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“Just perfect” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chameleon Restaurant and Bar

Chameleon Restaurant and Bar
2 Grey Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-495 7841
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Ranked #11 of 652 Restaurants in Wellington
Cuisines: European, Contemporary, New Zealand
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Savour the freshest produce with the collection of innovative dishes at Chameleon Restaurant. Experience true local flavours created by expert chefs who focus on sustainable products from local markets. From organic salad greens and eco pork to collecting Nino's fish of the day off the arrival jetty, our chefs strive to integrate the best local produce available into the seasonal menus. A knowledgeable service team offers local expertise to enhance your dining experience. A wine list incorporating NZ's finest wines from six key wine regions are available by the glass allowing for tastes throughout the evening.
Rotterdam
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Just perfect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Eating at the Chameleon was a nice change from eating in during our trip. The service was very good. We were welcomed by the hostess, led to our table and got a lady to help us with the meals and wine choices. She gave us some excellent tips about the food which proved to be everything but a let down. The food is perfectly cooked and presented and tasted amazing, especially with the wine to complement it. The chocolate desert was pure velvet in the mouth. Combine great food, very warm service and a very nice surrounding and you will have a great night eating out

Visited December 2013
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ChameleonR, Manager at Chameleon Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review, January 16, 2014
Dear Ucchan82,
Thank you for your latest review on Chameleon. I was happy to read that you enjoyed your experience with us, from your welcome, right through until desserts. I will be sure to pass this onto our kitchen and service teams.
Kind regards,
Craig Wood
Restaurant & Bars Manager
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Hong Kong, China
Top Contributor
156 reviews 156 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 73 cities Reviews in 73 cities
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
“Great New Zealand Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

This is a hotel restaurant. But DON'T let that put you off! It is a great dining experience with fine New Zealand foods superbly prepared. (We usually avoid hotel restaurants, and went to this one on the strength of other reviews -- it was definitely the right choice!) The decor is pleasant and relatively casual (lots of wood and large glass windows with views onto Post Office square.)

Our starters were superb -- smoked salmon rillettes and roasted scallops were both complimented by little salads having unusual ingredients that developed excellent flavours. The creativity and care in preparation were notable, and highly successful!

For mains we had a fine tenderloin steak, expertly cooked rare as requested, and a juicy and flavorful roast chicken. There was a wide range of wines available by the glass, and our (young, European) waiter was most helpful with suggestions about NZ wines to go with the food. We regret we're not staying in Wellington long enough to go back, and explore other facets of the cuisine!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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ChameleonR, Manager at Chameleon Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review, January 16, 2014
Dear HK_Observer,
Thank you for spending a few moments to review your latest experience in Chameleon. It was pleasing to read that you enjoyed your entrees and mains, as well as the wine list and service that was provided to you on the night. This is something we pride ourselves on at Chameleon, and it is rewarding to read reviews like this. I will be sure to pass this feedback onto all involved.
Warm regards,
Craig Wood
Restaurant & Bars Manager
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Adelaide, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Great staff and food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We stayed at the Intercontinental, which is the hotel within which this restaurant is located. Rather than going out, we found ourselves returning here each evening because the food and service was exceptional! The seafood platter for two (see picture) was absolutely fantastic and would easily have fed three. After the first couple of nights our faces were recognized by some of the waiting staff, and the personalized service that resulted was a true credit to the restaurant (and the Intercontinental Hotel).

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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ChameleonR, Manager at Chameleon Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review, January 16, 2014
Dear 97beyond,
Thank you for taking the time to review Chameleon. I was very pleased to see that you and your partner enjoyed the Seafood Platter, and the service you received on a nightly basis. I will be sure to pass this onto our service team. We hope to see you back in Chameleon when you next return to Wellington.
Best regards,
Craig Wood
Restaurant & Bars Manager
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Ottawa, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Thanks TA for the great Tip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

This was one of best value for money meals in NZ. We've been here 2 weeks! We had the seared tuna, and the lamb - delicious and perfectly prepared. The kids meals were amazing value of real healthy food. The service was attentive and made excellent recommendations. Wish we were here not her night to return.

Visited December 2013
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ChameleonR, Manager at Chameleon Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review, January 16, 2014
Dear RunyHuny,
I was very happy to read that you enjoyed your meal with us during your time in Wellington; in particular the lamb and the seared tuna. We look forward to welcoming you back when you next venture to Wellington.
Kind regards,
Craig Wood
Restaurant & Bars Manager
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Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great Way to End the Year”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

The service was excellent - informative, immediate and not rushed.
The food was marvellous - plenty of it, we ordered two side dishes and shared them - we ate them because they were delicious (not because we needed them). Dessert was to die for.
Cost - what we expected.
Nice to be in a place where you don't have to yell to be heard - thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Planning to revisit for our birthdays.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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ChameleonR, Manager at Chameleon Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review, January 16, 2014
Dear funfoodie2013,
Thank you for your comments. I will be sure to pass these comments onto our kitchen and service teams. We look forward to hosting you throughout the year, when you have a special occasion coming up.
Best regards,
Craig Wood
Restaurant & Bars Manager
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