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Chocolate Fish Cafe

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Coffee Shop, Seafood, Barbecue, Family Fare
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100 Shelly Bay Road | Maupuia, Wellington 6022, New Zealand
+64 4-388 2808
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Welcome to our seaside cafe. Looking for great food with a quirky...
Welcome to our seaside cafe. Looking for great food with a quirky difference? We have taken Kiwiana to the extreme with a variety of seafood and non seafood items all cooked on our BBQ..our specialty is artisan style barbequed seafood sammies with garlic aioli and greens Grab a beanbag and enjoy the view of Wellington Harbour! Open 7 days 8.00am ish to 5.30 pm ish Fully licensed with Seating inside for 70 and Outside for 100 Bookings Please ring for booking availability Monday to Friday Weekends...Not available Our Brunch service is fast and you will be accommodated on a first come first served basis Public Holidays : No Surcharge We will be OPEN everyday except for Christmas Day
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Visitor rating
  • 64
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great cafe for families

Such a lovely family friendly cafe. Excellent place to chill out while little ones and not so little ones keep themselves entertained. Food was lovely. Tea served in a pot, shame the pots were leaking the leaves into the cup but perhaps it was just this one. We will be going back.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 8, 2014
Amanda G
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Zurich, Switzerland
Good for:
  • Families with children
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128 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Zurich, Switzerland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Such a lovely family friendly cafe. Excellent place to chill out while little ones and not so little ones keep themselves entertained. Food was lovely. Tea served in a pot, shame the pots were leaking the leaves into the cup but perhaps it was just this one. We will be going back.

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Auckland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We love the Chocolate Fish Cafe and my family are regulars! Such a friendly welcoming cafe with lovely staff. Lots of interesting things to see, very baby friendly with plenty of highchairs. Blankets if you want to brave the sea breeze and sit outside and lots of really cool ride on toys etc for the kids! The food is always... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

Went here with my dad and son. I had the corn fritter with bacon Sammie, my dad the angus burger, my son the chocolate fish shake and kids burger. All 3 meals were delicious, staff super helpful and friendly and the owner came and had a chat with us. After a meal we sat out on the lawn area in... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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113 reviews 113 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

We went for a coffee, which was good. A great place for the kids with dozens of bikes and ride on toys for them to enjoy, small play area and a trampoline for the little ones. We really relaxed whilst our little grandson had a ball riding on nearly everything. Will return for a bite to eat.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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78 reviews 78 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We just went for coffee which was good but the best part of this cafe is that there are loads of bikes for the kids to play on. Our 2 year old left us in peace for an hour whilst he cycled around on various bikes and played on the small playground. It's difficult to find a cafe where kids... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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180 reviews 180 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Chocolate Fish is one of our favourite cafes in Wellington. Although a bit of a drive to Shelly Bay, we love the way the shellfish, meat, corn fritters are cooked on the barbeque and served as sandwiches. The sweet treats are delicious - I always have the brown sugar meringue with cream, himself the chocolate brownie and number one son... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

If you have small kids like us you will know that a relaxing breakfast Sunday morning is tricky. We stumbled on The Chocolate Fish Cafe on Shelly Bay Road - just outside the main city. The cafe has a basic rural charm but its situation is perfect. The cafe has great food all cooked on a BBQ (try the Crayfish... More 

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Shanghai, China
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Have not dined at the chocolate fish for years and years, since they moved from their old location in scorching bay. But will defiantly be back here very regularly now I have been. The most genuine and lovely service I have perhaps ever encountered! I loved the food. Really classic, unpretentious food. Everything tasted so wonderfully fresh! Thanks again chocolate... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

This cafe is quite a special place, away from the busy city centre of Wellington. The service was great and the food very tasty. Well worth the (small) detour.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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204 reviews 204 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

I hadn't been since this iconic kiwi cafe relocated from Scorching Bay, so seized the opportunity to visit on a brilliantly sunny week day. What a great spot for sitting in the sun on a deckchair or beanbag overlooking Wellington harbour, complete with ride-on toys for the little kids. Due to limited kitchen facilities they have wisely limited their menu... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 100 Shelly Bay Road | Maupuia, Wellington 6022, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-388 2808

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Seafood, Barbecue, Family Fare

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Welcome to our seaside cafe. Looking for great food with a quirky difference? We have taken Kiwiana to the extreme with a variety of seafood and non seafood items all cooked on our BBQ..our specialty is artisan style barbequed seafood sammies with garlic aioli and greens Grab a beanbag and enjoy the view of Wellington Harbour! Open 7 days 8.00am ish to 5.30 pm ish Fully licensed with Seating inside for 70 and Outside for 100 Bookings Please ring for booking availability Monday to Friday Weekends...Not available Our Brunch service is fast and you will be accommodated on a first come first served basis Public Holidays : No Surcharge We will be OPEN everyday except for Christmas Day
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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