When winter is just around the corner, you want to make sure you know your local hot spots like the back of your hand. Lucky for some, Wellington's myriad of hot-to-trot restaurants can make the task of braving cold nights a little less daunting. We've gathered a few of our favourite perfect-for-winter restaurants for you to check out - time to warm that belly of yours!

Keen for more survive-the-winter tips? Here are a few great ones for Wellington.

Scopa Caffe Cucina reviewed by Luzie L.

Pizza and pasta cannot be topped as winter dinners, and Scopa offers the best of both. The open kitchen with wood-fired pizza oven add to the warm atmosphere, banquette seating, and a hot chocolate that is to die for make this a winter go-er. The glass front makes for a good people watching perch, and just off bustling Cuba street, you’re guaranteed entertainment.

Pravda Restaurant & Cafe reviewed by Luzie L.

For those feeling a little fancy, Pravda offers lavish, european bistro-style dining just off Customhouse Quay. The warming winter menu includes decadent chocolate truffle figs, and Pappardelle with duck, hazlenut and Valdeon cheese crumble. Not to mention the consistently great service, and amazing cheese platter.

Charley Noble reviewed by Luzie L.

Charley Noble offers tapas style dining, with an extensive, curated wine and beer selection. Enjoy the house pot pie from a cozy little booth while admiring the high ceilings, being doted on by the amazing, knowledgeable staff. The dining hall style architecture, and crisp décor add to the distinctly cosmopolitan vibe.

Ombra reviewed by Luzie L.

Ombra is always super busy, which is nothing if not an indication of how good the food is. Venetian style tapas, a highly curated selection of imported liqueurs and wines, and Garage Project beer (Yum!). The noisy, bustling atmosphere is not for the faint hearted, but the Kumara gnocchi makes it worth it. The rich feeling, wood and linen decorated interior gives Ombra an authentic feel, and the food compliments this perfectly.

Duke Carvell's Swan Lane Emporium reviewed by Luzie L.

Duke Carvell's fairy light studded outdoor area cannot be beaten for winter ambiance. Mix and match small plates full of seasonal offerings, and soak up the old-wordly decor. The Missisippi mama cockatail is a top notch warming winterey aperitf, I highly recocomend. .

Arthur's On Cuba reviewed by Luzie L.

Arthur's on Cuba is the perfect place to escape bleak winter evenings. Quirky kitsch wallpaper and decor (including taxidermy teaspoon displays) match the retro NZ -style menu. From Dunedin cheese rolls to pavlova, this place will warm your heart and belly!

Cafe Istanbul reviewed by Luzie L.

From beaded curtains to belly dancers, Cafe Istanbul provides perhaps the most authentic Turkish dining experience Wellington has to offer. Cozy cushioned seating and Falafel that wont make you feel-awful, Cafe Istanbul is a perfect destination for a BYO night out with friends. They are also always happy to cater to vegetarians and vegans, which is always good news!

Little India Cuba Mall reviewed by Luzie L.

Widely regarded as Wellington's best indian restaurant, the service at Little india is exceedingly friendly. A warming curry and naan simply cannot be beaten on a cold night, especially paired with a soundtrack to match the cuisine. You'll feel like you are somewhere with a much friendlier climate!

Five Boroughs reviewed by Joe S.

Since opening, Five Boroughs haven’t let down on the hype. With a range of classic diner foods and an extremely strong sub & sandwich game. You should definitely go check it out with a range of foods offering up some awesomely good options, and some excellent looking fried chicken that makes me sometimes want to break my vegetarian eating habits.