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Whitby's Restaurant & Bar

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147 The Terrace, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
6:30 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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26 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After a long day in Wellington we didn't have the energy to hunt down a cuisine of our choice and decided to just have dinner at the hotel's restaurant we were staying at. The restaurant being Whitby's at the James Cook Grand Chancellor hotel. To simplify things even further we opted for the buffet rather than the more-than-decent looking ala... More 

Thank reno2009
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92 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got a couple of grabone vouchers for buffet lunch. Booking was easy, the staff at the counter was very friendly and patience while I was loading the vouchers from my slow phone. Got seated next to the window which was good. Service from the staff was excellent, they cleared the dishes promptly. I have to say the food variety... More 

1 Thank Joyce W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is no doubt this place is best in Wellington when it comes to family dinner for the wide choice that the buffet offers takes away any guess work. The food is generally fresh and well presented. We recently went there for the much publicised seafood night and , yes, there were fresh oysters available of which I had plenty!!... More 

Thank Rodney T
Rotorua, New Zealand
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a wonderful lunch and with it being a buffet made life really simple. Had with us a 19 year old friend who is flatting in Wellington who made the most of it. Staff were extremely pleasant and our plates were cleared promptly. Lovely sitting at the window on perfect day in Wellington.

Thank Julie A
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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226 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting combination on the buffet -- soup and salad excellent, main dishes and deserts were just average. Presentation was perfect, but the taste was disappointingly bland.

Thank bsum73
Makati, Philippines
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94 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017 via mobile

I celebrated my Valentine's Day here. The dinner buffet for NZD 48 per person is definitely worth it. There were varieties of seafood which I loved the most. The dessert section is to die for. The service was excellent. The staff was friendly and attentive. I will surely come back. :-)

Thank Ryshel
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81 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2017

We went here for my husbands birthday for the buffet meal at $48 a head. It is cheaper if you are in and out before 7pm but this was too early for us. Our first impressions were of a nice restaurant with a man playing the piano in the bar which was nice. The food however was minimal, with one... More 

Thank FoxyLoxy025
Dunedin, New Zealand
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017

We stayed at James Cook over Xmas, we had breakfasts there, all great, we had Xmas dinner there, superb and we had cocktails in the bar, my favourite - Toblorone - yum!

Thank janie983
Wellington, New Zealand
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459 reviews
263 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

Buffet dinner at Whitbys prior to Christmas is a tradition for our extended family (there were 28 of us this year). We had a great evening on Monday 19 December. Enjoyed the live piano music. This is a good "old fashioned" buffet like they used to be in the 1980's and 1990's which is why we keep coming back. The... More 

Thank John S
Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

I wanted to treat my parents and sister to a nice family dinner. At $48 per person I was expecting high quality food, a large selection and beautiful decor. Unfortunately my family and I were extremely disappointed. The atmosphere and decor was very dated and the view from the restaurant was disappointing. Most of the food was luke warm and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$12 - $60
New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Buffet, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
6:30 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 147 The Terrace, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: 644999500
This locally adored restaurant invites you to enjoy Wellington from a breathtaking perspective. Ascend to the James Cook Hotel's 17th floor for sweeping views of the city and harbour. Partake in the opulent buffet, with our Chef personally crafting made-to-order dishes on the live cooking station, or choose a selection from the a la carte menu of regional specialities and international fare. To end your evening on a romantic note, visit the Piano Bar for an after-dinner cocktail. Whitby's is also available for private events. Please contact us to discuss arrangements. Opening times:•Breakfast : 06:30 - 10:00 hrs•Lunch: 12:00 - 14:30 hrs•Dinner: 17:30 - 22:00 hrs (early-bird: 17:30-19:00)•High Teas: 11:30 - 15:30 hrs•Piano Bar: 10:00 - late High Tea at the James Cook is a Wellington tradition, perfect for get-togethers, showers or unwinding after a day of shopping. Relax and savour a fine selection of teas and coffees, paired with scones and cakes fresh from the hotel bakery, traditional finger sandwiches, petite savouries, desserts and chocolate dipped strawberries.

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