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Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant

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Bar, New Zealand, European, Gluten Free Options
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39 Abel Smith Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6001, New Zealand (Formerly Southern Cross)
+64 4-384 9085
08:00 - 00:00
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Sun 09:00 - 00:00
Mon - Thu 08:00 - 00:00
Fri 08:00 - 03:00
Sat 09:00 - 03:00
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Been here a few times now and absolutely love it! Amazing, healthy food with a great menu and always something new to try. Staff are really friendly and service is always quick. One of my favorite places to go in Welly.

Thank 59cassiel
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152 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Meeting my sons new girlfriend for first time she's a fussy vegetarian and he's GF we were recommended here it was a good choice both had halloumi burgers and were happy with choice

Thank rhianslip
Waikato Region, New Zealand
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37 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had brunch with a large group of around 20 people and were well catered for. They were prompt with service and not a single mistake was made in our entire drinks and food order. The food on offer covers a wide range and is delivered to a high standard and is super tasty. I recommend the waffles with bacon,... More 

Thank Neetz01
Wellington, New Zealand
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334 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Popped in again to the southern cross on a Saturday nite quite busy . We had the special which was the fish deal of the day $28 my son had the steak burger and my husband had the fillet steak you cook yourself on the hot salted stone with garlic bread . It was all very nice and the staff... More 

Thank Sandra D
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a treat to have not one token vegan option but 5 varied mains to chose from. Delicious meal great vibes and on point service. Highly recommend.

Thank kiwivegan
Wellington, New Zealand
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whilst the service from the table staff was great, our food was pretty average. Burgers and chips arrived cold. FIsh dinner was okay but very spicy and it didn't mention this on the menu.

Thank scootergirl_nz
Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hi, great place for a beer and bites, but would skip dinner - for the cost you pay, would expect much better food and food very average - had fish of the day for $30 - poor - would not recommend - for $12 you can get a better dinner at The Chippery in Thorndon or Mt Victoria.

Thank pradeepmagan
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I felt I almost didn't deserve the food it was so good, I'm typically into far less well prepared food so it was a shock for me but me and the girl loved it, service too was great! Amazing place to go out to with affordable prices!

Thank SuperFunLemon
Napier, New Zealand
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83 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

We have been here several times in recent trips but this time we found the food average pub grub and well over priced. $40 for a cheap bottle of wine is pricey. Nearly $40 for a stone grill, considering you cook it yourself is over the top, seriously it is raw meet on a stone with a dry undressed salad... More 

Thank christine l
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Standard pub fare in an environment that is friendly to families with small children. They even supply toy boxes to your table if you turn up with young ones. They were also happy to modify a meal to meet the needs of a pregnant member of our group I highly recommend the peanut butter milkshake.

Thank prundlett

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, New Zealand, European, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 03:00
09:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 39 Abel Smith Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6001, New Zealand (Formerly Southern Cross)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-384 9085
For over 100 years our place here in Te Aro, Wellington, has been a favourite meeting place for locals. We love being a part of the community and we are ready to throw in the hard yards to make sure everyone who visits us has a great experience. The Cross has something for everyone - have a look around and choose the perfect spot to suit your mood. Each area has been designed to create a different experience, a different ambience. Bring in your team from work, your mates, your kids, your grandparents, your study group, your special someone, your laptop or your party guests – we can set you up with a space, top-notch food and drinks to suit your occasion. We like to make our guests as comfortable as they would in their own home. Our friendly staff will ensure you enjoy your time at ours. We love to play host at special occasions – we provide you with a hassle-free time with plenty of delicious food and drinks (not to mention we take care of the clean up!). The Southern Cross is also a great place to pop into if you’re in the mood to chill – we have magazines, newspapers and boardgames on hand if you’re keen. There’s no room for getting bored here – we’re not just a place to grab a drink. Each week is chocka with entertainment – from massages for new mums, to live gigs, to quizzes!

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