The best places to eat in Petone

With eateries serving up cuisines from around the world, the only hard part is choosing where to go

Seashore Cabaret

160 The Esplanade, Petone, Lower Hutt

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What do you do when you’ve run some of Wellington’s best cafés? If your name’s Matt Wilson, you head out to the Petone foreshore to open this 180-seater café atop the Petone Rowing Club.

Filled with an eclectic array of vintage finds (have your fortune told by the Zoltar machine), it’s easy to see why this place is always busy: there’s the location with its stunning harbour views, but also food that’s big on taste. The salmon salad is just the thing for a warm day and the buttermilk pancakes will ruin you for all others. They also roast and sell their own Good Fortune Coffee brand so don’t leave without a bag or two.

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Miss Fortune's

105 Hutt Park Road, Gracefield, Lower Hutt

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A little jewel in the rough that serves up seriously great counter food and locally-roasted Good Fortune Coffee.

The little sister café to the popular Seashore Cabaret on the Petone Foreshore, Miss Fortune’s has a playful retro fit-out. The café has indoor seating, plus a sunny courtyard out back. Now back to that seriously great counter food - expect delicious freshly baked cakes, pies and doughnuts and bowls of tasty seasonal salads to have in or takeaway.

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Gorgeous Cafe

133 Jackson Street, Petone

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Gorgeous Cafe is the delicious partner to next door Goodness Boutique, offering delicious food and coffee to complement the store's fashion and style. Mull over a purchase or if something catches your eye while you're having a coffee, you can pop into Goodness to try it on. 

Serving a range of local beverages including Rich coffee, Six Barrel Soda, and Hakanoa Ginger Beer. The food menu features sweets, savouries, and sandwiches sourced from by the best bakers in Wellington. Gorgeous (and Goodness) are both accessible (including the loos) and pet-friendly for well-behaved furry friends. 

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The Butcher and Brewer

175 Jackson Street, Petone, Lower Hutt

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Fantastic staff, good beer, and great food – six words that tell you all you need to know about this corner gastropub.

Kiwis of a certain age might remember this spot as The Empire, which served thirsty punters for over 100 years. But a few years ago, Paul Rowan turned it into this light, bright bar/eatery which brews its own beer. There’s an impressive range of whisky and when you get hungry, the menu includes everything from Bento Boxes to slow-smoked pork belly.

Mexico

136 Jackson Street, Petone, Wellington

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You can't miss Mexico's distinctive red neon sign outside on Jackson Street. Inside, the Dia de Muertos decor is spot-on: vibrant murals, painted skulls, religious iconography and matadors, Frida Kahlo portraits, and an excess of knick-knacks.

Like the other restaurants in the Mexico whānau, Mexico Petone's menu is a version of Mexican street food told through a seasonal menu. Their dishes take flavour inspiration from around the globe, carefully woven into a Mexican-esque tapestry with maize, salsa, and various herbs and spices.

It’s a fun, friendly, and family-friendly place to go for a casual bite to eat and it’s great for larger groups, too.

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Zany Zeus

149 Randwick Road, Moera, Lower Hutt

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Zany Zeus makes boutique organic dairy products that are good enough for the king of the gods.

The family-run company are the maker of Scarlett Johannson’s favourite chocolate cake and some of Wellington’s best ice cream and soft serve, which is only available from their Moera store. But don't take our word for it – their Ghana chocolate ice cream won the supreme award at the 2019 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards. Founder Michael Matsis is known to take 18 months to perfect a flavour before releasing it in the shop, taking the age old mantra "good things take time" to heart.

Their freshly-made halloumi sandwiches are worth a mention too. Just fresh bread, organic ‘squeaky’ cheese and a squeeze of lemon – simple but delicious.

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La Bella Italia

10 Nevis Street, Petone, Wellington

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A piece of Italy in the heart of Petone, La Bella Italia is part restaurant, part deli, and a place to learn more about Italian food and culture. Owner Antonio Cacace and his wife Luisa opened La Bella Italia in 2000 as a traditional Italian restaurant that served good food, but they also wanted it to be a place where knowledge of Italian cuisine and culture could be passed onto New Zealanders.

La Bella Italia imports exclusive Italian products and offers cooking classes from time to time. It's a great place to find high-quality and hard-to-find Italian ingredients for your own pantry.

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Maharajas

87-89 Cuba Street, Petone, Lower Hutt

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When Vasant Ranchhod opened Maharajas in 1991, it was a small 24-seater restaurant. The restaurant quickly became popular and was full to bursting most nights with happy diners, so it soon became apparent to Vasant that Maharajas needed to expand. 

The restaurant is now a 150-seater grand Indian Dining Hall, with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Serving artisan-style Indian cuisine, the restaurant is fully licensed and also allows diners to BYO wine to enjoy with their meal.

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