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139A oriental Parade | Oriental Bay, Wellington 6011, New Zealand (Formerly The Boat Cafe)
+64 4-939 3935
08:00 - 23:30
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 23:30
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San Jose, California
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23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

When visiting Wellington, I was amused by the restaurant built around an old tug. The staff were extremely friendly, but the food was only average.

Thank PjWorldTravels
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Disappointing lunch here long wait and service poor ...food average and costly for the quality. I had salad which was supposed to have beetroot in it but none to be seen. My partner had chowder and any fish taste was drowned out by a curry flavor and very thick. We won't be back .

Thank Jatbowelly B
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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99 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The service was a stand out, inside was warm and welcoming on a cold day. Seafood chowder was delicious and a great selection of local beers and good wine. Wish we lived closer I would be a regular!

Thank takamitchell
Erskine Park
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89 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had breakfast at the Boat Cafe, and found the food fresh and well cooked. the view from the portal wasn't the best, but we chose to sit there and should have chosen better...

Thank ghousbey
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

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 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

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 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

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 

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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, New Zealand, European, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Groups
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?