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The Backbencher Bar and Cafe

) #139 of 697 Restaurants in Wellington $$ - $$$ , ,
34 Molesworth Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-472 3065
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  • Excellent22%
  • Very good56%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“burger” (8 reviews)
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Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
34 Molesworth Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beetroot cured salmon with avocado whip, sprout, lentils, almond crumbs....my type of meal. It's got to be delicious right? Wrong! This was one of the worst meals I have had in a restaurant ever. Let's start with the salmon. It was really just a few...More

Thank reno2009
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ate here on second night in Wellington, looking for a casual meal. It was very busy at 6.30pm and loud, after about an hour it was less busy. Food was ok, service good. Figures of well known "pollies and others" on walls good fun.

Thank Bez490
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I can not rave enough about the staff, the food and sheer hospitality of this restaurant and bar. We were not booked in and there were about 15 of us. They could not have been more helpful. The atmosphere was great, the food was well...More

Thank Julie B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having a weekend in Wellington we decided to have a few drinks and dinner at the Backbencher A couple of us had not been here before so we were very taken with caricatures on the walls and various pieces of art and literature The staff...More

Thank raglantripper
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

It was hard to find a place to eat near parliament so this was one of our only options. Definitely a pub type feel to the place. Staff were friendly and the food was good with generous serving sizes. Nice view out to the parliament...More

Thank MoniqueVincent
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Following a successful 2nd test we were looking for somewhere to celebrate. All the pubs were packed, the Backbencher erected a pop up bar. It was perfect with great service

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Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

I haven't to the Backbencher for lunch in a long time so I decided to meet a friend there. It was a busy Friday with the British and Irish Iions in town. However we were able to a table for two without a reservation. My...More

Thank Dean M
Reviewed 27 June 2017

We both had steaks which were cooked to perfection and good size portions. Good waiter service. only downside for me is my personal dislike for food in Bowls but do not let that put you off,well worth a visit.

Thank Barry W
Reviewed 20 June 2017

Went in on a quiet Saturday evening. Incredibly friendly and helpful service from go to whoa. I really enjoyed by Judith Collins burger and prices were good. Let down a bit by the brulee which sounded good for dessert but was a let-down. The kids...More

Thank Ed R
Reviewed 2 June 2017

I always enjoy this venue and its a must do on any first time visit to Wellington but its a shame that its not a bit better. Everything is OK ( except the service which was both good and friendly) its just not special. The...More

Thank Bill D
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1 August 2016|
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Response from JenniSu64 | Reviewed this property |
All day, they serve food from breakfast through to dinner and the bars stay open until the wee small hours - enjoy!
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$26
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34 Molesworth Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-472 3065
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The Backbencher Gastro Pub is rewound nationwide for its fresh New Zealand cuisine with a great rage of craft beer and wine to choose from. We pride ourselves in fresh house made produce with a little political twist.
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