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“Disappointing food - drinks V.V Expensive”

Whitby's Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #220 of 979 Restaurants in Wellington
Price range: $12 - $60
Cuisines: Bar, New Zealand
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Buffet, Reservations
Description: 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.
Reviewed April 11, 2013

I booked the restaurant on a Sunday night for a group for my 60th birthday because of a previous (long ago) buffet dining experience and a memory and expectation of fabulous food. Roasts of night (lamb, beef, pork) being cut by the chef on request - with wonderful roast veg and sauces available - believe me those days are gone...
I didnt starve as the cooked vegetables were OK as was the beef in gravy. The salad bar however was very cheap and sad and the other mains not much cop at all for $45 pp. They had a Indian 'cook' on the spot stand but no one was there to man it. I didnt touch the desserts and none of them looked appealing to me.
There certainly was no 'service' to speak off with no one at reception to greet any of my group or others as they arrived and no service at the table.
At the bar a bottle of not outstanding wine started at $53 - none however of these lower costing wines were available, moving to $58 - $60 plus With an orange juice and beer for $15. Although I expected them to cost more than a bar, for the wines available this really was outrageous.
Needless to wont be going again and definately would not recommend it.

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Reviewed March 30, 2013

Expected more from this buffet for 45 dollars per head. The starters and the sweets were fine but the main course choices were poor with bland chicken, severely undercooked lamb, fatty pork (also undercooked), and other unattractive offerings such as spare ribs and a poor choice of vegetables. Two small glasses of lager were 7.5 dollars each. Not in the same street as the Marbles Buffet at the Devon Hotel in New Plymouth which was also considerably cheaper with discounts for seniors and other discounts and large draught beers for 6 dollars!

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Reviewed March 5, 2013

The food was tasty. I had a seafood chowder followed by the fillet steak, but the service was terrible. Perhaps because English is not the first language of most staff, but they botched orders and took so incredibly long that our table got absolutely bored. To cap it off the prices are outrageous! Hint - take the lift down to the central city and enjoy Good restaurant.

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Reviewed February 28, 2013

My wife and I sampled the A La Carte menu on a Saturday night. Very busy, most people seemed to be using the buffet which could be detrimental to their A La Carte offering. Started with fresh baked breads which didn't seem that fresh to be honest. My sirloin steak was medium rare instead of medium and was very small. The additional egg's I ordered which I requested be soft came through solid. Service was average, who brings two bottles of beer to a table and no glasses.
Wife enjoyed her salmon and the desserts were okay but felt a little let down. Will not return.

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1  Thank SkyblueWellington
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

I bought a grabone voucher for 2 high teas, including a drink for $45.
My mum and I went there today. Thought the food was reasonably nice, plenty of it and all food very fresh. Assortment of club mini sandwiches, hot savouries and some nice cakes and scones. Lacked a bit of atmosphere as we were the only ones there with it being a nice day outside and we went early. It normally costs $26.50 excl drinks.

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