Cuisine: A La Carte, European, Seafood
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #3 of 55 restaurants in Wellington

Situated at the heart of Queens Wharf, housed in an historic waterfront shed, Dockside enjoys stunning views from every aspect with a maritime theme throughout.

Dockside offers a largely seafood-based menu that changes daily with emphasis on the best, freshest produce and providing even the most regular customers with new choices and the latest catch.

With one of the largest outdoor dining areas over water in the Southern Hemisphere, it would be difficult to find a better venue to enjoy Wellington’s waterfront.

Taking into account Wellington's unpredictable weather patterns, the deck can be covered with a large retractable roof whilst still offering the superb feeling of al fresco dining.

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Dockside
Shed 3, Queen's Wharf
Wellington 6011

Open Hours:
Mon - Fri: 12:00pm to late
Sat - Sun: 11:00am to late

Phone: 04 499 9900
Website: www.docksidenz.com

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Ranked: #3 of 55 restaurants in Wellington 3
Dockside
Location: City Centre
Cuisine: A La Carte, European, Seafood
Mains: $25 - $35+
Accepts:   Dockside accepts American Express

Reviews

Dockside offered a wide variety of foods that suits all dietary needs. The food was very fresh and each dish offered unique flavour combinations. If you’re looking for a delicious meal with a beautiful view Dockside is a great recommendation!

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Katya Velsk

Dockside was absolutely lovely!! The food, the service, the way the place looked felt. We had one of the platters and macaroni croquets and it was enough to fill 2 people. We had a pretty good view too! Highly recommend!

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Fabulous brunch. We were particularly enamoured of the truffle mac n cheese croquettes and the outstanding big(!) breakfast. And you really can't beat the view.

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I dined with 3 other chefs and we all agreed that we had a fabulous time and the food was tasty

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We have been to the Dockside previously but this was the first time we go “first table” and we were just as pleased with the experience

Upon arrival, the staff recognised our ‘first table’ booking which was a good thing since it meant I did not have to explain it. Our table was well placed, next to the glass doors offering a lovely view to the city and the waterfront. The staff were extremely professional; the give us enough time to settle in before taking our order, allow enough time for starters before approaching the table to clean the dishes and bring the main, and similarly when it’s time for dessert. They were not rushing things through yet we did not have to look for them because the food was late. In one sentence: Perfect timings

Our starters were the Brie cheese plate and Chips with aioli. The cheese and the accompanying walnut bread was impressive; as for the chips, we usually enjoy comparing how different restaurants fry and serve their chips and this one sets the bar very high.

Then came the mains: Pork belly with shrimps for me and the lamb rump for the wife; we finished off with a very interesting and delicious twist of black forest cake.

I cannot fault the food quality, presentation, nor portion. One of the issues I usually face when dining out is the portion. Quite a few restaurant would serve a bit too much which is a waste, but The Dockside portions are just right and no leftovers to be thrown.

The Dockside passes with flying colours as far as food quality and presentation goes; on top of this the staff being professional and attentive make up for a really good night out.

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Jackie Farrell

We had a stunning afternoon in the sun at Dockside on the deck, the menu had an amazing selection of seafood and steak or lamb to choose from. We enjoyed a fun afternoon with great wine and the service was amazing service! Definately top notch place to enjoy an afternoon in the sun.

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We were welcomed by a very friendly Maitre D. Menus produced and given some time to decide what we would have. It was difficult to decide what to have as there were so many lovely dishes. I thought the service might be wanting seeing as we were paying only 50 % for our food. But no, everything was excellent. Would definitely go back next time we are in Wellington

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Renata Ferreira de Avila

Amazing view, wonderful service and awesome food! One of the best restaurants in the city! I highly recommend it to everybody!

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Anike Jenneker

We did the 2pm lunch slot and the wait staff were great, asked for a window seat for close up view of the water while we dined. Had the salmon tartare which the waitress suggested a Luna pinot gris to pair, but advised a Provence rose when I said I was in the mood for rose and it worked so well with the salmon. Also had the vegan cheesecake which was different but good. Presentation of the dishes was excellent! The salmon and brisket was amazing and we really enjoyed the afternoon sun. Wait staff were just the right amount of attentive. Great spot! Will be back for sure!

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Katie Harrison

My flatmate and I treat ourselves to a fancy night out once a month. Hard to do when you're on a budget. Luckily with first table we are able to enjoy the finer things in life. This time we decided on Dockside before we went to the symphony. Man oh man it did not disappoint! Our server, Claire I believe(might be wrong), was excellent! Food was amazing! Had the crab wontons, scallops and he had the market rush and I had the sirloin. Everything was delicious and the over all experience was 5 stars!

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Fabulous food and exemplary service. We particularly enjoyed the big breakfast and the ploughman's platter. A beautiful location for watching the world go by, though a little difficult to find street parking. Very highly recommended.

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Great dining experience. Very friendly staff who explained everything succinctly. It was my mother's 80th birthday and staff made a big fuss of her. Just lovely.

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Such a gourmet experience at Dockside. Started with chicken liver Parfait sharing board to scallops as entree and then Pork belly+ Prawn & Market Fish. Every bite was a bliss with perfect sea view and professional staff. They offer exquisite food and drinks menu catering to dietary restrictions as well.
PS we are coming back

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Jackie Farrell

Amazing food & amazing service as usual! Great place to have a client business meeting, everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

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Karen Law

We loved our lunch experience at Dockside. The venue is fabulous, the day was sunny and it was such a treat to sit near the window and enjoy the ambiance. The service was excellent, the waitress was knowledgeable about the menu and the drinks came out promptly. The food was beautifully presented and delicious. We would happily dine here again and would love to come back! Thank you for a very enjoyable dining experience

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Jacqui Bang

Haven’t been spoilt in this way for a long time, staff were attentive but respectful. Cuisine was undoubtedly devine... Wellington treated us well on our weekend away... highly recommend. Thank you.

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Suzanne Modd

I thought we may have been treated a little differently as we had booked with first table, but the food and the service could not have been any better. A great place to eat, would highly recommend.

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Stefany Knight

My husband and I were celebrating his birthday! The food and service was excellent, and we would most certainly come again. The salmon dish was lovely, as was my dessert - soft coconut cake. The staff also took note that we were celebrating a birthday, so they wrote 'happy birthday' on my husband's dessert, which was a lovely touch. Thank you so much for a great dining experience!

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Zarah Abu

Dockside was spectacular!

We had the Angus 500g Rib and the Pan Roasted Akaroa Salmon. Both did not disappoint. The Angus was perfectly cooked - soft and juicy in the inside. It was really nice with the butter and the chips; and don't even get us started with the truffle mayo! I've tried quite a few truffle chips in the city and this one is the best one yet! We had to order an additional side of chips because we loved the dip so much! The Angus was too good. The Salmon was nice too. The skin was just the right amount of crispy and salty! Not only the food was good but the view too. We were seated right by the window and it was lovely seeing the harbour while we dined.

Overall, it was a very pleasant dinner. Service was great as well. The servers were friendly. We would definitely recommend and go back!

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Ethel Renata

Service was excellent from everyone we met from maître de to our servers. Needed an extra chair, again not an issue. Happily accommodated us. Every meal was presented to a high standard and tasted delicious. I had the fish battered with prawns. Dessert was panacotta. So good and the value for money was awesome. Loved the setting, so Wellington being on the harbour front.

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Made an impulse descion to go out for lunch and booked our first first table. It was fantastic- soft shell crab and calamari were amazing. Would definitely go again next to line I’m in Wellington.

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Shelle Georgetti-Rankin

We had a lovely lunch at Dockside and we will be using this service again soon.

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Felt very spoiled and special with the pre-set table with white linen and lovely dishes, and thoroughly enjoyed the meals and drinks ordered. Staff were friendly and checked in often to make sure we were happy. Definitely look forward to another visit!

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Susan Newlands

Fabulous! My Mum's 89th birthday lunch. Atmosphere - bright, airy, elegant and comfortable. Food - delicious, fresh, colourful and creatively presented. Our waitress was delightful, friendly, attentive and surprised my Mum with a special birthday dessert. Thank you so much.

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We ordered seafood dishes including soft shell crab with calamari and snapper. The seafood was super fresh and cooked to perfection. The waiting staff were friendly and attentive. We had a table near the window with a lovely view of the water. Absolutely recommended!

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Our view was gorgeous and the food was absolutely brilliant. Will definitely go back again.

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Tracey Barron

Enjoyed the best table in the restaurant on a glorious day. Wait staff were informative and helpful and we both enjoyed our seafood menu choices but the cauliflower gratin was stunning.

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Carol Holcroft

In the words of my husband - the best Big Breakfast I’ve ever had. An absolute bonus to get it for half price but would gladly pay full price for it in the future. Top marks. Awesome.

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Absolutely delicious, one of my new favorites. Highly recommend

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Michael Harris

Seafood chowder was amazing. The crayfish oil on top was full of flavour, good chunks of salmon, and mussels. Beer battered snapper cooked perfectly and chips too. Great brunch!

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Louisa Aragao

The food was phenomenal, from the starter to the dessert (the dessert was especially good). We both really enjoyed everything we had. The staff were really friendly. We had a great table looking out over the water. Would definitely recommend and we will be going back.

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Darcie Stumpf

Beautiful setting right by the water, fantastic cocktails followed by delish muscles and a sharing platter. The meat in the mains was very soft and had lovely flavours. overall very nice meals and beautiful setting with great service.

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Lovely location, staff and food. Highly recommended to all. This would be our favourite restaurant in the Wellington Region. 

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Zhihao Cai

Great food and service, enjoyed the dinner!

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Dined there during lunch hour, the restaurant has a great ambience, was able to get a table right near the window. There was a double booking with us and another group for first table somehow, so had to show my first table email voucher to a staff member, but it was sorted without fuss.

Nice food - ordered a prosciutto and olive platter to share with my mother and the braised beef and Akaroa salmon for myself as a main, both of which were tasty (especially the beef). Will be keen to dine there again!

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Fantastic food, great ambience and superb service - what more could a birthday boy want. Dockside has kept up its high rating in the Wellington area for the last 40 odd years. Many baby boomers in Wellington have worked here at some point after leaving school and enjoyed the experience!!.

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Dockside offered a wide variety of foods that suits all dietary needs. The food was very fresh and each dish offered unique flavour combinations. If you’re looking for a delicious meal with a beautiful view Dockside is a great recommendation!

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A wonderful place with delicious food. We will return!

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Not as good as the last time we went. We ordered entrees to share and only had our side plate to eat from which had our bread roll on it so no room for anything else and by the time we were checked on to get plates we had almost finished. Table was seated by the window which had an awesome view however was directly in the sun. When asked if we could open the window because we were over heating and getting sun burnt, we were told that it couldn’t be opened but she would see if we could open the roof. Which didn’t happen and wasn’t even given the option of moving to another table that wasn’t directly in the sun. We then asked again if the roof could be opened and again was told she would go find out but again didn’t happen or even get told that it wasn’t possible. Food was average, had the same before when we went for dinner and it wasn’t as tasty as then. Could may had been because it was a little busier then last time we went. However overall it was okay.

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Serena Johnston

Great lunch at Dockside with my girlfriend. We both eat Low Carb diets and we ordered entrees with side dishes which worked out great. The Cocktails were also yum!

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View was fantastic, and the place had a suave ambience. Food cane out plated beautifully — it was almost a shame to start eating it! Portions are on par for a classy restaurant, so be aware that the reasonably high prices do not get you a big meal, but the rich flavours make the portions feel just right anyway.

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Jake Evans-scott

Fantastic Food, Excellent service this was our first First Table and definitely be back for another at some point.

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Katya Velsk

Dockside was absolutely lovely!! The food, the service, the way the place looked felt. We had one of the platters and macaroni croquets and it was enough to fill 2 people. We had a pretty good view too! Highly recommend!

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Delicious fish, succulent steak and such friendly, helpful service. Beaut central spot on the water. Can’t wait to go back!

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Great food. Great atmosphere and attentive staff. And nice and warm out of the bitterly cold weather

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Jackie Farrell

I couldn’t have picked a more amazing restaurant for lunch on a day when the sun was shining in Wgtn. The roof was partially pulled back on the deck, letting the sun shine through, the food was incredible (as usual) and the service pretty dam good too! Definitely love this place!

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Dianne Dwight

Great time at Dockside restaurant Wellington Delicious food and great views. Enjoyed the background music which was not too loud. Friendly helpful staff. We will be back.

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Fabulous brunch. We were particularly enamoured of the truffle mac n cheese croquettes and the outstanding big(!) breakfast. And you really can't beat the view.

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Leon Staikopoulos

Delicious food, very nice cold plates too. Seating area view is hard to beat in Wellington.

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Lorraine Shindler

Wonderful food, great flavours, deliciously fresh

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Elizabeth Macmillan

Enjoyed a lovely tasty lunch. Service was very attentive. Food delicious. The view beautifully relaxing. Just right for my 60th birthday.

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Great food and service!

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good atmosphere and friendly staff.
tasty food by the window seat!! can't ask more than this...we had a great dining time here :)

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Noeline Colman

For a first table this meal was great. Staff as usual and helpful.

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Best fresh fish!

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I dined with 3 other chefs and we all agreed that we had a fabulous time and the food was tasty

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Antoinette Savill

Enjoyable evening looking over the sea and attentive service.

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Chanelle Masters

Love my meal it was delicious staff were excellent

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Rachele Poole

First use of first table and Dockside had a lot to stand up to as we had the most spectacular meal the night before at another restaurant. They were the ones that mentioned First table so instead of going for a second meal we decided to try a new restaurant. Pleasantly surprised at the upstairs dining area. The downstairs was being used for a private function. The food was amazing the ravioli was the best we have ever tasted. The interesting mix of flavours for all the meals was stunning. We enjoyed a scrumptious dessert. The WOP cocktail was refreshing and a great start to the night. The service wasn't great at the start but it was early and they were still setting up. It improved as the night went on. We will most certainly be back next time we are in Wellington.

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Anna Dorfling

We love Dockside. Beautiful food and a lovely atmosphere.

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Rochelle Hawkins

Great service, lovely meal and views on the waterfront.

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This was just the most wonderfull experience staff were friendly efficent. food amazing and nothing a bother Thank you Dockside

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We have been to the Dockside previously but this was the first time we go “first table” and we were just as pleased with the experience

Upon arrival, the staff recognised our ‘first table’ booking which was a good thing since it meant I did not have to explain it. Our table was well placed, next to the glass doors offering a lovely view to the city and the waterfront. The staff were extremely professional; the give us enough time to settle in before taking our order, allow enough time for starters before approaching the table to clean the dishes and bring the main, and similarly when it’s time for dessert. They were not rushing things through yet we did not have to look for them because the food was late. In one sentence: Perfect timings

Our starters were the Brie cheese plate and Chips with aioli. The cheese and the accompanying walnut bread was impressive; as for the chips, we usually enjoy comparing how different restaurants fry and serve their chips and this one sets the bar very high.

Then came the mains: Pork belly with shrimps for me and the lamb rump for the wife; we finished off with a very interesting and delicious twist of black forest cake.

I cannot fault the food quality, presentation, nor portion. One of the issues I usually face when dining out is the portion. Quite a few restaurant would serve a bit too much which is a waste, but The Dockside portions are just right and no leftovers to be thrown.

The Dockside passes with flying colours as far as food quality and presentation goes; on top of this the staff being professional and attentive make up for a really good night out.

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Andrew Woodhouse

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Fantastic location with great views across the harbor. Will definitely be going back next time we're in Wellington.

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Excellent night, Food was amazing Wellington on a plate was on so had cocktail and pork belly for entree was the best pork belly! Cocktail amazing too. Had a table right on the water front.

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Jackie Farrell

We had a stunning afternoon in the sun at Dockside on the deck, the menu had an amazing selection of seafood and steak or lamb to choose from. We enjoyed a fun afternoon with great wine and the service was amazing service! Definately top notch place to enjoy an afternoon in the sun.

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Kataraina Karehana

Great food, wasn't huge fun of the scallops but that was the sauce, every thing awesome amazing. awesome service. Will be back

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We were welcomed by a very friendly Maitre D. Menus produced and given some time to decide what we would have. It was difficult to decide what to have as there were so many lovely dishes. I thought the service might be wanting seeing as we were paying only 50 % for our food. But no, everything was excellent. Would definitely go back next time we are in Wellington

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Great food, beautiful setting and very happy to accommodate a move in table away from the sun's glare for us.

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Renata Ferreira de Avila

Amazing view, wonderful service and awesome food! One of the best restaurants in the city! I highly recommend it to everybody!

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Rae Noble-Adams

Fantastic place. Great service and food.

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Anike Jenneker

We did the 2pm lunch slot and the wait staff were great, asked for a window seat for close up view of the water while we dined. Had the salmon tartare which the waitress suggested a Luna pinot gris to pair, but advised a Provence rose when I said I was in the mood for rose and it worked so well with the salmon. Also had the vegan cheesecake which was different but good. Presentation of the dishes was excellent! The salmon and brisket was amazing and we really enjoyed the afternoon sun. Wait staff were just the right amount of attentive. Great spot! Will be back for sure!

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Megan Blair

My mother and I had an amazing girls lunch together. The food was so tasty and the staff were lovely.

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Rupie Ramadeen

Had lunch there . Lunch was fantastic. The staff was great too. Lovely homely atmosphere. Will definitely go back there again. Thank you First table

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Very good views, food was good also

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