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

If you're looking for a spot of romance, our guide to the best 'Wellington Romantic Dining' spots will help.  With a diverse ranges of restaurants to choose from in the capital city, we've picked out our favourite romantic Wellington restaurants for that special evening. 

Hippopotamus Restaurant and Cocktail Bar

Exquisite fine dining opposite Wellington Harbour in this third floor restaurant inside the QT Hotel (formally Museum Art Hotel). Stunning, ornate decor, five-star service and food that looks far too good to eat. With its flamboyant Parisian chic design, marine views, large tables and high-class ambience, Hippopotamus is one of Wellington's most sought-after places to eat. The restaurant off...

Logan Brown Restaurant and Bar

Logan Brown's 80 seat dining room is situated in Wellington's vibrant Cuba St.  The revamped 1920s bank chamber with high ceilings, bar & private dining room provides an elegant dining space for any occasion.  Fine dining without the attitude! Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday:  Reservations from 5.00pm...


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...

Boulcott Street Bistro

The Boulcott Street Bistro has been a fixture in central Wellington since 1991 and offers casual dining at lunchtime and in the evening. Bookings are taken at lunchtimes, but in the evening diners simply walk in to the Gothic cottage that houses the restaurant and wait to be seated. Inside, guests will find a menu featuring classic dishes such as French onion soup and braised lamb shank created...

Ortega Fish Shack and Bar

The Ortega Fish Shack and Bar is a relaxed restaurant in central Wellington, focused on providing quality food and value for money. The quirky décor creates a relaxed atmosphere, with the staff proving a friendly, but professional service.  As the name suggests the emphasis is on seafood, but with plenty of other options on the menu including duck live pate and braised pork belly. Orte...


Nicolini's is a family run restaurant located in Wellington's bustling Courtenay Place. The restaurant and trattoria was established in 1997 and has a long running reputation for producing full flavoured meals based on traditional Italian cooking in a relaxed and homely setting. The family have been involved in restaurants around the world and bring the experience to the menu at Nicolini's, ...


Discover one of Wellington’s finest restaurants with the award winning One80° Restaurant and Lounge Bar.  Located on the seventh floor in the Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay, the restaurant serves culinary delights and showcasing extraordinary views. The restaurant boasts stunning views across Oriental Bay and the menu includes fine dining dishes made from local seasonal produce...

Shed 5 Restaurant and Bar

Renowned seafood restaurant on Queens Wharf, you can feel the history as you dine in this old warehouse. Shed 5 also has an outdoor terrace for when the weather's nice, so it's very popular in summer. The interior really showcases the maritime heritage of the area, but don't expect run-of-the-mill fish and chips here - this is proper gourmet stuff. Fresh from the market that morning, they'll ru...

Fratelli Italian Restaurant

Contemporary Italian trattoria mixing traditional dishes with modern ideas. Located in the hip Courtenay Place, this place strives to live up to its location and local reputation, and succeeds. Fratelli's knows that, to be a proper Italian restaurant, you have to stand out from the crowd. From a modern interior of dark wood, classic chairs and quite a 'bistro' feel, to the attractive dishes tha...

Pravda Cafe

Pravda in central Wellington in the Lambton Quay precinct is the perfect spot for a coffee amongst the hustle and bustle of the city. The café and bistro is housed in an elegant building and evokes the feeling of an Italian café with dark wood panelling, marble top tables, and a bust of Lenin on the bar.  Despite its central location, the venue offers a calm and relaxing environment for ...


Hiakai is a leading innovator in the New Zealand food scene. The sophisticated boundary-pushing menus created by Chef Monique Fiso are challenging the status quo of Māori food in New Zealand, while playing a prominent role in keeping Māori food culture alive. The food menus are inspired by the land, sea, and people of Aotearoa.  Tītī Bird, Red Matipo, Mamaku - items rarely seen on a re...

Jano Bistro

Jano Bistro offers a seasonally-inspired and innovative set menu that showcases the best of local New Zealand produce with a French twist.   Situated in a beautifully restored 2 storey historical cottage, guests are encouraged to explore new flavour combinations and indulge their culinary palate from our tasting menu. The ambience and cuisine creates a perfect combination of bist...

Cicio Cacio Osteria

Cicio Cacio Osteria is a traditional Italian Osteria serving delicious Roman and southern Italy iconic dishes.  The restaurant opened in Newtown in 2014 with a mission to offer a sample of humble, affordable and deeply authentic Italian food. As an “Osteria”, you are not coming to their restaurant, you are coming to their home.  Enjoy light candles and fire, wine and music. Con...

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