The White House Restaurant
Wellington City 04-385 8555
- Dinner: Mon – Sun from 5:30pm
- Lunch: Fixed price menu Wed – Sun from 11:30am
- Business Dining
- Children's Menu
- Scenic View
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- 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
- BYO/Corkage: BYO, Corkage Charge
- Parking: Free On-Street, Pay & Display
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: No
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: Free
For 20 years The White House has consistently ranked amongst the capital’s finest restaurants. With Head Chef and owner Paul Hoather at the helm since inception it has gained both a national and international reputation and has won numerous awards. It’s his creativity, his unparalleled experience, and his passion for exceptionally fine food that make every meal an experience par excellence.
Paul chooses only the best organic, seasonal ingredients. While some of are imported, wherever possible they source from local producers, small boutique suppliers, and even their own roof top garden.
Not surprisingly, you’ll find The White House’s wine list is a fitting complement for such fine fare. Their cellar offers an extensive selection including some very rare vintages alongside exquisite local and boutique wines.
Pair all this with an unrivalled level of service and stunning views over the harbour, and it’s easy to see how the White House earned its first class moniker.
BYO Wine Sunday Nights $10 corkage
30 Reviews for The White House Restaurant
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I did get a bit of food envy though, as my partner picked a much nicer entree and main then I did (Don’t like it when I concentrate on another plate and not my own) Sort of dampens the experience, and plates should be equally impressive.
Service good. Booked a week in advance for two, however disappointed that we were seated back and not at a window seat for our special occasion.
However a place you must go to. If your complaining about price though, you are not suited to be at The White house. I paid $300 for two and overall I was happy with the whole night.
We arrived a little early but were seated promptly. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful. I had the duck for mains and it was done perfectly, my wife had the ravioli and it was the best pasta dish either of us had ever tasted.
Definitely what we expected, would love to dine here again.
I ordered a G&T when I arrived and wasn’t offered a drinks menu.. when the bill came it appeared that they had given me a $16 G&T almost twice the price of the cheaper gins (they have a selection of four or five) it just seemed like a tacky way to get a few more dollars..
The Waikanae crab cake, spiced coconut caramel was nice especially since I’m not a huge crab fan but it certainly was nothing to write home about.
My date & I both ordered the Fish, Lavender’s Green preserved lemon, potato, watercress, South Coast crayfish bisque which was ‘fine’ at best, I personally think that when more than one person at the same table orders a dish they should look similar in portion size and presentation, his fish portion was about 40g larger than mine. I know it seems picky but for a restaurant of this calibre I expected a higher standard.
The service was good and I would recommend the Crispy chocolate, L’Affare espresso mousse, caramel, yoghurt
Something I had been looking forward to for some time, at least 4 years since my last visit.
I have to say the food didn’t disappoint and was well up to the standard I expected.
The service was friendly and attentive, but the WH was let down a little by a couple of matters of detail.
The glasses of NZ bubbly we ordered before the meal, while not completely flat, was certainly not particularly fresh out of the bottle.
Entrees were excellent, but we were very surprised when 2 of the three (2 mains plus one side) which arrived were not what we ordered. Whilst this was cheerfully remedied after a couple of attempts.
No complaints about the food, but I visit quality restaurants such as the White House with very high expectations, and on this occasion, they fell a little short.
The service was good and they catered for our gluten free guest with ease
The food was tasty and presented well
What we did not like was being asked if we would like to start with a glass of bubbles and without choice, being served a $25 option
Might go back if the occasion arose and finances allowed.
What a treat!! Our absolute favourite course was the pork belly with ginger and lychee jelly!! YUM! They were all good, but the pork … mmmmmm We didn’t go for the wine match for all courses, but were able to sample for a couple.
Such a great night. Great food and service, topped with comfy seats and stunning views.
The location is great, close to the CBD, but right next to the golden sand beach on Oriental Bay, with plenty of parking. The food was fantastic – 3 choices per course, a choice of 2 courses for $35 or 3 courses for $50 (bargain). 5 star quality meals, exquisitely presented. I had the pork belly, followed by the snapper, then the amazing panacotta. My friend had the fish cakes, then the chicken breast, followed by french cheese. Great cocktails and coffee too. Lovely, attentive and knowledgeable staff. We highly recommend it!
The food was nice but the portion sizes were too small… I don’t have a huge appetite and get embarrassed when I have left overs on my plate so I didn’t order an entree but I was still hungry after the amuse-bouche(very tasty though!), bread, main , cheese course ,dessert and coffee even at a fine dining restaurant I still expect to go away full, especially given the price of their mains and although the food was very nice it wasn’t amazing…. The service was ok, the staff were more attentive at the start of the evening making sure our glasses were filled etc but once the restaurant started to fill up the service went downhill.
I’ve been to a number of fine dining restaurant and unfortunately I’d rate the service at the White House at the bottom of these, the service was ok but around the level I’d expect at Lone Star or Speights Ale House. (We possibly also lucked out with the waiter we had because he seemed a bit grumpy some of the others in the dining room seemed quite good).
We ordered a bottle of wine around the time our mains came out but even though I attempted to eat slowly the bottle didn’t come out until we’d almost finished the mains.
Views for the two people facing the window were great but not for the two of us facing with our backs to the window, it’s a shame the orientation of the tables are that way. The set up of the table we were at was booth style so the waiters couldn’t properly serve one half of the table.
The coffee was possibly the worst I’ve ever had.
At the end of the evening we waited for quite a while assuming they’d bring us our bill, we then went up to the counter to pay and waitedMore quite a while for someone to serve us.
Overall it was quite disappointing. The motto on their menu is “Unashamedly first class” I think they need a refresher course on what a first class experience is meant to be like, the bill at the end of the evening was first class but the experience was not.
My dessert was not fully cooked, staff handled it well in apologising and having the kitchen rectifying it but must stay but the time it came back out my partner had finished his dessert and I then had to eat on my own.
Good wine selection.
When a restaurant is able to provide an experience of this standard with the most amazing food and wine to match, with wait staff who just appear when you need them it deserves singing from the roof tops. I don’t write reviews, I’m like most kiwi’s who tend to only speak up when things don’t go well… for The White House though even I am willing to make an exception because you should enjoy it liek we did.
Apart from the service the entrees were probably the best part, but we loved every course all the same. Will defintely be going again when we can.
We had been told to book a table by “a window” which we did. When we arrived, the waitress attempted to seat us at a table in the middle of the room. We explained that we had been promised “a window table”, so they asked us to take a seat in the foyer while they prepared a table for us.
Half an hour after arriving, we were eventually seated.
The dining experience was below average. The waiter seemed anxious, and the reason became evident after we finished our entree. Shortly after the plates were removed, the waiter approached us and explained that we needed to order our main as “the kitchen was closing”. The time was 9:15pm!!! and were in no mood to shovel down more food.
Reluctantly, we ordered our main which arrived within ten minutes. The steak my husband was served, at 42 dollars, was the worst steak either of us have ever tasted. It was ordered medium rare, and was served over cooked on the outside and bleeding in the middle. It had all the hallmarks of a steak fresh out of the freezer and cooked too quickly. It had no taste and the plate looked disgusting once it was cut open.
The problem was explained to the waiter, and he said they wouldn’t charge us for it. No offer was made to redo the steak or offer an alternative, so my husband left hungry!!!
The restaurant was rated as one of NZ’s best, and that is a bad joke. We don’t know who decides those ratings, but from our experience.. it was not deserved. They are far from NZ’s best, they are typical of a second rate Wellington restaurant.