At this 19th century inspired European bistro, experience luxury dishes like lobster and steak tartare, alongside classic favourites like cheeseburgers and roast chicken – and all mains come with bottomless fries and salad greens. The interior is rich with velvet and gold, the food is seasonal, the wines are exquisite, and the service is exceptional. Founded by Wellington hospitality legends Sean Golding and Shepherd Elliot, it’s one of Wellington’s must-try restaurants.
Just a stone’s throw from the entertainment district of Courtney Place, Mabel’s is a Burmese restaurant that will transport you to the heart of Myanmar with every spoonful of noodles and sip of broth. Head in for a meal that will warm both your belly and soul in a restaurant that has been generations in the making.
Kuikui Lane is inspired by the Kuia/nans of the world; past and present. Manaakitanga (hospitality) is front of mind at this cosy spot. Māori influence is woven throughout the whole space – it’s a relaxed environment where you are always taken care of and can be yourself, just like at nan’s house. Sample locally sourced and indigenous food and drink, such as Māori flatbread parāoa pohema and kūmara chips.
Inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine with a large Turkish influence, Kisa’s food is jam-packed with flavour. Fresh-baked flatbreads, smoky eggplant and pepper dips, and lamb kebabs full of spices. This is the kind of food that takes hours to make at home, and a lot of practice to get right. If you’re looking for the perfect result with minimal effort, chef Jonny Taggart awaits you.
The South Asian street food served at Chaat Street is both authentic and delicious. Celebrating the diverse street food culture of India, the restaurant’s menu evolves monthly. It’s great for groups to experience Indian food like never before. Combine it with a fresh cocktail like a chilli margarita, bubblegum martini, or street-style drinks like milky chai.
Tucked up above the city in Kelburn village, Graze is a neighbourhood wine bar with a thoughtful, ethical menu and a considered wine list. Owned by Max Gordy, a chef who has worked in some of Wellington’s most famous kitchens – including Hillside, Matterhorn, Hummingbird and Shed 5 – Graze is a community-focused restaurant to relax, reconnect and enjoy some excellent food. Read more about Graze here.