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“great experience in Wellington” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Arbitrageur Wine Room & Restaurant

Arbitrageur Wine Room & Restaurant
125 Featherston Street, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
04 499 5530
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Ranked #233 of 630 Restaurants in Wellington
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Monterey, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“great experience in Wellington”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2011

hen you think of all the effort that must go into the amazing food and all the technique used, it's actually a wonder this restaurant is so affordably priced. The atmosphere was warm and friendly The staff have that balance worked out between being attentive to your needs without crowding you while you're enjoying your meal.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dublin
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Recommended. Fantastic steaks and extensive wine list”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2011

Had such a great meal and experience here. The staff were very friendly and good. And their knowledge of wines was excellent.
The steak is seriously good.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Perth
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Staff disinterested and cigarette smoke”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2011

The restaurant was recommended to us especially for it's extensive wine list. We are visitors to Wellington from Perth, Western Australia. and are impressed by the Wellington on a Plate events. The previous evening we had a great meal at the Boulcott Bistro where they were able to accommodate the fact I don't eat red meat. The duty manager on 16 August 2011 refused to allow any change despite when booking for dinner the staff did not think this would be a problem. The service was wanting despite few customers at the time we were there. Then horrors we could smell cigarette smoke in the restaurant, when we asked the duty manager if you could smoke in the restaurant she assured us you couldn't and that we could smell the smoke from outside the front door. I was sitting in full view of the front door and no-one was out there smoking - the duty manager smelled of smoke. Half an hour later we could smell cigarette smoke again, again we advised staff who got the duty manager who again smelt of smoke and came from the kitchen area. We suggested that she was the one smoking and she denied emphatically again saying it was coming from the front door, again nobody was there!! We will leave it to you to decide where the cigarette smoke was coming from. The duty manager must have been very annoyed with us as after our main course we were never offered the dessert, coffee or liquer menu. Very poor service for a highly recommended restaurant.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“A most enjoyable experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

We visited Arbitrageur during Dine Wellington for some fine dining and wining. Preston's Poirtrine de Cochon (roast pork belly with apple and fennel compote followed by Meringue with Sheckter's lemon curd, créme vanille and passionfruit were scrumptious. Accompanied by two Martinborough wines- Ata Rangi Petrie 2009 Chardonnay and Ata Rangi Célèbre 2008 Merlot this occasion was most certainly a most enjoyable experience.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Palmerston North
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Absolutely Superb Dining Experience - Highly Recommended!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

We had heard a lot of wonderful comments about Arbitrageur from different friends and family - so a group of us decided to see what the fuss was all about. We were not disappointed. The fine food was absolutely amazing, the wine list was extensive-probably the most extensive I have ever seen in a restuarant and the service was 5 star. The staff were warm, friendly and knowledgeable and did everything they could to make our evening an enjoyable one. All the entrees, mains and desserts were sublime. There is also a wonderful ambience at Arbtirageur which makes for a special night out. We highly recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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