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Best in Wellington for Romantic Dining

What better way to show your feelings for a special someone that taking them out for a romantic meal. Fortunately, Wellington has lots of restaurants that fit the romantic bill.

What makes a restaurant romantic? Well, that varies from place to place, so it’s hard to give a definite answer. But, there are three key factors which when combined create a memorable experience, namely ambience – this can include décor, music, maybe the view – essentially the general “feel” of the place, the quality of service and lastly, the food itself, after all where would a restaurant be without its menu?

We reckon the following restaurants deliver on all counts.


Eateria de Manon serves authentic French cuisine in cosy, intimate surrounds. Discreetly tucked away off Riddiford Street, it is decorated inside like a Swiss chalet with lots of exposed blonde wood. Gentle French music adds to the feeling of being in a Western European dining room. Manon has to be the next best thing to whisking your beloved off to Paris!

 Martin Bosley’s Restaurant

Situated in the old Yacht Club in Oriental Bay, Martin Bosley’s Restaurant offers fantastic seafood fine dining with impressive views of Wellington Harbour and surrounds. Select a glass of wine from their extensive wine list and, bingo, you’ve got all the ingredients for a very romantic evening.

The White House Restaurant

The White House boasts a delightful contemporary New Zealand and European menu made from high quality ingredients. It is located in Oriental Bay too and also has views to die for, so ask for a table by the window. Be sure to book though, especially for Valentine’s Day, as many other Wellington lovebirds will have the same idea!

Zibibbo Restaurant

Zibbibo’s unique take on tapas, combined with attentive and knowledgeable service and sleek, modern décor make it a great choice for that dinner date to celebrate a special occasion, or just to show that certain someone how you feel.


Editorial by Nicholas Chidley
27 January 2012

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  1. 167 Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington City, Wellington

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