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Boat Cafe

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Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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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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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Met friends at the tugboat for brunch. I sat alone at the table for 10 minutes without being offered a menu, water, or being greeted by the at least 5 staff members who were chatting behind the counter. After I was joined by friends we sat for another 10 minutes without being served. I asked for menus and got an... More 

Thank Rach2610
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed the charisma of The Boat cafe and beautiful panoramic sea views from a real boat! The food is really good overall. The servers are smart, friendly, bright and dynamic in their service. The only disappointing thing per se, was seeing such a shabby level of dress among the front staff including ripped jeans and old t-shirts. Maybe a... More 

Thank ilovelife77
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went for lunch here. Love d the decor..interesting nautical things from the ceiling and all around us. Tables were rustic and no frills which was appropriate for the theme. Gorgeous seafood dishes..we had a variety of prawn and fish treats. Great cocktails and a great vibe!

Thank leoniebarlow
Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was most impressed by the lunch we had at the Boat cafe today. The staff were very pleasant & all our meals were very nice. The cabinet food looked really nice but we ordered off the menu. The cakes & slices looked awesome but we didn't have any as our meals were more than enough. The whole atmosphere was... More 

Thank Yvette500
Palmerston North, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Great food .bubbly service thanks for a great end to a lovely weekend in Wellington. We will be back

Thank Gregory John C
Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 March 2017

we hired the bottom of this cool venue for a 5oth birthday party.This venue is great and easy access to everything.We had our own bar and staff to take care of us all night.The staff are all so helpful and happy!! nothing was a problem for them. I would highly recommend using this place for an event of any sort.... More 

Thank lawreniquewilliams1
Boonsboro, Maryland
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

We stopped here for lunch on the way from the Interislander Ferry to the Weta Workshop. I had a steak and my fiancee had the fish and chips. The steak was good but not exceptional. The Fish & Chips were exceptionally good. Also, our waiter was very good and appropriately attentive. I tried a local beer that was very good... More 

Thank Thomas J
Wellington, New Zealand
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84 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Been a few times and service and food consistent. Always enjoyed my lunches and different dishes served were tasty along with friendly service. Ambience great with the view of the harbour and layout of the boat made it unique.

Thank Ellen M
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Came here with a friend for brunch on a stormy Wellington morning and we loved sitting in the bow of the boat and watching the rain pour down. The food was good and the coffee was too. A quirky interesting place to stop for a lovely meal

Thank Sophie M
Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 11 February 2017

Needing a quick fix of some fish and chips one evening and this place offers a takeaway version, fish was beautiful with a great crust, big chunky chips and some tomato sauce and all served in a pizza box. Great idea, and either sit in there built-in outdoor area or on the beach 20 metres away

Thank Captain64_11

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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, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, View, 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?