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Travellers' Choice2023
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0.8 km from Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
About
Iconic Wellington restaurant, Boulcott Street Bistro opened its doors in 1991. For the past 29 years, the Bistro 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. The kitchen sources the freshest seasonal produce available, and are always happy to accommodate dietary requirements and requests. 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. We have set menus for
PRICE RANGE
$5 - $39
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
European, New Zealand
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Accepts Visa
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We had booked for a family celebration, and left before dessert was offered. Entrees were good and served promptly, then it took a took for the worse. Mains took forever to arrive, for some reason bread for the table arrived with the main course, fries...for the steak arrived after the main was finished and the fish was totally overcooked. Had really hoped for more, but alas we left without ordering dessert and with a very overwhelming price tag to boot. A definite must try harder, but alas we will never return to find out if you do.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 19 March 2024

Absolutely brilliant. Lovely location, great service from Jono and Sam, excellent wine list and good food. The best service and food we had in 2 weeks in NZ. Clive and Paivi.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 15 March 2024 via mobile

No one answers the phone...upon arrival, on a Friday at 2pm, when lunch and dinner are purportedly served, we were told the kitchen was closed. They claimed to be open from 12-9 on Friday. Good luck if you try your plans around this place.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 27 February 2024

Went here for an early dinner - you can only booked up until 1800 and after that is a walk-in. Suggest go for an early dinner as quite a few people waiting when we left , albeit bar is a neat place to hang out...whilst waiting for a table. Staff very good, attentive without being over zealous, let us eat at our own pace; food fabulous - I had French onion soup and pork loin both of which delicious, and my wife had burrata and heritage tomato and rack of lamb, the latter of which was spectacular. Did. It make it to desert. An added plus, Monday night Champagne is half price. Definitely worth a visit.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 24 February 2024 via mobile

Delightful and delectable dinner. We enjoyed the local vibe and wonderful service. Our entree we started with the French onion soup and caprese salad with our main with local grilled lamb chops and the local white fish of the day. Boulcott was recommended by two...local women whom we met at the wharf and told us to make a reservation - glad we did.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 20 January 2024

We had dinner at this lovely bistro on New Year's Eve. Delicious meal, excellent service and great atmosphere. Loved it!

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 12 December 2023 via mobile

Food was very good. We had the steak. It was cooked perfectly. The service was friendly and efficient. Would recommend eating here.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 9 December 2023 via mobile

We had an excellent dinner, probably the best in our month in the Antipodes, at this buzzy, fun, restaurant. We arrived a little before its proper opening but were welcomed in and installed at the bar by Johnnie the manager. The place was quickly full...and our meal was excellent, served by friendly and attentive staff. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 5 December 2023

Great spot! Food was delicious and staff was fabulous. Atmosphere was great and it was a busy place but they made you feel very welcome.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 29 October 2023 via mobile

I would say my overall review of the food in New Zealand was just ok overall. That is except for Boulcott. They have a lovely little restaurant specializing in French fare. The service is outstanding and the attention to detail is excellent. The extra touches...go a long way and the overall dining experience was perhaps the best we had in all of New Zealand during our trip. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 20 October 2023 via mobile

My partner loves French cuisine so I have booked this place after reading all the great reviews. We weren’t disappointed. The food were delicious and the service was excellent. I will definitely be back next time we are in Wellington.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 24 September 2023 via mobile

From the welcome when we stepped through the door to the food, the service and the general ambience couldn’t fault this restaurant

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 25 August 2023

This place has such a lovely atmosphere and warmth. The welcoming, service and food are all exeptional. Thankyou so much for our making a great birthday

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 31 July 2023 via mobile

The Buckwheat gnocchi with butternut squash and oyster mushrooms is a perfect dish. The mix of sweet and savory flavors makes it difficult to not inhale it with it two minutes of the plate being set in front of you. It was so delicious, we...ordered a second plate to share. The lamb shank was fall off the bone perfection in tenderness and flavor. The peas and lentils that accompanied the sauce and potato mash were fresh and light. It’s a savory meal and yet didn’t feel heavy. We were big fans of the chocolate cake/saffron ice cream and the butterscotch toffee pudding. The crème brûlée was large in portion but not as flavorful as the other two desserts. Make reservations early - this is a gem of a restaurant. It was our favorite meal in a two week vacation.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 23 July 2023 via mobile

The meal was amazing everyone ordered a different meal. All were delicious. The staff was proficient served us with flair and smiles We had a lovely family fun night out with excellent food

Date of visit: July 2023
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Business casual to smart casual
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Hi. The restaurant is closed on Dec 24. You can find opening hours and book online from their website.
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BOULCOTT STREET BISTRO, Wellington - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Boulcott Street Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5