Top 10 restaurants in Whanganui, New Zealand

July 26, 2017 Sachiko Swiger

Whanganui (/ˈhwɒŋənuːi/; Māori: [ɸaŋanui]), also spelt Wanganui, is a city on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The Whanganui River, New Zealand's longest navigable waterway, runs from Mount Tongariro to the sea. Whanganui is part of the Manawatu-Wanganui region.
Things to do in Whanganui

1. Georges Fisheries

40 Victoria Avenue, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible New Zealand, Seafood, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +64 6-345 7937
Excellent
55%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 87 reviews

Georges Fisheries

Reviewed By 746gillian - Whanganui, New Zealand

If you fancy fish and chips GeorgES is a great place to go. I have not stopped in the small restaurant but the take away service is excellent. Best place to buy fresh fish also. Lots of choices

2. Rutland Arms

48-52 Ridgway Street, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +64 6-347 7677
Excellent
30%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 201 reviews

Rutland Arms

Reviewed By Elle_knz

We turned up at 6pm but whoops the manager had forgotten to write down our booking for 7 people for a birthday dinner. Not a problem said the staff. They fitted us into a cosy table in the corner. The service was absolutely fantastic. All staff where efficient and friendly. All our meals came out together and we all thoroughly enjoyed them. Thanks to all staff for a fantastic evening.

3. Yellow House Cafe

17 Pitt Street, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$16 - HK$149 +64 6-345 0083
Excellent
51%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 186 reviews

Yellow House Cafe

Reviewed By Geridog1 - Wanganui

The bloke who runs it is an excellent host, as is the Ryan crotty double working there.
The menu is good, and depending on who makes the coffee it can range from average to above average.
Cabinet food is fresh but pricy by Wanganui or even Wellington standards.
The setting is very cool.

4. Jolt

19 Victoria Avenue, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout Cafe
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 46 reviews

Jolt

Reviewed By 229PaulineW

Just stopped in for 2 flat whites and also had a piece of lemon yoghurt cake. They use Ripe beans for coffee which are ok but have a lemon/green zing to them which isnt to our taste. However the coffee was creamy and a good temperature and not over-extracted.
The cake though was devine lemonyness :-)

5. Kristy’s Cafe

151A London Street, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, New Zealand Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 6-347 6030
Excellent
55%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 152 reviews

Kristy’s Cafe

Kristys Café is known WORLDWIDE for our FAMOUS RAETIHI PIE, Amazing Food, Coffee, Service and Atmosphere.

Reviewed By wynmead - Wellington, New Zealand

First time here,Stopped with a group of fellow riders. I had a long black and cheese scone. The coffee was superb. A friend had a meat pie and he loved it,
Friendly staff and when I complemented the barista she really lit up. Asked about the coffee. Havoc beans from Wanganui, If only every coffee was like this. Gorgeous flavour. Not a hint of bitterness and the perfect temperature. The price of the scone at 6 bucks surprised me but it was large.
This place is now a goto spot when I visit or pass through again.

349 Victoria Avenue, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, New Zealand, European, Contemporary, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch HK$31 - HK$110 +64 6-345 7770
Excellent
38%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 137 reviews

Parnells Cafe Gallery and Garden Art

Fresh, homemade food and Mojos coffee. Always a must in Wanganui to eat, coffee and view gallery. Fantastic gelato.

Reviewed By Orkboss

This caf is usually busy and popular with the locals. It can be a little hit and miss with both the coffee and food. I had both great coffee and terrible coffee which is a shame, because it puts you off going again. The food has been ok, but always has oil and balsamic vinegar on the plate, I find this weird and unnecessary. Good presentation doesn’t need that sort of garnish, it altered food flavour and not for the good.

7. The Brickhouse Restaurant

72 St Hill Street, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar New Zealand, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +64 6-348 4945
Excellent
37%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 91 reviews

The Brickhouse Restaurant

Reviewed By Cynthia N - Churton Park

Well there were 30 of us and boy did the restaurant do well! Food came out very fast. We had our own function room for our family gathering. What a great way to finish a great day in Whanganui. The special of deep fried halloumi was very moreish, my flounder was cooked perfectly and up there with fine dining restaurants. I’m told the steaks and schnitzel were very good too. Desserts were large but really tasty. Thanks The Brickhouse I think when we come back to Whanganui this will be in our plan- you can’t beat great food and great service!

8. Mud Ducks

31 Taupo Quay | Right Next Door to the I-Site and Opposite Sarjeants Gallery, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 6-348 7626
Excellent
44%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 192 reviews

Mud Ducks

Reviewed By Libranace - New Plymouth, New Zealand

Service was prompt and friendly. Menu seemed limited both on the menu and in the cabinet and we were there at about 1215 hours. What we had was tasty and good-sized portions but there did not seem to be me many lighter options. Very handy spot to stop if doing a good walk. Very clean. Cabinet food area and counter can get a bit squashed with people going in and out, choosing food and trying to pay. Next time more likely to stop for coffee or tea break than lunch. On our last visit the menu seemed to be more varied and interesting - in winter.

9. Element Cafe

26 Victoria Avenue, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Cafe, New Zealand, European, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Late Night +64 6-345 7028
Excellent
33%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 133 reviews

Element Cafe

Reviewed By ladibom - Whanganui, New Zealand

Beautiful setting.. but has declined within the last few months, possibly bcos its for sale and staff despondent?.. I watched as staff behind the counter were having a private chat while 2 lady customers politely waited til they finished, I thought it was rude.. The kitchen door is disgustingly black (where people touch to enter) and the bathroom is not much better. I have been to Element on too many occasions to count but the last 2 have definitely been the LAST. The food is good but the standards have dropped below par... sadly

10. Spice Guru

23 Victoria Avenue, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night 06-348-4851
Excellent
51%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 103 reviews

Spice Guru

Reviewed By Ngatimaumau - Whanganui, New Zealand

Last minute decision to eat out. Chose Spice Guru. Wow what a fab restaurant. Very busy but we got a table. Décor first class, Seating wonderfully comfortable, staff polite and attentive. Food was awesome and the best Indian we have ever had. We will definitely be back again. And the cost was very modest $60 for 3 beers, 1 Mango Lassie, 1 entrée (shared ) and 2 mains.

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