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“Best Overall Dining Experience We Had In NZ” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ambeli - CLOSED

Ambeli
Price range: US$1 - US$33
Cuisines: New Zealand, Italian, Mediterranean, European, Greek
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Description: Driven by the good cheer of maxim "it's an empty house without our visitors!" and the plethora of the hosts's family heritages, Ambeli's cuisine is offering the true satisfaction of the Mediterranean from a new angle; supported by the winelist of owner Shaebodine Moleta whose passion for the service of dinner is boundless.
Bristol
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381 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
“Best Overall Dining Experience We Had In NZ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2013

The food here is outstanding and so too are the staff. When you first arrive it feels as if you are going to eat in somebody else's living room, which is a bit odd; but don't be put off by that.

The cooking here is stunning (similar to Clooneys in Auckland), but the whole ambience is far more relaxed and, for us, preferable. This is not just about the staff, who are extremely friendly and knowledgeable, about both the food and the wines. We had a sense that the staff really loved working here and felt proud of what they did.

Visited February 2013
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English first
Ohope, New Zealand
Level Contributor
65 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“AMAZING DINING EXPERIENCE !!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2013

The owner who happened to also be our waiter was most attentive, accomodating, very efficient and naturally, had a thorough knowledge of everything on the menu. He was most accomodating making us feel very much at home. Service was awesome. The food was wonderful and totally appealing giving us a great gourmet dining experience. I would highly recommend this restaurant to everybody. Will definitely come back again in the future. Two thumbs up!!!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TES983
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“True Gourmet food with great wine matches”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2013

Truly excellent food cooked by world-class chefs. Wait staff are knowledgeable about the origins of all the food on the menu, how it's been prepared, and what wine to drink with it. Quite pricey, and the portions are not massive, so you might want to consider a side, or two, but you won't be disappointed by the quality.

Visited November 2012
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Thank Ben M
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Very disappointing!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2013 via mobile

After being recommended to this restaurant from the very nice hotel we stayed at in Wgtn we were highly disappointed.
The food was okay at best, and the service was lacking in all aspects.

Service seemed uninterested, entree plates left on the table even once mains served.
4 tables around us left dirty and not cleared once patrons left.
Very slow delivery of mains.
No offering of wines or drinks after initial one delivered.
Had to pour own sparkling water.
And overall over priced!

For a "fine dining" restaurant our experience was far from it. We eat out often and know what to expect!

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3 Thank Kelvin_T_IPRA95
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
216 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“5 star restaurant experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2013

This week my partner and i enjoyed a wonderful meal at Ambeli. We eat out a lot in Wellington, but I can confidently say that this would be the best restaurant I have eaten at in Wellington.

The service is excellent. The waiting staff are very attentive, yet leave you alone so that you can have some privacy.

I had a halomui entree and a venison main. These were both absolutely devine. You can really taste the quality in the dishes here and the dishes show heavy attention to detail by the kitchen staff.

I cannot fault anything at this restaurant. I would strongly recommend it as a restaurant for an occasion (birthday, anniversary etc) as it is a little gem in Wellington.

The restaurant also accepts Entertainment Cards so this makes the meals reasonably affordable here.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Olivia M
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