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“The quality never drops”

Boulcott Street Bistro
Ranked #7 of 946 Restaurants in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$29
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Iconic Wellington restaurant, Boulcott Street Bistro opened its doors in 1991 and over the past 20+ years 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.Boulcott Street Bistro follows a benevolent tradition , proudly serving its many loyal customers a combination of innovative, modern fare, classic bistro dishes, and great wines earning the reputation as a Wellington favourite. The kitchen sources the freshest seasonal produce available, and are always happy to accommodate dietary requirements and requests.The Heritage setting of the restaurant, also known as Plimmer House, is a delightful Wellington landmark. Plimmer house is named after John Plimmer, the notable Wellingtonian who was officially bestowed the title 'Father of Wellington'. 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. To help celebrate a special occasion we can organise flowers, champagne and a delicious house-baked chocolate cake. We have set menus for 10 or more if you are organising a function. Roast dinners, a traditional favourite, are available every Sunday evening from 6.00Pm with our "Roast & Red" special, and this includes a delicious homemade dessert and a glass of red.The private dining room seating 10 - 16 for lunch or dinner is also perfect for conferences or work functions with full catering services to suit your needs
Reviewed 5 January 2017

We ducked in here one night when the traffic was really heavy and there was no point joining the queues, and stayed for dinner. I've dined here numerous times over the years, and the quality of the service and the food has never dropped. The beef fillet is their signature dish and it never fails to impress, and they have a wonderful wine list. It is one of Wellington's best, and I recommend it for a treat.

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Thank Rick M
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Reviewed 2 January 2017

We walked up seemingly a thousand stairs on the streets from our hotel to this restaurant. We treated our Wellington friend to this place that he is fond of. It is in a historic building with a nice atmosphere. We were seated near the kitchen but there was not a lot of the usual clattering so I didn't mind. The starters were nice and the desserts were nice. The mains were average and not memorable. They were good about food allergies. Typical of our experiences at New Zealand restaurants.

Thank misanthropicdreamer
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Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

We had this night booked by our daughters and paid for as a treat. It certainly was. Having not been here for some 20 years it was nice to see it humming and busy. The service attentive, and there was a nice mixture of families and couples. We started with calamari and the house made ravioli both delicious. The snapper and crayfish bisque were followed by the strawberry vacherin and the sticky date pudding. Beautifully presented and great portions. Fantastic food fantastic night. They had no mocktails in the menu but kindly obliged to making us one with elderflower, mint and lime. Complimentary small dark chocolate truffles followed with our tea. Great service great food. We will come back with our girls.

Thank Cynthia N
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Reviewed 23 December 2016

As they don't take dinner bookings, we arrived early and it was soon full. The staff were all friendly and efficient. We ordered the aged beef fillet steaks, they were cooked to perfection and delicious! Although it came with excellent fries, you might expect a vegetable to be included for the price. Extensive quality wine list on par with top Wellington restaurant prices. The sticky date pudding was divine! Can't wait for our next visit to Wellington as we would certainly return!

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Reviewed 22 December 2016

Brought the whole family here after wanting to go for years, and after a quick drink at the bar our lovely waitress showed us our table.
We all wanted a delicious piece of tender lamb, and it was tender, but that's all it was. The flavours of the entire lamb dish was very bland. It was lacking seasonings and flavour, gravy was super average, I'm sure I could have done a better myself (and I'm a terrible cook). If it hadn't been for the nice staff I would have thought this entire experience was very poor. We are definelty never going back, would not recommend. Boring and overrated! Oh but actually, the espresso from the cool old coffee machine was perfect!!

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Thank ChristieFrisky
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