The Wellington hospitality scene is in a league of its own, home to some of New Zealand's best and most innovative restaurants. From farm-to-table spots highlighting local flavours to tiny eateries exhibiting around-the-world flavours, it's hard to get bored on a night on the town in Wellington. With plenty of food based events drawing in a crowd, Wellingotn has long reigned king as New Zealand's food capital of the country.
4 of the best Hand-Pulled Noodle Spots in NZ
A pastaria with style in the heart of Cuba Street.
Seamlessly blending the nostalgic with the new, the local with the exotic, Amok’s out to show that going out to a restaurant can, and should, be fun.
Apachè takes a modern approach to Vietnamese hawker food.
Here, the burgers are fist-sized and delicious.
A favourite spot for nearby business people, don't be surprised to see Charley Noble buzzing with guests even early in the week right through from breakfast till dinnertime.
Moore Wilson’s Chook Wagon has you covered for spontaneous picnics or a desultory dinner at home.
You might try Cicio Cacio before a gig next door but the food in itself is worth a quick 10-minute bus trip or Uber from the city.
A name synonymous with yum cha in Wellington, Dragons is an institution in the capital’s Asian dining scene.
Egmont Street Eatery
Leeds Street may be leading Wellington's hidden heritage revival, but brick-lined Egmont might be in line to carve a niche for itself, if this elegant eatery is anything to go by.
Fried chicken and friends
Part restaurant, part bar, Havana is an absolute essential in every sense of those two words.
A fun and easy going brewery and bar, with plenty of games (including table tennis!) to keep you entertained.
This new eatery combines its efforts of sustainability with celebrating the good times - meaning you can eat and drink and have a great time with the knowledge that you're supporting the good guys.
Hillside Kitchen & Cellar
Without any conventional marketing, Hillside’s profile has been built by partnering with great local producers like Six Barrel Soda, Fig & Fog, Two Sisters wine, and Noble Estate Olive Oil.
The menu at Loretta speaks of simple food done well.
Los Banditos brings Wellington flavoursome Mexican food, a lively atmosphere, exciting drinks and friendly service.
Keeping things simple, LUCKY takes its vibes from the West Coast skate scene, where doing your own thing comes with a hint of rebellion.
A sign above the jet black entrance at Mason invites you to come as you are, and it's a tempting proposal.
Mockingbird serves the capital’s plant-based and open minded omnivorous population with beautiful vegan ‘junk food’.
A happy mix of West meets East, pink meets green, and beer meets bao, Mr Go’s is proof itself an eatery needn’t stick to one concrete theme.
Olive provides attentive service, luxurious ambiance, perfectly poached eggs and a top cup of black coffee.
Ombra goes to show that great food and great service are a winning combination every time.
Ortega Fish Shack
A favourite amongst Wellingtonians, Ortega Fish Shack is a must go-to seafood restaurant within the city.
Wellington's favourite Neapolitan pizza.
Press Hall is proof there’s a new age of food court style eateries in town.
A suburban eatery with city sophistication.
A great option for pizza or a late night chocolate hit, this little landmark has you covered.
A modern dining experience that pays tribute to values of sustainability, quality and comfort.
Ask any Wellingtonian where to get the best fried chicken and chances are they’ll point you in Soul Shack’s direction.
Taste of Home
This place has a cult following simply due to word of mouth - proof that the flavours here are something Wellingtonians just can’t get enough of.
The Fisherman’s Plate
An unassuming place punching well above its weight.
The Ramen Shop
Rain, gale or shine the Ramen Shop serves up well-priced feeds for travellers and locals in need.
Wellington restaurant TJ Katsu serves fresh, exciting Japanese food from multiple locations in the central city.
Tommy keeps things simple with old mates like margherita and pepperoni.
Viva Mexico Newtown
Tired of cooking what Mexicans didn’t eat, Antonio Gonzales started Viva Mexico.
Wilson Barbecue has a new permanent home after wowing Wellingtonian's with their food truck delights and pop-up stints. Wilson Barbecue is loudly and proudly “all about the meat”, and their brisket, ribs, and pulled pork, all cooked low ‘n slow, enjoy a richly deserved reputation.