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Riverside Cafe

₹₹ - ₹₹₹Cafe, , Vegetarian Friendly
289 Inland Moutere Highway, Motueka 7175, New Zealand
+64 3-526 7447
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  • Very good27%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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8:30 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
289 Inland Moutere Highway, Motueka 7175, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Once again we were well feed and watered at this wonderful cafe. The STAFF MADE us very welcomed. Best cafe/restraunt in Motueka. We enjoy ourselves EVERY time we go there. Our friends who have gone there in our recomendation have not been disappointed. WELL DONE...More

Thank Chris R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We noticed this cafe on our way to Motueka from Nelson, and decided to call in on our return trip. We were not disappointed. The cafe is really a number of different structures all-in-one, charmingly rustic and very New Zealand! We enjoyed a tasty lunch...More

Thank mekydro
Riverside C, Owner at Riverside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the reveiw! So glad you took the time to come back and visit since we are off the beaten track :) Thank you.

Reviewed 7 November 2017

Three of us had lunch here on a Monday, it's a a rare cafe that opens on a Monday. I had the mushroom pappardelle which was probably the best pasta dish I have ever had, I just couldn't stop eating it even though it was...More

Thank Christine A
Riverside C, Owner at Riverside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Christine for such a lovely reveiw! We are blushing :) So glad that you took time to visit us on a Monday and that you enjoyed your lunch.

Reviewed 7 September 2017

A great place to take a break while riding the Taste Nelson Cycle Trail. Good food and coffee.Only approx 20km to Motueka which makes a good overnight stop.

Thank Denis W
Riverside C, Owner at Riverside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to reveiw us, we think that the great taste trail is an amazing asset to this town and really enjoy hearing that others think so too! Thank you!

Reviewed 27 August 2017

When you discover this hideaway cafe you enter through a pathway which is surrounded by hedges and cacti from around the world.The welcome is warm and the service is more than adequate.The food is well presented with hearty helpings.Our grandchildren loved the quirky playground and...More

Thank Gordon M
Riverside C, Owner at Riverside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2017

Thank you Gordon for the great review!

Reviewed 6 August 2017

This is a lovely cafe with different spaces for everyone to enjoy food and drink. Children's play area, cactus garden, rooms indoors, on the deck, or a seat near the goldfish pond to enjoy delicious healthy food. It is worth heading just out of town...More

Thank LynKiwi
Riverside C, Owner at Riverside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2017

Thanks for your awesome reveiw Lyn! We appreciate your visit :)

Reviewed 12 June 2017

We recently attended a birthday lunch at Riverside cafe where my husband unfortunately experienced a medical event which resulted in an ambulance ride to Nelson hospital, the staff were so considerate and did not charge us for our uneaten meals, which we great appreciated, the...More

Thank Del M
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Riverside cafe has fast become our go to cafe in the Nelson/Tasman region. Food is amazing the salad so fresh and beautifully presented. The coffee and the service is also exceptional. We were also there a few weeks ago on a very cold day, but...More

1  Thank azi007
Riverside C, Owner at Riverside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2017

Wow what an amazing reveiw! thank you so much. Our Chef arrives every morning at 5am to prepare the baking and light the fire so the cafe is cosy and warm for our customers in the cooler months. So its really lovely to hear that...More

Reviewed 24 May 2017

This café is on the Great Taste Trail and it certainly fits the bill. They have a great range of healthy and vegetarian dishes, very generous portions (which you need when you are biking) and at a very good price point. It was very busy...More

Thank MariavdK
Riverside C, Owner at Riverside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2017

Thanks for visiting us and thanks for the great review. Hope to see you again on the great taste trail :)

Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

Went to Riverside on Saturday with family. Fabulous food & lots of it. Couldn't be faulted. Good prices too. The service was excellent with a lovely friendly young girl waiting on our table & we loved the setting which was very pretty & relaxing. I...More

Thank nickoftime499
Riverside C, Owner at Riverside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2017

We are so glad you liked the cafe and really happy to hear you received good service. Hope to see you again!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 24
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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
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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 local produce,free range meats and eggs, 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 8.30 To 4pm, plus open for dinner on Friday evenings. Bookings are recommended!
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