The best BYO restaurants for your next night out
You've brought back a bottle of wine from Martinborough that you can't wait to try. Here's our list of the city's best restaurants where you can bring your own.
200 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington
In a city that has an established love affair with Malaysian food, when it comes to Rasa it's a long-term marriage. Rasa was opened in 2003 and quickly became known for their signature dish – dosa, which is a fermented rice pancake of South Indian origin.
It’s huge, delicious and comes with a range of house-made condiments. Their beef rendang and Goan fish curry also come highly recommended. With its invitingly warm red and orange interior, friendly service and BYO wine license, Rasa is a popular place to go for a celebratory dinner with a bottle of local Martinborough pinot noir.
Masala Cafe & Bar
12 Allen Street, Te Aro, Wellington
A busy Indian restaurant in the heart of the Courtenay Place party precinct, Masala is a popular place to begin a night out.
The restaurant has a colourful and warm vibe and is a great place for a get together. The friendly staff are adept at handling large groups, but bookings are recommended. Take along a bottle of wine to enjoy with your dinner and order up your favourite curry (the butter chicken is very good here) or try something new.
Shop 3/148 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Miyabi, established in April 1997, has been serving delicious Japanese cuisine from a beautiful character building for 20 years. Known for it authentic and generous Japanese meals, Miyabi is an excellent spot for lunch, dinner or large parties.
Relax, sit back and enjoy traditional Japanese food with family and friends or pop in for a quick meal before a movie or a night out.
232 Oriental Parade, Oriental Bay, Wellington
A slice of retro beach paradise by Wellington’s golden sand beach, Oriental Bay.
Specialising in casual cool dining, Beach Babylon is a comfortable café and restaurant that’s open for brunch, lunch and dinner – and cheese fondue from 4pm. The coffee is locally roasted by Peoples Coffee, there’s Wellington craft beer and wine on the menu, or if you feel like going full retro, there’s tiki cocktails. And if you fancy it, there's the option to BYO a bottle of wine to accompany dinner. There’s outdoor seating with a view of the sea that’s the place to be on a sunny Wellington day.
141 Manners Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Great India is both incredibly popular and award-winning; they were included Cuisine's list of the top New Zealand restaurants in 2019. Their service is impeccable – start your meal with the poppadom and chutney while you decide what to order from the menu.
Specialising in authentic North Indian cuisine using locally-sourced ingredients and fresh spices to create flavoursome dishes. The BYO license allows you to bring wine or beer, so take along a good bottle of Martinborough wine or your favourite local craft beer.
Arashi Kushiyaki Bar
41 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington
Arashi Kushiyaki Bar is a popular Japanese eatery on Courtenay Place that’s great for large groups.
It was the first kushiyaki (grilled skewers) bar in Wellington and kushiyaki continues to be one of the most popular items on the menu. Arashi caters for a range of dietary requirements including vegetarian, gluten-free and nut-free and there’s a BYO wine license. As well as kushiyaki, there’s sashimi, sushi, teriyaki and tempura. Arashi is a fun place to start your night or a great night out in itself.
31a Waitoa Road, Hataitai, Wellington
Popular Hataitai eatery BambuchiSan specialises in delicious small plates that are perfect for sharing. Expect contemporary retakes on Japanese favourites like gyoza, sushi and yakitori alongside a drinks menu that features sake, wine and craft beer - they make a pretty good cocktail as well. Dietary requirements are well-catered for here and most of the menu is gluten-free.
The service is friendly and fun and every Wednesday there’s the option to BYO wine to accompany your dinner – Bambuchi is also open for some pretty excellent brunch at weekends.