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Seafood, European, Healthy, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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0.5 km from Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Literally one of the best restaurants in New Zealand. Amazing people, service, menu, wine list, selection, atmosphere. Just exceptional . Thanks for a lovely evening 😁

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really great place to eat out in Wellington- great atmosphere, service and tasty good! Highly recommend - great snapper.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A superior meal. A bustling restaurant with convivial but professional service and a menu offering a variety of seafood with interesting presentations. The best bowl of green-lipped mussels I’ve ever had, was I glad I grabbed the last one available for the evening! We had...a great table in the window, and I sensed a reservation was essential, made only by phone. On our list of must places to try when in Wellington.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 7 April 2024

My husband and I absolutely love this restaurant, one of our favorites in Wellington. We always enjoy delicious meals cooked to perfection, accompanied by amazing and friendly service in a magical atmosphere. We can't wait to come back soon.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 17 March 2024

Simply super. Great food and really pleasant service. We booked late, so were seated at the bar, but it was good and we were well looked after by attentive but not pushy staff. We will definitely return and be sure to book in advance.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 14 March 2024 via mobile

Fabulous welcome! Great staff and food amazing! Fresh menu every night. All locally sourced. Best meal so far in New Zealand so far!!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 13 March 2024

This restaurant is a gem. The service was top notch. I loved the style of all the waiters wearing a leather work apron. The decor is a traditional yet very smart take on a nautical setting. The food was gorgeous. I wonder if there is...a better seafood restaurant in Wellington.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 10 March 2024 via mobile

Table booked for 6pm for a birthday dinner. Was told we had to be out by 8pm as table was booked. Comfortable with this although expressed that service be prompt as we don’t like being rushed. Starters weren’t out until 6:40pm, with mains served at...7:40pm. Clearly we were disappointed, as we wanted to make this occasion special. The food was top class; our experience would been better with some attentiveness and service from staff. In the end, we were told we didn’t have to give up the table; we left at 8:30pm after dessert and coffees. Better communication and realistic goals tree service was needed.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 22 February 2024 via mobile

Superb food and exceptionally friendly service. Great atmosphere and excellent cocktails. We had ceviche, steamed fish with crepes. Faultless.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 February 2024 via mobile

This was our second visit to this restaurant in a year - after it was recommended by a colleague. We requested a seat at the bar, it’s just a great spot for watching people and the bustle of the restaurant. We starved ourselves all day...in anticipation of the meal to come - and were rewarded in spades for doing so. We ordered cocktails and they were expertly mixed without out any fanfare and quickly in front of us. We ordered oysters, king fish ceviche, the charred octopus and the trumpeter. We shared crepes for deserts and finished with some cheese. What a meal… The menu, although quite small, is imaginative and showcases fresh produce. The wine list and cocktail menu, on the other hand, is extensive! The service is attentive and genuinely friendly. We can’t wait to visit Wellington again and this wonderful restaurant and bar.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 28 January 2024

Absolutely delicious meal at Ortega - recommended to us by Wellington local - she was spot on. Service excellent, food absolutely fantastic - prawns, warehou, ceviche, snapper, trumpeter all melt in the mouth fresh.. desserts yummy. 5* plus if we could. Great atmosphere and quirky...decor - and a wine and beer list to tempt anyone !More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 14 December 2023

We spotted this place when planning a dinner before attending a show at nearby Hannah Playhouse. We were seated upstairs and thoroughly enjoyed our wine and dinner. The service was exceptional and the snapper, bacon broth, peas, sliced agria, and pickled onion was delicious. Sadly....the performance was cancelled because of a power outage. So, the dinner stole the show.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 26 November 2023

Fantastic food! We really enjoyed every dish! The red snapper with bacon broth! 🤤 and I’ve no idea how they get that octopus so tender. If you’re in Wellington it’s a must. Also try the house savvy wine it’s delicious!!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 25 October 2023

The restaurant rated highly by others. We can see why. This was our best dining experience in several years throughout the world. Service and food was excellent.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 22 September 2023

My partner and I had a fab pre-birthday dinner last night. We both chose the Prawn tails to start which were beautifully cooked and served in a sauce so divine I could have licked the plate. Next I had the Gnochi - little pillows of...light gorgeousness and my partner the Snapper in spiced broth which was proclaimed excellent. Sticky toffee pud sealed the deal and we roled home happy and content. Try for your self soon!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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I've seen babies in the restaurant. You might want to check if they have a highchair.
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no you can dine here but if you are under 18 they won't serve you alcohol.
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Ortega Fish Shack is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5