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Wellington boasts the best nightlife in the country, with a huge selection of late-night bars, cafes and ethnic restaurants offering every possible cuisine from Europe, Asia and Polynesia. Cuba and Courtnay Place are the liveliest districts and have the best choice of cafes and restaurants in the city, whilst more upmarket establishments can be found on Queens Wharf for waterfront dining.

Address: 106, Cuba Street
Email: info@matterhorn.co.zn

First opened in 1963 by two Swiss brothers, the Matterhorn is one of Wellington’s institutions. It was voted NZ Restaurant of the Year in 2008 and NZ Bar of the Year three years running. For a truly unforgettable experience opt for the seven-course degustation menu, available in the evenings only. Booking is essential.
Tapas are served from 3pm daily; brunch menu Saturday & Sunday from 10am to 3pm; evening meals: daily from 5pm to 9.30pm

Logan Brown
Address: 192 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6141
Tel: 04 801 5114

NZ Restaurant of the Year in 2009, it is located in a 1920s revamped bank chamber. The restaurant focuses on high quality dining in a relaxed and contemporary setting.  Dishes use the finest ingredients. The restaurant boasts an extensive wine list of over 230 NZ and international wines, which will delight wine lovers. A six-course degustation menu is available on Saturdays ($110 pp, wines extra)

Crazy Horse Steak House
Address: 129 Willis Street, Te Aro
Tel: 04 801 5152

The restaurant has won a number of awards since it first opened in 2006. Its menu is a celebration of the best of New Zealand food, and beef in particular. It offers an extensive list of NZ and Australian wines. It is the ideal place for a special meal. Set menus range from $65 to $100.

Chow Woodward
Address: 11A Woodward St, CBD Wellington
Tel: 04 472 8585
Hours: Open Monday to Friday from 11am till 9pm and from 5pm on Saturday.

Chow prides itself on quality ingredients such as free range meat and eggs. It is famous for its fresh, Asian-inspired contemporary and fusion cuisine; 2 for 1 food deals on Monday.

Great India
Address: 141 Manners Street
Tel: 04 384-5755
Email: rakesh@greatindia.co.nz

Established in 1983, Great India is Wellington's top authentic Indian restaurant. Its menu combines superb traditional dishes with a stunning array of modern Indian delicacies such as Goan Pork Curry and Samba Masala, a venison curry from Nepal-North India. With more than 60 dishes, its menu can satisfy every taste. Its wine list offers a fine selection of New Zealand and international wines, as well as over 55 local and imported beers.

Monsoon Poon
Address: 12 Blair Street Te Aro
Tel: 04 803 3555

A colourful and festive restaurant serving contemporary Asian cuisine. Monsoon Poon explores the exotic flavours of India, South China, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. An intimate dining experience.

Satay Kampong
Address: 18 Allen Street, Te Aro
Tel: 04 384 7594
Satay Kampong is Wellington's best and oldest Malaysian restaurant. It is a great cheap place to eat for those in the know – you can have a good meal for under $10.00.

Flying Burrito Brothers
Address: 182 Cuba Street, Te Aro
Tel: 04 385 8811

A Mexican cantina and tequileria, it combines a festive bar above and an intimate restaurant setting below.
Price range from $15 to $25.

Address: 162 Willis Street
Tel: 04 801 8883

Wellington's most celebrated Chinese restaurant, Yangtze has been open since 1977 and uses the best of local produce in its traditional Chinese recipes. The Peking duck is a unique experience – from $65 (one course) to $125 for three courses. Cheaper, and equally delicious, options are also available: Spring Onion & Ginger Venison, 5 Spices Chilli Pork Loin and Sichuan Whole Fish amongst others.

Strawberry Fare
Address: 25 Kent Terrace, Mount Victoria 6011
Tel: 04 385 2551
Hours: Monday to Friday from 5pm till late; weekends from 9am till late
Strawberry Fare is famous for its amazing desserts. Breakfast & brunches are served until 3pm; light and main meals are also available.


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