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Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant

$$ - $$$, , Vegetarian Friendly
39 Abel Smith Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-384 9085
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good39%
  • Average17%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible6%
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“brunch” (31 reviews)
“steak” (31 reviews)
“buddha bowl” (3 reviews)
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Bar, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
39 Abel Smith Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great place for families with toys for smaller ones. You can't go wrong with stone grill and 2 for 1 was a nice surprise on a Tuesday night. Downsize was a couple of too drunk folks on a family environment

Thank DeborahMello
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Southern Cross gets a highly deserved five stars from me. Great vibe, great food, great layout. Went out for a group dinner to celebrate a friends 40th, and the restaurant is arranged in a way sos that our table wAs nice and tucked away, secluded...More

Thank Sophie F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the southern cross a few weeks ago and were left feeling a bit underwhelmed,We were excited to try the Wellington on a plate burger that we had heard so much about.The burger itself was ok but not worth raving about,The mash potato that...More

2  Thank irishladdy25
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was looking forward to a night out at this establishment having been there many times over the years. We had booked a room late in the afternoon and then to have dinner at 6pm. I was pleasantly surprised by the décor as I had...More

2  Thank Mark H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was so excited to try out southern cross for the first time after seeing their WOAP burger. I loved the idea and fantastic that it was one of few vegetarian options. The food was bad. Wet underseasoned mash, gross "gravy" and the burger itself...More

1  Thank 22foody
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

August 2017 - No problems with service, very attentive. Our burgers were however, mediocre and tasteless. The fries were half-cooked and dry-tasting. Our desert was also sadly not very satisfying. Nothing wrong with the vibe, by all means go in for a drink, but not...More

2  Thank TripLeigh2015
Reviewed 18 August 2017

I am very disappointed in this restaurant. We often come here to have a drink, the ambiance is great, it is a nice place. BUT the food is awful. The chips are the worst I ever ate in Wellington and the steak that costs 35...More

1  Thank tundiis
Reviewed 16 August 2017

went there with a family group for the 2 for 1 stonegrill meal....well you certainly get what you pay for I guess. vegetables stone cold,undercooked, my steak almost mooing, had to send it back.probably one of the worst meals Ive ever had, wouldnt go back...More

1  Thank tjb1235
Reviewed 13 August 2017

After ordering a medium-rare steak, I received it very well done, the rest of the meal was very good.

Thank spemberton98
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Cool setting to sit and have a few drinks but the bar staff weren't very friendly / seemed like they didn't want to be there which is always awkward on a Saturday night when you are spending a lot of money We ate a fair...More

Thank efaz326
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Fiona S
3 September 2015|
Response from southerncrossnz | Property representative |
Hey Fiona, Best thing to do is get in contact with Eirene, our Functions Manager. She can give you the low-down on all things functions. Give her a call on 04 3849085 Cheers The Cross Crew
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Television
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene
Open Hours
09:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 03:00
09:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 39 Abel Smith Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand (Formerly Southern Cross)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-384 9085
  • E-mail
For over 100 years our place here in Te Aro, Wellington, has been a favourite meeting place for locals. We love being a part of the community and we are ready to throw in the hard yards to make sure everyone who visits us has a great experience. The Cross has something for everyone - have a look around and choose the perfect spot to suit your mood. Each area has been designed to create a different experience, a different ambience. Bring in your team from work, your mates, your kids, your grandparents, your study group, your special someone, your laptop or your party guests – we can set you up with a space, top-notch food and drinks to suit your occasion. We like to make our guests as comfortable as they would in their own home. Our friendly staff will ensure you enjoy your time at ours. We love to play host at special occasions – we provide you with a hassle-free time with plenty of delicious food and drinks (not to mention we take care of the clean up!). The Southern Cross is also a great place to pop into if you’re in the mood to chill – we have magazines, newspapers and boardgames on hand if you’re keen. There’s no room for getting bored here – we’re not just a place to grab a drink. Each week is chocka with entertainment – from massages for new mums, to live gigs, to quizzes!
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