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 woman eating a bowl of noodles at Miss Peppercorn in Christchurch.
Great hand-pulled noodles are silky, springy, chewy ribbons to savour. Here are a few places across Aotearoa to find the best.

1154

Waiter holds three dishes at 1154, Wellington.
Place Wellington

A pastaria with style in the heart of Cuba Street.

Amok

Wide angle view of sideboard.
Place Wellington

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.

Apache

Inside the restaurant.
Place Wellington

Apachè takes a modern approach to Vietnamese hawker food.

Burger Liquor

The entrance to Burger Liquor.
Place Wellington

Here, the burgers are fist-sized and delicious.

Chook Wagon

The Chook Wagon Wellington.
Place Wellington

Moore Wilson’s Chook Wagon has you covered for spontaneous picnics or a desultory dinner at home.

Cicio Cacio

Art on white brick.
Place Wellington

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.

Dragons

Two seater table under artwork on the wall.
Place Wellington

A name synonymous with yum cha in Wellington, Dragons is an institution in the capital’s Asian dining scene.

Egmont Street Eatery

Exterior with outside lighting.
Place Wellington

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

A hand reaching for a chicken burger.
Here are our top five fried chicken places to grab a bite to eat in Wellington.

Havana Bar

Cocktails being made.
Place Wellington

Part restaurant, part bar, Havana is an absolute essential in every sense of those two words.

Heyday

Outdoor courtyard at Heyday, Wellington.
Place Wellington

A fun and easy going brewery and bar, with plenty of games (including table tennis!) to keep you entertained.

Highwater Eatery

Long narrow restaurant with people dining in rows.
Place Wellington

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

Seating inside the restaurant.
Place Wellington

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.

Loretta

A woman behind the counter.
Place Wellington

The menu at Loretta speaks of simple food done well.

Los Banditos

Colourful Mexican bar at Los Banditos
Place Wellington

Los Banditos brings Wellington flavoursome Mexican food, a lively atmosphere, exciting drinks and friendly service.

LUCKY

Burger and fries.
Place Wellington

Keeping things simple, LUCKY takes its vibes from the West Coast skate scene, where doing your own thing comes with a hint of rebellion.

Mason

A plant and table and chairs.
Place Wellington

A sign above the jet black entrance at Mason invites you to come as you are, and it's a tempting proposal.

Mockingbird

Large restaurant space downstairs with wooden walls and colourful seating.
Place Wellington

Mockingbird serves the capital’s plant-based and open minded omnivorous population with beautiful vegan ‘junk food’.

Mr Go's

Flatlay of plates of food.
Place Wellington

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

Plants in outside area.
Place Wellington

Olive provides attentive service, luxurious ambiance, perfectly poached eggs and a top cup of black coffee.

Ombra

Flatlay of food on the table.
Place Wellington

Ombra goes to show that great food and great service are a winning combination every time.

Ortega Fish Shack

Table by photo frames on wall.
Place Wellington

A favourite amongst Wellingtonians, Ortega Fish Shack is a must go-to seafood restaurant within the city.

Pizza Pomodoro

A pizza fresh out of the oven.
Place Wellington

Wellington's favourite Neapolitan pizza.

Press Hall

Tables and chairs.
Place Wellington

Press Hall is proof there’s a new age of food court style eateries in town.

Salty Pidgin

Inside the restaurant.
Place Wellington

A suburban eatery with city sophistication.

Scopa Pizzeria

Close up of pizza.
Place Wellington

A great option for pizza or a late night chocolate hit, this little landmark has you covered.

Shepherd Restaurant

The inside of the restaurant.
Place Wellington

A modern dining experience that pays tribute to values of sustainability, quality and comfort.

Soul Shack

Burgers and fried chicken on a bench.
Place Wellington

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

Woman eating noodle bowl.
Place Wellington

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

Two women eating.
Place Wellington

An unassuming place punching well above its weight.

The Ramen Shop

Three men sitting at a table.
Place Wellington

Rain, gale or shine the Ramen Shop serves up well-priced feeds for travellers and locals in need.

TJ Katsu

Man pouring soy sauce on a plate of sushi.
Place Wellington

Wellington restaurant TJ Katsu serves fresh, exciting Japanese food from multiple locations in the central city.

Tommy Millions

The front of the building.
Place Wellington

Tommy keeps things simple with old mates like margherita and pepperoni.

Viva Mexico Newtown

Art on an exterior wall.
Place Wellington

Tired of cooking what Mexicans didn’t eat, Antonio Gonzales started Viva Mexico.

Wilson Barbecue

Customer at Wilson Barbecue enjoying the food.
Place Wellington

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.