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Boulcott Street Bistro

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99 Boulcott St, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
+64 4-499 4199
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Iconic Wellington restaurant, Boulcott Street Bistro opened its doors in...
Iconic Wellington restaurant, Boulcott Street Bistro opened its doors in 1991 and over the past 20+ years has welcomed visitors and locals alike with warm hospitality, fine food cooked with care, and a well chosen wine list, all served in a relaxed atmosphere.Boulcott Street Bistro follows a benevolent tradition , proudly serving its many loyal customers a combination of innovative, modern fare, classic bistro dishes, and great wines earning the reputation as a Wellington favourite. The kitchen sources the freshest seasonal produce available, and are always happy to accommodate dietary requirements and requests.The Heritage setting of the restaurant, also known as Plimmer House, is a delightful Wellington landmark. Plimmer house is named after John Plimmer, the notable Wellingtonian who was officially bestowed the title 'Father of Wellington'. The charming inner-city Gothic cottage was originally built as a wedding gift by a local groom for his bride to be in the late 1870s and came into the possession of the Plimmer family in 1911.Bookings can be made for lunch, but no need to book for dinner as it is casual dining. To help celebrate a special occasion we can organise flowers, champagne and a delicious house-baked chocolate cake. We have set menus for 10 or more if you are organising a function. Roast dinners, a traditional favourite, are available every Sunday evening from 6.00Pm with our "Roast & Red" special, and this includes a delicious homemade dessert and a glass of red.The private dining room seating 10 - 16 for lunch or dinner is also perfect for conferences or work functions with full catering services to suit your needs
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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
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Sure one could criticise the wobbly chairs or the congested tables but I don't care for the food here is great A good spot to take the wife for a special dinner .... and the place was full of couples The wine list is fun and the service was professional Go there

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
Rodney T
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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English first
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95 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Sure one could criticise the wobbly chairs or the congested tables but I don't care for the food here is great A good spot to take the wife for a special dinner .... and the place was full of couples The wine list is fun and the service was professional Go there

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Went along for a meal, had to ask for the woap menu, then had to ask for the woap burger which the waiter confirmed they had available. It wasn't on the woap menu. They didn't seem like they wanted to advertise they were a part of woap. However we had see elsewhere they were participating. Ordered entrees off the regular... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

I had anticipated going to this bistro for several years as it has a solid reputation. On this visit I was disappointed as the food was OK but not spectacular. It was my wedding anniversary and had hoped for some lasting taste experience. The service was first class.

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Had the best dinner here! Delicious pinot noir and for dessert the Eton Mess. Seriously?!?! This dessert all but melted in my mouth. I've already requested we go back for my birthday this year :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Fantastic dining experience. No bookings so we were directed to have a drink at the bar until a table was free, not an issue as they have a great wine list and an excellent range of bottled craft beer. Seated after half an hour upstairs, an intimate space that never felt crowded. Steak was cooked to perfection, and the dessert... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My husband and I had received a voucher for Christmas and there was $40 left over. After the previous visit we were VERY keen to sample the excellent food provided by the chef. We were advised that no bookings were required and that if we had to wait, we could just spend time having a drink. This wasn't required as... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The five of us were looking for a special place to dine at, in our last night in Wellington. We found it very close by our hotel, a distinctive and impressive white house surrounded by tall modern buildings. An unusual oasis, indicating French class, warmth and high quality dining experience. At night, the place looked to us like fairy tale... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

You don't book for this restaurant, but waiting at the bar isn't so bad! the wine list is fantastic and the staff are very friendly and helpful. The food is fantastic!!! will be going back everytime we are in Wellington

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

I don't understand why so many people speak highly of it. From my own experience it's in a normal level.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

So pleased to return here after many years and find the standard is still so high. Beautiful meal and great wine list.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 99 Boulcott St, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-499 4199

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 25

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions

Description

Iconic Wellington restaurant, Boulcott Street Bistro opened its doors in 1991 and over the past 20+ years has welcomed visitors and locals alike with warm hospitality, fine food cooked with care, and a well chosen wine list, all served in a relaxed atmosphere.Boulcott Street Bistro follows a benevolent tradition , proudly serving its many loyal customers a combination of innovative, modern fare, classic bistro dishes, and great wines earning the reputation as a Wellington favourite. The kitchen sources the freshest seasonal produce available, and are always happy to accommodate dietary requirements and requests.The Heritage setting of the restaurant, also known as Plimmer House, is a delightful Wellington landmark. Plimmer house is named after John Plimmer, the notable Wellingtonian who was officially bestowed the title 'Father of Wellington'. The charming inner-city Gothic cottage was originally built as a wedding gift by a local groom for his bride to be in the late 1870s and came into the possession of the Plimmer family in 1911.Bookings can be made for lunch, but no need to book for dinner as it is casual dining. To help celebrate a special occasion we can organise flowers, champagne and a delicious house-baked chocolate cake. We have set menus for 10 or more if you are organising a function. Roast dinners, a traditional favourite, are available every Sunday evening from 6.00Pm with our "Roast & Red" special, and this includes a delicious homemade dessert and a glass of red.The private dining room seating 10 - 16 for lunch or dinner is also perfect for conferences or work functions with full catering services to suit your needs
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?