Logan Brown Restaurant
(corner of Cuba & Vivian Sts)
Wellington City 04-801 5114
- Lunch & High tea: Tues – Sat 12 noon
- Dinner: Mon – Sun from 5.30pm
- Business Dining
- Out Catering
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Romantic Dining
- Wedding Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Splurge, Above $35
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 80
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: No
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: No
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Great menu options from High tea for $35, the famous bistro lunch and pre theatre menu; three courses for $45 or a two course lunch menu option for $35.
Ala carte menu aswell as Saturday night degustation dining from $115 for 6 deveine courses.
Or pop in for a delicious drink at the bar.
Logan Brown Restaurant is the Supreme Winner of the Restaurant of the Year Awards 2009.
International Chief Judge Ralph-Kyte Powell said “the menu exhibits the best of New Zealand produce in dishes that are always outstanding and never fussy. Swift unpretentious service, an exemplary wine list, atmosphere that is elegant yet relaxed and delicious food make Logan Brown a most memorable dining experience.
“If I had to select an international Flagship for New Zealand Cuisine, Logan Brown would be hard to go past.”
35 Reviews for Logan Brown Restaurant
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I cannot stand pretentious restaurants with overly priced food, small portions, and wait staff with attitude. However, Logan Brown was different. I still would not take my Father, who would be appalled at the small portions, but I would return with friends.
We were not told of the ‘specials’ until after we had chosen our meals and ordered the wine. Our waitress told us it was company policy not to overload the diner with too much information all at once. Handing out two menus and explaining two specials did not represent information overload in my opinion.
As a starter we had a choice of two varieties of Pacific oysters or the Tio Point oysters (flat).
The waitress was unsure about the term ‘flat’ and at first didn’t know what type of oyster they were but she thought they might be a kind of Bluff oyster. Staff should be familiar with the menu. Otherwise our waitress was friendly, efficient and attentive. The Tio Point cooked oysters were amazing.
For entrees we ordered West Coast Whitebait with Crayfish, asparagus and lemon puree.and the Coromandel Scallops with celeriac, capocolla, Granny Smith and Feta. Both dishes were delicious especially the Whitebait. However I was disappointed in getting only a teaspoon full of crayfish (in a mayo dressing?). It was hardly worth a mention on the menu.
The Lamb Rack was wonderful as was the Venison Osso Bucco. It surprised me that the gremolata was on the lamb and not the Osso Bucco which is traditional. The leaf salad was excellent quality and the truffled fries with Reggiano parmesan, a nice touch.
Logan Brown is regarded as one of New Zealand’s finest restaurants and as far as the food isMore concerned this reputation is well justified but unfortunately the overall experience revealed its shortcomings.
I intend to try the other top end restaurants in Wellington before heading back here again.
wonderful. The Feijoa icecream was divine!!!. Next time we are in Wellington you will be on our must do list again.
Bruce enjoyed the Venison with black pudding. Do you make your own?
Took my partner for her birthday on Monday night. Made the booking via their website. Was rung on Sunday to confirm the booking. When I said it was Sarah’s birthday they offered a little treat. We had one of the best meals I’ve had. Great waitress. Lovely setting, not smothered with other guests.
This is not a eat and dash affair. This is dining and time should be taken.
I had the venison, the black pudding that comes with was the best I’ve ever had and I have had a few. Was a lovely night and a treat when in the capital.
We had reservations on a Sunday evening, which I don’t think was necessary since it wasn’t half full. The decor looked different than I remembered it, and the ambiance felt much less formal than before. The energy seems to be gone from this place.
Our drinks from the bar were mostly crushed ice. At $16 a glass, it felt like we’d been cheated.
The entrees were very good. My father had the Sauvignon Vine Smoked King Salmon which was excellent.
Our mains were another story. I had the Grass-Fed Beef Fillet with BBQ Rib Steamed Bun, Onion Rings & Hoisin Jus. The fillet was good, although it was rare when I’d ordered medium. The steamed bun and the rib meat were sickeningly sweet and impossible to eat. Plus, it was a very odd pairing with the fillet. Why not have a vegetable besides the 3 mini-onion rings on the plate?
My father had Crispy Skin Duck Confit with Caramelised Apple Pork Sausage, Parsnip Mousse & Cranberry Relish. Again, a very strange pairing. The duck was excellent, but the sausage was absolutely disgusting. I couldn’t taste any meat flavour, only an overwhelming bitter, medicine-like taste that I can only guess was from the seasoning. My poor father only ate one bite but suffered that night and the next day after, if you get what I mean.
It’s almost as if there were two different chefs in the kitchen because some things were as quality as remembered, and other things were just blimmin’ awful. That sausage will go down in infamy.
We will not be back. That was a very expensive, inedible night out.
We went on a Saturday night, which offers two sittings (Bistro pre-7.30pm and two degustation menus after 8pm) so we opted for the latter. We were slightly concerned as we were dining with a couple of fussy vegetarians (yes fussy!) … so for any restaurant to get one (let alone six!) quality vegetarian courses out is a very big ask!!
But leave it to the professionals! Had it not been for my equally stunning ‘meat’ courses, I would have serious food envy! By the end of the evening we were full to the brim, and very pleased indeed. The only thing I would have done differently was maybe not opted for the wine matches …. either that or NOT go out for pre-dinner drinks!!!
Anyway … we fully enjoyed our meal here thanks to great food, excellent service and good friends. Will be back again.
Excellent service! Extensive drinks list. Tasty tasty tasty food. Have sat in all areas, even upstairs, and its a great atmosphere. A nice place to take the dates.
Only niggle is that when we booked for the set menu, I felt as if we were being rushed. Then we were asked if we could sit near the bar to eat our desert to make way for the other set menu bookings. We hadn’t been there long either. This I have not marked down for, as everything else, especially the food is in the grand levels.
Great that you can book. But you will need to book in well in advance, as this place is hot!
Will definitely keep coming here. Keep it up guys.
as reviewed by Ask The Locals 6th August ’11
If you have never been to Logan Brown, we can highly recommend it.
Of course most Wellingtonians will know about Logan Brown as it has been treating its diners to fine food for 15 years.
The staff are faultless, with extensive knowledge of the menu, inconspicuous waiting and friendly but not too familiar, it’s a fine line and they make it look easy.
The venue also makes the whole experience feel rather theatrical. With its high ceilings, balcony seating, private alcoves and enormous chandelier.
We dined there on the opening day of Wellington on a Plate (WOAP) for lunch. The Logan Brown WOAP lunch menu is a set menu with matched wine and three courses for $45 per person. Brilliant value. We were feeling greedy on the day, so ordered the Wgyu Fat Potatoes with Habanero Mayonnaise at an extra but worthwhile cost. These little cubes of crispy joy were the best potatoes I have ever tasted.
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The host is a genius in the kitchen…
The wine list (i mean the wine book) is just wow!!
The food is great, the service is fantastic and the deserts are amazing!
I had the fish of the day seared in a divine way, with some mushrooms on the side and a mushroom tart as entree. Just wow!
The dessert i had the pavlova with a scoop of kiwifruit sorbet ( which was up to giapo standard) garnished in a passionfruit sauce.
Look forward to go there again and again and again.
But the food the main course is not what I expected from Logan Brown. I have been a few times there and have always loved the food however this time has made me not want to visit again in a hurry.
The main course for all the dinners was horribly over salted and had little flavour besides for the salt.
However, the entree of whitebait was amazing and so were the side potatoes in the main course.
And I defiantly recommend the truffles!!
Fabulous buzz and ambience, clearly a firm favourite of lucky Wellingtonions. Service was up there with the very best I have had in my global travels – sleek, genuine, highly professional – it takes a true pro to establish a connection with a table whilst in the middle of very busy service – and he managed it effortlessly. The food was sublime, and the entire evening was brilliant – not rushed, totally savoured the entire experience. And loved the bar with fish tank! We will be back for sure, next time we are in town.
The night we went last, there were five of us, I ordered fish which came perfectly cooked and tasting quite delicious. Others at the table were just as complimentary about their choices. Duck I think being lauded with particularly high praise.
Ultimately it’s not about price but great value, Logan Brown provides beautiful food, refined service and a dining room of such style its easy to see why LB has been around for so long and continues to shine so brightly.