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Circus Cinema, Bar and Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
European, New Zealand, Pizza
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34 Jellicoe St, Martinborough, New Zealand
06 306 9442
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Wellington, New Zealand
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362 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Circus is worth a visit and up there with the best food Martinbourgh has on offer. Its down a side street off the square and easy walking from the square but not in the main block of restaurants so perhaps not visible for tourists. Attached to a movie theatre the restaurant is great to eat at before watching the latest... More 

Thank A P
Martinborough, New Zealand
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Finally Circus has a good chef. The restaurants in Martinborough have really improved over the past 3 months. The steak here is awesome and Robyn loves the lamb shoulder. Wine selection not great should have more local wines, but the Alexander Merlot is really good wine. Would rank currently in the top 3 dinner places to be had in Martinborough,... More 

Thank RVTravelLifestyle
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84 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

We had a lovely night at the Circus, the place is really nice, especially with the open fire that was so perfect for a cold night. The food is quite good, we had the beef fillet and it was mouthwatering! The staff is also really friendly and professional. Prices are a bit on the expensive side, but worth it. Recommended!

Thank elipuccioni
Napier, New Zealand
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35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

We popped in here for a pizza & a glass of the local wines. We both shared the pizza which was very tastie. Nice roaring fire, lovely and warn on a winters night.

Thank Napiertwo
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

Small cosy cinemas.Abit chaotic with the organisation of seating.Random seating...nothing allocated.It would pay to book in advance if it was a wet day.

Thank Leigh W
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

After scoping the town earlier in the afternoon for a suitable place for dinner we chose Circus. I should say hopes were not high with the few places open appearing pretty ordinary and the big white pub having a function on. We were very pleasantly rewarded at Circus with efficient service and very timely delivery of delicious meals all round.... More 

Thank David H
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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250 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016 via mobile

It was a while ago I was here but there is one thing I can't ever forget. This place served me possibly the best lamb I have ever eaten. I was blown away at the moist and tender ribs. Succulent and so tasty. What an introduction to nz cusine. Their coffee was amazing too. Stop a whole and watch a... More 

Thank crocteaser
Melbourne, Australia
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19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

We spent Anzac Day in Martinborough and found this lovely place was one of only a handful open for dinner. What a delightful idea to have a restaurant adjoining the cinema. We didn't see a movie but we enjoyed watching the comings and goings as we ate. We both had the seafood chowder - a hearty and value for money... More 

Thank Helen T
Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

The meal that we had at Circus was devine. I had Pork Medallions with mash and a crispy salad and my wife had at Pizza .Both meal were reasonably price as was the wine. A great selection of local ones.

Thank Raymond W
Martinborough, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

Great films, great setting and lovely food. We go here often as a family and love it. The children favour the pizza's and calamari and we like the fact that there is not a chicken nugget or french fry in sight! Great sheltered outdoor area and cosy indoor spaces. We are so lucky to have Circus Cinema in Martinborough.

Thank cath929

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
European, New Zealand, Pizza
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34 Jellicoe St, Martinborough, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wairarapa  >  Martinborough
  • Phone Number: 06 306 9442

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