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9 Allen Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
384-4878
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11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
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Hastings, New Zealand
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105 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Only a short walk from where we were staying down by Te Papa. Looks a little plain but the food was great, was served quickly and the staff were friendly. The honey chicken chili was very nice. And they even provided knives and forks on demand for those like me who couldn't handle the supplied chop sticks...

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Thank Clint A
Taupo, New Zealand
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40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are great fans of Yum Cha and we have five Chinese restaurants in Wellington area that we rotate around geographically. Big Thumb is one of 2 in the CBD that we like Food is always consistent and hot when it gets to the table. Great selection and dishes do change. Service varies but is never bad. Decor is dated... More 

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Thank Chelmswood M
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 April 2017

My husband and I stumbled upon Big Thumb one lunchtime recently, and discovered to our delight an endless procession of yum cha dishes brought to us with a big smile and helpful information on the few dishes which were unfamiliar to us. Authentic flavours, reasonable prices too. We'll be back!

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Thank Erin W
Wellington
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

great value quick service and very reasonable costs, parking is always tricky in wellington but we got seated quickly, friendly staff and hot food that came quickly

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Thank Emma1963
Nelson, New Zealand
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245 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

A reasonably standard, but still great food and 'the experience' of a Hong Kong style Yum Cha / Dim Sum restaurant. Noisy, pressured but great value and good quality

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Thank JohnandTracy_L
ACT
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129 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

Having lived in Hong Kong for over twenty years we find it almost impossible to find authentic Chinese food in Australia. So it was a great pleasure to find Big Thumb during our visit to Wellington. In fact we had a memorable Christmas Eve dinner, made more so by a group of two tables celebrating the end of the sabbath... More 

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Thank grangeview
New Zealand
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105 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

good yum char ,as is expected,,liked the dim sims which were meaty and juicy,service was fast and food came out at a good pace. spacious areas and roomy atmosphere.good friendly staff decor was a bit sad...could do with a revamp as makes the eating experience more enjoyable

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Ingleside, Texas
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68 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

We decided to try Big Thumb for dinner one evening and were not disappointed. They seated our group of 6 immediately (we were eating fairly early) and the waiters were quite attentive (frequently refilling our empty tea and water). We tried a variety of dishes but I think our favorites were the Spicy Garlic Beef (which is very spicy for... More 

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Thank Lorena R
Masterton, New Zealand
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Fast pleasant service. Dumplings and deep-fried squid entrees were delicious. Nasi Goreng, Singapore noodles and egg fried rice mains were generous and again very tasty. Sadly had a feww egg shells in the egg mix of nasi goreng but still enjoyed it immensely.At gtime of paying the drinks charged were a$1 more each than stated on the menu?!

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Thank Donz2016
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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87 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

Can't complain. We came here with two kids who are pretty picky about trying new things, but we found some dumplings and noodles and soups that they ate, so that's a win.. I would have liked some spice and interesting flavours but I guess we were here for the kids. Crispy chicken was good and so were the dumplings. I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
Monday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Allen Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: 384-4878

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?