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Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant

₹₹ - ₹₹₹, , Vegetarian Friendly
39 Abel Smith Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-384 9085
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good39%
  • Average17%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible6%
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“brunch” (31 reviews)
“steak” (32 reviews)
“buddha bowl” (4 reviews)
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Bar, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
39 Abel Smith Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A nice spot, food is seriously expensive but for a quick nibble and drink the garden bar is worth a visit

Thank Theo_R7
Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff made this restaurant excellent, particularly Grace (Stone). Very welcoming and engaging! The food was delicious, among the best we had while in New Zealand. They have an extensive beer list, local beers included. The cocktail and wine menus were also aplenty. All around,...More

Thank mbaumgartl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited here a couple of times in Wellington since the menu was very diverse. We tried the stone grill on the first night, recommend getting the steak and meat over the prawns or tofu as just not value for money. The concept is great...More

Thank amanda_9187
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place was large and on a Sunday they also have face painting for children. As it is also a bar, they had the All Blacks playing on several TV's throughout the place.

Thank JamesWardlaw
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Came to see one of my students perform in Kroon for your Kai, a programme set up by the pub to highlight new musical talent by letting them play for a set and feeding them. The band was great (Cyclic Calm) and we decided to...More

Thank shower1
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Monday night offers 2:4:1 meals on certain options. Unfortunately most of our group wanted the stone grill and were disappointed to hear that these were all taken. Pity the board wasn't updated sooner. Still, the second choice (my first) still seemed very satisfying and was...More

Thank Ezra710
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Part of a large group that came along for a releasing and pleasing night. Staff very accommodating with menu due to our group changes. Good food and beverage menu with lots of variety. Ended up getting Stonegrill so from a good perspective, meat and seafood...More

Thank Kyle M
Reviewed 19 October 2017

We have 3 children under 5 and SCGBR has been a favourite brunch place for us to bring our children for on the weekend because they cater for small children. They provide little entertainment packs for each child which has stickers and crayons for colouring...More

Thank Rosewell23
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

I like this place. Reasonable prices and pleasant staff. Love all the ethical options and for my vegetarian daughters it’s perfect. Meat eater options and vegan options. Caters for everyone.

Thank 951kristin
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

We were having lunch with 2 of my nieces who i haven't seen for a very long time the place was full out in the garden bar inside was good a little quieter to chat anyway. The wait staff were good didnt forget us at...More

Thank aage0rge
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Fiona S
3 September 2015|
Response from southerncrossnz | Property representative |
Hey Fiona, Best thing to do is get in contact with Eirene, our Functions Manager. She can give you the low-down on all things functions. Give her a call on 04 3849085 Cheers The Cross Crew
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 3:00 AM
9:00 AM - 3:00 AM
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
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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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