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139A oriental Parade | Oriental Bay, Wellington 6011, New Zealand (Formerly The Boat Cafe)
+64 4-939 3935
07:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 23:30
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have been coming here for 3 years and watched things steadily decline. Came for a birthday lunch today and had to wait 35 minutes to be acknowledged then the staff member dropped menus and said they would be back in 2 minutes. 20 minutes later we had to beckon somebody. Meals arrived one by one with a 15 min gap... More 

Thank Nicole T
Wellington, New Zealand
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been here a few times all for dinner and we really like the food. The seafood platter is my fave and the prawns yum! I wouldn't call it fine dining more like family dining. So go with friends, family for a casual meal that i would say would be above average.

Thank arebe290
Brisbane, Australia
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102 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Quite a novel experience. The staff were friendly and the food was tasty and the portions were a great size.

Thank BrisStar
Wellington, New Zealand
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Boat has become our local for weekend coffee. We've also done the 2 for 1 Wednesday night dinner (but this has recently been discontinued). The service here is friendly - though sometimes when they're busy the coffees can be a bit slow. The sweet food is highly recommended - I've never had anything that wasn't really good. You can... More 

Thank Paul W
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We had dinner here due to reading their menu that they had on Oriental Parade. Sounded yummy. We both decided to have Scallop Ceasar Salad. Firstly, the service was slow, very slow. We were told by the waitress that there was a group function happening upstairs and they were short staffed. After our orders were finally taken after approx 30... More 

Thank Melissa W
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This cafe is a great experience for couples, families and groups of friends. It has a great breakfast and lunch menu - perfect for weekend brunches - and a great kids menu too ($7.50 meals for the kids including pancakes, fish and chips, and nuggets). Very friendly staff. Absolutely delicious meals - can't wait to go again soon! They still... More 

Thank Paris_Loving_Kiwi
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

This boat is moored so there is some very slight movement which takes a few minutes to readjust your sense of 'balance'! Lunch was adequate and the service good. Interior was a bit 'tired' but on reading the boats history I think it added to the experience.

Thank Kirs2011
United Kingdom
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Great views and novel idea but food and service very average - wouldn't repeat. To their credit, we were warned there would be a 40 min wait for food. It was more like an hour and a half (plus) for lukewarm average meals. Same for the tables around us who we got chatting to in the absence of any staff... More 

Thank jessb23
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48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Have eaten here before a few times as we live locally. On a few occasions, I have experienced slow service - the place doesn't appear to be geared up for lots of people, so maybe avoid if it looks busy. The mains/dinner food is OK but nothing special; the breakfast is decent but I think Beach Babylon's is better. The... More 

Thank Mark M
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46 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

If you want unique experience yes go for it I wouldn't tell you not to but when I went there I was so shocked on the quantity of the food that I got. They only gave me 3 or 4 ribs and it wasn't even big it was a small bone so over priced compared to the food that you... More 

Thank Minjoo B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:30
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 139A oriental Parade | Oriental Bay, Wellington 6011, New Zealand (Formerly The Boat Cafe)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-939 3935

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