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Whitby's Restaurant & Bar

147 The Terrace, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good32%
  • Average22%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible6%
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Open Now
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM Hours
European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
147 The Terrace, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

First time in a few years I have had a meal here. Not very easy to find as you have to go through the hotel lobby and then a lift which was not sign posted. The Sunday buffet was very disappointing as the meat was...More

Thank Rodman100
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

Mother’s’ Day: dinner time and this place was humming. I had no booking and had to wait but they found a seat for me at the piano bar. Every type of person was here but being a Sunday evening it was mainly families and this...More

Thank dougcoAuckland
Reviewed 12 May 2018

Celebrated a birthday here with a high tea. As someone who needs gf & df I was very pleasantly surprised as to what was offered. Initially I was a bit embarrassed at having a whole stand to myself but the food on it was so...More

1  Thank Stellarwella
Reviewed 12 May 2018

Our family has booked table for 10 people to celebrate Mother's Day. We have had a good memory with amazing food and also awesome service. Even though it was quite a busy lunch for Whitby's but the staffs there did a really good job, especially...More

Thank nathanj76
Reviewed 1 May 2018

We have now been to Whitby's three times for High Tea - it is not the flashiest High Tea in Wellington but we think that it rates as the best overall. The Tea Sommelier is wonderful and makes the whole experience a lot of fun....More

Thank Chevni
JamesCookHotel, Senior Communications Executive at Whitby's Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

Hi Chevni, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent High Tea experience at Whitby's Restaurant and for your kind comments regarding our staff. Lance is a great asset to the Whitby's team. His knowledge of tea (gained from extensive travels) and professional...More

Reviewed 24 April 2018

Went to Whitby's buffet to shout my sister and Mum for their birthdays and struggled to get a seat because there was no one at reception. There was a wedding going on at the same time and they were also eating the buffet food, so...More

Thank Neriah K
JamesCookHotel, Senior Communications Executive at Whitby's Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

Hi Neriah, Thank you for taking the time to share your review and we are sorry to hear about your recent dining experience, especially on your Mum's birthday. Your feedback has been noted and shared with the wider management team at the Hotel. Kind regards,...More

Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile

We arrived early and were lucky enough to get a table at the window. Great food, huge selection, definitely not disappointed. We will be back.

Thank GruntaNZ
Reviewed 22 April 2018

Wow what a beautiful lunch I had, I always enjoy the food when I come to Whitby Restaurant. I got me a grab one meal for two. Will come back again. Thank you.

Thank Chanel255115
Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

For a number of years our extended family have got together in December to celebrate the end of year and Christmas at Whitby’s. Initially it was good because the small children enjoyed helping themselves to the Buffett. Now it’s good because the teenagers still enjoy...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

What great value. Haven’t been here for awhile but it’s still good. Selection not as big as dinner but still very good. Salad bar and seafood including shrimp cocktail, mussels and king prawns.Then hot pork, chicken, lamb and pasta and vegetable choices as well as...More

Thank Cynthia N
JamesCookHotel, Snr Communications Executive at Whitby's Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

Hi Cynthia, Thank you for sharing all the delicious dishes you enjoy at Whitby's Restaurant & Bar. We really appreciate reviews, especially from repeat diners, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, The Whitby's Restaurant & Bar Team

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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, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, View, Child-friendly
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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