Handpicked by a Wellington Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Best Outdoor Dining In Wellington'.

With the captivating harbour city setting, what better way to enjoy the views than with an outdoor dining spot.  Wellington has its fair share of restaurants with outdoor dining with lakefront, garden and town centre settings featuring in our 'Best Wellington Outdoor Dining' list.

Dockside Restaurant and Bar

Dockside Restaurant & Bar offers a unique contrast of old and new in a historic building with a contemporary feel. As one might expect with a prime waterfront location, in the heart of Queens Wharf, the theme strongly hints at maritime and seafood has pride of place on the menu.  The outdoor dining area is one of the largest over water in the southern hemisphere.  Sitting on the d...

Maranui Cafe

Pop out to Lyall  Bay to visit the iconic Maranui Cafe where you can forget about time’s constraints and dig into something scrumptious while gazing out over the surfing beach.  Brimming with personality, Maranui has a feel for colour and embraces all things eclectic when it comes to design. Sitting above the Maranui Surf Life Saving Club with a great coffee in hand and staring...


Dragonfly is a modern Asian restaurant that blends traditional Asian influences with a contemporary twist and a focus on South East Asian food. The restaurant is located in Courtenay Place in central Wellington and the modern cuisine is complemented by the trendy and stylish décor. Sharing is encouraged at Dragonfly and diners are welcome to choose several dishes from a menu that includes spri...

Coene's Bar and Eatery

Coene's enjoys the best view in Wellingtion with a stunning view of the harbour. The menu focuses on sharing style dishes using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients combined with a full range of local craft and mainstream beers and wines. Whether it's weekend brunch outside on the deck or a reason to celebrate, Coene's is the perfect setting for your dining experience. Share the food, share...


Prefab Eatery is an inner city eatery founded in 2013 by Jeff Kennedy and Bridget Dunn.  The bakery offers freshly made treats while the breakfast menu includes toast and spreads, bacon butty, smoked salmon, kimchi cream cheese & sesame chilli on rye.  The lunch menu includes the likes of pizza, reuben sandwich and crispy skin tarakihi with fries, cos salad & hollandaise. N...

Chocolate Fish Cafe

Chocolate Cafe is located in the old defence buildings on Shelly Bay Road overlooking the harbour.  The family friendly waterfront spot has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating with views of Wellington harbour.   The cafe serves delicious fresh seafood with a twist. The specialty is artisan style barbequed seafood sammies, with garlic aioli and greens.  The menu also feature...

The Arborist

The Arborist is perched high above Wellington city.  Blocked from the prevailing northerly wind, the bar is decked out with recycled pallet furniture, plenty of lush cushions and blankets for when the sun goes down. Frozen cocktails are the specialty here, with a range of beers, wines and top shelf spirits and boutique soda’s available.  If you are feeling peckish there are a ran...

Picnic Cafe

Located beside the Begonia house in the heart of Wellingtons beautiful Botanic Garden, Picnic Cafe is just 10 mins walk from the city.  The cafe serves up hearty breakfasts and tasty lunches every day. The range of kiwi classic dishes are given a modern twist along with a range of sweet and savour treats from the counter.  The licensed cafe also offers a range of beer and wines to acc...

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