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Winter dining is all about the flavours, the atmosphere and the warmth of company. Whether you’re looking to spoil yourself with the finest dining available, the cosy feel of comfort food or just to park up with a steak, a beer and a fireplace, Wellington’s got you covered this winter.
Not all meals are created equal. For a food experience that you’ll be telling people about for years, visit one of Wellington’s famous fine dining restaurants.
Logan Brown was credited with taking the standard of New Zealand fine dining to a new level when it opened in 1996. Fresh ingredients beautifully prepared and a notion that fine dining doesn’t have to be formal – that’s the recipe that has seen them become a Wellington institution.
Artisan specialises in locally-sourced primary produce, much of it organic and free range, with their grain-finished Wakanui Blue eye fillet a steak-lover’s idea of heaven.
Hippopotamus Restaurant is renowned for its Versace-style décor, harbour views and original artwork, as well as the exquisite French-inspired contemporary cuisine of Chef Laurent Louedeac.
Once a Swiss coffee house in the 1960s, Matterhorn has become a haven to creative Wellingtonians, with its hip atmosphere, cocktails and regular live music. What many don't know is just how excellent their food is. Based on a shared plate menu, it fuses wildfood ingredients with sophisticated technique.
Vibrant and busy, Monsoon Poon specialises in the best of South East Asia. Flaming woks and flashing knives are visible in the open kitchen making this 'eatertainment' at its very best. Try the 25 Herb & Spice Lamb Curry for the full sensory experience.
in the heart of Courtenay Place, Hummingbird prides itself on delicious unprentious food and a great atmosphere. From tapas and sharing plates to a bistro or full dinner menu, they've got something to suit any appetite. Just along the street is the sophisticated modern Asian eatery Dragonfly, where tasty and exotic food is matched with a fantastic wine selection and signature cocktails - try the Thai Foon!
In winter there’s nothing more welcoming than a fireplace and the warmth of wood. Well over 150 years old, The Thistle Inn combines a relaxed atmosphere with a menu of simple food, cooked beautifully. Plus they match it with a great selection of NZ wines – something they didn’t do in the 1840s!
If you're heading to a show, movie or other evening event Whitby's, on the 17th floor of the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor has a special earlybird Winter Warmer Buffet. Roasts, stews curries, desserts and cheeses, and you're on your way by 7pm.
Public Bar & Eatery is the bistro concept evolved for the 21st century. Stylish surroundings and great service are grounded by hearty food and big flavours. Book ahead for the Sunday Jazz Club, where some of the best local jazz trios come together for a regular session.
The local craft beer scene is buzzing, and the team at Fork & Brewer are proud to champion the industry. With forty beer taps and a menu that matches each and every dish to a brew (yes, even the desserts), this is a beer lover's paradise.
Steak fans (you know who you are), can't go past the Portlander Bar & Grill, where from Angus to Wakanui and Wagyu, your passion will be indulged by people who love the finest cuts as much as you do. If you're accompanying a devoted carnivore, there's also a fine menu to choose from beyond the steak section.