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Ancestral Bar & Restaurant

$$ - $$$Asian, Chinese,
31-33 Courtenay Place | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-801 8867
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good36%
  • Average18%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“duck” (13 reviews)
“dumplings” (8 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Asian, Chinese, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
31-33 Courtenay Place | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A family outing with all ages. We were quickly seated at our reserved table and had great service from friendly staff. Choices for everyone. The half duck was superb, the dumplings all quickly disappeared, everyone was happy. So, book a table and choose just about...More

Thank RDMacLeod
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, great cocktails however let down by an exceptionally sassy member of staff who thought it was cool to be rude. She seemed quite new as I heard her asking what glasses to use but this doesn't excuse a total lack of professionalism and...More

1  Thank SJSmith89
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Girls wow weekend deserved a lovely lunch - Ancestral delivered! Our lovely waitress took good care of us with yummy food and wine.

Thank Jael K
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Delicious food, good service - the staff made sure we were out on time for our movie. Good wine menu, comfortable setting. There is apparently a garden bar out the back but we didn't venture out there as it was a cold/wet night. I would...More

Thank gngj
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

What an awesome restaurant, we absolutely loved it! We came in as a pair no reservation and the staff were so friendly and helpful! We were offered excellent wine recommendations (and later beer too) and the service was excellent. I confess we were slow on...More

Thank mckje885
Reviewed 25 June 2017

6 of us went to dinner at Ancestral. We ordered a heap of food from lamb cutlets, green beans, dumplings, tofu dishes, eggplant and fried rice to bottles of wine galore - we went a bit mad. The food all looked amazing and the green...More

Thank Lsas26
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Group of four of us, for some their first time, I have always liked the mood lighting, seating, choice of set and a la carte menus. Good poultry, fish and bok choy. Decadent chocolate orange dessert. Next time I would like to try the aubergine....More

Thank lmnop_12
Reviewed 12 May 2017

Second time at Ancestral and the food is still great. All three mains we tasted ; Scallops, duck and beef were all excellent. The dim sums as starters were also scrumptious. Negatives - the somewhat restricted red wines (if you like syrah - good luck..!)...More

Thank LoFlyaNZ
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Our group of 4 enjoyed a pleasant evening sampling a range of asian enspired dishes - avoiding the extra-spicy dishes due to dislike such heat. The dining area is quite dark but there is enough light to read the varied menu, though not as dark...More

Thank Auck_12
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

Booked a table in February for a family dinner in April. Contacted me one week prior to date of booking to cancel. Avoid.

1  Thank BrynNomad
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Serves Alcohol
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Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 31-33 Courtenay Place | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-801 8867
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