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9 Allen Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
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17:00 - 23:00
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34 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

great value quick service and very reasonable costs, parking is always tricky in wellington but we got seated quickly, friendly staff and hot food that came quickly

Thank Emma1963
Nelson, New Zealand
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242 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A reasonably standard, but still great food and 'the experience' of a Hong Kong style Yum Cha / Dim Sum restaurant. Noisy, pressured but great value and good quality

Thank JohnandTracy_L
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128 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Having lived in Hong Kong for over twenty years we find it almost impossible to find authentic Chinese food in Australia. So it was a great pleasure to find Big Thumb during our visit to Wellington. In fact we had a memorable Christmas Eve dinner, made more so by a group of two tables celebrating the end of the sabbath... More 

Thank grangeview
New Zealand
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105 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

good yum char ,as is expected,,liked the dim sims which were meaty and juicy,service was fast and food came out at a good pace. spacious areas and roomy atmosphere.good friendly staff decor was a bit sad...could do with a revamp as makes the eating experience more enjoyable

Thank Peter J
Ingleside, Texas
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68 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

We decided to try Big Thumb for dinner one evening and were not disappointed. They seated our group of 6 immediately (we were eating fairly early) and the waiters were quite attentive (frequently refilling our empty tea and water). We tried a variety of dishes but I think our favorites were the Spicy Garlic Beef (which is very spicy for... More 

Thank Lorena R
Masterton, New Zealand
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Fast pleasant service. Dumplings and deep-fried squid entrees were delicious. Nasi Goreng, Singapore noodles and egg fried rice mains were generous and again very tasty. Sadly had a feww egg shells in the egg mix of nasi goreng but still enjoyed it immensely.At gtime of paying the drinks charged were a$1 more each than stated on the menu?!

Thank Donz2016
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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84 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Can't complain. We came here with two kids who are pretty picky about trying new things, but we found some dumplings and noodles and soups that they ate, so that's a win.. I would have liked some spice and interesting flavours but I guess we were here for the kids. Crispy chicken was good and so were the dumplings. I... More 

Thank Gmoney484
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

The food was great! We were a family group of 11 people including children and ordered a range of dishes to share together. Everyone ate well and enjoyed the food. Lovely service and very helpful with explaining the dishes. Would definitely return!!

Thank Maureen99964
Whitianga, New Zealand
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60 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

On entering Big Thumb the decor was very bland- beige walls with nothing on them. Having been given the menu it was dirty and dogeared almost as if the rats had been chewing at it. I think the management needs to seriously look at this first impression. The food however was excellent in all the four courses we selected.

Thank Grandvisitor
Norwich, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

I live in a peaceful rural area after leaving London 12 years ago, so my views are probably skewed. We ducked into this place on the evening of November 5, just before the firework display on Wellington Harbour nso it may have been more crowded than usual. It was clearly extremely popular. I should have left straight away but it... More 

Thank Peter D

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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
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Allen Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: 384-4878

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?