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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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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 174
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  • 79
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
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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
Excellent

We ate here tonight. Was very nice food. The place has a real warmth kind of feel to it as it is in a house! The staff was very helpful. I would recommend this to anyone

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
Brendan L
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Mackay, Australia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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281 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Mackay, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

We ate here tonight. Was very nice food. The place has a real warmth kind of feel to it as it is in a house! The staff was very helpful. I would recommend this to anyone

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Oamaru
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The restaurant is housed in a beautifully restored Victorian style bungalow set in amongst some of Wellington's city buildings. The ambience is very warm and inviting. We were politely shown to the bar where we relaxed and admired some of the artwork whilst enjoying a delicious pinot noir as our table was made ready. The meal and the service were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Had a fantastic dinner here tonight. Ambiance was great, staff were friendly and attentive. We were invited to wait at the bar for a short while while a table was prepared. Food was amazing!! We will be back next time we visit Wellington.

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Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I went for dinner and had an excellent time and meal. The staff and manager were able to change a few sides and sauces because I can't eat gluten or fructose. The steak was very well cooked and they changed the chips with truffle mash. The calamari was also cooked differently than normal so I could enjoy it. I will... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 via mobile

Nice setting amongst the high rise.. Great food and service.. Nice atmosphere Tuesday night dinner so nice and quiet. Highly recommended

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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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109 reviews 109 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

A little gem set amongst monstrous high rise city centre. Round the corner from our hotel (James Cook Grand Chancellor, see review: Good for a business or tourist stay ). Although they do not take bookings we were told to come around eight and they very smartly found a table for four. The food is great but if you have... More 

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Toronto
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256 reviews 256 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Charming French bistro in a historic house, downtown. Cream of mushroom soup was thick and flavorful. Bread basket was on the skimpy side with ok bread. Coq au Vin was good, but could have been more flavorful. Just a thigh and leg, alright for light eaters, but would order an appetizer or sides if hungry. Soft lighting, music, quaint decor,... More 

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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

we found this by accident and meals were not over priced for budget travellers and were of a good size and steak was done to my liking

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Toronto Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

My wife and I agree that this is one of the best restaurants we have eaten at in New Zealand. We are still debating where it sits in the top five. It is an unpretentious place that does not take reservations for dinner. But, since we were staying close by and arrived at 7pm on a Saturday we were able... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We had to wait about 20 mins to be seated on a Sunday evening but were made comfortable at the bar. My husband and I ordered the steak and were not disappointed, it was perfection! We loved every bite.

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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 4 - 29

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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?