The Arborist Rooftop Bar & Restaurant Wellington Review

The Arborist is a great place to stop into for dinner, drinks, or just casual dining out. They also have an area for corporate functions for those looking to plan business meetings, organization events, or large celebrations. It has both a restaurant and rooftop bar for those hoping for an exciting night out on the town, a few beers in the warm sun, a romantic date venue or just a simple dinner outing with friends.

The Arborist also has a Facebook page, so if you want to be kept up to date on all the exciting entertainment events going on at this venue, be sure to keep your eye on that from the info at the FB link at bottom of this page.

Restaurant details

The restaurant is one of the main attractions of the place. They pride themselves on using fresh and natural ingredients to make the best dishes. Customers also have the option of using customer friendly BBQ grills to barbecue their own meat, if that is an option that intrigues them.

Some of the menu items to try are the Lumberjack burger, the pulled pork burger, the pulled pork tacos and the jerk chicken of many yummy options. Lot’s of lunch deals with a drink are available also.

The restaurant generally does accept reservations, make note that reservations cannot be made for groups of less than eight. Reservations can be made online, or by calling directly to the restaurant and speaking to the staff.

Menu sample the Arborist

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Rooftop Bar

The rooftop bar has a wide selection of alcoholic beverages, and is sure to have something for everyone. frozen cocktails, beers, wines, and boutique sodas, you name it, they probably have one. One caveat, though, if you want to avoid a wait, some planning may be required. It is best to arrive before 5 pm, or you may have to wait downstairs for a bit until your name is called by staff when space is available, so come as early as you can.

They also serve an array of vegetarian and gluten-free options for those with dietary issues, so no worries on those fonts. The rooftop bar’s winter hours are from 12 pm – late, Monday through Sunday, and 3 pm – late on Monday though Thursday. Unfortunately, the rooftop bar is not available for reservations due to issues of weather and space. However, for fifty people with a purchase of $5000 they can privately hire the rooftop with the function area as a backup area guaranteed if the weather turn’s bad.

Pokies available at the Arborist Wellington

The Arborist has no pokies or TAB facilities at the moment from all accounts.

Function hosting

If you are planning a corporate event, graduation party, or any sort of celebration that requires space for a large amount of people, the Arborist has an option for you. Their private function room can be reserved for your event, and holds up to 65 standing individuals or 45 seated. Another room outside can be used for overflow if you need space for more people.


In closing, the venue has many outstanding features, and something can be found that will appeal to everyone. Anyone in the area looking for a new place to try or traveling through should check it out, whether they decide to eat in the restaurant or check out the drinks on the rooftop bar, or both, they can surely find a new and exciting place to tell their friends about.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 7am- 10am
Saturday brunch 8am – 3pm
Sunday brunch 8am – 2pm

Monday to Saturday: 12pm – 3pm


Monday to Saturday: 5pm – Late
Closed Sunday afternoon and public holidays

Rooftop Winter Hours
12pm – late Fri, Sat, Sun
3pm- late Monday-Thurs

*NB – weather permitting please check their facebook for the latest news*


Phone 04 931 6161



Map and address

The Arborist Rooftop Bar
166 Willis St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

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