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Whitby's Restaurant & Bar

) #260 of 697 Restaurants in Wellington $$ - $$$ European, , Vegetarian Friendly
147 The Terrace, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good30%
  • Average24%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible7%
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Open Now
06:30 - 10:00All hours
European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
147 The Terrace, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I have NEVER left a bad review for anywhere as I always try to look for the positives when we eat out. The only positive was the wait staff who were quick to clear the table during the buffet service. Was Indonesian food week &...More

Thank 799haydenb
Reviewed 5 days ago

All 60 or so guests were seated in the room off the side of the main part and beautifully set out with plenty of room between tables and chairs.There was the usual food variety from a Buffet which hasn't changed a lot over the years....More

Thank Tawaite
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a lousy night cold and wet, and I wondered why I had invited my friend and her husband to join us for a Mid Christmas Buffet at Whitby's. We had a half hour drive as well. One inside the atmosphere was lovely, we...More

Thank Shayne P
JamesCookHotel, Marketing & Communications Executive at Whitby's Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Shayne, Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback from our mid-winter Christmas buffet. I have passed your comments to the Chefs, who are busy beginning preparations for our upcoming Indonesian Food Festival. We hope to welcome you back soon. Kind...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our daughters (and friends) are still young enough to be thrilled by the prospect of an all-you-can-eat buffet where you don't have to have a main and can skip straight to dessert. And the parents love that the Whitby's staff are so accommodating - we'd...More

Thank Julie C
JamesCookHotel, Marketing & Communications Executive at Whitby's Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Julie, Thanks so much for sharing your review on TripAdvisor. Our Restaurant team are very happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed our mid-winter Christmas buffet dinner. We always appreciate guest feedback and it's great you liked the flavours of our Mulled...More

Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Not often I leave bad reviews but this was so disappointing! Average food and no service at all. Had to go and order l drinks from bar and no one cleared our table once and it was a buffet! Very disappointing, price was ok but...More

Thank Kubotachick
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Well done once again Naomi and your staff. Excellent service from start to finish. we had approximately 40 guests, including children. The staff were attentive. The food is excellent and a great day was had by all. Not one complaint by any of our guests....More

Thank watkinsfamily2017
Reviewed 11 June 2017

we had breakfast as a group in the buffet. Some of the food was great - freshly cooked pancakes and omelettes. some was average - and some bleh - chewey bacon was not quite what anyone wanted to eat. Overall it was average and on...More

Thank Sonnie_dee
Reviewed 3 June 2017

Average hotel restaurant decor. Had dinner here as part of hotel package. Convenient hot hotel guests but doubt locals or those staying at other hotels would bother to eat here. Service was fast & attentive but not intrusive. Had the celery salt salmon that was...More

Thank sequoia-design
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Excellent selection of dishes and value for money at the full buffet lunch. It was my birthday and to suit the families diverse tastes and appetites we decided on buffet lunch at Whitby's Restaurant and Bar. We were not disappointed. A great selection of dishes...More

Thank Kirstyblueeyes
JamesCookHotel, Public Relations Manager at Whitby's Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2017

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your review of your recent experience at Whitby's Restaurant & Bar. We love when diners choose to celebrate their birthday with us and it's great you and your family were able to enjoy the wide variety...More

Reviewed 16 May 2017

I have always loved whitbys resturant went there for mothers day and boy was it disapointing.first of all the food was no where near as good as it use to be i kinda felt like we were at valentines resturant :( pasta was plain tasteless..the...More

Thank Nadine E
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 12 - USD 60
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Buffet
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, View, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids
Open Hours
06:30 - 10:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 147 The Terrace, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: 644999500
  • E-mail
This locally adored restaurant invites you to enjoy Wellington from a breathtaking perspective. Ascend to the James Cook Hotel's 17th floor for sweeping views of the city and harbour. Partake in the opulent buffet, with our Chef personally crafting made-to-order dishes on the live cooking station, or choose a selection from the a la carte menu of regional specialities and international fare. To end your evening on a romantic note, visit the Piano Bar for an after-dinner cocktail. Whitby's is also available for private events. Please contact us to discuss arrangements. Opening times:•Breakfast : 06:30 - 10:00 hrs•Lunch: 12:00 - 14:30 hrs•Dinner: 17:30 - 22:00 hrs (early-bird: 17:30-19:00)•High Teas: 11:30 - 15:30 hrs•Piano Bar: 10:00 - late High Tea at the James Cook is a Wellington tradition, perfect for get-togethers, showers or unwinding after a day of shopping. Relax and savour a fine selection of teas and coffees, paired with scones and cakes fresh from the hotel bakery, traditional finger sandwiches, petite savouries, desserts and chocolate dipped strawberries.
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