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Boulcott Street Bistro

99 Boulcott St, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
+64 4-499 4199
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Ranked #21 of 635 restaurants in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $4 - $33
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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
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89% Recommend
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English first
Wellington, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Look, I've been eating at Boulcott St Bistro since the late '80's and I always order the Béarnaise Steak - it's just devine, washed down with an oaky Chardonnay, serve up by Sam the sommelier. I'm sorry, but if you want great steak in Wellington...then this is where you come. They don't take bookings, so you just have to show... More

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60 reviews 60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary here and we were not disappointed. The food was full of flavour and the portions were perfect so we were able to enjoy three courses. Everything was cooked to perfection and service was professional and friendly. We loved the ambience of the place and would certainly return

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Dalbeattie, Scotland, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Charming building, charming interior, obviously very popular, and why not? Food was excellent, service excellent: it's a real find. Does a smallish menu very very well. Citrus cured salmon _ from italy.? Beets and chevre. Rack of lamb, steak, profiteroles and ice cream. Dinner for three, one glass of wine, two soft drinks and a bottle of sparkling water. $250.... More

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Nelson, New Zealand
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69 reviews 69 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Lovely restaurant to celebrate our daughter's 20th birthday. The Boulcott Street Bistro offers a very nice blackboard menu on a Sunday and we were well tempted. We were lucky enough to get the table in the front of the window and on a cold wet Wellington day this was a lovely cosy place to spend a couple of hours. The... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

meal for four - on a quietish Thursday evening - main courses and sides were a treat - fillet and fish dishes cooked to perfection.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We have been going there for a number of years no and the "Boulcott" has never let us down. The meal was superb, as always, and Sam the barman treated to us to a special night out. He really knows his stuff! The creme brûlée is something to die for. We go there and order no other desert. Both of... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Lunch on Sunday for a special occasion with Aunty aged 70yrs who is a foodie and loves eating out. We were all impressed with the menu selection and service. 3 of us ordered differently and no complaints quite the opposite amazing food. I can not wait to go back. The value is exceptional $39 for 3 courses!!

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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Great little restaurant with a wine list to die for. We had weekend much 3 course set menu, very simple but totally delicious. The staff very nice and professional. Another experience that's mad me want to return to Wellington sooner than later.

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Wellington, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

After reading all the raving reviews, we were very eager to try this place out. This is an over-due review, so unfortunately I don't remember what we ordered, but then that's saying something. I'm not saying the food wasn't great, but it was missing something special. To us it was a decent meal cooked with fresh ingredients - but then... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
Top Contributor
205 reviews 205 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

It's been a couple of years since we last dined here, but it was good to go back again. Rex was in the kitchen the night we were there, so the food and its presentation was excellent. WE both had the calamari starter, and then I had the beef short rib and my partner the fillet bearnaise, and we loved... More

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