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Whitebait Restaurant

1 Clyde Quay Wharf | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-385 8555
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good21%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Seafood, Mediterranean, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1 Clyde Quay Wharf | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Well trained and friendly professional staff, nicely plated food that looks so attractive, and good flavours too - parking almost at the door! We were visiting with good friends, and enjoyed pretty much everything. The mains (5, or was it 6) not offering a great...More

Thank miles52
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 6 September 2017

This place is ASTOUNDING! I'd go to Wellington just to eat here. Probably one of the top 3 restaurants I have ever eaten at... Host was so very gracious, food was beyond compare. Wow... just.... Wow!

1  Thank John W
Louise-Director, Owner at Whitebait, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

WOW just love your comments, thank you so much.

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Went with a group of friends on a Friday night. Service was fantastic, but a little disappointed by the menu options on the night (it was not my choice of restaurant). However, the sides were great and the mushrooms were the stand out of the...More

Thank pipstanz
Reviewed 1 week ago

This meal was excellent and the best we've had thus far in New Zealand. Dining room is lovely with simple wood tables and straight back fabric-covered chairs in muted shades of gray, blue and aqua. Food was beautifully presented and we found everything superb from...More

Thank Bi-coaster
Reviewed 1 week ago

We love our meals at Whitebait and this visit for my birthday was no different. We appreciate a good fine dining restaurant and Whitebait delivers. The service, food and the setting are top notch. The food is always well presented and have great flavours. The...More

Thank Rosewell23
Reviewed 1 week ago

Last night in New Zealand, we were staying in a good hotel, QT museum Hotel Wellington, good french restaurant, but lacking in seafood dishes, I went onto Trip Advisor and found Whitebait, 200 metres walk from the hotel, good reviews, I had 3.5 courses, my...More

1  Thank pflynn58
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've heard many great things about this place. So expectations were high. We weren't disappointed. The place has a relaxed feel about it, with warm and friendly staff. The waitresses were friendly and knowledgeable. It was all about the ensuring the customer had the nest...More

1  Thank wkhloh
Reviewed 1 week ago

A birthday tea and was expecting great food. We went with the bistro meal with paired wines. The oyster was great. The whitebait was really good but the egg undercooked. The seafood stew was ok. The wine paired with the whitebait, an orange wine, smelt...More

Thank Loren K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An amazing experience. The restaurant was warm and comfortable which made for a relaxed enjoyable meal. The food was stunning. While we were aware of the menu it far exceeded our expectations. And just to make it that much better all the staff were fantastic....More

1  Thank Fiona D
Louise-Director, Owner at Whitebait, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for such a lovely review. Thrilled that all the hard work of our kitchen and front of house teams has delivered great service and great food. Thank you.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went as a family with our 2 year old son. He had an a la carte, and me and my wife went for the tasting menu. We've had a lot of tasting menus from different restaurants, and this was a very classic and genuine...More

1  Thank JMJohnsson
Louise-Director, Owner at Whitebait, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Love your feedback, thank you so much. We enjoy having families dining with us and young children are always welcome.

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Marilyn I
17 July 2016|
Response from SuzieLock | Reviewed this property |
Not sure sorry, all depends on where the fireworks are let off from. I would suggest telephoning Whitebait and asking them directly.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$16 - US$71
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, View, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Clyde Quay Wharf | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-385 8555
  • E-mail
Located at Clyde Quay Wharf overlooking the Wellington waterfront, Te Papa and the city skyline Whitebait is the brainchild of owner, Paul Hoather. Whitebait focuses on showcasing local seafood in it's purest and simplest form. Alongside the seafood the menu features locally sourced game, lamb and vegetarian dishes. The kitchen makes their own ricotta, pasta and bread using local artesian water.
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