Lower Hutt Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Lower Hutt

July 22, 2017 Roseanne Arnett

Lower Hutt (Māori: Awakairangi) is a city in the Wellington Region of the North Island of New Zealand. It is administered by the Hutt City Council and is one of the four cities that constitute the Wellington metropolitan area.
Things to do in Lower Hutt

1. Caffiend

233-235 Jackson Street, Petone, Lower Hutt, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch 939-0009
Excellent
48%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 200 reviews

Caffiend

Reviewed By Lucinda J

Lovely cafe with amazing food and given it was a busy Waitangi Day it couldn’t be faulted. I’d go back there anytime I was out that way

2. Adzuki Bean Cafe & Restaurant

164 Jackson Street | Petone, Lower Hutt 5012, New Zealand Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +64 4-589 5288
Excellent
48%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 71 reviews

Adzuki Bean Cafe & Restaurant

The Adzuki Bean is the love bean. In ancient times, a man went away to war. His wife waited for him under a big tree on a high mountain. Till he returned, she missed him so much her flowing tears turned to blood. The bright blood drops became red seeds, and the seeds germinated and rooted, growing into a big tree full of red berries.Slowly the red berries on the big tree joined with the wife's heartache, to become heart-shaped - the Adzuki Bean, the most beautiful bean in the world. Hard as a diamond, red as blood, shaped like a pulsating heart, glittering and transparent, dazzling the eyes. In China, the Adzuki Bean is precious like jade, and signifies spirituality and luck. It can always bring good luck in love.Adzuki Bean Cafe & Restaurant wishes you the very best luck - in life as in love.

Reviewed By 2kiwis_11 - Wellington, New Zealand

A somewhat unpretentious restaurant but absolutely delightful food and very obliging staff. We enjoyed venison and duck and while there was a bit of a wait (which the staff did warn us was due to the time needed to cook the dishes) the wait was well worthwhile. Likewise with the dessert but again dishes to be savoured. Would certainly go back again.

3. Buddha Stix Petone

354 Jackson Street, Petone | Petone, Lower Hutt 5012, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Chinese, Vietnamese, Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner HK$94 - HK$141 +64 4-891 0493
Excellent
39%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 108 reviews

Buddha Stix Petone

Buddha Stix is a vibrant fusion of the energy of Asian culinary culture with the modern romance of fine dining. Vivid with colour and saturated with flavour, Buddha Stix indulges all of your senses to create an intimate and memorable dining experience. Relax and soak up the atmosphere while you sip on one of our classic cocktails and enjoy the best pan-Asian cuisine on offer.

Reviewed By Heather P - Wellington, New Zealand

Visited Budda Stix for midweek dinner with three others (my first visit to the restaurant). The online booking system was very easy. From when we first arrived until we paid for our bill at the end the service was very good. Drink orders were taken within a couple of minutes of us being seated. We all ordered different meals and everyone agreed that the food was delicious. The staff were very friendly, I would go to Budda Stix again.

4. The Speight's Ale House, Petone

75-81 Jackson Street | Petone, Lower Hutt 5012, New Zealand Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, Pub, New Zealand, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +64 4-586 6266
Excellent
33%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 211 reviews

The Speight's Ale House, Petone

Reviewed By acoton - Christchurch, New Zealand

We didn't know Speights were in the north island, so pleasantly surprised when we were down for a break in Wellington. Place is a typical Speights pub so nice place to sit and chill. Staff very attentive and knowledgeable but food let them down this...MoreHi acoton I am sorry that we missed the mark on your visit, and I have talked to my Kitchen Team about your comments Thank you for letting us know Regards Justin

5. Soprano Italian Caffe

360 Jackson Street, Petone, Lower Hutt 5012, New Zealand Highchairs Available, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$110 - HK$196 +64 4-568 9557
Excellent
49%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 154 reviews

Soprano Italian Caffe

Reviewed By NewZealandCarver - New Zealand

The food is really lovely and menu caters for most Italian food-lovers. The pork and fish dishes we had were excellent.We dined in one of the small rooms (off the main dining area) and found this to be very good away from the noise of the main area. Although service was a bit slow we were not in a hurry so in this instance it didn't matter. Recommended

6. Maharajas Indian Restaurant

87-89 Cuba St, Petone, Lower Hutt 5012, New Zealand Reservations, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$94 - HK$141 +64 4-568 8817
Excellent
63%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 39 reviews

Maharajas Indian Restaurant

Our goal is to serve fresh Artisan style Indian cuisine bursting with flavor in a relaxed, friendly environment.

Reviewed By Rachel T

The food here is incredibly delicious. The chicken pakora to start has the most tender chicken I have ever eaten and an amazing amount of spice. The lemon and honey butter chicken was a new experience for me and one I will be having again...MoreThank you Rachel! We are so happy you enjoyed the experience both the chicken pakora and lemon and honey are big favorites. Thanks for taking the time to write this review and welcome to the area, we look forward to seeing you all again :)

7. OLI & MI Kitchen

282 Jackson Street, Lower Hutt 5012, New Zealand Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Asian, International, Contemporary, Fusion, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$110 - HK$455 +64 4-560 4727
Excellent
66%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 228 reviews

OLI & MI Kitchen

Modern fusion dining at its best awaits you in the heritage-listed Dentist building on Jackson street, Petone.

Reviewed By Annette T - Warkworth

Took 2 friends with us to restaurant.
Staff were welcoming and friendly. 3 of us chose the Pork Fillet meal - small servings so needed some vegetables to share as well. The 4th member chose the Steak which he said was delicious. Again you needed to buy extra vegetables as it came alone. Wine list would have something for everyone on it.
Everything was tasty but when you need to buy extras the bill mounts up and the choices were not cheap to start with.
Having said that we would revisit this restaurant if we were down in Petone again.
Really hot night and very sticky inside restaurant - noticed even the staff were using little hand fans to try and cool down, so some fans would not go amiss in summer.

8. Sweet Vanilla Kitchen

49 Pretoria Street, Lower Hutt 5010, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 4-566 6147
Excellent
67%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 142 reviews

Sweet Vanilla Kitchen

Reviewed By RossB795 - Lower Hutt, New Zealand

This small, intimate cafe provides an amazing range of food. I chose Eggs Benedict and was given the choice of English muffins or potato cakes. I chose the potato cakes for a change and what I received at the table was an amazingly styled plate that proved to be very filling but tasty.

9. Chilli Masala

458 High Street, Lower Hutt 5010, New Zealand Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +64 4-586 4820
Excellent
69%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 105 reviews

Chilli Masala

Reviewed By GeeDizzle - Wellington, New Zealand

I have been a regular at Chilli Masala (every 6-8 weeks) and the foods is always consistent. However as the restaurant has become more popular the service is slipping. On our last visit the service was painfully slow.
It was noticeable how many takeaways were being collected. I'm sure the takeaway customers aren't waiting over an hour for their food. Maybe they take preference over some diners (I did notice the service levels varied between tables).
Go for the food - but allow plenty of time for the meal!

10. Queen of Jackson

181 Jackson Street | Petone, Petone, Lower Hutt 5012, New Zealand Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards European, Street Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$55 - HK$110 +64 4-280 9374
Excellent
59%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 125 reviews

Queen of Jackson

WELCOME! Queen of Jackson is an upbeat bar and eatery, not another pub on the street! The bar and eatery will indicate a nostalgic upbeat London experience situated right in the heart of Jackson Street. Queen Of Jackson provides multi-levels of social abundance whilst tasting from the ever evolving craft beer, fine wine, premium cocktails and international styled sharing plates! Our rooftop garden bar is now a celebrated & integral part of the Petone skyline. Embarking yearly themed transformations to keep the excitement alive. Snuggle up with us during the Winter or lounge in the urban heat during Summer. KITCHEN IS OPEN TILL MIDNIGHT on weekends!

Reviewed By miles52 - Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Our group called in for a quick pre-dinner drink. The staff were very attentative and knowledgable, friendly to boot. There is a good selection of keg craft beers and "something for everybody..." when it comes to drinks generally. The food menu looks to be excellent (we have heard good things about it) so will be back, soon I hope, to sample the food on offer.

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