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The Bach

$$ - $$$
New Zealand, Seafood
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410 The Esplanade, Wellington 6023, New Zealand
+64 4-383 5108
08:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Tue 08:00 - 17:00
Wed - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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54 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Decided to try again after bad experience about a year ago, hoping it would have improved. Sadly, nothing has changed. Seafood chowder still has that frozen premixed seafood from asia in it, is overly rich and salted. My wife couldn't finish it. I had the $17 mussels in coconut cream and chilli. You'd think this would be hard to screw... More 

Thank Aengus J
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We had a disappointing experience. We had quite a wait to be seated, despite most of the tables being empty, and once finally seated, we had to ask to be moved as our view was not of the sea, but of the toilet and everyone going in and out. Food and coffees were okay, though rather slow to appear. Not... More 

Thank WellingtonRedken
Wellington, New Zealand
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We went on a fine Saturday so it was moderately busy. Arrived bang on 12pm and were seated promptly. The waiting staff were slow in bringing menus and slow in taking orders. Had our drinks after about 20 minutes and then began the GREAT WAIT.... It was 1:15pm when our very average order of a burger and some salt and... More 

Thank Caroline K
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Really nice diverse kids menu. The food was good and tasty though our lamb burgers a little overpriced. It was quite busy maybe slightly understaffed. The staff certainly looked stressed. Great coastal views.

Thank Toothpick123
Wellington, New Zealand
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325 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

A friend took us on a drive to here, for a Sunday lunch a couple weeks ago. Although busy, the service was fast and friendly. My wife enjoyed her breakfast meal, with scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, fried tomato etc. and my vege burger meal was delicious as well. They are dog friendly as well, with a big outdoor area for... More 

Thank Jacob15
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

What a nightmare! Went to The Bach for lunch yesterday with 2 friends and what a nightmare it was... It was a nice day and there was a table outside available and when I asked the waitress if we can order outside or if we need to go inside she was very snappy and said we needed to go inside... More 

Thank sonja a
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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75 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

This cafe is a bit expensive and the service is somewhat slow, but the food selection and quality is good. Anyway, there is not that much choice in the Island Bay area, especially with a sea view

1 Thank Natalia S
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155 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

The views are amazing here and i like addition of the bench table along the window. Earlier this year i had dinner there with friends. The menu lacks variety and options. My most recent visit was for brunch. I ordered eggs benny but was very disappointed. The rosti was tasteless and the holindaise sauce looked like it came from a... More 

1 Thank Katsolo
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Amazing spot for a glass of red after the coastal walk from Owhiro bay to Red Rocks. Benches out front to take in the ocean views. Would go again.

Thank Laura G
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40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

We were lucky enough to have a picture perfect day but the changing weather is part of the attraction with the many moods of the sea across the road. The food is very good cafe food,Location excellent. A great spot to take Wellington visitors.

Thank nomorebadsevice

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$20
New Zealand, Seafood
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Parking Available
Good for
View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 410 The Esplanade, Wellington 6023, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-383 5108
Welcome to The Bach! Ala carte dining morning, noon and night. Craft beers & cider on tap. Good wine list and the best ribs in town. Function and catering available on request.

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