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Boat Cafe

$$ - $$$, Cafe,
139A oriental Parade | Oriental Bay, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-939 3935
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good38%
  • Average20%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (25 reviews)
“cakes” (15 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 16:00All hours
Bar, Cafe, New Zealand, Pub, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
139A oriental Parade | Oriental Bay, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 177 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

After walking around for half an hour and finding everything full we came upon this little treasure and I'm so glad we did. The staff are amazing and extremely friendly, the service was great and prices just as good. Will definitely be back here when...More

Thank hayleym122
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Occasionally in the past the Boat Cafe has received some negative feedback, but it has clearly improved. Yes, it is simple and rustic (after-all it is an old vessel and it's a Cafe, not a 4 star restaurant) and the menu was traditionally basic too,...More

Thank KoalaLinz
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

We popped into the Boat Cafe for coffee when out walking. The cake looked delicious so we had carrot cake as well. A nice view and good coffee. The service was friendly and efficient.

2  Thank Karen H
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

We passed this café on a lovely walk in "windy Wellington" beside the Freyberg Park at the Lambton Harbour. Very nice and simpel café with lovely and friendly people. Very nice food. Here you can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nice view! //Mats Samaras, Stockholm,...More

1  Thank MatsSamaras
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

I visited there in the evening and had the burger deal for just $21. I had a nice pint of Black Dog "Dog Father" along with this amazing delicious fried chicken burger. They have four different burgers including an interesting vege burger (Quinoa black bean...More

Thank 582srimalp
Management response:Responded 14 July 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We've recently changed the menu to include several burgers so it's great to get some positive feedback regarding the new menu and one of our new specials. Enjoy your day!

Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

As with previous visits, the food was delicious and the staff welcoming and super friendly. The potato skins are out of this world and the burgers delightful... thanks

Thank kiwireviewer
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Stopped at the Boat Cafe for brunch and we were so impressed with the service and food! Staff were friendly and accommodating and the service was fast. The coffee was great too! Perfect way to start the day in the city.

Thank Laura T
Reviewed 25 May 2017

The boat cafe is a unique cafe in an old tug boat on the waterfront. It's a great place for lunch after a stroll around Oriental Bay on a nice day.

Thank young_traveller3
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

After walking to Mt Victoria lookout, I stopped in for a light lunch on my way back. Very reasonably priced and good portion sizes, staff were friendly and accomodating. I'll definitely be back.

Thank Chris G
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Met friends at the tugboat for brunch. I sat alone at the table for 10 minutes without being offered a menu, water, or being greeted by the at least 5 staff members who were chatting behind the counter. After I was joined by friends we...More

Thank Rach2610
Management response:Responded 14 July 2017

I'm very sorry to hear that you have had such a bad experience at our cafe. Thanking you for pointing it out to us and we'll take your feedback on board. We're always trying to improve and this kind of feedback helps us, so that...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, Cafe, New Zealand, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, View
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 139A oriental Parade | Oriental Bay, Wellington 6011, New Zealand (Formerly The Boat Cafe)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-939 3935
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