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With one of the largest outdoor dining areas over water in the Southern Hemisphere, it would be difficult to find a better venue to enjoy Wellington’s waterfront. Taking into account Wellington’s unpredictable weather, the deck can be covered with a large retractable roof whilst still offering the superb feeling of Al Fresco dining.


Dockside operates under a ‘Supervised’ Liquor License, meaning all minors (under 18 years of age) must be accompanied by their own parent or legal guardian at all times.

A Little Of Our history

Shed 3

Dockside Restaurant & Bar was established in 1991 in this historic wooden building known as Shed 3. The history of our beautiful building dates back to 1887 and is now listed as a heritage site by Wellington City Council. It is one of the oldest examples of a building fundamental to operating Wellington’s wharves. Originally a single-storey warehouse, a second storey was added in the 20th century for Harbour Board tug boat staff. Timber buildings like this one once lined the wharves and jetties between Taranaki Street and Pipitea Wharf. Now, Shed 3 is one of the last remaining few.


I visited Dockside during my holiday from the UK and was amazed by the quality of the produce and service from the attentive staff. Very warm and sincere welcome and nothing too much trouble. Quality of the food was very high and cooked to perfection. I was so pleased with the steak I got in fact I would say it’s the best steak I have ever eaten. . . .perfection on a plate. Dessert followed and was equally as good. The prices were fine and the position of the restaurant on the quay is superb. I thoroughly recommend this restaurant/bar and it’s excellent value for money.

Mark RFantastic

We had bad Dinning experience across the road that night before coming to dockside, we arrived at dockside after wow show on busy Saturday night and host offered us table upstairs, our table was ready near bar but we requested manager to get sea view table and he arranged that for us within few minutes to make our experience more enjoyable and our waitress was very friendly and attentive and helped us in recommending dishes, food was awesome especially sharing platter and steak!!!!! Perfectly cooked 10/10, service 10/10, location 10/10.

PaigeAfter WOW

We booked our table as we were sure dockside will be definitely busy for wow weekend, we arrived early and had some drinks at bar downstairs been sent upstairs by gentleman and we been taken over to our table and menu was quite interesting so all of us decided to have 3 courses but was not too sure if we can finish it off before 7:30 pm as they were many tables eating, but our waiter was on fire he took our order in few minutes and entree we received within few minutes & rest of 2 courses were on time as well and everyone at our table enjoyed 3 courses & totally satisfied with Food and Service, our bill was taken on our table by manager to save our time and avoid queue line. Thank you josh and dixey for such great manakitanga.

PabloFantastic Time at Dockside

Visited Dockside first time with family just before show our table was ready upstairs, the restaurant was totally full was not to sure if we can attend our show, once we seated our order was taken by french waitress and she was very friendly and our meals were top notch being super busy service standards and food quality was very high of dockside. Definitely coming back here again for Great food and service.
Highly Recommend Red Capsicum, lamb, chocolate tarte

TylahAbsolutely Wow!!!

We visited for my birthday without a booking, I mentioned it was my birthday and I wanted a nice table, but I didn't expect the dessert coming out decorated that make an already amazing time more amazing, meals were so delicious great price excellent service an absolute gem!

AinsleedA million out of ten