Below is a list of the top and leading Seafood Restaurants in Wellington. To help you find the best Seafood Restaurants located near you in Wellington we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Wellington’s Best Seafood Restaurants:
The top rated Seafood Restaurants in Wellington are:
- Ortega – seafood treats available in ala carte and set menus
- Shed 5 – seafood-based menu boasting of New Zealand flavours
- Crab Shack – irresistible seafood selections
- Lulu Bar – local sea products infused with an international twist
- Dockside Restaurant & Bar – unforgettable outdoor dining experience
Ortega has the ala carte menu perfect for a thorough sampling of what the restaurant offers and set menus good for 10 or more guests. Both menus present the best seafood products sourced within the capital city region. The ala carte menu has a starter, entree, main, dessert, and cheese section. Its starters section offers Te Kouma Bay Pacific oysters, marinated green-lipped mussels, and the creamy french toast fish sandwich. The entree includes smoked kahawai rillettes, lightly cured blue Moki, and pan-fried prawn tails while the mains feature steamed blue Moki, shellfish velouté, steamed Tuatua, and brined & seared octopus. To complete the dining experience, choose from their desserts of Catalan crepes, coconut rice pudding, chocolate mousse, and Tunisian orange cake.
Ala Carte, $75 Set, $85 Set, $85 Set, $95 Set, $105 Set, Wine & Beverage Menu
“This is the best seafood restaurant in New Zealand. I had the flounder and crispy caper butter sauce. First time I have shed a tear after the meal. It was perfect. The tear was around the nostalgia of my father cooking flounder but these guys took it to another level. Thanks so much!!!!” –Robin Joyce
Shed 5 is stationed at the Lambton Harbour of Wellington, New Zealand serving the freshest seafood available in the area. The seafood restaurant ensures all freshly-caught produce is prepared the same day to take advantage of its unique flavours. Diners can enjoy their meals while basking in the majestic harbour views of the eatery either indoors or in its outdoor courtyard. Their food menu offers starters, mains, sides, lunch, and snack favourites. Starters like oysters shed 5 seafood chowder, market fish Crudo, calamari, and classic whitebait fritter are hard to resist. The main event menu is a must-try with its perfect combination of spices and flavours. Here, diners can savour a serving of smoked mussel creme fraiche, seafood risotto, and market fish cooked in 4 sumptuous ways.
Starters, Main Event, Sides, Desserts, Snacks Lunch
“The food here was amazing, my wife and I shared oysters, some bread and dips and both had the (3rd) market fish option with salmon and tuna respectively. Everything was amazing, the service was great and they even surprised us with a little after-dinner treat and a lovely “Happy 1st Wedding Anniversary” message. Try all their oyster flavours if you can, you won’t regret it!” –Troy Aitken
Crab Shack specializes in seafood and can be found in the capital city of New Zealand. It is a coastal-themed eatery where people can satisfy their cravings for seafood while enjoying their favourite beverages. Their menu is cleverly named small and big with sections dedicated to side dishes and shellfish. The small menu features crab cake, oysters, salt and pepper squid rings, tuna poke, seafood chowder, prawn Louis, and crab cobb salad. On the other hand, the big menu offers beer-battered fish and chips, angel hair pasta cooked with shrimp and clams, classic crayfish and prawns, and grilled market fish. Finally, the crab and shellfish bucket contains snow crabs, king crabs, mud crabs, soft shell crabs, clams, and mussels paired with either garlic and herb butter sauce, white wine, garlic and cream dip, coriander and lime salsa, sambal sauce or black pepper and roasted garlic dip.
Small, Big, Kids Menu, Desserts, Drinks
“Ordered the crab in tomato and ginger sauce with bread. The place was busy but the servers were super attentive. The metal plates which were used for serving added a rustic appeal. Great place for a family meal or a dinner with friends. There is outside seating if you also prefer al fresco dining.” –Chido Liberta
Lulu Bar in Wellington, New Zealand has set and main menus all boasting of the freshest seafood found within the capital city region area. The seafood eatery combines various international cuisines to come up with an irresistible menu. Its main menu section has wood or natural oysters seasoned with green apple chipotle vinaigrette, Fijian snapper kokoda, confit king salmon served with wasabi crème fraiche, tuna poke, banana leaf-wrapped fish, salt and pepper squid, coconut popcorn shrimp paired with a lime and black pepper mayo dip, and yellow seafood coconut curry containing market fish, mussels, squid, and prawns.
$44 Set Menu, $62 Set Menu, Main Menu, Drinks
“Lovely atmosphere, we shared a nice combo of 3 starters + the catch of the day as a main. Stunning. The service was great and personalized! If you are a seafood lover, that’s the one!” –Fred T.
Dockside Restaurant & Bar
Dockside Restaurant & Bar presents a mouth-watering menu to its loyal patrons. The NZ-based eatery was opened to the public in 1991 and is now considered one of the premier outdoor dining spots in Wellington. Their kitchen team makes use of the best local products found within New Zealand. They aim to introduce appreciation and love of Kiwi seafood produce. Their food menu is divided into entrees, mains, grazing, and tasting sections. Start the dining experience with the seafood chowder, seared scallops and fried calamari, and West Coast whitebait fritter. Followed by the fish with makrut lime and coconut crust and beer-battered or crumbed fish and chips. Lastly, the grazing menu has steamed mussels in coconut milk, oysters served with pink onions or tempura with wasabi yoghurt.
Daily A La Carte Menu, Brunch Menu, Plant-Based Menu, Light Meals & Sharing Plates, Degustation Menus, 3 Course $75 Set Menu, Canapés & Shared Boards, Spirits List, Cocktails & Non-Alcoholics, Substantial Canapes, Wine, Beer
“Delicious food. We got these two as entrees. Squids and scallops were served with lychees and the little yummy green herbs that not sure what they were but they all were so good together. Got a table by the window. Nice view and helpful waitress.” –Swas W.