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Headquarters Cafe & Bar

) #11 of 20 Coffee & Tea in Nelson #88 of 154 Places to Eat in Nelson ££ - £££ Cafe, , European
38 Ellis Street | Brightwater, Nelson, New Zealand
+64 3-542 3850
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good33%
  • Average27%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (12 reviews)
“scones” (2 reviews)
“cycle trail” (5 reviews)
Closes in 3 min
07:30 - 16:00All hours
Cafe, New Zealand, European
££ - £££
38 Ellis Street | Brightwater, Nelson, New Zealand
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Reviewed 16 May 2017

Very well designed cafe for it's target customers. The food all looked enticing....but perhaps lacked a little in the tastes and textures than appearances. Still a very good eating option for casual meals in Brightwater.

Thank JohnandTracy_L
Reviewed 20 April 2017

A fine dining cafe!! They certainly know how to charge like its an overpriced pretentious restaurant. Bacon and eggs $15.00 Eggs Benedict $18.50 Deserts - Slice of cheesecake $12.00 !! There were 8 slices.. Do the math. The sooner someone opens another cafe here the...More

Thank Martin_Denise
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

What a great place for a Lang overdue catch-up and chat. The food was good as was the coffee. We sat on couches for 3 hours and were not hurried out. It was so relaxed and such a good place for a chat. The only...More

Thank sparks0375
Reviewed 12 January 2017

In some ways Brightwater is like a suburb in the countryside, with streets full of houses, and some nice park areas, gilded by two rivers and with the historical significance of being the birthplace of Lord Rutherford (the famous physicist on the NZ $100 bill)....More

Thank Kiwicraig78
Reviewed 6 January 2017

Very nice cafe, great menu. Location is 1 minute off the main highway, good for a travellers rest stop. Comfortable couches, nice outdoor seating, nice menu, friendly staff. A few toys and books to keep the kids happy.

Thank JCS-Nelson
Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

We had biked out from Richmond and stopped at HQ for a coffee and a bit to eat. It's a bike friendly place to stop. The staff regardless of how many of us turn up (12) today they served us and others quickly and efficiently....More

Thank Darrel N
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We have been to HQ three times now First time was for their fantastic milkshake. Something everyone must try. Very filling. Lots of flavours that change regularly always magic We also had a lunch, my partner had fish & chips, chips served in a cute...More

Thank huffam-family
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

This has always been a fav place but we felt let down last weekend. Service and staff perfect but the seafood chowder not as good as last time and we left some in the bowl. My cannelloni was flavour less and I also left some...More

Thank 937liz
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Okay, we went in for a big breakfast. Was very nice. We actually split our big breakfasts, and I did ask for a second plate. Nothing wrong in what they did, giving us a second plate, but just a suggestion, to wow the customer, as...More

Thank Amelia131023
Reviewed 23 September 2016

We go to Headquarters (HQ) at least once a week. Service always cheery - nothings is too much bother. Never had a bad coffee and food always great! On Nelson-Tasman 'Great Taste Trail'. Get in early for fantastic cheese scones!

Thank dearingsa2016
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Cafe, New Zealand, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 38 Ellis Street | Brightwater, Nelson, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-542 3850
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