The Matterhorn story is an oral history, gleaned from the multitude of people passing through the ubiquitous swing doors at the end of a long corridor on Cuba St – history based on hearsay, gossip, intrigue and the occasional late night lie...
A scene of assembly for Wellington's creative cognoscenti, the Matterhorn welcomes a multicoloured array of clientele. Originally a Swiss coffee house opened in 1963, it has metamorphosed into a regular's restaurant, café, cocktail bar and supper club, where attitude is valued over attire.
The Matterhorn team is proud to welcome the emerging talents of James Pask, who has spent the past years at such places like Awaroa Lodge in Able Tasman, Shed 5 on Wellington's Waterfront and Clooney Restaurant in Auckland. James has significant experience abroad, including stints at renowned Club Gascon, a Michelin–starred French restaurant in the heart of London, and at Michelin Bib Gourmand rated restaurant Terre à Terre in Brighton, UK.
James works to continue the long standing Matterhorn tradition of fresh and unpretentious menus, that showcase the best of the region's seasonal and artisan produce in a truly original fashion. As always our menus are complemented by an extensive pioneering wine list traversing old and new world styles and one of the most comprehensive selections of spirits and original cocktails in the world.
Open every day from 3pm, with the knives out from then to late, serving extraordinary sharing plates as well as boldly imaginative bowls and small plates for grazing into the small hours. We do not take reservations but any wait for a table can be spent enjoying a cocktail selected from the seasonal list or made to your specifications by some of the country's best bartenders.
Also on rotation are some of the city's finest working musicians, a criminally talented band of musicians that call themselves THE EGGS, while obsessive-compulsives dust off their most obscure and rare of vinyl collections. Whether for way-faring vagabonds and rogues to distinguished politicos and intellectuals, Matterhorn gives it to you seven ways in seven days, from 3pm to real real late.