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“Dining with an amazing view” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The White House Restaurant

The White House Restaurant
232 Oriental Parade, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
+64 4-385 8555
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Ranked #4 of 656 Restaurants in Wellington
Price range: $30 - $128
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Private Dining
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 - Tuesday - Sunday from 5.30Pm. Sunday BYO $10 corkage. Lunch by appointment
Wellington, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Dining with an amazing view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

If you want to treat yourselves to something a little fancy then you can't go wrong with The White House. Exceptional food, great service, wonderful atmosphere and arguably the best view from a dining area in Welly.

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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
218 reviews 218 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 85 cities Reviews in 85 cities
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
“Two or even three stars of Michelin's - hence a TOP RESTAURANT”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

The White House was our choice of New Year's Eve of 2012: Just great! The best restaurant that we've experienced this time in New Zealand.
Extremly well presented meals and very nicely combined variations of tastes. In best French tradition. Your palate gets spoiled.
Our friendly waiter was a young man with a good sense of humour. Service has been perfect.
Overlooking the bay the restaurant offers excellent views and makes you feel at ease.
As they say in the famous Michelin Guide (for exceptionally good restaurants in France): worth a detour!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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120 reviews 120 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“A special place for an intimate meal or larger celebration”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

My husband had a major birthday last night and we shared it with 18 special family members and friends at a memorable dinner. Every menu choice was beautifully cooked and presented, and the service was impeccable. For newcomers to The White House, seriously consider the crab ravioli, scallop or pork belly starter and the duck or lamb rack main. There is small but varied selection of desserts, and even the sorbet is specially presented. Expensive, but well worth it.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Fabulous food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Recently we had the pleasure of dining at the White House, what a wonderful evening we had, wonderful yummy food and great service, compliments to the chef which made us feel extra special by coming out to meet us!
All the courses were exceptionally tastey.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Excellent meal, small glasses”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Overlooking the bay on the waterfront with excellent views. Clearly very popular and booking required. Very attentive staff (some may find a little overbearing). Each course and wine given a full desciption at the table. Some 'humerous' touches to the food. Wonderful combinations and flavours.
The only negatives were (if any) slightly small volumes of accompanying wine and gaps between courses (the reason given - a wedding upstairs).
I could not fault the food but would suggest more and more relaxed staff would have made a better and complete experience.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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