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Boulcott Street Bistro Restaurant

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99 Boulcott Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-499 4199
12:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 22:00
Sat 17:30 - 21:00
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Littleborough, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A very old, quirky, building surrounded by highrise apartments and commercial buildings. Restaurant only accepts bookings for certain times of the day and you otherwise take your chance. Excellent food well presented and served. Well worth a visit.

Thank Ernie M
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Phoned the bistro to make a reservation but was told 'it's just casual dining after 6pm'. We arrived around 7:30. The waiter informed us on arrival that there weren't any tables available but a lady who was dining on her own was just finishing her dessert so a table would be ready in about 10 minutes. Lie number 1. We... More 

Thank Wandiemoo
Wellington, New Zealand
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Though we have been to BSB many times, on this occasion, we were hosting some family from out of town. We knew of the no booking policy and despite being a busy Saturday, we managed to snag a table for six without having to wait. Lucky too,as soon after the restaurant was completely packed. The waitstaff were attentive with drinks... More 

Thank anname94
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Housed in a cute little old cottage, Boulcott St Bistro is a classic. The service is excellent and the food is amazing. I almost always order the steak and chips, and they are consistently excellent. The French Onion soup is amazing and the one time I tried something different (the fish and scallops) I was not disappointed. Such a great... More 

Thank Tommy G
Christchurch, New Zealand
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Consistently great cuisine. The dinner menu is relatively simple but each option is tried and true. There is a reasonable New Zealand theme to the menu with local produce to the fore, though it would be nice to see a game food option. Good service, knowledgeable and accommodating staff. On certain nights, it can get a little noisy but if... More 

Thank SteveHeart
Catskill, NY
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62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant is gingerbread and beams, just cute as can be. The service is exemplary, the wine list interesting enough, but the food is simply bland. A tuna sashimi appetizer was as interesting as cardboard, though the mushroom pasta was quite good. The fish of the day featured sweet scallops with coral still attached over a flavorless fillet of something?... More 

Thank Eugene Z
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here to celebrate my partner's birthday on Saturday night.The place was packed and on arrival we were greeted by a very friendly FOH manager who informed us it would be a 45 minute wait for a table,and invited us to have a drink at the bar while we waited.We decided to stay and were glad we did.In the... More 

Thank rosieandadam2015
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51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was good. Regrettably my partner's calf's liver starter was sinewy and then there was an almost 75 min delay before our mains were served! The snapper market fish was excellent as well as the double fried fries sides and broccoli sides, but after such a long delay it placed a serious damper on the evening. The FOH manager redeemed... More 

Thank Francois B
Wellington, New Zealand
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Second time here in a month. Once again, a delicious dinner. This time I had the braised beef cheeks, preceded by the mushroom ravioli. Both dishes beautifully cooked and presented. The staff are friendly and attentive. The wait was long (no booking policy) but you can have a drink at the bar and get something off the entree menu if... More 

Thank JJdazza50
Melbourne, Australia
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As described on its website, Boulcott Street Bistro is a Wellington restaurant set in Plimmer House, a Victorian cottage named after John Plimmer, the notable Wellingtonian who was officially bestowed the title ‘Father of Wellington’. It has a central location, but be warned, if you're staying in the CBD, it's quite a challenging climb up the Plimmer steps to get... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$28
European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 99 Boulcott Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-499 4199
Iconic Wellington restaurant, Boulcott Street Bistro opened its doors in 1991 and over the past 20+ years has welcomed visitors and locals alike with warm hospitality, fine food cooked with care, and a well chosen wine list, all served in a relaxed atmosphere.Boulcott Street Bistro follows a benevolent tradition , proudly serving its many loyal customers a combination of innovative, modern fare, classic bistro dishes, and great wines earning the reputation as a Wellington favourite. The kitchen sources the freshest seasonal produce available, and are always happy to accommodate dietary requirements and requests.The Heritage setting of the restaurant, also known as Plimmer House, is a delightful Wellington landmark. Plimmer house is named after John Plimmer, the notable Wellingtonian who was officially bestowed the title 'Father of Wellington'. The charming inner-city Gothic cottage was originally built as a wedding gift by a local groom for his bride to be in the late 1870s and came into the possession of the Plimmer family in 1911.Bookings can be made for lunch, but no need to book for dinner as it is casual dining. To help celebrate a special occasion we can organise flowers, champagne and a delicious house-baked chocolate cake. We have set menus for 10 or more if you are organising a function. Roast dinners, a traditional favourite, are available every Sunday evening from 6.00Pm with our "Roast & Red" special, and this includes a delicious homemade dessert and a glass of red.The private dining room seating 10 - 16 for lunch or dinner is also perfect for conferences or work functions with full catering services to suit your needs

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?