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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:
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
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
historic building

A chance finding- a historic building amongst the skyscrapers. Fine dining, French style and great coffee

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Oz5_10
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Sydney, Australia
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Truro, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Food is fairly reasonable but the service SO slow, prices for food and wine too high and there is an air of complacency with no apologies for terrible service, no offer of bread to keep you going and frozen peas served as the vegetable with the main course. Hmmm. Other much better restaurants around.

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Thank Poppy F
Sydney, Australia
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A chance finding- a historic building amongst the skyscrapers. Fine dining, French style and great coffee

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Thank Oz5_10
Wellington, New Zealand
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went as a large work party so we had a set menu. I was able to check the dishes on the regular menu, and the prices were high for similar food elsewhere. The food was well executed, and the staff were pleasant, but nothing out of the ordinary. I enjoyed the food no more or less than a cheaper, but... More 

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Thank JakeRaven
Auckland, New Zealand
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45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were in Wellington for a couple of days on a family holiday, a time that coincided with our wedding anniversary. As I have dietary restrictions I searched around a bit to find somewhere that looked promising (using Trip Advisor of course!) and found Boulcott Street Bistro. I phoned up to make a booking but was told I couldn't make... More 

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Thank Keitha S
Barcelona, Spain
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118 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good restaurant, very kind service, placed in and old Wellington house. I had a lamb shank, and a beer. Lamb was tender, saucy, on a bed of mashed potatoes and peas with a hint of mint flavor. Everything was well served, with a smile, place was quiet, so, really, it is a place to enjoy. Probably they should give a... More 

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Thank cgriell
Bozeman, Montana
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49 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So I took a cab half way across town just to find out they opened next week for lunch and it clearly says open at 12pm!!!! Horrible

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2 Thank SRQREEF
Canterbury, New Zealand
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67 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been going to this restaurant about twice a year for the last 10 years or more and it really is very good indeed - except for my last experince. I was shocked the other week when going to pay the bill and inserted my credit card into the card device in front of a staff member when the... More 

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8 Thank pacific2
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

I've been staying a short distance from this lovely little cottage for a couple of months now but never been in. Yesterday evening I was by myself, away from family and friends for NYE and noticed they were open in the afternoon, so I wandered in to ask about dinner. Very friendly, told me no worries and to come back... More 

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1 Thank imanxe
Auckland, New Zealand
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

The best French onion soup I have had once 1977. The service was very friendly and welcoming. The meal was tasty, but on the small side for my husband who ordered the lamb rack which was 3 lamb cutlets. It wasn't clear regarding extras available from the menu. Overall a enjoyable experience.

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Thank JaneMeek
Hong Kong, China
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43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

Lovely spot in Wellington, the restaurant is in fact a very nice, small house. We went there on a Monday evening and it was crowded, surprisingly. However, they managed to get us a table quite quickly. Good surprise, on Mondays, Champagne Taittinger is half priced, which is a very good deal. The dish list is nice, enough to suit anyone's... More 

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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 - 26

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic

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 - 9:00 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
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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