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Jano Bistro is a seasonally-inspired restaurant, showcasing the best of local New Zealand produce and progressive dining. Located in cute, historical cottage, diners are encouraged to sit back and relax, and indulge their culinary palate.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
New Zealand, French, International, European
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were celebrating our anniversary, and what an incredible experience. The food was absolutely stunning, the entire night was fabulous. I cannot stop thinking about each course and what it offered.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 19 September 2023

Amazing food and wine! The degustation menu was so well thought through. Tasted amazing and was presented beautifully with detailed explanation. How wonderful to have so much thought and care go into our food and dining experience. Thank you for an excellent evening. Special thanks...to the staff who made the night even more enjoyable. Also, what a gorgeous building!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 1 September 2023 via mobile

I am a big foodie and this is possibly the best meal I have ever had, the waitress was exceptional and the chefs bought each course out with explanations, had the wine match and they were happy to switch out any i didn't fancy. Cannot...reccomend enough 💛More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 2 April 2023

This was the third time I have been to this establishment each time run under a different owner. Each time was a degustation dinner and each one has always been superb. We have also been to a number of others around wellington. This one would...have to rate as my all time favourite. We had the wine match. It was nice to see they has looked outside the norm with the pairing. We have found a perfect Pinot. The pace of the meal was just right and left the resturant extremely satisfied. The service was true 5 star. Hopefully I will be able to revisit in the future.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 27 March 2023 via mobile

Possibly one of the best meals we have ever had. The chef explaining each course, food I could never cook myself. And the service was impeccable. Looking forward to coming back another day.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 15 January 2023

Set in a Victorian cottage this small restaurant with a really small kitchen does a brilliant job. The 6 course tasting menu at NZ $115 was exceptional value, the amuse bouche were varied, complex and delightful, the snapper with green mandarin (including mandarin oil) was...a revelation, the Canterbury lamb with quince, potato and mustard greens (BBQ beetroot substituted for a vegetarian) was thoughtful and well balanced. The feijoa dessert spoke of it's kiwi origins and the petit four were perfection. The signature wines were also really good, we had a Vincent Careme Vouvray and the Chateauneuf du Pape, both were well priced and amazing. Service from our American wait person was responsive and the wine advice from the French owner was much appreciated.It was hard to know how they can do this for the money, we loved it.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 9 January 2023 via mobile

We had the degustation menu here. It was an excellent showcase of NZ produce and French classic cooking techniques but with finesse you’d expect from a modern bistrot dégustation menu. At 120 NZD a head (+60 for the full flight) it was good value too....The front of house and maître d’ (same person) was bright, friendly, and knowledgeable. The food was served and explained by the chefs (who are also the owners). The whole experience was excellent, intimate, non-fussy, and sophisticated all at the same time.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 24 December 2022 via mobile

This wowed on so many levels, unbelievable service, food and ambience. Loved that the chefs introduced you to each dish.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 20 November 2022 via mobile

We went here last night with my husband and in laws to celebrate his birthday. The meal was exceptional and genuinely the best meal I’ve ever had. Every dish was a revelation and discovery. From the very first dish which blew our minds with the...experience of flavours and temperatures changing from I’ve cold to warm in one mouth full. Not a cheap experience by anyones standard but was absolutely worth it and if you have a reason to celebrate I can’t think of a better place to do it.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 27 October 2022 via mobile

I had a really weird online booking experience as a solo diner (I was on business solo) so I didn't manage to actually book so cannot rate the food. However if I entered online as a single diner (+1) then there were no tables available....So I was curious so tried agan with +2 for the same date & time (couples) and could book a table online. Ended up going to Great India who were very happy to accomadate single business diners.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 13 October 2022 via mobile

We really enjoyed an excellent degustation where each course was bought to the table by one of the chefs who carefully told us how the dish was prepared. We found the whole experience really brilliant. Sure a bit pricey, but you get what you pay...for here. For us one of the best restaurants we have visited in many a year, and it deserves great accolades. We did not have matching wines, however the wine list we chose from was extensive and the staff friendly and knowledgeable.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 7 October 2022 via mobile

Truly beautiful degustation with excellent service made this a really memorable dinner. We loved that the chef for each dish presented it at the table and explained the great care that went into preparation. Must be one of the best fine dining places in the...whole of New ZealandMore

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 25 August 2022 via mobile

Cute, unassuming restaurant. Although don’t expect to have a private conversation. Cuisine was well appointed and cooked to perfection. Recommend asking for wine match for tasting menu. Wait staff may forget to offer it! Highly recommend checking out.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 15 June 2022 via mobile

Good but just not on my trip. Really wanted to like this place and had high expectations as I’ve just relocated from London and eat out a lot so wanted to find a local place that reflects European standards. Staff knowledgeable and courses explained well...but every single dish was cold. All of them and as we were seated by the kitchen, it made no sense. I overlooked the first three lukewarm dishes thinking maybe it was intentional though doubted fish should be half cold. Even the jus the poured I was thinking please be hot so the dish is warmed but even the jus was luke warm which was disappointing and rather annoying. When the pork came out cold I had to return it and it took an exceptionally long time to heat up a tiny portion whereby my companion had finished my wine was gone and the result was rather tough pork. I’d possibly try it again but I am in no rush as I think one course being cold is disappointing but all of them lukewarm? So either people don’t complain about cold food or my bad luck on that day.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 4 May 2022 via mobile

I went with my sister and brother n law. Their first degustation - and it didn’t disappoint. They got the wine match - I don’t drink so they made some amazing mock tails and didn’t feel like I was missing out. I eat well- I...eat out often. This wasn’t a soulless array of pretentious edible art. This was family, food & flavour. I got it. They wanted the food to take you to where it takes them. It might be presented nicely but that’s not the point. The chef, the Demi, the sommelier all took turns explaining the dishes, the wine and the why. It wasn’t rushed and my questions were all answered. I left happy - and yes the food was great, but it’s often great - we are lucky to have an array of talented chefs in this country. I was happy because I felt like I’d been a part of something truely special. Still don’t get it? Then go. It’s not cheap and it shouldn’t be if you want the best of what New Zealand has to offer. Thank you. I’ll be back next season.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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