Casual cool: Egmont Street Eatery

Tucked away down a magical little side street between Ghuznee and Dixon is a hidden foodie gem that's worth seeking out


Cuba precinct


11 Egmont Street
Wellington CBD


+64 4 801 6891

The Wellington culinary scene is constantly changing, but Egmont St Eatery is a chameleon of the times. Pushing boundaries, raising standards, and reinventing themselves for their loyal following.

They've been feeding hungry Wellingtonians since 2015, and this award-winning restaurant focuses on what they believe dining should be: fun, accessible, and always delicious.

Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between, Egmont St Eatery focuses on big flavours, sustainably sourced local ingredients, and zero waste. Seasonality is important, so the menu is constantly changing, but you’ll always be able to order the wildly popular house-made stracciatella cheese, served with sourdough and ever-changing toppings.  

While the restaurant is great for any time of day, dinner is a particularly social affair at Egmont, so make sure you bring a few friends along. The menu comprises a range of tasty smaller bites, so you can share around the table and ensure everyone gets to sample. The drinks are just as thoughtful, offering a selection of cocktails and a wine list celebrating Aotearoa's finest drops, and Allpress coffee to keep you going from day to night.

While you’re there, make sure you give a special nod to the staff, who might be among the hardest-working people in Wellington. Led by two award-winning Wellington boys head chef Taylor Annals, and Jonathan Dawson on front of house. They forage for ingredients, cure their own meats, and bake all their bread and sweet treats on-site.

The restaurant also deserves a special salute on behalf of the city’s gluten-free diners. While many places are content to offer one or two token options, Egmont Street Eatery runs an entire gluten-free menu alongside its main one at all times.


Its namesake laneway is tucked away between Ghuznee and Dixon Streets, and while in the centre of the city it feels like a secret spot for those in the know. The restaurant is housed in a partially underground site, once home to a car park - but you wouldn't know looking around. Inside, the fit-out is crisp and clean with a nod to Scandi design, and a large artwork dominates one feature wall.

Prefer your meal al fresco? You can sit outside and enjoy a touch of greenery in the central city. At night-time, fairy lights illuminate the laneway and you can feel the buzz emanating from Courtenay Place. It’s a reminder that even in this magical little side street, you’re right in the centre of the action.

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