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Seafood, European, Healthy, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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0.5 km from Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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Reviewed today via mobile

A great night out. If you love fish you will love this place. I had ceviche and my husband the octopus. Both were wonderful. My fish main was beautifully cooked but my husband had the steak which he enjoyed but didn’t rave about it. Good...wine list and decor was pleasant but very bright!!. EnjoyMore

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 2 May 2021 via mobile

Best restaurant in Wellington! Ortega is always the very best for exceptionally delicious food and wines and a warm, friendly welcome from Davey and his outstanding team. Last night we had the teeny tiny fish sandwich to start followed by white warehou cerviche ( the...best I have ever had!), moki and octopus, followed by Catalan crepes, accompanied by some tasty Loop Road central Otago Pinot Noir. The friendly service and delicious food is unbeatable and the three of us savoured every moment. Thank you Davey and your talented team for a fantastic birthday treat last night ! See you soon !More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 2 May 2021 via mobile

We loved our time here. Food was amazing, as was the wine selection, staff and surroundings. Enjoy!!

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed 24 April 2021 via mobile

We were very well looked after by Jacob, who advised us on the menu and food choices. All the seafood was divine, very very tasty. We had the early sitting but had plenty of time for 3 courses, without been rushed. A most enjoyable evening.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 29 March 2021 via mobile

I have wanted to go to Ortega for so very long. I kept saving it up as a special occasion restaurant as I knew it would be amazing...and it was. So so good, well worth the wait. It was just such beautiful, fresh food full...of flavour and great ingredients. They know their seafood, but damn they know all food. The fish I had was just cooked to absolute perfection. Easily one of the best fish dishes I have ever had. The octopus, my partner got, and next time I will be getting that as I had food envy! The flavour profiles on this food is just wonderful. They also have a fantastic selection of wines. Cannot recommend Ortega enough. I cannt wait till I go back again.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 2 March 2021

Last Saturday night was the first time I'd been to Ortega, and I was very impressed! The food was fabulous, I really enjoyed it. I loved the decor and the way everything was set out, it was quite eclectic! Very nice. The wait staff were...particularly charming, they were stand out! My only concern was the portion sizes of the mains and sides. For a hungry person, they were too small. A main was approx. $40 and the size was quite small. Any sides/vegetables were purchased separately, and they too were small. I loved the food, it tasted wonderful - but I came away feeling a bit price gouged considering the portion sizes!More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 22 January 2021 via mobile

Always perfect! Steak is great, staff are great, drinks too. Never fail to make a great time, we always look forward to come back to Ortega.

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 21 January 2021

The service was great. The ambiance is not classy but feels just right! A good wine list. OK, so I'm not really a fish eater. The fish eaters were very happy here. I had the steak 'meal' which consisted of a very nicely cooked bit...of steak (it was perfect really) with thin fries (think McDs). That wasn't a 'meal' in my view (I have had better in other fish centric establishments). I could have ordered a side of veges but they were heavy on potatoes - I already had fries! So, for me, it was a disappointment but for the others it was great so they get a very good - seems fair to me. If you are a fish lover you'd give it an excellent!More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 19 January 2021

We have nothing new to add to the all the previous testimonies of the excellence of this fine restaurant. Food, wine and service all wonderful. It says a lot that they have maintained a high standard for a long time. Although we were from out...of town, it felt like a local restaurant - warm, friendly and a great buzz. Very popular - you will need to book.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 8 January 2021 via mobile

Been 4 times. Zero flaws. Relaxed environment but nearing fine dining prices. All the dishes are exceptional. I would recommend the scampi starter if available.

Date of visit: December 2020
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18 March 2019|
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Response from 971louisep | Reviewed this property |
I've seen babies in the restaurant. You might want to check if they have a highchair.
9 December 2015|
Response from hunkyman | Reviewed this property |
no you can dine here but if you are under 18 they won't serve you alcohol.
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Ortega Fish Shack is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5