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Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant

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39 Abel Smith Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand (Formerly Southern Cross)
+64 4-384 9085
09:00 - 03:00
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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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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend this restaurant. The service was exceptional. I am a vegetarian and do not like if my fries are cooked with fish or meat items. The waitress checked for me and they set up a new frier for my chips - now that is how to delight a customer. Our meals were great, ample portions, and desserts were lovely... More 

Thank JaxG3
Wellington, New Zealand
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141 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I like the Southern Cross, but I rarely visit. I recently heard they do a lot of vegan dishes which I wasn't expecting. We were in town and decided to pop in for lunch. Pretty busy but we were served immediately and got a table by the window. Sure enough, there were a number of delicious sounding Vegetarian and vegan... More 

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Another great dinner at the southern cross. Friendly service and the food was served quickly. Enjoyed the garlic bread as a starter and then had four sliders as a main - very delicious. Also recommend the sticky date pudding for dessert - really tasty.

Thank Bradleyrf
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

My wife and I ate here a couple of times on a recent trip to wellington. My wife can't eat dairy and this place accommodates options for everyone even deserts and treats in the cabinets, her fav where the vegan snickers and vegan bounty. Great to see a place embracing multiple food requirements.

Thank Gav I
Christchurch, New Zealand
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

What a mix bag. Found front staff at restaurant unhelpful as a new customer unfamiliar with how the place worked. Absolutely loved my halloumi burger. My friends cross burger didn't hit the mark and she left half of it. The chips where still hard in the middle. Glass of wine served in a lipstick stain glass, when inquiring, the wine... More 

Thank travelingturtle_nz
Wellington, New Zealand
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

I go to Southern Cross loads for both work-related and social visits and I am never disappointed. Although they are not the cheapest spot in the city, they do offer 100% value for money. Facilities are clean, staff are extremely friendly and helpful and the layout is probably one of the best in the area. Huge lounge and cozy seating... More 

Thank WarnedHer
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 6 April 2017

I had a wonderful meal here! I went for the lamb rump on a stone rock and it was just heavenly. They bought us some aioli sauce( garlic+ mayo) which made it so much better. What really made the whole experience come crashing down was that at the end I found a rather big bug on my hot stone. I... More 

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8 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

We as a family were looking for somewhere to have lunch that was kid friendly during cubadupa. The southern cross ticked all the boxes. A great set of menu's, entertainment for the kids and also very accommodating with dietary requirements.

Thank steaminkiwi
Sucina, Spain
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Dinner here during the 2017 Cuba street festival. Place was busy but service was good and staff very efficient. We both had burgers which were well cooked and nicely presented. Menusmhad food range of dishes on offer . Good value for money.

Thank Colsloan
Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, New Zealand, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Television
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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 6011, 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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