- Mon – Sat 4.30pm – late
- Business Dining
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: None
Dragonfly is Wellington’s premier Modern Asian Restaurant, Bar and Courtyard offering a contemporary environment with rustic Asian influences.
Our focus is on a shared dining experience of innovative South East Asian cuisine, complemented by Boutique Beers, creative cocktails and an extensive international wine and beverage selection.
BOOK ONLINE from the contacts page at www.dragon-fly.co.nz
46 Reviews for Dragonfly
Six of us chose a wide range of dishes for starters then mains with knowledgeable help from our waiter. They arrived promptly, as did our drinks. Service was very efficient. Food delicious.
Saturday night Dragonfly was full and quite noisy, and we could not hear what others at the far end of the table were saying without raising our voices. Some attention to acoustics would help..carpet, covered wall panels? The tables are very close, visiting the loo involved squeezing past other diners to get there.
It’s a thriving and busy place that would benefit from making their dining experience a little more comfortable.
Be carefull as they only take one bill per table which is a pain with today’s technology, but it is Wellington ….
We have been before and will be back.
Thanks to the team who work there and do a great job.
To start, we ordered the soft shell crab, the seared tuna and the calamari. It was all excellent, but the seared tuna dish really stood out for me – I will definitely order this again when we return! For my main I got the salmon two ways which was delicious and really different from anything I have ever had before which I loved! My partner got the prawn and pork dish which I was told was wonderful too. For dessert we got the shared platter which was all fantastic too – lots of little things to try that all complimented each other and beautifully presented.
I also want to mention the drinks menu – extensive and it was fun choosing a cocktail! The outdoor area looked lovely too, but we sat inside.
Great ambiance, friendly service, delish menu and I adore the China Girl cocktails. (They are my new favourite thing). If only they served fries they would be perfect! (LOL)
I consistently take friends here (both local and from out-of-town) and have never been let down, quite the opposite – I am always satiated and happy, plus my friends always rave about their experience.
If you need a tip – simply order lots of plates and share – the flavour combinations are heavenly. You really can’t go wrong!
Always the highlight of my trips to the capital and I know that it is not expensive, a great atmosphere and a great place to meet up with my girlfriends for a night out.
We turned up about 6:50 (voucher needed to be used by 7) and after getting past the entry point where there were apologies being made to the people in front of us for booking mix ups – we were told to go to the back into the bar area. Walking through the restaurant was pleasant – I did not realise it was so long!, and it was pretty busy. We were greeted by one of the bar staff, who did a fantastic job of explaining what was covered by the voucher – he found us a table in the bar area – he was great. It was a busy night, and there is a lot of noise in the bar area – but that’s OK, its a bar.
Part of the deal we had was 4 drinks (which sav / pinot was fine, but no chardonnay or other choices for wine available) and a “platter” of snack foods. Up to this point we were happy, but this is where is started to go downhill.
Our drinks arrived, all 4 at once … but thats OK (it was a platter for 4) and the platter arrived, a selection of food in a large steaming basket. We don’t know what it was, it was just dumped there, no explanation ….. we can figure out edamame beans, some dumplings, some other balls with mayo, some chicken (I think – it is dark) things and some prawn crackers. I have no idea what we were eating in some cases, it was best guess. The balls with Mayo .. who knows, the dumplings were burnt and there was a large gristle/bone piece in one, the chicken (I think it was chicken) was coated in a batter/breadcrumb but it was badly burnt. The prawn crackers and edamame beans were fine, but overall the food was very disappointing.
The whole aim of the voucher system is to get people in without having to shed a wallet full of cash and convince them to comeback ! This failed sMoreo badly.
I can’t comment on the main dining area and I don’t want this to just be a complaint session – I am sure (as judged by there many happy people) they can do well, perhaps this was the wrong time and place for us.
The Beijing Bellini was quite delightful with a touch of lychee – very nice south east asian feel to it. Food was pretty average – nothing to shout about. Can be made easily at home. The price you pay i guess is mainly for the decor and atmosphere which is great!
Overall great place for a work function!
Thank you for your reply Brent, I appreciate your explanation. I can assure you there is no agenda other than giving the public a review of our night out & me having a need to vent as we were feeling very disappointed when we left on Saturday night. We were visitors Morefrom Nelson & it was quite a treat for us to be going out for a meal. I am pleased to see almost everybody else who has reviewed Dragonfly has had a positive experience, I don’t want to do any harm to your business and I would encourage people to experience it for themselves.
I really don’t want to discuss this any further Brent & I genuinely wish you well for the future.
We ordered a bunch of starters including carpaccio, soft shell crab, dumplings, octopus balls, squid and spring rolls. The crab was excellent and the squid and octopus tasty but the carpaccio was smothered with salad with little meat.
The main course selection was very limited. We ordered the special fish (salmon), duck, beef ribs and pork and prawns. Most of the flavours were dominated by curry flavours and tended to blend into one. Of the mains the beef was clearly the best while the salmon was disappointing being cold and overcooked.
The meal cost nearly $300 which I didn’t think was good value. We will not be returning.
The bar and lounge out the back look quite cool but we weren’t there to toast all night but looks like you could!
Thank you for the staff who are accommodating and always smiling
The place is just wonderful.
We will definitely go back.
There is potential there, but it has not been realised as yet.
The place certainly needs some improvement and I can’t say I’m itching to go back there.
Now, if you want to have a fabulous experience where the hospitality is spot on look no further not to mention the food is of top quality – only downfall will be that this place will become so popluar you won’t be able to get a table!!
Went at around 9 on a Saturday night so it was quite busy and the girl sent us down the back to the bar. The decor was nice but we had to find out own table. Had to get back up to get drinks and get our own menus.
Quite possibly the most insulting thing was 15 minutes after making our order the waiter comes over and tells us we have to pay for our food before it would come out… Wtf??
That aside, the crab wasn’t fresh, the carpaccio was sliced so thickly it was chewy in your mouth, the clams were half cooked and the spring rolls were over done. We were given no cutlery or napkins and the food was dumped on our table so fast we had to get up again and ask for some. They forgot water until the end of the meal as well.
When we left nobody said thanks for coming or goodbye either. While the fit out is amazing and beautiful I will definitely not be coming back here. It was really expensive and not worth it.
I had the clams which were delicious and super fresh with subtle flavours that complemented the shellfish. My friends had the pork and prawns, which was also wonderful and then the chick, again – fantastic. I cant wait to go back again
I then had the chicken as a main which was nice but tasted my friends Eggplant salad and that was totally amazing. I have no idea what the flavours were but it reminded me of Asia so much.
I had sticky rice pudding for dessert. Its so good I went back a few nights later just for dessert to have it again.
The bar out the back is a surprise as from the front you have no idea it is there. The garden by the bar seems to be quite sheltered from the Wellington wind. I’ll be going back there again that’s for sure.