(Level 17, James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor)
Wellington City 04-499 9500
- Mon – Sun
- Breakfast 6.30am – 10am
- Lunch 12.00pm – 2.30pm
- Dinner 5.30pm – 10pm
- Business Dining
- Children's Menu
- Conference Facilities
- Scenic View
- Live Music
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Romantic Dining
- Wedding Functions
- Breakfast Meetings
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Splurge, Above $35
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 300+
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Pay, Pay & Display
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: No
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: No
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: Paid
Whitby’s Restaurant is located on 17th floor at The James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor Wellington and is as iconic as the Hotel itself.
Whitby’s offers one of the grandest buffets in town and features a live cooking station where our Chef can create a dish for you from a selection of ingredients. Whitby’s also offers a delicious a la carte dinner menu with a variety of local and international cuisine. You can also quench your thirst at the Piano Bar with a fine New Zealand wine or beer from our extensive beverage list.
16 Reviews for Whitby’s Restaurant
This restaurant is lovely, the food is very good, it’s a shame that this website didn’t book the reservation, after waiting two weeks for a confirmation, I rang the restaurant only to be told that they hadn’t got our booking so done it was done over the phone, very lucky that I rang as it was for a special occasion that wouldn’t have been
The service – you can never fault that, always great service.
Place was packed and yet the buffet looked lovely and the service was very attentive.
The young English maitre’d at the desk was absolutely lovely, very polite.
Keep it up…….
The buffet selection is fine, but the food is either lukewarm, overcooked or tasteless (or all of the above). The dessert selection looked unappetising and tasted just as bad. If this restaurant wasn’t in a hotel and so didn’t have a semi-captive clientele it wouldn’t have survived five minutes in Wellington.
On the positive the service was good but pleasant staff and speedy water refilling doesn’t compensate for awful food.
As we spent the night at the James Cook we also had breakfast the next morning. There was very good range of breakfast foods including waffles and omelets made to order.
Over all I felt we got value for money pleasant ambiance and friendly service.
After waiting for about 40 mins after finishing the mains, (the wait staff were very busy setting up for breakfast) we helped ourselves to the buffet desserts, I had the worst looking excuse of a ‘lemon meringue pie’ (uncooked meringue and water at the bottom), the bread & butter pudding with custard was ok, but the ‘creme brule’ was curdy and just not good.
It was a disappointing meal all round. The staff were cheerful and helpful, but they all looked a bit disheveled, their uniforms were covered in food spots, and looked worn.
As I said I have been here many times before, and have noticed a slow decline in standards, but last night it really felt like I’d eaten at Valentines, I wont be returning. Not good.
We arrived to find Christmas Crackers with the usual condiments of bad jokes and little plastic toys, as well as party hats you dont want to be caught wearing.
We asked for seating by the windows for the views, but the only views you really get are the logos of the major banks perched on big buildings. So you dine to the tune of ANZ, WestPac and the National Bank.
When you’ve dined at a Working Men’s club you come to expect a lot out of buffet dinners – and to be honest I was a bit disappointed. There wasnt a huge selection and there were some odd things about the dinner too.
Service was average, having been seated at the wrong table and being moved some 15mins later. The waitress pouring glasses of wine when a bottle was requested, only to have her take the glasses away and return with a fresh bottle.
Its okay. Thats the best way to sum up Whitby. Its a nice place to dine and the food is edible, but disappinting as far as selection considering the price.