St Johns Bar
Wellington City 04 801 8017
- Mon – Thu 11am – 11pm
- Fri 11am – 1am
- Sat 9am – 1am
- Sun 9am – 11pm
- Business Dining
- Children's Menu
- Scenic View
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Wedding Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, AMEX
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: Up to 100 seated in our restaurant
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Pay & Display
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Takeaways: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: Free
The former St Johns Ambulance building sits proudly on Wellingtons waterfront, the restaurant enjoys views accross the harbour. The art deco style of the building is elegantly portrayed in the bar and restaurant, providing an upmarket while still relaxed atmosphere.
St Johns Heineken Bar is well known as a summer destination for its sun drenched outdoor area where you can choose to dine at tables or sit ‘picnic style’ on rugs or bean bags.
St Johns Restaurant is open for dinner seven days from 5.30 pm, for lunch during the week from 11.00 am and for brunch on weekends from 9.00 am.
Fine dining as well as great bar food, unparalleled service and the best beers in the world…..where else would you go…….
19 Reviews for St Johns Bar
Asked for desert and waitress said she would have to check with the kitchen whether they would do desert as she had never had that request at brunch! We went at 1pm so didn’t think a sweet treat would be an odd request at 2pm and other tables were having desert. Kind of odd.
From the moment we arrived we were treated amazingly. We went to 3 previous bars and asked if they could find a cake as it was a friends 40th, they weren’t bothered. When we asked John (the manager) he went out of his way to find a cake, then put the candles on it and present it to the table. We then stayed for dinner, even though it was a quiet night and the kitchen was closing early. They asked us to order quickly so we did. Penny was the waitress and she was the most informative and well trained hostess we could ask for, with a really good sense of humour.
The food came out and was spectacular, fresh and tasty. Compliments to the chefs
The bar made us feel like a million dollars, and the service was second to none, I have worked in hospitality for many years and I would employ any of the staff that worked that night in a heart beat, you cannot train the service that we received and I can not praise the staff enough.
When in Wellington St Johns will be my local every night.
Thank you for making my friends 40th a very good night to remember
Once we got there, it was PACKED! Walked up to the bar and ordered some drinks, the bar staff were rude, but quick to make the drinks and collect payment.
The drink was just a standard lemon lime vodka bitters, nothing great for the amount I paid.
Went to sit outside but the amount of people and lack of outdoor furniture made it hard, and we sat on a rug (supplied by the bar) on the grass outside. The rug was stained and wet so instead we gulped down our drinks and retreated home.
The placement of the bar is awesome, and the staff are efficient, just was unhappy with the lack of outdoor chairs and price for a couple of drinks.
The last time I went however the pork belly was well overdone to the point of dry and stringy, and the cracking wasn’t crispy all over.
The waitstaff are always so friendly and have great knowledge of wine and what pairs well with what.
I would certainly go again, although it may be a ‘what chef is on’ deal each time.
Staff were friendly, and the creme brulee was great, but we would NEVER go there again.
The three of us had the large Hot Mixed Platter which was not really big enough for three large blokes.
A nice bar but nothing special.
Entrees – garlic ciabatta and buffalo mozarella arancini. The garlic ciabatta was disappointing and in fact wasn’t even ciabatta. However, the arancini was delicious.
For the mains my husband had steak and I had pork belly. Both were lovely and my husband’s steak so tender that it just melted in your mouth.
On the waitresses recommendation we both had the chocolate fondant for dessert. While delicious it wasn’t a fondant – a fondant should ooze liquid chocolate from the centre and this had the consistency of a chocolate mud cake. So while it was tasty, I’d recommend the chef head to the Tasting Room to see what the real thing should be like.
The service was pretty much faultless. All in all a lovely evening.
The Frenchman waiter was wonderful, he was very helpful, friendly and obliging. We were hesitant to order dessert after being let down by the mains. However, the waiter managed to cajole us to order a trifle and tiramisu. The desserts were nice, the Tiramisu was especially yummy and saved the evening for us. As it was my birthday the waiter arranged for a candle on the Tiramisu – a nice special touch. The Mojito drink I ordered was average – I have had better tasting ones elsewhere.
Overall, It is a pity that such a nice location and ambiance is let down by the quality of the mains.
The olive gnocchi was stodgey, very non olive in flavour,and the portion mean for $29, not that I would want any more.
The fish of the day was described to me by a fellow diner as not fresh and overcooked, mean portion again.
The most expensive meal at $39 was a trio of crayfish scallops and fish, all overcooked, actually chewy, again a mean portion.
The other two diners had the lamb racks, ok I’m told.
I would like to say the wine list and the garlic bread were very good, well done.
The restaurant was very busy, but on reflection this restaurant is marketing itself as fine dining, the prices reflected this but the standard wasn’t met.
I believe I could produce better myself and I am not a trained chef. So disappointing, we will not return.
I went there several other times but I am really frustrated by the bad service. Mac’s brewery is just around the corner and is worthed 10 times better than the “posh” wanna be St. Johns Heineken bar.
We have an awesome local brewery around the corner, why would anybody want to pay twice to drink a beer which had to travel across the entire world to make some already rich multinational businessman from the other side of the planet even more rich ?