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The White House Restaurant

232 Oriental Parade, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
+64 4-385 8555
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Ranked #1 of 618 restaurants in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $30 - $128
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Welcome to the White House. With stunning views over Oriental Bay, and across Wellington Harbour - The White House Restaurant is the ultimate in elegant fine dining with a deep regard for local ingredients.Not many restaurants can boast 21 years operation - and The White House Restaurant has consistently been one of the top ranking restaurants in town. Most recently The White House was been awarded winner of Wellington on a Plate, silver medal in NZ Dine Out People's Choice Awards 2012, 2013 and was a finalist in Cuisine Restaurant of the Year 2012.Hours: Dinner - 7 days from 5.30Pm. Sunday BYO $10 corkage.
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92% Recommend
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English first
14 reviews 14 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I am amazed that this is the Number 1 on Trip Advisor.Despite a lovely location and good service the food was old fashioned and tired.It felt like a kitchen that was coasting and all this an an eye watering price that was the most expensive of anywhere we eat in New Zealand.We eat the next night at Logan Brown which... More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Wow! What a great experience. Chose the degustation menu, which while expensive at $NZD140 per head was first class. Every dish was so well presented and tasty. The mixtures of colours and tastes was divine. Well worth it for a special occasion. Also, go on a Sunday as it is BYO ($10 per bottle) so it makes the cost a... More

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Dunedin, New Zealand
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

I came in with very high expectations. And the white house delivered. The food was the best I've had at any restaurant that I have eaten out at. I would definitely be coming back. And will be telling friends and family. Well recommended.

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

I was really looking forward to eat at this place. My main reason for choosing this restaurant was because it's no 1 on TA and I did enjoy the food thoroughly. I was considering whether to try the degustation menu or a la carte. In the end, I decided to try the degustation. The service was excellent. Food was amazing.... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Went here as a surprise dinner with 4 female friends, it was very quiet and intimate (all couples). Told by waiter not to be noisy. Beautiful meal and beautiful location, very expensive. the experience was great and we had a nice night.

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Edmonton, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We visited here during a conference in Wellington based on reviews we found on the internet and we found that the White House lived up to all the great things we had read about it. The Asst.Manager Agnelo went out of his way to make your evening special. The food matched the level of service both in terms of quality... More

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London, England
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137 reviews 137 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This was just about our worst dining experience in new Zealand, made all the more disappointing as it had been recommended in all the guides (including TA) and by a Kiwi acquaintance. Perhaps it is just that I am not keen on hushed and reverential dining accompanied by obsequious waiters who nevertheless look down their collective noses at you because... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Following a friends recommendation for somewhere special we were not at all disappointed. The location was fantastic (even on a stormy Wellington evening). The menu was hard to choose from as everything was really appealing. The food was simply outstanding - the combination of quality ingredients and expert craftsmanship resulted in a feast for the eyes and taste buds. To... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Came here last night for our wedding anniversary celebration. Absolutely wonderful and we were shown to our window side table as promised where we could watch the water, and as the evening progressed, the trees along Oriental Bay sparkle with strings of lights. We started with champagne, accompanied by an amuse bouche of a savoury macaroon with some sort of... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

This meal was a celebration dinner as we had just gotten engaged. It couldn't have been any more special - the food was incredible, the service was flawless (a special mention must go to our waiter Angelo- 5 star service) and the atmosphere was very relaxed and enjoyable. It really was an extra special treat and would recommend it for... More

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