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Cheap eats to fine dining

Said to have more bars and restaurants per capita than New York, the culinary capital caters for everything from quick bites to long nights.

Dinner and drinks


If you're keen to start your night off with a few drinks and a spot of dinner with the option of really settling in for the long haul, you can't go wrong with these favourites:

  • Havana is a colourful and cosy spot with brilliant cocktails and tapas, plus musicians and DJs three nights a week.
  • Apache's modern Vietnamese cuisine is fresh, spicy and contemporary.
  • Dragonfly is known for its modern Asian cuisine and quirky cocktails, plus has an excellent courtyard to settle in for the night.

Cheap eats

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Wellington is blessed with plenty of amazing food options that will keep your wallet happy. 

  • Little Penang  on Dixon Street has authentic Malaysian flavours and attracts 5 star customer reviews.
  • Fisherman's Plate  down Bond Street proves that looks can be deceiving. Ignore their fish 'n' chips and get the best Vietnamese pho in town! 
  • Tommy Millions  serves New York inspired-pizza from three locations - Courtenay Place, Press Hall and Featherston. 
  • Burger Liquor on Willis Street serves delicious burgers and beverages, including famous boozy milkshakes.

Special occasion dining

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If you want to splash out a little on a night out, we've got you covered:

  • Shepherd is new to the scene and making a splash. Their modern, local and interesting menu plus intriguing beverage options make for a killer night out. 
  • Logan Brown is a stalwart of Wellington's fine dining scene. From a cosy former bank vault on Cuba Street, they serve up refined and tasty fare.
  • Capitol is based on a classical Italian style with fresh, pure and uncluttered food. They've served Wellingtonians their famous molten chocolate pudding for many years.
  • Ortega Fish Shack is a vibrant and lively eatery with ridiculously friendly service and legendary steak.

Food trucks

Food trucks

A myriad of food trucks regularly pop up around Wellington to surprise and satisfy diners on foot. Stroll the waterfront and city streets to find these favourites:

  • The Greek Food Truck are known for their authentic souvlakis. Often found on the corner of Taranaki and Dixon Streets.
  • Beat Kitchen creates fresh, exciting cuisine and have just set up a permanent spot on Vivian Street.
  • Wilson Barbecue brings your American dreams to life. Think brisket, ribs and pulled pork cooked low 'n' slow in their 1900kg smoker.


night market

Not sure what you want to eat? Swing by Wellington's tasty markets and there's more options than you can shake a kebab at.

  • Wellington Night Market - On Friday and Saturday nights, the best of the region's food trucks and stalls descend upon Left Bank (Fri) or Lower Cuba Street (Sat) for an international feast of epic proportions.
  • Harbourside Market is the spot to knock off your week's vege shopping and tuck into some tasty brunch while you're at it.
  • Capital Market is a modern take on a food court, with plenty of choice vendors serving global cuisine.