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Best seafood restaurants in Wellington

Wellington is spoilt for choice when it comes to amazing seafood restaurants.

The capital city is home to some of the best seafood restaurants in New Zealand, serving up fresh fish and shellfish right out of New Zealand waters. High in nutritional value and so tasty, there’s nothing better than a big plate of seafood at a great restaurant.

These are some of our favourite seafood restaurants in Wellington.

Dockside, Queens Wharf

This iconic restaurant on Queens Wharf boasts one of Wellington’s largest outdoor decks right over the water as well as a private dining room upstairs so offers you plenty of options while trying the seafood selection. We’re talking, of course, about Dockside.

The menu offers a wide selection of seafood from the ubiquitous fish and chips through to mussels, soft shell crab and more. Make sure you head here on a sunny afternoon after a waterfront stroll to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the great seafood.

Fishermans Table, Paekakariki & Oriental Bay

Wellington’s famous Fishermans Table is is a local landmark when it comes to great seafood. 

Light on the pretention and heavy on the deliciousness, the Fishermans Table’s in Paekakariki on the Kapiti Coast – are essential dining destinations for all seafood lovers. Both restaurants are in prime locations for a romantic lunch or dinner. 

Ortega Fish Shack, Majoribanks St

This trendy Majoribanks Street seafood eatery has been designed to resemble a shabby-chic beach shack – but there is nothing shabby about its food.

Here at the Ortega Fish Shack you’ll find everyday fish ‘n chip shop favourites alongside the likes of jerk salmon, pan-fried prawn tails and big eye tuna sashimi. It’s one of Wellington’s most unique seafood restaurants.

The Crab Shack, Queens Wharf

Now a fixture in Wellington, The Crab Shack is a Cape Cod-themed casual eatery that specialises in, you guessed it, crab. Located at the southern end of Shed 5 on Queens Wharf it offers fast dining options and you can even earn Flybuys points when dining here.

Whitebait, Clyde Quay Wharf

This high end eatery pairs spectacular views with great food. Focusing on fresh seasonal produce and using a charcoal fired oven it offers fresh oysters, clams, beautifully prepared fish and even kina. Whitebait has been quick to impress winning Cuisine’s “Good Food” Best New Restaurant in New Zealand in 2015 and 1 Hat for 2015 and again 2016

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  1. Shed 5, Queens Wharf, Wellington
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  3. 29 State Highway 59, Paekakariki, Kapiti Coast, Wellington
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  5. Clyde Quay Wharf, Te Aro, Wellington City, Wellington

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