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Ancestral Bar & Restaurant

$$ - $$$Asian, Chinese,
31-33 Courtenay Place | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-801 8867
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good36%
  • Average18%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible8%
Travelers talk about
“duck” (13 reviews)
“dumplings” (8 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Asian, Chinese, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
31-33 Courtenay Place | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Reviewed May 12, 2017

Second time at Ancestral and the food is still great. All three mains we tasted ; Scallops, duck and beef were all excellent. The dim sums as starters were also scrumptious. Negatives - the somewhat restricted red wines (if you like syrah - good luck..!)...More

Thank LoFlyaNZ
Reviewed April 7, 2017

Our group of 4 enjoyed a pleasant evening sampling a range of asian enspired dishes - avoiding the extra-spicy dishes due to dislike such heat. The dining area is quite dark but there is enough light to read the varied menu, though not as dark...More

Thank Auck_12
Reviewed April 3, 2017 via mobile

Booked a table in February for a family dinner in April. Contacted me one week prior to date of booking to cancel. Avoid.

1  Thank BrynNomad
Reviewed March 16, 2017

Every time I've been to Ancestral, I've liked it. The yakitori nibbles are usually ymmy and the choice of wines by the glass is extensive. On chilly nights, it's a treat to warm up on their heated stone bench seating. Our server was most attentive...More

1  Thank HaljoHal
Reviewed February 18, 2017 via mobile

My partner and me went here on a Saturday night. We had heard good things about ancestral but we're pretty disappointed. We were asked to switch tables which wasn't a big deal as the waitress was nice about it and we hadn't ordered anything yet...More

Thank Sonja H
Reviewed February 18, 2017 via mobile

The menue and indicated prices outside are different from the ones inside: other choices and higher prices inside. The portions are small. The aubergine was inacceptable: soaked in fat, covered with fat dough and really just a few cubes. Best was the market fish. A...More

1  Thank L_Ulrich
Reviewed January 31, 2017

We had been traveling all day,and we were quite hungry. We had fried dumplings with two sidedishes, and everything tasted really good. The service was also very good.

Thank HenBin
Reviewed January 11, 2017

Great food, really recommend free range gong bao chicken, and green beans. Delicious. Service is always fantastic.

Thank AnnaAlexander1
Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

We had read good things about Ancestral, and we're looking forward to our visit, as we had booked on our first night in Wellington and , indeed, New Zealand. So it is disappointing to have to report on what was a decidedly average experience. Immediately...More

Thank Samuel C
Reviewed January 5, 2017

We arrived 5 mins early for our reservation, asian lady in white said were early she asked us to sit by the bar and gave us the menu as she wasn't sure if theres table for us or not. I went to the bathroom and...More

Thank ChristianneSangayab
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 31-33 Courtenay Place | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-801 8867
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