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The Thistle Inn

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, Gastropub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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3 Mulgrave Street | Thorndon, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-499 5980
10:00 - 00:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Thu 10:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 00:00
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Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There was a group of 8 of us, who have visited the Thistle Inn before and really loved the food. We had our Christmas lunch there on 07 December.. The food was excellent as usual, and a surprise gift from the management was given to each of us, including a scratchy card, which when scratched gave us either a free... More 

Thank pmnm
Wellington, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

went for our team Christmas lunch. It has been the preferred choice for the last 3 years, so definitely doing something right! Great food as always and having the back room to ourselves with its now cohesive décor was perfect, although some did miss the old artwork - is it elsewhere? Staff were very friendly and sorted the one mix... More 

Thank heanho
Nelson, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My Wife and I visited the Thistle Inn prior to a concert at Westpak Stadium on Saturday, 3 December 2016. The Restaurant was moderately busy and we were seated promptly and presented with a menu. The waitress took our order promptly since we had looked at the menu online and knew what we wanted. That is when it all started... More 

Thank kwm2016
richgwa1983, Owner at The Thistle Inn, responded to this review

Hi Kwn2016, I am so sorry you did not have the experience we offer. Saturday definitely caught us off guard and we were very disappointed in the service we provided. I call the stadium for every event to get an indication of numbers attending and staff accordingly. Unfortunately when I rung the stadium on Friday they misinformed me on the... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Thank you to Thistle Inn for a wonderful dinner in your conservatory room for my mother-in-law's birthday. Our extended family was most impressed with the service and food. The staff went the extra mile to make our evening memorable. We would highly recommend the Thistle to anyone and will be back for another event. Thank you!

Thank mjcaughley
El Cajon, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our NZ tour group had arrived in Wellington and were promised a very special meal at a very special place--the oldest pub in NZ! The manager welcomed us with a short history of the building and food. The place was packed with lively people enjoying themselves. We had three choices for the main dish: tempura fish, roasted lamb salad and... More 

Thank Sonya P
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of our favourite places for a get together meal. For us, it ticks all the right boxes in the way of their menu, especially of their lambs fry and bacon. The presentation of the food is excellent,served by a very helpful and pleasant Emma. The Thistle is also renowned for its warm and friendly atmosphere. What more... More 

Thank margealcock
Hong Kong, China
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185 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quest On Thorndon recommends it on their elevator, so I took their word and went along. Just had a beer and some confit Duck soft tacos. Great beer and I really loved the tacos, savoured every bite. If I liked in Wellington I'd be back in a flash !

Thank Mark R
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Food well prepared and presented. Lamb salad tasty and loaded with vegetables as well as lettuce. The foggata was a real treat.

Thank Mary J
Wellington, New Zealand
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I can throughly recommend the Thistle Inn for its great food and great range of beers. The Inn was full on a Wednesday evening which means in a Friday it would be overflowing!! There were plenty of locals which is always a good sign. The service was excellent too.

Thank mark193
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35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved this place. We dropped in for a quick lunch and had the tomato and cheese soufflé. Jess our waitress was very attentive despite the busyness of the place. I am surprised they ofered us a table since the restaurent seemed very full. Free sparking water arrived at our table within minutes of us being seated and our meals arrived... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 11 - USD 25
Bar, Pub, Gastropub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Drinks, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:30
10:00 - 21:30
10:00 - 21:30
10:00 - 21:30
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 Mulgrave Street | Thorndon, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-499 5980

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?