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The Backbencher Bar and Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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34 Molesworth Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-472 3065
07:30 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 07:30 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 23:00
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My sister in law and myself ordered the O'Connor's burger, overall the burger was tasty, however, we both agreed that the multigrain toasted bun was just rock solid. Like if you ordered a burger dish, you would expect a soft bun, but it was not the case here. I don't know if that is how they really serve the buns... More 

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34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was looking for a restaurant near here and didn't realize it was closed on Sunday. So we decided to try this one. What a great choice. Not many people, but the staff we're still attentive. A rounded menu with a variety of choices. The chicken liver pâté is a must. Served with fresh bread and mango chutney. I had the... More 

Thank Deadlyden54
Auckland, New Zealand
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10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Had not been back here for years and really enjoyed the return visit. The puppets are as good as ever and they alone are worth the visit. Food was excellent, service friendly with the appropriate sense of humour. Well done Backbencher, just don't have another fire!

1 Thank bridger12016
Newcastle, Australia
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

great selection of beers. Food was good well worth a visit. Nice tributes there to some of the All Blacks.

1 Thank chris s
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68 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Enjoyable lunch here on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Excellent service from the staff. Food was excellent. Salt and pepper calamari and duck croquettes. Very tasty and sufficient for lunch. Lots of quirky references to our Parliamentarians around the dining area too.

Thank Rosebank430
South Island, New Zealand
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121 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

This is an iconic place and just across the Beehive. A must to visit and see how this place showcase NZ politicians.

Thank MrsGNZ
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Went to luch there today and had great calamari with handcut chips on the side. It was well cooked and the sauce that came with the Calamari was excellent.

Thank Scottym1966
Watsonville, California
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255 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

What was interesting is the giant puppets of the their politicians hanging on the walls. This restaurant is across the street from the Parliament building. I had the deep fried calamari which was very good to eat. My friend had the soup of day ( pumpkin and curry) and another had chicken pate; both got good reviews. It was fairly... More 

Thank 427BeatleBob
Wellington, New Zealand
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334 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Busy even on a Tuesday at lunch (thankfully we had booked). Great calamari. Service very good - the little things like automatically bringing tom sauce to have with the chips etc etc. All meals at table good (tried the pate and that was lovely - would order as sharing plate for entree next time). Need to go when really hungry... More 

Thank amr100
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

We were going to be in Wellington for the weekend so I Emailed and booked a table and received a confirmation email back confirming our reservation. We turned up about half an hour early had a drink then went to the bar at the appointed time to be seated, the girl behind the bar could not find our reservation but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 9 - USD 21
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34 Molesworth Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-472 3065

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