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Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant

39 Abel Smith Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-384 9085
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good38%
  • Average17%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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Bar, New Zealand, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
39 Abel Smith Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My partner and I took my parents out for dinner on two for one stone grill night and it was amazing. They have vegetarian, gluten free, vegan food and it was super fresh and delicious. The desserts and cabinet food are delightful too!

Thank Steph_5891
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend this restaurant. The service was exceptional. I am a vegetarian and do not like if my fries are cooked with fish or meat items. The waitress checked for me and they set up a new frier for my chips - now that is...More

Thank JaxG3
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I like the Southern Cross, but I rarely visit. I recently heard they do a lot of vegan dishes which I wasn't expecting. We were in town and decided to pop in for lunch. Pretty busy but we were served immediately and got a table...More

1  Thank Sean F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Another great dinner at the southern cross. Friendly service and the food was served quickly. Enjoyed the garlic bread as a starter and then had four sliders as a main - very delicious. Also recommend the sticky date pudding for dessert - really tasty.

Thank Bradleyrf
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

My wife and I ate here a couple of times on a recent trip to wellington. My wife can't eat dairy and this place accommodates options for everyone even deserts and treats in the cabinets, her fav where the vegan snickers and vegan bounty. Great...More

Thank Gav I
Reviewed 16 April 2017

What a mix bag. Found front staff at restaurant unhelpful as a new customer unfamiliar with how the place worked. Absolutely loved my halloumi burger. My friends cross burger didn't hit the mark and she left half of it. The chips where still hard in...More

Thank travelingturtle_nz
Reviewed 8 April 2017

I go to Southern Cross loads for both work-related and social visits and I am never disappointed. Although they are not the cheapest spot in the city, they do offer 100% value for money. Facilities are clean, staff are extremely friendly and helpful and the...More

Thank WarnedHer
Reviewed 6 April 2017

I had a wonderful meal here! I went for the lamb rump on a stone rock and it was just heavenly. They bought us some aioli sauce( garlic+ mayo) which made it so much better. What really made the whole experience come crashing down was...More

Thank jklm22
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

We as a family were looking for somewhere to have lunch that was kid friendly during cubadupa. The southern cross ticked all the boxes. A great set of menu's, entertainment for the kids and also very accommodating with dietary requirements.

Thank steaminkiwi
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Dinner here during the 2017 Cuba street festival. Place was busy but service was good and staff very efficient. We both had burgers which were well cooked and nicely presented. Menusmhad food range of dishes on offer . Good value for money.

Thank Colsloan
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Fiona S
Hello do you have rooms available for private functions. i.e a large engagement party . If so what are your charges and requirements? Thankyou in advance for any information you can provide. Regards
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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene
Open Hours
09:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 03:00
09:00 - 03:00
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
  • E-mail
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!