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Whitby's Restaurant & Bar

147 The Terrace, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good31%
  • Average22%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (13 reviews)
“cheese board” (5 reviews)
“ice cream” (10 reviews)
Closes in 23 min
12:00 PM - 2:30 PMAll hours
European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
147 The Terrace, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for dinner had the buffet had a nice table for two. The food was a huge let down as have been here many times before last time about two years ago the shrimps were all cloudy and sloppy the beef looked ice but was...More

Thank Q3816PHmichellec
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent high tea, great value for money. The scones were particularly delicious and I loved the cream. Lovely tea as well, and our tea server was very knowledgeable and helpful when it came to choosing teas to go with the food. I appreciated that we...More

Thank sachanNZ
Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

We went for dinner recently with a 5 year old and 1yr old and had a wonderful time. The food is really nice, the selection is fantastic and the service was some of the best I’ve experienced. Staff were friendly and very attentive. The highchair...More

Thank Dave R
Reviewed 28 December 2017

Had Christmas dinner here two years ago and just had to go back. This year it was also very good - the only reason I didn't give it "excellent" is because I was looking forward to having the honeyed pumpkin again which was advertised. It...More

Thank Mary G
JamesCookHotel, Senior Communications Executive at Whitby's Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2018

Hi Mary, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience at Whitby's on TripAdvisor. We are so pleased you chose celebrate Christmas at Whitby's and that you were able to enjoy our buffet experience. A lot of planning and care is taken...More

Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

Bit of a walk down memory lane with my son just returned home. We had always come here when he was a child.The buffet was as good as we remembered with pre-christmas additions. Variety of choice pleasing. Excellent good and service.

Thank Hayley B
Reviewed 27 December 2017

5 of us had our Christmas lunch, the meal was fabulous, the staff were amazing. I will never cook another Christmas meal again. Booking in here for sure. Thank you for making our day so stress free.

Thank Lisa B
Reviewed 26 December 2017

Good range of food for our family including 2 young children. Staff were friendly and we enjoyed our meal for Christmas Eve Lunch. Was a great idea to come to lunch here.

Thank powejane
Reviewed 20 December 2017

Ate here for my son's birthday dinner. Good food, especially the meat dishes, really awesome. Liked the fish, especially. The variety of menu is also good for a buffet. Came early and got the early bird special price as well.

Thank limeldad
Reviewed 19 December 2017

The food was just terrible. If you are invited stick with the ham and a salad. They couldn't stuff up the ice cream but the rest varied from boring to horrible. It was fractionally up-market office cafeteria food prepared without imagination or care. Quantity was...More

Thank Richard B
Reviewed 18 December 2017

The buffet meal itself was quite excellent. Plentiful and varied. My disappointment came when it came to paying with a credit card for a party of over 20 people. I would not expect a surcharge for using a credit card from an establishment whose customers...More

Thank George B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$60
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Buffet
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, View, Kids
Open Hours
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 147 The Terrace, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: 644999500
  • E-mail
This locally adored restaurant invites you to enjoy Wellington from a breathtaking perspective. Ascend to the James Cook Hotel's 17th floor for sweeping views of the city and harbour. Partake in the opulent buffet, with our Chef personally crafting made-to-order dishes on the live cooking station, or choose a selection from the a la carte menu of regional specialities and international fare. To end your evening on a romantic note, visit the Piano Bar for an after-dinner cocktail. Whitby's is also available for private events. Please contact us to discuss arrangements. Opening times:•Breakfast : 06:30 - 10:00 hrs•Lunch: 12:00 - 14:30 hrs•Dinner: 17:30 - 22:00 hrs (early-bird: 17:30-19:00)•High Teas: 11:30 - 15:30 hrs•Piano Bar: 10:00 - late High Tea at the James Cook is a Wellington tradition, perfect for get-togethers, showers or unwinding after a day of shopping. Relax and savour a fine selection of teas and coffees, paired with scones and cakes fresh from the hotel bakery, traditional finger sandwiches, petite savouries, desserts and chocolate dipped strawberries.
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