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“Perfect location, high standard”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Park Cafe

The Park Cafe
Price range: US$8 - US$22
Cuisines: Cafe, Pizza, European, New Zealand
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Wellesley, Massachusetts
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151 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Perfect location, high standard”
Reviewed 7 March 2014

This was a welcome find after a walk on the track, and because we arrived at an "off" time we were able to get a window seat and continue our appreciation of the estuary. We ordered the delicious and hearty chowder, and a fish burger whose topping amounted to a substantial salad. A higher standard of food than one might expect in a park setting.

Visited February 2014
Thank nlc58
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  • Dutch first
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  • Russian first
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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94 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Cool spot for drinks or breakfast”
Reviewed 23 February 2014

Stopped here on two occasions - for a drink one evening and breakfast another day. The drinks were great with a pretty sweet view out the back of the place, and were affordable. Breakfast was fresh... we got a salmon/lox dish and an egg dish with has browns, and fancy mocha coffees. The breakfast was filling and fresh and made a definite impression on us!

I recommend it if you are in the area

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Sebastian S
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Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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458 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
“Beware of the upset counter lady”
Reviewed 4 February 2014 via mobile

Let's begin
The pizza is simply terrific and beautiful. The fruit ice cream machine JAMS EVERY 5 MINUTES but it's worth every penny! The kind gentleman who made the pizza deserves all the praise and he does a wonderful job. If there were more pizza Chefs like him outside of Europe, the world would definitely be a better culinary place! No question about this!

He has a traditional wood fired oven and he makes it with love. Pizza is as good as in Italy.

Now to the experience:
So my girlfriend and I walked in to get the fresh fruit ice cream. While waiting for the ice cream we saw the pizza and admired the way the pizza chef was doing his job. It seemed so delicious that we started talking to him and asked him about his pizza recipes. After a very lovely discussion and delightfully pleasant conversation we agreed that we would definitely try a pizza of his EVENTHOUGH we had walked in only for ice cream and not for food. As such, we requested him to make us a lovely salami pizza and we would go pay inside before sitting down to eat.
As we walked inside to the reception counter to pay a young lady greeted us. I kindly explained to her that I had ordered the pizza outside and would like to pay for ot before we seated ourselves and waited for the pizza.

Perhaps our actions went against german gastronomical etiquette or new zealand hospitality but her mood flipped entirely and in a very angry and PATRONIZING tone with an intensely strong german accent this young working holiday maker informed me that I MUST ORDER BEFORE INSIDE!

Her tone was so harsh and unfriendly that the entire mood had been dimmed.
we felt immediately attacked and verbally somewhat insulted by her lack of manners.
Having traveled excessively all over Europe and North America I do know that the Germans are somewhat strict about rules and regulations. Perhaps more so than the kiwis but this young lady indeed requires a course in Kiwi hospitality.

Needless to say we loved the pizza and would gladly go back for it again anytime. Also, kudos to the pizza chef for doing such a wonderful job!

Little tip to the management: please vet your staff before hiring them. Make sure that the ice cream machine doesn't perpetually jam and that the persom manning the central cash kiosk knows that the paying customer is ALWAYS RIGHT and perhaps would require a little forgiveness for having spontaneously ordered more than what he came for!

2 Thank Hassan H
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San Clemente, California
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290 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Great Comfort Food in A Warm and Friendly Atmosphere”
Reviewed 30 December 2013

We loved Park Cafe and dined here twice during our visit to Abel Tasman. The first night we had a huge bowl of the hearty seafood stew which was the so of the day. With fresh baked bread, a perfect meal to warm us up during the cold rains. The next meal was a delicious plate of fresh pasta with seafood of course. Delicious once again. The service was excellent and all the staff were so friendly. .Excellent location right at the entrance to the park.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank sjworldtravels
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Hanmer Springs
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Close to start of Abel Tasman Walk”
Reviewed 27 December 2013

Recently had a couple of dinners at The Park Cafe before and after our Abel Tasman Walk. Great food, good service.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank inglisma
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