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Ancestral Bar & Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My partner and me went here on a Saturday night. We had heard good things about ancestral but we're pretty disappointed. We were asked to switch tables which wasn't a big deal as the waitress was nice about it and we hadn't ordered anything yet so that wasn't a problem at all. However, the waiter that we had wasn't very... More 

Thank Sonja H
Erfurt, Germany
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21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The menue and indicated prices outside are different from the ones inside: other choices and higher prices inside. The portions are small. The aubergine was inacceptable: soaked in fat, covered with fat dough and really just a few cubes. Best was the market fish. A terrible experience.

Thank L_Ulrich
Hillerod, Denmark
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199 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had been traveling all day,and we were quite hungry. We had fried dumplings with two sidedishes, and everything tasted really good. The service was also very good.

Thank HenBin
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Great food, really recommend free range gong bao chicken, and green beans. Delicious. Service is always fantastic.

Thank AnnaAlexander1
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

We had read good things about Ancestral, and we're looking forward to our visit, as we had booked on our first night in Wellington and , indeed, New Zealand. So it is disappointing to have to report on what was a decidedly average experience. Immediately upon entering, the restaurant felt somewhat cold and uninviting, and this was not helped by... More 

Thank Samuel C
Wellington, New Zealand
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

We arrived 5 mins early for our reservation, asian lady in white said were early she asked us to sit by the bar and gave us the menu as she wasn't sure if theres table for us or not. I went to the bathroom and saw heaps of empty tables and chairs with not "reserved" signs by the courtyard. I... More 

Thank ChaiSangayab
New Zealand
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101 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

A group of 17 of us organised a Xmas lunch here recently. Extremely disappointed. The private room we were given was very dark (as was the whole restaurant actually!) and not even one Xmas decoration to brighten the awful interior. The food was below par - bland, boring and lazy set menu options that for their part were easy to... More 

Thank Katrina W
Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

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 

Thank Sotaro O
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 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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6 reviews
3 restaurant 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.

Thank onlynay

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Chinese, Contemporary
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?