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18 Majoribanks St | Mt Victoria, Wellington 3011, New Zealand
04 385 75 77
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Ranked #39 of 618 restaurants in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $1 - $33
Cuisines: European, Greek, Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Driven by the good cheer of maxim "it's an empty house without our visitors!" and the plethora of the hosts's family heritages, Ambeli's cuisine is offering the true satisfaction of the Mediterranean from a new angle; supported by the winelist of owner Shaebodine Moleta whose passion for the service of dinner is boundless.
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86% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Ambeli was a wonderful restaurant. We ate there several times, but it has either moved from it's previous location on Majoribanks Street, Wellington, or else it has closed.

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Top Contributor
202 reviews 202 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

The food here is outstanding and so too are the staff. When you first arrive it feels as if you are going to eat in somebody else's living room, which is a bit odd; but don't be put off by that. The cooking here is stunning (similar to Clooneys in Auckland), but the whole ambience is far more relaxed and,... More

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Ohope, New Zealand
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61 reviews 61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

The owner who happened to also be our waiter was most attentive, accomodating, very efficient and naturally, had a thorough knowledge of everything on the menu. He was most accomodating making us feel very much at home. Service was awesome. The food was wonderful and totally appealing giving us a great gourmet dining experience. I would highly recommend this restaurant... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

Truly excellent food cooked by world-class chefs. Wait staff are knowledgeable about the origins of all the food on the menu, how it's been prepared, and what wine to drink with it. Quite pricey, and the portions are not massive, so you might want to consider a side, or two, but you won't be disappointed by the quality.

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

After being recommended to this restaurant from the very nice hotel we stayed at in Wgtn we were highly disappointed. The food was okay at best, and the service was lacking in all aspects. Service seemed uninterested, entree plates left on the table even once mains served. 4 tables around us left dirty and not cleared once patrons left. Very... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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64 reviews 64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

This week my partner and i enjoyed a wonderful meal at Ambeli. We eat out a lot in Wellington, but I can confidently say that this would be the best restaurant I have eaten at in Wellington. The service is excellent. The waiting staff are very attentive, yet leave you alone so that you can have some privacy. I had... More

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Sydney, Australia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

I loved our dinner at this great little restaurant - cosy, intimate atmosphere, open fire, interesting menu - I devoured the seared duck breast - just perfect. Eclectic and extensive wine list. The only shortcoming was the waitress - whilst perfectly good at carrying out her duties didn't seem to be quite in sinc with the high level of the... More

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Auckland, NZ
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105 reviews 105 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We visited Ambeli for dinner recently on a weekend visit to Wellington. It is located just around the corner from the Embassy Cinema (of Hobbit fame) in what looks like an old shop front. The layout and interior are cosy but not at all pretentious. We were shown to a window table which allowed us to watch the passersby and... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Very disappointing. Seems to have changed hands or was in January holiday mode. Nowhere near as buzzy and well run as on previous visits: wait staff did not seem to be up to the job. Food was disappointing and some of it had been standing around. Hope this was a one off.

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London, United Kingdom
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94 reviews 94 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Dinner at this restaurant is a must if you are passing through wellington. The service was excellent, the food was fantastic and the wine was lovely. We had a very enjoyable evening and would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is a foodie! We wanted to try the entire menu.

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