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Headquarters Cafe & Bar

₹₹ - ₹₹₹Cafe, , Vegetarian Friendly
38 Ellis Street | Brightwater, Nelson, New Zealand
+64 3-542 3850
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good39%
  • Average23%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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7:30 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
38 Ellis Street | Brightwater, Nelson, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visitied here for an afternoon snack whilst passing through Brightwater. The cafe is modern and bright, and 'parks' right outside mean it is handy if you are in a car. They close at 4pm, so don't be late!

Thank mekydro
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I told myself any place that has a chocolate with the coffee I would give 5 stars. A nice indoor outdoor place. Poached eggs done perfect. Like most places in Tasman, need to return

Thank Paul53D
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

We went for lunch with 3 adults and our toddler, food was good, not amazing, but still good. I have been following them on Instagram and the food looked amazing, so had been waiting a while till i've had the chance to make the trip...More

Thank deannefraser
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

We stopped in when we came to Nelson to collect a new car. Wow best breakfast out I have ever had! Beautiful sweetcorn fritters full of flavour. Worth coming to Nelson just for breakfast. Thanks guys

Thank LauraMegsMummy
Reviewed 26 July 2017

What a delightful place to stop and sit awhile. This cafe offers an attractive range of cabinet food and blackboard menu items. Opting for a milkshake and pizza for a snack and a glass of local wine for myself, we sat in the sun and...More

Thank Christine W
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 7 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
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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