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“Nautically nice”
Review of Boat Cafe

Boat Cafe
Ranked #210 of 937 Restaurants in Wellington
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Greater Newcastle, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nautically nice”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

We visited here for lunch, and thoroughly enjoyed it! They served a great seafood chowder with a dash of basil pesto that really hit the spot. The bread was delicious, and there is a great view of goings on on the harbour. As others have commented, we also found the staff delightfully friendly and helpful.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank David W
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  • English first
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English first
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great Wgtn Cafe”
Reviewed 26 October 2013

Excellent food and selection, and great coffee. Now on the old Tug Boat in Oriental Bay, great for kids, sit on the harbour side and watch the shipping

Visited March 2013
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Thank Sija S
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Just not as good as it used to be ...”
Reviewed 4 October 2013

Back in the good old days ..... Parade Cafe on Oriental Parade was a bit of an icon ... quirky old house with courtyard, great coffee and possibly the best selection of cakes and snacks in Wellington ...

Well times have changed .. yes they moved across the road into an old boat.

The standard of cafes in WLG is pretty good so the bar is set reasonably high and unfortunately Parade Cafe doesn't manage to soar high enough. The old boat seems to have been nicely converted from its former guise and there is still a reasonable selection of food on offer but quality of service and pricing were definite weaknesses. Don't get me wrong, the drinks and the scones were fine and it was lovely to be able to take them to the nearby beach ... it's just a bit annoying to have to walk back to get the orders corrected. It's pretty surprising to get both drinks wrong in a 2 drink order.

Prices were slightly above normal Wellington City prices ($18.00 for 1 coffee, 1 hot choc and 2 scones) but the real kicker was when we went back for a fluffy. $2.50 for a fluffy ????? - seriously guys ?????

Sorry Parade but although you think you have a natural monopoly for Freyberg Beach but I think next time I'll cruise down to Beach Babylon.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank KSAX88
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“The Boat Cafe, Wellington Waterfront”
Reviewed 2 October 2013

Brunch at the Boat Cafe on a gorgeous sunny day was fabulous. It is actually a boat, with a lovely interior....you can choose to sit in the booths up top near the warm fire....or downstairs and watch the weather or soak up the sun on the outside decks. Great food, good service and stunning views of what's happening along the waterfront. A perfect place for weekend brunch.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Rachel P
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Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
“Incredibly friendly staff with great coffee & food”
Reviewed 30 September 2013

On a wet wellington day i walked in to The Boat Cafe to find smiling faces & a friendly warm welcome. So refreshing! I ordered a Mojo coffee and wasn't disappointed. This was the best coffee I have had in a long time. Perfect temperature and smooth flavor. The whole cafe was warm and inviting. The food presentation is amazing with a great selection snack food & meals. Loved the seafood chowder. I would highly recommend this cafe & recommend you visit the next time you are in Oriental Parade.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Garry H
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