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Murphy Street | Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand
+64 4-499 5590
17:30 - 21:30
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Mon - Sat 17:30 - 21:30
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
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Wellington, New Zealand
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've been to this place twice... first time as a family and the second for my milestone birthday. We filled up the entire restaurant so the celebration was cosy and intimate. The food was delicious in both visits. The tomatoes on the grilled bruschetta tasted so fresh and not acidic. The Suppli’ - risotto balls - are to-die-for - served... More 

Thank sleeplessinwgtn
Auckland, New Zealand
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This restaurant was recommended by the management of the nearby Quest apartments where I ended up after fog stranded me in Wellington for an extra night. A short walk through drizzle and up a side path to an entrance to a welcoming cosy room about half full. Wait staff very friendly and attentive and very keen to recommend the special... More 

Thank Scottmacfarlane
Singapore, Singapore
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73 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

We came here on a recommendation from a colleague and did not check Trip Advisor. The food was ok but over cooked and really nowhere near authentically Italian. I'm not sure who is in the kitchen but I doubt they're Italian. There's so much nicer food in Wellington; try elsewhere.

Thank victoriabitter67
Wellington, New Zealand
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91 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

Went here for dinner under a Groupon voucher. From the moment we walked in, till when we left; the service was great. Friendly and attentive The deal was a course meal and yet still provided a lot of options. The entree we picked one of each and shared. The risotto ball were delicious and the two choices of bruchetta were... More 

Thank kattymae26
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Me and a friend had a Groupon voucher for the restaurant, so went along. It's a little hidden but looks like a nice cozy place from the outside. Not too busy inside when we got there and greeted with big smiles, took our coats etc. Received solid recommendations on the menu and talked through the Groupon options, which were still... More 

Thank Mobes316
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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163 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

I have been eating under this roof with many proprietors over the years. Always nice and my recent experience found the service good and the food great. Good menu and wine list but the wine prices a bit heavy.

Thank rodkpage
1 review
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

We had a lovely dinner, great platter for our entree suggested by the server. Their braised duck pasta and baked eggplant is delizioso!!!! Great service too.

Thank Juliannas L
Wellington, New Zealand
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84 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Dining the first time in this place after it was owned by a previous Italian chef, we were not sure what to expect. To our delight the quality of food is great and delicious. It has an authentic Italian flavour and pasta al dente. Loved our meal from entree to dessert. Friendly and attentive service. Will be back again.

Thank Ellen M
Wellington, New Zealand
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29 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

Efficient and friendly service and the food was amazing. They went out of their way to cater to my dietary needs, which was much appreciated.

Thank Wellygirl79
Sydney, Australia
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390 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

The service was the best thing about this place, lovely waiter. We dropped in for lunch and only had mains - but they all seemed 'heavy' - tasty and nice - but nothing special for the price. I am a big fan of La Bella Italia - so maybe making unfair comparisons - but I had heard how fabulous this... More 

Thank amr100

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?