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Cool Change Bar & Eatery

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Bar, European, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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8 Memorial Square, Martinborough 5711, New Zealand
+64 6-306 9665
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16:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 16:00 - 01:00
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Martinborough, New Zealand
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Decided to have dinner at Cool Change last night, asked Jimmy would you have a table for 3, we had the last table, the food and service was very good, always a good vibe, whether your there just for a drink, or for dinner.

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Thank Mish580531
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

If you don't know what you feel like for dinner this is the place to go. They have a good menu range & their food is amazing!! Their service was awesome too - I wanted a cider with my meal but they had run out so jimmy popped down the road to get me some. 5/5 will recommend!

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Thank 878natalieh
Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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108 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

We booked in for dinner last minute on a saturday night and we had a great time, Great atmosphere and the lady who was serving was very friendly and very polite and helpful. The decor is pretty cool. We had the 'Shared Lamb Shoulder with roasted vegetables and Israelis couscous' and it was delicious, we both thoroughly enjoyed it. Everything... More 

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Thank Louise R
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Friendly great food service and music, what more can I say. Its were we go often. In summer you can (if you choose) sit in full sun or under the umbrellas. In winter warm and cozy inside.

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Thank Sue A
Wellington, New Zealand
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

My daughter and I had dinner at Cool Change - fries, croquettes and quesadillas. The lady serving was super friendly and attentive and the food was good. The place is decorated 70s style and was a lovely place to sit and chat on an otherwise very quiet night in Martinborough.

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Thank judithbergman18
Wellington, New Zealand
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59 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

The great and friendly service really made our meal. The food was fairly good. The steak wasn't the best I've ever had (and not cheap) but the things that came with it were delicious! My companion really enjoyed the fish. Delicious bread and dips too. It was busy at the bar with the rugby on but the dining area at... More 

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Thank greengreenjelly
Martinborough, New Zealand
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Great place for a drink with locals. Got a really good cool vibe..Retro...funky. Food never been that great but ok. Jimmy and the team are good buggers!

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Thank RVTravelLifestyle
Auckland, New Zealand
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

Randomly walked in, the lady is very friendly, provide excellent service. Food is beautiful, and it was quick on my table. Also have good selection of local wines. It is quite busy in the evening, but relaxing place.

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Thank Wen J
Masterton, Wairarapa
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

Dinner tonight consisted of pork belly and scotch fillet. Atmosphere, decor & waitress were all gorgeous. Food (while full of flavour) was cold apart from the warmish protein. Asked to reheat, which was fine but still came back out marginally warmer. S/F not the best quality and on upon leaving and re-reading the menu noticed I didn't receive my version... More 

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Thank Tessa727
Hastings, New Zealand
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

Tonight visited this eatery in a group of five. Firstly were disappointed when three of a ordered a glass of wine. One of thought hers wasnt a chardonny, when asked waitress of her concern was told they had run out of ordered drink so she was given the house wine. Would of been nice to be informed of change and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 6 - US$ 26
Cuisine
Bar, European, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
16:00 - 01:00
Monday
16:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
16:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
16:00 - 01:00
Thursday
16:00 - 01:00
Friday
16:00 - 01:00
Saturday
16:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Memorial Square, Martinborough 5711, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wairarapa  >  Martinborough
  • Phone Number: +64 6-306 9665
Description
Why Cool Change?

Cool change came to fruition for a number of reasons. Having frequented this stunning region for some years to escape the hustle & bustle of the city life at every opportunity, we saw a window to taste the Wairarapa life as residents & business owners. Hence why we thought it would be a Cool Change. We stumbled across the chance to convert one of the most ornate, beautiful buildings in the Wairarapa into a warm, comfortable, unique hospitality concept.

The name derives from one of our greatest passions - music. Throw in the fact that we are vulnerable to the odd occasional southerly blast & fondness of "The Little River Band" Cool Change was born.

Our facility consists of 1 private function room, seats 12 people. Our dining room features booth seating, open fire, period & deco lighting and retro wallpaper. The bar greets you on entry with a warm ambiance; sky TV when required & a wine list to tempt those taste buds.

Cool Change cuisine will not disappoint as our Head Chef Rachel Priestley has weaved her magic around the globe - Italy, Switzerland, Austria, United States, France, Finland, Sweden, Taipei, Hong Kong, China - Shanghai. Her cuisine is Italian inspired food, using the freshest ingredients including using her own italian salumi. Food and wine was her life and Rachel worked for 10 years in Italy. She produces all sorts of Italian salumi products from happy pigs in New Zealand, she has opened six Italian restaurants in Italy, taught Tuscan chefs how to cook Tuscan cuisine better, taught male chefs from Puglia in the South of Italy their own cuisine. Rachel ran a truffle shop in Florence, opened a wine bar in Bormio for Amaro Braulio, a restaurant by the sea in Gaeta in a 14th century pharmacy, a restaurant in Naples for the Camorra - the Naples Mafia. And now she is back in New Zealand to supply you with fine Italian food and wine, cooking here at Cool Change Bar & Eatery.

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