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Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant

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39 Abel Smith Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6001, New Zealand (Formerly Southern Cross)
+64 4-384 9085
08:00 - 00:00
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Sun 09:00 - 00:00
Mon - Thu 08:00 - 00:00
Fri 08:00 - 03:00
Sat 09:00 - 03:00
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Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went early to a birthday meal on a Sunday evening and the staff were welcoming even though I was forty five minutes early. The helpful and friendly attitude continued through my visit. There were excellent, diverse vegan options (not just standard meals with meat taken out) through the entire menu, and included the "milks" available to serve with tea and... More 

Thank judy512013
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is great, it's huge and feels like it's split into all different sections. Restaurant, bar, sitting room, beer garden... the beer garden is great, it's massive with lanterns everywhere I love how they've built around the trees not removed them. Monday's they do 2 for 1 grill, the steak is amazing highly recommended! Real nice staff too!

Thank -Miss-Williams-123
Christchurch, New Zealand
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132 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of options here - and the ones I had reflected good food well cooked and presented along with good service - there when needed without sitting on top of you. The outside area had lots of smokers so that wasn't an option for me but otherwise an enjoyable evening. Reasonable value.

Thank Gavin6114
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Been here a few times now and absolutely love it! Amazing, healthy food with a great menu and always something new to try. Staff are really friendly and service is always quick. One of my favorite places to go in Welly.

Thank 59cassiel
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154 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Meeting my sons new girlfriend for first time she's a fussy vegetarian and he's GF we were recommended here it was a good choice both had halloumi burgers and were happy with choice

Thank rhianslip
Waikato Region, New Zealand
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61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

We had brunch with a large group of around 20 people and were well catered for. They were prompt with service and not a single mistake was made in our entire drinks and food order. The food on offer covers a wide range and is delivered to a high standard and is super tasty. I recommend the waffles with bacon,... More 

Thank Neetz01
Wellington, New Zealand
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333 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

Popped in again to the southern cross on a Saturday nite quite busy . We had the special which was the fish deal of the day $28 my son had the steak burger and my husband had the fillet steak you cook yourself on the hot salted stone with garlic bread . It was all very nice and the staff... More 

Thank Sandra D
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

What a treat to have not one token vegan option but 5 varied mains to chose from. Delicious meal great vibes and on point service. Highly recommend.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

Whilst the service from the table staff was great, our food was pretty average. Burgers and chips arrived cold. FIsh dinner was okay but very spicy and it didn't mention this on the menu.

Thank scootergirl_nz
Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Hi, great place for a beer and bites, but would skip dinner - for the cost you pay, would expect much better food and food very average - had fish of the day for $30 - poor - would not recommend - for $12 you can get a better dinner at The Chippery in Thorndon or Mt Victoria.

Thank pradeepmagan

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, New Zealand, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
09:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 03:00
09:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 39 Abel Smith Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6001, New Zealand (Formerly Southern Cross)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-384 9085
For over 100 years our place here in Te Aro, Wellington, has been a favourite meeting place for locals. We love being a part of the community and we are ready to throw in the hard yards to make sure everyone who visits us has a great experience. The Cross has something for everyone - have a look around and choose the perfect spot to suit your mood. Each area has been designed to create a different experience, a different ambience. Bring in your team from work, your mates, your kids, your grandparents, your study group, your special someone, your laptop or your party guests – we can set you up with a space, top-notch food and drinks to suit your occasion. We like to make our guests as comfortable as they would in their own home. Our friendly staff will ensure you enjoy your time at ours. We love to play host at special occasions – we provide you with a hassle-free time with plenty of delicious food and drinks (not to mention we take care of the clean up!). The Southern Cross is also a great place to pop into if you’re in the mood to chill – we have magazines, newspapers and boardgames on hand if you’re keen. There’s no room for getting bored here – we’re not just a place to grab a drink. Each week is chocka with entertainment – from massages for new mums, to live gigs, to quizzes!

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