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Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant

39 Abel Smith Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-384 9085
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good40%
  • Average16%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible5%
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“brunch” (29 reviews)
“steak” (32 reviews)
“buddha bowl” (5 reviews)
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New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
39 Abel Smith Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Reviewed December 31, 2016

Four of us went for dinner and not one of the dishes was appetising. The garlic bread featured very little garlic butter on a barely warm loaf, the 200g steak consisted 100g of gristle (for which we were offered a dessert to make up for...More

Thank Elizabeth M
Reviewed December 27, 2016 via mobile

Not our first choice but it was open on a public holiday and had been rated highly and enjoyed by several in our party. Our group of 10 was easily seated and the menu looked promising with healthy options. Stone cooking (DIY) a feature. Having...More

Thank carmelr63
Reviewed December 22, 2016 via mobile

Come here regularly but nobody bothers to come out and sell us drinks! Staff keep their heads down...scuttle past...dont ask if we need a drink! Come on...

1  Thank Mariana A
Reviewed December 13, 2016

Thi is on the left just off the top of Cuba Street and is well worth a visit. We had a business Christmas function there and the open air setting of the big back courtyard is great for this. The food was great, including excellent...More

Thank NeilMarshall2267
Reviewed December 6, 2016 via mobile

Nice meal Wednesday nite roast and fish special $21 with brownie . Desserts in cabinet as well French pastry chefs .

Thank Sandra D
Reviewed November 29, 2016

I've been here on numerous occasions however most recently for a hens do. We had booked out a section of the bar and the staff were really accommodating. The area was already closed off with a sign of the event and tables set up. The...More

Thank kattymae26
Reviewed November 20, 2016 via mobile

Went out with two friends and had two for one stone grill with great meat options, lamb, beef eye fillet etc. Loved it, would go again 😁

Thank Thomas L
Reviewed November 19, 2016

Really enjoyed going to this bar, we sat outside in the back courtyard. Free BBQ was on offer. We had drinks near the open fire surrounded by paper lanterns and good music.

Thank pihaprincess
Reviewed November 16, 2016

This was the last restaurant I ate at before I left New Zealand. I ordered the surf and turf steak which was delicious! Really sweet staff as well.

Thank Erika A
Reviewed November 3, 2016

The food here is reliably good - I usually go for the Aro Burger (the halloumi is always good) and chips to share. I've noticed that it is a very popular venue for families and they have quite a few events each week, which is...More

Thank lalaelise
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Questions & Answers
Fiona S
September 3, 2015|
Response from southerncrossnz | Property representative |
Hey Fiona, Best thing to do is get in contact with Eirene, our Functions Manager. She can give you the low-down on all things functions. Give her a call on 04 3849085 Cheers The Cross Crew
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Private Dining, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards, Television
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 3:00 AM
9:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 39 Abel Smith Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand (Formerly Southern Cross)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-384 9085
  • E-mail
For over 165 years, our place here in Te Aro, Wellington, has been a favourite meeting place for locals. We love being part of the community and we are ready to throw in the hard yards to make sure everyone who visits us has a great time. The Cross has something for everyone - have a look around and choose the perfect spot to suit your mood. Each area has been designed to create a different experience, a different ambience. Bring in your team from work, your mates, your kids, your dog, your grandparents, your study group, your special someone, your laptop, or your party guests – we can set you up with a space, top-notch food and drinks to suit your occasion. There’s no room for getting bored here – we’re not just a place to grab a drink. Each week is chocka with events and entertainment – from massages for new parents, to live gigs, to quizzes, to life drawing classes and outdoor movies! We have magazines, newspapers & boardgames on hand too, as well as free wifi!
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