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Encore @ Circa

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1 Taranaki Street, Wellington 6001, New Zealand (Formerly Wharfside Restaurant @ Circa Theatre)
+64 4-801 7992
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Muscat, Oman
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211 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

This place is convenient if you're going for a play at Circa and would like to have supper in the building itself. The memu at Encore is quite limited and the quality of the food was not that great. The service was poor and they forgot to bring my cola. I wouldn't really recommend it unless you are desperate!

Thank Reza S
Wgtn, NZ
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103 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

To this Wellington restaurant. Each time the food has been delicious. It is of course supremely handy for a performance at Circa but it is even better if you book for a time when the last performance is about to commence. That way you get a beautiful view and you can hear what the person on the opposite side of... More 

1 Thank Annfrew
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

The actors held the audience for 2hrs with a performance of the travelling squirrel with drama and humour. And the meal in the restaurant after the show was 1st class

1 Thank workhorse2014
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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112 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2015

We were a little short on time for a meal and the play so we decided to try this venue, hoping they could squeeze us in (as we didn't book). They said they could but we'd have to take the meal when it's ready. That was fine as it turned out. The food was Devine and the service friendly. It... More 

1 Thank Whittakb
Wellington, New Zealand
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2015

This used to be a good restaurant with great staff and service with an excellent menu with a variety of choices. However them seem to have decided to change to a çafe style eatery with a limited range of choices and no dessert course. Although it was full on the evening we visited it had only one person serving. We... More 

Thank Coia21
Porirua, New Zealand
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343 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2015

Everything was going well until the tongs fell to the ground and were then put back up onto the cookie jar! When bringing it to the attention of the staff, was told it was the persons first day on the job. I suggest they have some containers to the side of the jars and this would stop the risk of... More 

Thank walkingholiday
Jacinta S, Owner at Encore @ Circa, responded to this review

Dear Walking Holiday, I have spoken to the two members of staff working on that day. Firstly reusing any utensils, crockery or food dropped on the floor is unacceptable. As you can understand, by mishap, things get dropped from time to time but they are never reused in our establishment. In this particular case the staff member placed the dropped... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2015

New small plates menu was delicious, very keen to return and have the same again and try a new dish too. Service was very good (apart from losing our original booking). Nice views of the waterfront and very convenient for pre-theatre dining.

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Daphne, Alabama
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97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 260 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2014

Six of us enjoyed a very nice, very private dinner after Kings of the Gym. I was surprised we were the only ones taking advantage of a such a convenient dinner option; perhaps others dined prior to the show or perhaps it wasn't very busy mid-week. Regardless, it was an enjoyable venue overall and should we ever be in NZ... More 

1 Thank NNMinAL
Wellington, New Zealand
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167 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013

they food isn't the best in town but it surfices. what makes it is the package, food company and show. excellent indulgence. mike

Thank mckeeWTN
Hamilton, New Zealand
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2012

Circa Theatre has a most picturesque setting down on the waterfront in Wellington next to our national museum, Te Papa. With very few restaurants in the immediate area it makes perfect sense to utilise Circa's Encore restaurant for a pre-show dinner. Our table had a pleasant view over the water front and we felt warm and protected from the freezing... More 

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  • Address: 1 Taranaki Street, Wellington 6001, New Zealand (Formerly Wharfside Restaurant @ Circa Theatre)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-801 7992

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