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Ortega Fish Shack

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16 Majorbanks Street, Wellington, New Zealand
+64 4-382 9559
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

An awesome dinner and friendly staff. We have crayfish ravioli and snapper with two sides- duck fat roasted potato with truffle mayo and parmesean cheese and a mix organic vegetable salad. The ravioli was tasty and snapper was fresh. The place is very crowded on Saturday evening and you may not get a seat if you have not made a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We walked straight past this place first time as it looks like a cafe instead of a really excellent seafood restaurant. Slightly out of town but only 10 minutes from the Te Papa museum this the restaurant that you must visit if you crave brilliantly inspired seafood dishes. A very comprehensive wine list too. Try the TWCV an unusual Chardonnay/Viognier... More 

Thank SkierLondon
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Recently went there for my partner's 60th birthday. I can't compliment the restaurant enough for the service and the food. One of the most memorable dinners I have had - their scampi ceviche was heavenly as was the rest of the meal. If you are after great fish/seafood then definitely visit Ortega. Additionally we were given a complimentary glass of... More 

Thank hellie09
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I had heard good things about Ortega Fish Shack but had never visited until last night. I wasn't disappointed. A really buzzing atmosphere and very busy on a Tuesday night, in fact it was full. The decor was a little quirky, but it was really good, it worked. The drinks menu was excellent with a fantastic selection of wines, beers,... More 

Thank GeeDizzle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

All of the above and more. So good! I do recommend leaving your inhibitions at the door when you come here. Drink the wine, eat the food, drink more wine and enjoy yourself. You might as well, as you had to book well in advance! Worth it.

Thank Steven Y
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great taste and fantastic service. The snapper and the risotto are delicious. For dessert the crepes is a must.

Thank carolln
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our dinner at Ortega Fish Shack was the high point of our stopover in Wellington. Tucked away from the tourist centre, this restaurant seems to be the place frequented by locals. The fish & seafood was fresh and prepared very well. Service was polite and efficient. Will definitely recommend Ortega Fish Shack to anyone visiting Wellington !

Thank AshishNichani
Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The meal we had here rates as one of the best this year anywhere. Entree of Whitebait was outstanding as was the pate (shared both) Mains were excellent, and beautifully presented, Dory was cooked to perfection as was my partners steak. The wine list and drinks list here is something to behold! Very well explained and full of interesting drinks... More 

Thank old542016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great ambience and service coupled with outstanding food. Wellington has many great restaurants and over the last few months I have eaten out at about 15 and this is currently top of the list. Superior flavour combinations coupled with great wine matches.

Thank Angela J
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I chose Ortega fish shack specially as I'd always had such good experiences there - I'd always found it ticked all the boxes especially food and service. However was somewhat disappointed on this occasion. The service was not the same - didn't seem to be the same level of competence. Particularly put off by the waiter who insisted on referring... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16 Majorbanks Street, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-382 9559
Fresh NZ Seafood

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?