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Workmans Cafe Bar

) #5 of 29 Restaurants in Matamata ££ - £££ , Cafe,
52 Broadway, Matamata 3400, New Zealand
+64 7-888 5498
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (8 reviews)
“toasties” (6 reviews)
“scotch steak” (3 reviews)
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Bar, Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
££ - £££
52 Broadway, Matamata 3400, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We enjoyed one of the best meals we had during our New Zealand trip at Workmans Cafe Bar. But even if the food had not been so outstanding, Sid Workman is worth the visit. He is a bigger than life personality. We discovered that when...More

Thank Ken P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the time you enter this restaurant you are welcomed an stays like that until you leave, what I appreciate is even if there is only two of us if there is a table that can seat 6 we are never turned away, thanks Syd...More

Thank karen o
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped in for lunch yesterday. Have been here before, and we were looking forward to it. Waited ages to have our order taken. The food was ok. The woman who cleared the table and responded to our request for tomato sauce seemed really grumpy. Not...More

Thank JoLloyd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always always excellent steak, great appetisers, fantastic waiters and waitresses. This is a popular restaurant, and I wish the owner would put more grill chefs on to cope with the crowd because waiting 1 3/4 hours for the meal is just not on these days....More

Thank 1deborahweal
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We popped in for an early Sunday night glass of wine and dinner, were greeted warmly by 2 staff members. Service fantastic and meal tasty. Sid, owner of cafe, was not about on this particular evening, he is an amazing and fun guy to be...More

Thank Kathleen_and_John
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Went there for the first time with some friends for breakfast. Nice atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff. I ordered pancakes for breakfast - they were absolutely delicious.

Thank Vegetarianfoodcritic
Reviewed 18 July 2017

This is the third time I've eaten here and it's a great place. Good service, excellent food and 4 options for kids which are very satisfying. The decor is pretty awesome, with lots of art deco and antique touches (though some of the wall art...More

Thank MoolooSwampy
scronk60, Owner at Workmans Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hey Mooloo, thanks for your review its much appreciated ,yes some of my cards are a little risky but I think in this day and age you see and hear a lot worse on TV at least you are with your kids and can semi...More

Reviewed 13 July 2017

Went for dinner and hubby had the fish while I chose vegetable lasagna. Fish was great, maybe a little overpriced. The lasagne was disappointing and seemed to consist mainly of mushrooms. Not as tasty as I was expecting. Staff friendly and attentive.More

Thank judithbergman18
scronk60, Owner at Workmans Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

Hi Judith, I am a little confused as we have never served a Lasagna ? You say you thought that the fish was a little pricey did you take into account the plate of vegies that came with the meal ? We are still thank...More

Reviewed 11 July 2017

Every visit we experience the same.......atmosphere, food, staff. Sid Workman, when in attendance is so friendly without being obtrusive....always fun.

Thank grahamsaltiel
scronk60, Owner at Workmans Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

Hey Graham, thanks for your comments we do try our best in creating a warm friendly atmosphere with good food and a slice of fun cheers Syd

Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

A fantastic find on our fleeting visit through town. The service was second to none and the food was incredible. The staff made the experience one we won't be forgetting anytime soon.

1  Thank racael90
scronk60, Owner at Workmans Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2017

Thank you for your review, it is nice to know that people appreciate our little café enjoying the food, service and ambience to give you a great all round experience , cheers Syd,

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$25
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 52 Broadway, Matamata 3400, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Matamata
  • Phone Number: +64 7-888 5498
Workman's café is a fun friendly environment that happily serves great coffee and fresh local food five days and nights a week, we take pride in what we do and how we present ourselves. Great comfy chairs, great sounds, fab ambiance, and good looking staff all help to provide an experience we hope you will enjoy . Cheers Syd
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