 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 the house-baked sourdough, followed with fresh oysters and wine to match. Also on the starter menu is Kaikoura scampi ceviche or soft-shelled crab with roasted pork belly, sweet tamarind, peanut slaw and coconut dressing. 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; chocolate mousse with espresso mascarpone or freshly churned sorbets, 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.

16 Majoribanks Street, Mount Victoria

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