132 Cuba Street, Te Aro
A pastaria with style in the heart of Cuba Street.
Eating and drinking in the capital is an experience in itself, and restaurants in Wellington play a big part in continuing to make this place a hot spot for tourists and locals alike.
The colour, quirkiness and character of Wellington certainly revolves around people, and when those same people need to eat three times a day, then the restaurant scene quickly becomes very much tied in with how the city presents itself.
Eating out at your favourite place is half the fun, the other half is deciding where to go next time. Much like the social scene hosted by bars in Wellington, restaurants here are plentiful, but each place comes with its own flair and flavour, and we are yet to hear of anyone ever getting bored with what is on offer. From spectacular fine-dining to fish and chips gone modern, to the cheap and cheerful places dotting Cuba Street, Wellington restaurants offer visitors the chance to taste a bit of home as well as cuisines from all over the world. Spanish tapas, Vietnamese spring rolls, Chinese dumplings, Indian curries and French crepes, the global palette finds itself right at home in Wellington, where locals are not afraid to try something different.
A growing trend towards plant-based, vegetarian and vegan diets sees plenty on the menu for those with dietary requirements too, although this city is certainly not without an enthusiastic carnivorous crowd too.
Foodie events throughout the year see the inner city come alive with friendly competition between restaurants, and just as frequently you will see eateries teaming up to bring you collaborations that are lip-lickingly good. Be wowed by the attention to detail that restaurants in Wellington ensure at their establishments, which means you will never feel like you are being treated to the same thing twice.
132 Cuba Street, Te Aro
A pastaria with style in the heart of Cuba Street.
18 Majoribanks Street, Mount Victoria
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.
122 Wakefield Street, Te Aro
Apachè takes a modern approach to Vietnamese hawker food.
23 Kent Terrace, Mount Victoria
Boquita has set tongues wagging since the day it opened doors on Kent Terrace.
129 Willis Street, Te Aro
Here, the burgers are fist-sized and delicious.
Ground Huddart Parker Building, 1 Post Office Square
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.
Corner of Tory Street and, College Street, Te Aro
Moore Wilson’s Chook Wagon has you covered for spontaneous picnics or a desultory dinner at home.
behind Moon Bar 167 Riddiford Street, Newtown
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.
Egmont Street Eatery
11 Egmont Street, Te Aro
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.
32a/34 Wigan Street
Part restaurant, part bar, Havana is an absolute essential in every sense of those two words.
264a Cuba Street, Te Aro
A fun and easy going brewery and bar, with plenty of games (including table tennis!) to keep you entertained.
54 Cuba Street
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
99 Victoria Street, Te Aro
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.
181 Cuba Street, Te Aro
The menu at Loretta speaks of simple food done well.
19 Blair Street, Te Aro
Los Banditos brings Wellington flavoursome Mexican food, a lively atmosphere, exciting drinks and friendly service.
105 Courtenay Place
Keeping things simple, LUCKY takes its vibes from the West Coast skate scene, where doing your own thing comes with a hint of rebellion.
3 Wilson Street, Newtown
A sign above the jet black entrance at Mason invites you to come as you are, and it's a tempting proposal.
Miyabi Sushi Japanese Cafe
3/148 Willis Street, Te Aro
Miyabi Sushi Japanese Café is an obvious choice for either lunch or dinner.
8 Courtenay Place, Te Aro
Mockingbird serves the capital’s plant-based and open minded omnivorous population with beautiful vegan ‘junk food’.
59 Taranaki Street, Te Aro
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.
170-172 Cuba Street, Te Aro
Olive provides attentive service, luxurious ambiance, perfectly poached eggs and a top cup of black coffee.
199 Cuba Street, Te Aro
Ombra goes to show that great food and great service are a winning combination every time.
Ortega Fish Shack
16 Majoribanks Street, Mount Victoria
A favourite amongst Wellingtonians, Ortega Fish Shack is a must go-to seafood restaurant within the city.
unit 24, ground floor/13 Leeds Street, Te Aro
Wellington's favourite Neapolitan pizza.
78 Willis Street, Wellington
Press Hall is proof there’s a new age of eateries in town.
5 Todman Street, Brooklyn
A suburban eatery with city sophistication.
2 Commerce Crescent, Waitangirua, Porirua
If you’ve called Samoa home at some point in your life then this place is undoubtedly going to stir up all kinds of nostalgia.
141 Cuba Street, Te Aro
A great option for pizza or a late night chocolate hit, this little landmark has you covered.
1/5 Eva Street, Te Aro
A modern dining experience that pays tribute to values of sustainability, quality and comfort.
38 Dixon Street, Te Aro
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
128 Vivian Street, Te Aro
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.
2/55 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro
Hotdogs and wine might seem like an unlikely combination, but at The Ascot, no one’s going to judge you holding a glass of wine in one hand and a saucy dog in the other.
The Fisherman’s Plate
12 Bond Street, Te Aro
An unassuming place punching well above its weight.
The Little Goat + La Cabrita
Cobham Court, Porirua
Once a travelling food truck, The Little Goat is now set firmly in its little spot, serving delicious fare based on Mediterranean recipes.
The Ramen Shop
191 Riddiford Street, Newtown
Rain, gale or shine the Ramen Shop serves up well-priced feeds for travellers and locals in need.
88-90 Manners Street, Te Aro
Wellington restaurant TJ Katsu serves fresh, exciting Japanese food from multiple locations in the central city.
101/103 Courtenay Place, Te Aro
Tommy keeps things simple with old mates like margherita and pepperoni.
3 Beach Road, Plimmerton, Porirua
Those clued up on Polish cuisine will feel right at home at Topor Bistro with a menu featuring the classics: dig into all the pierogi, bigos, and golabki.
Tuk Tuk Thai Kitchen
15 Hartham Place North, Porirua City Centre, Porirua
Aside from serving excellent food, Tuk Tuk Thai has one clear goal: to make customers feel like they’re in Thailand without even leaving Porirua.
Viva Mexico Newtown
161 Riddiford Street, Newtown
Tired of cooking what Mexicans didn’t eat, Antonio Gonzales started Viva Mexico.
17 Johnsonville Road, Johnsonville
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.