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The White House Restaurant

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Herd Street | Clyde Quay Wharf, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
(04) 385 8555
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Today
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wed - Fri 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Private Dining
Description: This is an exciting and stylish new restaurant led by well-known and...
This is an exciting and stylish new restaurant led by well-known and award-winning Chef, Paul Hoather. The impeccable style of this stunning restaurant showcases the menu which is the very best and the freshest seafood and local produce. It's Chef Paul's creativity, his unparalleled experience, and his passion for exceptionally fine food that make every meal an experience par excellence.
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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 10
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  • 7
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  • 5
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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
New location, new name, great food

Now 'Whit Bait' on Clyde quay, the food is wonderful. Nice tuna salad, and an exceptional snapper. Solid wine list. Easygoing service. Excellent value for money, and a nice view is included.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
Travel_Jan95
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Belgium
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Private Dining
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248 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Belgium
Top Contributor
209 reviews 209 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 NEW

Now 'Whit Bait' on Clyde quay, the food is wonderful. Nice tuna salad, and an exceptional snapper. Solid wine list. Easygoing service. Excellent value for money, and a nice view is included.

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Wellington, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Excellent service,superb cuisine,very interesting wine list.Probably about $10 to $15 /head above other top class restaurants.Well worth it for the extra.

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Calgary, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I was lucky to have had a wonderful dining experience in the original White House. The amazing food was complimented by the atmosphere of the turn of the century house in Oriental Bay area of Wellington. European fine dining at its best. I was Actually there in October of 2013.

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Top Contributor
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112 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 via mobile

Very attractive and almost Scandinavian in deco with lovely wood features and a bit of a buzz. Service great, no complaints at all. Helpful in fitting us in and table was ready earlier than expected. Food was very good in all aspects. Fresh ingredients carefully prepared and presented. The sea food was fabulous. Lovely house made bread to start. Shared... More 

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Kamas, Utah
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97 reviews 97 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We loved the old Whitehouse it had amazing views and terrific atmosphere so we were very disapdisapointed when we walked into the new White Bait. I told my wife that I did not think we would be back. The food however was extraordinary. Try the white bait with potatoes. Also the bread which is often lacking in Wellington restaurants was... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Loved this place when visited about a year ago- but when we went to go back we learnt that it is now closed and they have opened something new down the road. Im sure that it will be equally as good- but the whitehouse itself is no more!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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70 reviews 70 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Well The White House has now closed its doors and opened at another Oriental parade location in a different guise. We were grateful to be able to experience the fine cuisine one more time, and we will book for the new restaurant when it has time to settle into its new concept with expectations. Naturally, we had the Menu of... More 

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Notts
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59 reviews 59 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Excellent meal and glad we got the opportunity to eat there before it closes. The service was attentive and the food was delicious, well complemented by an excellent bottle of wine. The belly pork and steak were perfectly cooked as was the duck, and the serving staff were very good at adapting things for our food allergies. Gluten free bread... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Maybe it was because we had such high expectations, but we were seriously underwhelmed by the whole experience. The upstairs dining room where we were seated had lovely views of the Wellington waterfront but the decor felt very like a hotel breakfast room (although it seemed nicer downstairs). Although we were greeted warmly and enthusiastically, this did not follow through... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The White House is relocating from Oriental Bay to the nearby wharf and will be repositioned as a more bistro-orientated restaurant. We first started going here when it opened 20 years ago and it has always been a special treat fine dining experience. We will miss this. At our last visit enjoyed the memory lane degustation meal with wines ($165... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Herd Street | Clyde Quay Wharf, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: (04) 385 8555

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 128

Restaurant Characteristics

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

Description

This is an exciting and stylish new restaurant led by well-known and award-winning Chef, Paul Hoather. The impeccable style of this stunning restaurant showcases the menu which is the very best and the freshest seafood and local produce. It's Chef Paul's creativity, his unparalleled experience, and his passion for exceptionally fine food that make every meal an experience par excellence.
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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