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Ortega Fish Shack

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16 Majorbanks Street, Wellington, New Zealand
04-382-9559
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Fresh NZ Seafood

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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
Amazing food!

Went to this place for dinner on a Friday night after reading the great reviews and it certainly lived up to them! I am not generally a seafood person although my husband is but my meal was amazing! I have to mention the duck pate which we had for starters - we were in heaven! The service was great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Auckland New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Went to this place for dinner on a Friday night after reading the great reviews and it certainly lived up to them! I am not generally a seafood person although my husband is but my meal was amazing! I have to mention the duck pate which we had for starters - we were in heaven! The service was great and... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Whoa this place lives up to its reviews and then some. I was warmly welcomed by Davey who runs the place. He was more than happy to have a conversation as I was by myself on a work trip. Thanks for that. I had the squid for entree. It was fantastic and I let Davey select the wine for my... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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39 reviews 39 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Ortega combines everything you would want in a good restaurant - great food, great staff, great ambiance, and a feeling of being looked after. In the evening, the decor and lighting give a warm, cosy and intimate feel. There are four dining areas, either by the entrance, at, or by the bar and an upstairs room. All are good but... More 

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Wellington
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Great food, service and menu selection. Packed on Saturday night and everyone looking like they were having as wonderful a time as we were. Definitely a great spot to eat.

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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Many seafood restaurants destroy fish by drowning it with sauce. Fish is best when kept simple, and allowed to convey its true flavour. Ortega epitomises this exquisitely. I had the Gurnard and flavours of the fish and the overall dish I can still remember after a few months. I need to return to Wellington soon; any excuse to visit Ortega... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

There's a reason Ortega is number one. Tucked down a street off Courtney Place, Ortega appears small but looks are deceiving, as when you walk in there is ample room both downstairs and upstairs. Service begins prompt and carries on so for the whole meal with the waitresses friendly, knowledgeable but never intrusive. Food is heaven. Last night we began... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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146 reviews 146 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Warmly welcomed by smiling staff, the four of us were shown upstairs to our table immaculately set for four. Gleaming silverware, snow white napkins. Jackets were gently whisked away, menus appeared. Choice was difficult only because everything listed sounded so good! We were not disappointed! Each ordered something different and reported back that their choice was delicious. Timing was perfect... More 

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Washington
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Our meal at the Ortega Fish Shack was wonderful! We started with a nice bottle of wine and the assortment of house-baked breads! Then, our mains were the Gurnard fish with delicious black rice and a delicious sauce and the Tarakihi fish in yellow curry , and we ordered sides of green beans and roasted potatoes. Both mains were creative... More 

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Sydney
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49 reviews 49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

At the end of a busy business trip, I really wanted to enjoy a fabulous meal and some wine without the discomfort of dining alone! Ortega met this challenge easily! The food was fabulous - I really didn't intend to eat 3 courses, but really the food was just temptingly too good to say no! Being seated at the bar... More 

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Raumati Beach, Wellington, New Zealand
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70 reviews 70 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We've eaten here as a couple and in a large group with overseas guests. Both times the food was outstanding and the service fantastic. Every item on the menu is a delight, selection requires tough choices - make sure you're hungry and sample lots.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 16 Majorbanks Street, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: 04-382-9559

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Description

Fresh NZ Seafood

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