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Mari Luca Ristoro

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Murphy Street | Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand
+64 4-499 5590
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Sat 17:30 - 21:30
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
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New Zealand
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went here to celebrate us. Been past a few times and really had high hopes. For a romantic setting it's great and doesn't disappoint. Food wise it was nothing special though. Not sure if it was what we ordered but neither of us felt it was anything out of the ordinary. That's the main and starter we had. We... More 

Thank szy478
Raseborg, Finland
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent and enjoyable service, great food. We we four people, two from Finland and two from NZ having different backgrounds on Italian restaurants and we all were very happy after our dinner experience.

Thank JoukoAP
Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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146 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here with my son during a visit to Wellington. Certainly on the higher side of restaurants in Wellington and quite authentic pasta's etc. The starters were very good. calamari and prawns etc. We had the grilled lamb for mains and I thought this lacked a sauce to compliment the veg and lamb. The place is not cheap and the... More 

Thank Cliff T
Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I organised for my parents to celebrate their 30th Wedding Anniversary in this delightful and beautiful characteristic restaurant. The food was astounding and the perfect combination was the service and staff who went above and beyond to make it the most enjoyable night for them, paying attention to detail and giving them a lot of attention. The service was astounding... More 

Thank Ashleigh F
Wellington, New Zealand
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This long established Wellington gem is tucked away in two traditional houses opposite Old St Paul's church, just off Ministry-land. It is renowned for serving traditional Italian food in a warm and relaxed atmosphere, and it does not disappoint. The establishment has recently changed hands, following the death of the Italian owner, Giuseppe Malaponti. When I ate there recently I... More 

Thank BwanaMkubwa
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81 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

A very comfortable Italian restaurant that offered a selection of quality food. Service was first class and very friendly. Our party of 4 had fish the pasta and Osso Bucco and there were no negative comments. The desert was excellent. Wine list offered a range of local and Italian wines at reasonable prices. A great place to enjoy a Italian... More 

Thank Fair23
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Excellent food, service and ambiance. We hadn't booked but were welcomed just the same. A great menu and help was given to find a suitable dish.

Thank Leonie C
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90 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

I have a great cookbook by this restaurant's founder Maria Pia. After many trips to Wellington, we finally booked in for a meal, only to find that Maria had long time departed and had been taken over by a new owner. The new management are Philipino, as is the original chef, and I have to say, they are thoroughly delightful.... More 

Thank guggetravel
Wellington, New Zealand
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291 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

I had not visited since the restaurant changed hands more than 6 years ago. I loved it then. I love it now. From the moment I walked in the door and was welcomed by the charming Maitre D' to the time to say farewell and thank you to the chef, it was perfect! We shared a platter of mixed bruschetta... More 

Thank Julie M
Wellington, New Zealand
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379 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We dropped in on the off-chance on the way to the Stadium, and they had a reservation that hadn't showed up. The food continues to be some of the best Italian in Wellington, there is an excellent wine list, and the staff cannot be faulted. The veal and osso buco are our favourite mains, and never fail to impress. Highly... More 

Thank Rick M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, European, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Murphy Street | Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-499 5590

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