Osteria del Toro
(Ground floor of Wildlife House)
Wellington City 04 381 2299
- Mon – Fri 11.30am – Midnight
- Sat 5pm – Midnight
- Sun 12noon – 11pm
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, Diners
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 110
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Takes Reservations: No
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
- Outdoor Seating: No
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
Wellington’s Mediterranean restaurant Osteria del Toro presents a culinary snapshot of the Mediterranean’s wonderful cuisine, including fragrant Moroccan tagines, Spanish paellas, authentic Italian-style pizzas and many other delicious offerings.
The beautifully designed restaurant has a well stocked bar and is located in the heart of Wellington just off Courtenay Place.
Regular events include Paella Monday, experience paella from the beginning with a cooking demonstration in the middle of the restaurant.
Pig and Mojito Wednesday from 5pm serves classic crisp mojitos and succulent porchetta bun.
La Famiglia shared lunch is perfect for families and groups, with buffet / banquet style lunch of paella, pizzas, pasta, cold meats, salads, breads and much more.
We have a private dining room available, The Campari Room, for parties of 16-24 with a selection of menus on offer – booking required.
27 Reviews for Osteria del Toro
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The atmosphere of this place is really amazing and it is a beautifully designed resturant.
The toilets are interesting.
There is a massive selection of drinks.
We went here on a Sunday – I had the paella. Was way way way to salty – I did not enjoy it. My partner had the duck – again way to salty – bordering on not edible.
We vowed not to come back but my brother decided to have his b-day there the week after which made us roll our eyes but thought we would give it another chance.
They charge you per person for a slice of your own cake.
All of our meals were way way way to salty.
Both my parents complained, actually everyone at the table did. Even my pizza was salty and a person at our table had some kind of cous cous that was so salty you could see the crystals. They refunded the cous cous but disagreed with every other complaint. I also heard other tables complain about the salt to. I wanted to like this place. So yea this place could be awesome – JUST DONT ADD SALT TO THE FOOD!!
I had Paella, which was as good as always, one of mates had Lamb Shanks which looked incredible, and others had Pizza, which was woodfired and yummy. Great selection of beers as well. We drank Peroni, but the wine list looked good too.
If you’re in Wellington, then check Osteria del Toro out, it’s a lot of fun, and the food is a really good representation of the Mediterranean. Highly recommended.
I ordered the Rigatoni Puttanesca which was made very well.
I went with just my fiancée and we had a great time. It seems like a great place for a group of people too.
One last thing, the bathrooms were great haha!
Highly recommend, amazing place to just sit.
Our server was someone named Marina (I think) but we were served by others the whole night, judging from our bill, Kelli (very friendly blond lady who sat us when we arrived) and Sarah (a very friendly, efficient and helpful lady who we were very happy we had).
We started with a garlic bread which was done a little differently in a terracotta flower pot, but we both loved it. My wife had the chicken parmigiana (nice and tender), coleslaw (very fresh) and the catalana for dessert (delicious). I had the bolognese (superb) and apple tart tartin (very good). We look forward to returning and trying some of the other dishes we saw others having.
Would definitely recommend this place to anyone.
The restaurant is beautiful, and the staff were very friendly and polite (even though the waitress removed our entrees before we’d finished them).
However the food is just so disappointing! Both the mains of my partner and I tasted like they had been microwaved. The food was WAY too hot, was mushy and very bland. I couldn’t even eat half of my chicken parmigiana, it was just a waste of time. However, the coleslaw that came as my side was incredible. If I could go in and buy it takeaway I would do this as often as possible.
Overall though, Osteria Del Toro is not worth the trip, especially for how expensive it is.
Had they been able to come we all would have gone away unsatisfied as, while the food was nice, there would not have been enough for 2 additional people.
It put a dampener on what was otherwise a fun evening. I suggest caution and that larger groups especially are aware of what costs they will be up for – regardless of how many actually turn up.
The food itself is not cheap, and was alright, not exceptional or anything so I don’t feel the need to go back.
The food is delicious. Not that there’s nothing at all to criticise — one time the fish in my paella was a bit overdone and dry, for example — but I still feel the food is a cut above other places I’ve been to, especially considering the reasonable prices.
The lamb on the entree platter blew my mind — very plain, but beautifully done.
I’ve been there twice, and will definitely be back. I hear they do family brunches on the weekend, so I must bring the kids along to one of those.
We’ll be back.
We were very pleased with the service and the food. The portions were enormous and flavours were delicious. The paella with fish, prawns, chicken and mussels was especially excellent.
The menu is huge and there should be something on it to suit almost anyone for price and taste. I have to admit that after looking at the decor, I expected the meals to be much more expensive.
We’ll be back!
The service was friendly but a bit clueless.