Eat like a New Yorker at Romeo's

Searching for dreams in the concrete playground of America, instead, four brothers found it was hidden in a small nook of Wellington

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Te Aro precinct


3/126 Vivian Street
Te Aro

Four brothers, now business owners of Romeo’s Deli & Bar found themselves back in the Wellington hospitality scene after spending a year in the big apple. Their whole worlds came together when they formed the idea of opening a deli.

Previously a Malaysian restaurant, the brothers have transformed the space into a casual bodega-styled deli on Vivian Street. By word of mouth, Romeo’s has become a hot spot for a good lunch, and the place to wind down after work. 

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Cinnamon roll Romeos
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Step into the simplicity of Romeo’s

During the day, grab an espresso or a bottomless filter coffee, alongside some of the best cinnamon rolls in Wellington. 

Make like co-owner Seb and grab a bacon egg and cheese on the way to work like he would when roaming the streets of Brooklyn. He vouches this item will never be taken off the menu. Or choose from a selection of bagels, French bread, and sandwiches that are stepping up Wellington's lunch game. 

From late afternoon, Romeo's turns into a popular spot for a drink, with a short but well-curated list of classic cocktails and natural and organic wines. The space is intimate (okay, it's small) so it fills up quickly, but that just adds to the charm and sense of satisfaction when you nab yourself a table. 

They are steering people in a refreshing new direction from the loud and rowdy drinking stretch of Courtenay Place to an unpretentious yet quality experience. But there's still a bit of party flavour - they sometimes have a local DJ playing tracks on a Friday night. 

Romeo’s Deli & Bar is open from Tuesday to Sunday for their deli and the bar is open late on Wednesday to Saturday evenings.

What's in a name?

Named by brother George he envisioned Romeo's Deli & Bar as a personified young Leonardo Dicaprio in the late 90s film Romeo and Juliet.

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