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Riverside Cafe

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289 Inland Moutere Highway, Motueka 7175, New Zealand
+64 3-526 7447
09:30 - 16:30
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Sun 09:30 - 16:30
Mon - Fri 09:30 - 16:45
Sat 09:30 - 22:00
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Bowness-on-Windermere, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Excellent ,served by Rachael who I must say is the nicest waitress you could wish for ,our meal was great ,compliments to the chef ,well worth stopping off for in fact we went twice,if your in this area give it a try lovely place and nice people ,big Thankyou to Rachael who made our experience here a very nice one

Thank dirky1958
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48 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Good place to stop for lunch. Quirky and decent size. Food not exceptional but pretty good for a driving break.

Thank Quentin S
Christchurch, New Zealand
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52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A friend and I stopped here for lunch. The cottage atmosphere was wonderful as we walked up through the rambling garden. When we ordered our food the waitress, a lass from England was so warm friendly and helpful. The chicken pie and salad was one of the yummiest pies I have ever tasted. It went well with the glass of... More 

Thank pam255118
Perth, Australia
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had breakfast here after spending a night in Nelson. Quality home made food and we enjoyed it thoroughly. We had the pancakes. The lightest pancakes ever and they were a real treat. Also had the bacon and eggs with the homemade rye bread. The freshly baked scones looked absolutely delicious. If I ever get back that way will definitely visit... More 

Thank Joanne255103
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place was a great stop after descending the Tasman View trail from Tasman to Motueka. Count the monkeys in the downhill section in the tree and you get a food prize 😃 We tried the local Hop Federation beer. Very good. Food is good and staff really welcoming to bikers.

Thank Graeme R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In Motueka for Christmas with family. Went to Riverside cafe for lunch, morning and afternoon tea / coffee. call in 12 out off the fourteen days in Moture. It's 10 mins up the Moutere. Food Great ! Cafe set up great ! Staff . What can I say.? Fantastic. Incredible. It was the staff that topped off every visit.

Thank Chris R
Riverside C, Owner at Riverside Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review! More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Restaurant/Cafe has a cool old, almost hippie feel to it. Food is great and there are lots of different places to sit. Gluten free food also available.No microwaves here so the food is prepared/warmed in an oven.Plenty of parking.Interesting history to the place.

Thank mfiddynz
Nelson, New Zealand
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This cafe has a very relaxed atmosphere. There is inside and outside seating surrounded by gardens. We enjoyed a break from biking and a cup of tea with some lovely pastry.

Thank Saturn01
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Lovely setting looking across the river. Staff are attentive and friendly. Ordered Eggs Benedict and couldn't fault them, you get a decent sized plate of food. Very reasonable prices. Not a huge amount of variety on the breakfast menu but yummy cabinet food available as well. Very good coffee.

Thank Kylee J
Robina, Australia
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66 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

We stopped into Riverside Cafe for lunch on a sunny day. We were cycling the Great Taste Trail & you can easily glide into this place & rest your weary buns as it is right beside the Trail at the juncture with Community Road where you start your uphill climb along Tasman Valley Rd. The cafe is a delightful series... More 

Thank MrandMrsDespot

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$25
Cafe, New Zealand, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:30 - 16:30
09:30 - 16:45
09:30 - 16:45
09:30 - 16:45
09:30 - 16:45
09:30 - 16:45
09:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 289 Inland Moutere Highway, Motueka 7175, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Motueka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-526 7447
Winner of Wild Tomato magazine's best regional rural restaurant 2010 and recommended by both North and South and Cuisine magazines, Riverside Cafe is an integral part of the historic Riverside Community (est.1941). We serve fantastic fair-trade coffee, and a delicious selection of home made cakes, slices and our amazing brioche, with gluten free options always on offer. Our seasonal menu includes Tasman specialities, wild meats, great vegetarian options and lots of produce from the extensive Riverside gardens, plus superb wines from the plethora of vineyards in the Moutere area. You can dine al fresco in our lovely garden or on our sheltered deck area, or grab a table inside the historic cafe (built 1860) and be inspired by the local art which adorns the walls! A unique and wonderful cafe, offering a very warm welcome. We are open 7 days a week from 9.30 To 4.30Pm, plus open for dinner on Saturdays evenings. We will open both Fridays and Saturday evenings from Dec, and throughout summer: please call to check our evening opening dates to avoid disappointment!

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