Top food experiences in Wellington

Wondering where to eat in Wellington? With unique dining establishments that include vegan pizzerias, Maori fine cuisine and retro diners with water views, Wellington has earned a reputation for its innovative chefs and food experiences. So get ready to take your place at one of the best restaurants in Wellington as we take a look at some of this beautiful city’s most inventive culinary hotspots.

Nolita 

Nolita.

Located in the heart of vibrant Cuba Street, Nolita is Wellington’s first and only plant-based pizzeria and pastaria. With delicious house-made vegan cheese, delectable 48 hour sourdough bread and wood-fired pizzas bursting with flavour, there’s a reason this eatery is regarded as one of the best vegan restaurants in Wellington – Nolita will delight vegans and meat-eaters alike. Kids can also make their own pizzas every weekday between 12-5pm.

Beach Babylon 

Beach Babylon.

Situated on Oriental Parade, this retro-style beachfront eatery offers stunning views of Wellington Harbor alongside a diverse brunch, lunch and dinner menu, with some delicious local beers and wines. From beer battered fish burgers to quesadillas, retro-styled fondues and all vegan equivalents, Beach Babylon brings together classic flavours to complement the view. The perfect spot for a leisurely dining experience by the water.

HIAKAI 

HIAKAI.

For a truly unique and culturally immersive dining experience, HIAKAI is a must-visit. Chef Monique Fiso has gained international acclaim for her innovative approach to Māori cuisine, infusing traditional flavours with modern techniques. Located in the heart of the city, HIAKAI’s exquisite multi-course tasting menu takes diners on a journey through New Zealand’s indigenous and culinary heritage.

The Botanist

The Botanist.

Overlooking the breathtaking south coast of Wellington, The Botanist is another establishment showcasing the delicious possibilities of a vegetarian repast. Indulge in delights such as Syrian ‘meatballs’, Crispy Tofu Ramen and spicy bean burgers while admiring the seafront views of the south coast and beyond. You’ll also find some of the best cocktails in Wellington, with botanical twists delivering delights such as the Hibiscus Mimosa.

El Matador 

El Matador.

Featuring New Zealand’s inaugural wood-fired adores and parrilla, El Matador has been serving inventive Spanish tapas and authentic Argentinian steaks for over a decade. The wood fire BBQ is the name of the game here, with Bife de Chorizo and the wood fire grilled Asador Azul burger among our hot picks. Settle into the sunlit courtyard, or take a seat in the upscale bar to sip a San Emilio sherry with dessert, and find out what the fuss is about.

WBC Restaurant

W.B.C. Restaurant.

Nestled in an historic boot-making factory – now adorned with a plywood bar, sunlit dining area and impressive menu blackboards – WBC Restaurant (Wine, Bites, and Culinary) offers fine dining with innovative global flavours. Experience New Zealand’s seasonal premium produce with one of WBC’s ‘raw menu’ dishes such as raw or tempura-styled oysters or savour the Jimbaran-style barbecued fish or delicious meat or vegetarian potsticker dumplings. 

Charley Noble Eatery and Bar

Charley Noble.

For more wood-fired expertise, Charley Noble is a locally famous dining hotspot with a menu that boasts New Zealand’s locally sourced produce. With a bustling ambience that is both chic and inviting, Charley’s open kitchen concept lets you witness culinary mastery while you tuck into Pure South Sirloin or Fire Grilled Cauliflower. You’ll also find extensive wines, craft beers, and both contemporary and classic cocktails.

Where to stay

The Quality Hotel The Angus, located in Lower Hutt CBD, is surrounded by some of Wellington’s finest diners, restaurants, sights and attractions. You’ll also enjoy an outstanding meal at the hotel’s popular Angus Conservatory restaurant.

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