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“Well Done!”

The Backbencher Bar and Cafe
Ranked #140 of 921 Restaurants in Wellington
Price range: US$9 - US$25
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Backbencher Gastro Pub is rewound nationwide for its fresh New Zealand cuisine with a great rage of craft beer and wine to choose from. We pride ourselves in fresh house made produce with a little political twist.
Wellington, New Zealand
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182 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Well Done!”
Reviewed 5 May 2013

So glad to see the Backbencher up and running again. Got a park just outside the door in the Wellington rain. Was welcomed in by a smiling waitress. Had a nice pate starter where more nice and crusty bread was supplied as we worked our way through the dish. My mate had a steak which looked really good (but was not medium rare as asked for). I had the fish which was brilliant (but the potato mash was a little rough and the hollandaise sauce a little too much salted). Otherwise it would have been an excellent grade. Great atmosphere, great service and good food with generous portions. What more can you ask for.

  • Visited May 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great food and excellent atmosphere”
Reviewed 30 April 2013

Great atmosphere, with items on the menu based on current and past Members of Parliment. They have some great efffigyies of MP's and All Blacks.
Food was great and excellent cjhoice of beer and wines.
Have been there bth for lunch and dinner and each time has been worth it.

  • Visited March 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great service! Cold beer... and noisy.”
Reviewed 15 April 2013

Was there either the first or second day after it opened following a second devastating fire. The staff were all spry and happy to have the place open again. No clue what changes were made from pre-fire(s) to current but the atmosphere was nice. The large dolls are definitly picture worthy... not all were back in place when I went. Enjoyed the pate and sweet potato-ish fries with a cold pint on a warm afternoon during a work trip. Would definitly visit again with more than just myself as entertainment. As a single traveler, I often like to sit at a bar and be able to crowd watch but the set up of that bar didn't really favor that particular hobby so I stared at the back bar and the racks holding some 500 wine glasses.

Visited February 2013
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Thank Miss_JB_916
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Wellington
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74 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Perfect Sunday lunch”
Reviewed 19 March 2013

We were really looking forward to the re opening and having heard a good report from a friend about the lunch menu decided to visit last Sunday.
We certainly weren't disappointed with either the new Backbencher or the food and service.
Despite being busy the service was great, decor excellent, even if we sat under old Winston!
I had the open chicken sandwich, and she had the calamari. Both were very generous portions, and my meal was superb in all respects. Of course I tried the calamari and these too were very nice.
What a great place, can't recommend it highly enough.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank MF100
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Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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223 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Good place to visit”
Reviewed 15 March 2013

This is right opposite the parliament buildings no doubts used by those who go there. Inside are cartoon statue caricatures of the major political figures as well as members of the arguably more popular all black team.
Friendly helpful staff wide choice of bees and you can taste before you buy ! Food very good an is worth the money .
The back bar has sports TV so it caters for everyone.
We went back to this bar a couple of times .

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Freeman5802
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