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Ancestral Bar & Restaurant

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Asian, Chinese, Contemporary
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31-33 Courtenay Place | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-801 8867
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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Second time visiting the restaurant. This time we went with a set menu. 2 starters and 2 mains to share, the Hong-Kong style fish was my favourite and the dumplings were my wife's. The atmosphere was excellent and the most of the wait staff were friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, we were not fans of the pannacotta. They were so bland.... More 

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Thank Sotaro O
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been in a few times for drinks, love the bar service and really enjoyed my time in the courtyard, really friendly staff and I like the BBQ style cooking. However, I wish I could say the same for our dinner experience! 15 of us booked in for a birthday and quite simply Ancestral just couldn't cope. Our waitress Sarah... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

I visited Ancestral during my 40th birthday celebrations, and was glad I did. The food is very tasty, nicely presented and reasonably priced. The lady waiting our table was wonderful in her knowledge of the menu. Lovely vibe to the restaurant, and I'd visit again.

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Thank onlynay
Wellington, New Zealand
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41 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Really nice food, and a beautiful restaurant. I am not that keen on the tapas style, but that is just a personal preference.

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Thank Jakkimaree
Wellington, New Zealand
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73 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We had a large party and ordered a great deal of food and wine. The portions were tiny and the service was miserly. When we asked for more rice, we got an aggressive response that we'd have to pay for it. Will not be returning here.

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Thank Khaybee
Wellington, New Zealand
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Really nice place for a drink and fingers food, I really like the backyard, the spirit, wine selection are amazing, and the staff are always nice, and knowledgeable about spirit and cocktails.

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Thank ZSMMFS
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24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Went over for new years to have a few drinks before walking down to watch the fireworks. The courtyard seats are heated! Drinks were okay. I like how the place is set up with bar on one side and restaurant dining on the other. Food looks amazing and will def go back to try their menu

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Thank Sarah T
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We were very disappointed with our experience here, chose the set menu as that seemed like the easier option, this was $50.00 per person which we would have been happy to pay if we had been served a decent amount of food, left hungry and annoyed at how long we had to wait. The food we were served was OK... More 

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Thank Crystal M
Napier, New Zealand
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Food was nice but not alot of it and extremely slow to come out! !! Drinks were also warm have just got back from phuket and a cold beer over there is easier to come by !! We complained about service and didn't get a great response! Restaurant is over priced 70 dollars per person including 2 bottles of warm... More 

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Thank rodney688
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Just went in for drinks. There was some great yakitori going on at the bar - the skewered tofu was brilliant. Cocktails were delightful!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Asian, Chinese, Contemporary
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?