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The White House Restaurant

5 review(s) found
Upstairs, 232 Oriental Parade
Oriental Bay, Wellington 6011
New Zealand

Phone : (04) 385 8555
Fax : (04) 382 9749
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About The White House Restaurant
For 18 years The White House has consistently ranked amongst the capitals top fine dining 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, most recently for his Degustation menu. Its 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 will find The White House 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 fine wines. Pair all this with an unrivalled level of service and stunning views over the harbour, and its easy to see how The White House earned its first class moniker. Dine out in Wellington an enjoy an A La Carte or Degustation menu at this romantic, waterfront restaurant. At The White House the unique layout of the restaurant and various menu options provide many opportunities to tailor your private event, wedding reception, or function to perfection. Located five minutes from the CBD in beautiful Oriental Bay, the commanding views over looking the city and harbour provide this venue with a magnificent backdrop for your private event. Savour the full White House experience with lunch Wednesday to Sunday and for dinner 7 days a week. The White House is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and 27 December. It available for weddings, parties and functions. For bookings of 8 or more diners a deposit of $100 is required to secure a reservation.
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reviewed by on 11/07/2013
fantastic experience, nice dishes, great services.
reviewed by on 4/05/2013
Amazing service and food, cant wait to go back.
reviewed by on 11/08/2012
Overrated! Food-not as good by FAR as Martin's, service-arrogant.
reviewed by on 16/02/2012
We have always regarded the White House as an outstanding restaurant. What has gone wrong? On a recent visit we found that the food was beautifully presented but not quite up to the usual high standard. The evening was ruined however by a wait of one and half hours from arrival to main course (no entrees ordered). On mentioning this to staff on leaving, the answer given was that one of us had ordered steak medium to well done which takes 20 minutes to cook. It seems that the long wait was our fault!
reviewed by on 30/01/2012
Over rated....... The food was nice but the portion sizes were too small (I'm quite a small eater and generally have left overs on my plate so I didn't order an entree but I was still hungry after the amuse-bouche, 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.....). 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 down in my opinion. 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 waited for quite a while to be served. 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.