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Whitby's Restaurant & Bar

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147 The Terrace, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
06:30 - 10:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 06:30 - 10:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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198 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Interesting combination on the buffet -- soup and salad excellent, main dishes and deserts were just average. Presentation was perfect, but the taste was disappointingly bland.

Thank bsum73
Makati, Philippines
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92 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I celebrated my Valentine's Day here. The dinner buffet for NZD 48 per person is definitely worth it. There were varieties of seafood which I loved the most. The dessert section is to die for. The service was excellent. The staff was friendly and attentive. I will surely come back. :-)

Thank Ryshel
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122 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went here for my husbands birthday for the buffet meal at $48 a head. It is cheaper if you are in and out before 7pm but this was too early for us. Our first impressions were of a nice restaurant with a man playing the piano in the bar which was nice. The food however was minimal, with one... More 

Thank FoxyLoxy025
Dunedin, New Zealand
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

We stayed at James Cook over Xmas, we had breakfasts there, all great, we had Xmas dinner there, superb and we had cocktails in the bar, my favourite - Toblorone - yum!

Thank janie983
Wellington, New Zealand
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459 reviews
263 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Buffet dinner at Whitbys prior to Christmas is a tradition for our extended family (there were 28 of us this year). We had a great evening on Monday 19 December. Enjoyed the live piano music. This is a good "old fashioned" buffet like they used to be in the 1980's and 1990's which is why we keep coming back. The... More 

Thank John S
Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

I wanted to treat my parents and sister to a nice family dinner. At $48 per person I was expecting high quality food, a large selection and beautiful decor. Unfortunately my family and I were extremely disappointed. The atmosphere and decor was very dated and the view from the restaurant was disappointing. Most of the food was luke warm and... More 

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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

We booked in for a Christmas Day dinner some months prior as we had researched restaurants in Wellington that offered the best Xmas dinner. The food was good don't get me wrong but we felt it lacked the true traditional Christmas touch and did not really reach expectations especially for the price we paid (rather pricey ). Some more festive... More 

Thank Silentpartner99
Canberra - Australia
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142 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

We booked Christmas lunch for four people as we were visiting Wellington for Christmas and our options were very limited. I originally baulked at the price of $155 per head, but thought we didn't have much choice. The food quality was OK, but not at a standard that I would expect for the price. The self serve buffet was a... More 

Thank steve_fossil
Auckland, New Zealand
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

The breakfast was included in my room rate. Full hot and cold breakfast buffet with lots of choices. Freshly cooked eggs/omelets to order. Extremely friendly attentive staff. Good value.

Thank doggyloversteele
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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440 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We ate here as we were staying here . The buffet had a good selection of foods covering international cuisine, so the selection would suit many cultures . We had a table of 8 and everyone found something to suit their taste, but have to say some of the foods had been sitting for a while and were not as... More 

Thank Brandylady

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$60
European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Buffet, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
06:30 - 10:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 147 The Terrace, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: 644999500
This locally adored restaurant invites you to enjoy Wellington from a breathtaking perspective. Ascend to the James Cook Hotel's 17th floor for sweeping views of the city and harbour. Partake in the opulent buffet, with our Chef personally crafting made-to-order dishes on the live cooking station, or choose a selection from the a la carte menu of regional specialities and international fare. To end your evening on a romantic note, visit the Piano Bar for an after-dinner cocktail. Whitby's is also available for private events. Please contact us to discuss arrangements. Opening times:•Breakfast : 06:30 - 10:00 hrs•Lunch: 12:00 - 14:30 hrs•Dinner: 17:30 - 22:00 hrs (early-bird: 17:30-19:00)•High Teas: 11:30 - 15:30 hrs•Piano Bar: 10:00 - late High Tea at the James Cook is a Wellington tradition, perfect for get-togethers, showers or unwinding after a day of shopping. Relax and savour a fine selection of teas and coffees, paired with scones and cakes fresh from the hotel bakery, traditional finger sandwiches, petite savouries, desserts and chocolate dipped strawberries.

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