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Smith the Grocer

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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Old Bank Arcade, Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand
+64 800 764 843
07:30 - 17:30
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Mon - Fri 07:30 - 17:30
Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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787 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 262 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped for breakfast, wonderful flat whites, sausage rolls and bagel with smoked salmon. Great atmosphere

Thank haileythegolden
Bristol, United Kingdom
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308 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Average producers and (today - staff training?) average service but from pleasant, smiling staff. The Archade is actually shared with a second catering outlet as well as some high end ladies fashion outlets. Make sure you sit at the correct table or you will be asked to move - quite teratorial really. But it is really all about the building.... More 

Thank PatandAustin
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187 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Being hidden away in The Bank Arcade makes it actually better - as no traffic. Good food, good coffee, good staff. Had breakfast here - Defo recommend it.

Thank Paul M
Chicago, Illinois
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447 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 383 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our breakfast at Smith the Grocer. I had porridge with banana and berry compote. My husband had French toast with the same toppings. Both were delicious. I enjoyed looking at the various old pictures and old memorabilia they had around the dining room. It is located inside the old ANZ bank building. Right outside their door in the... More 

Thank Diane K
San Francisco, California, USA
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607 reviews
399 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This cafe from the parent chain is a good one but not visible from the street. In fact one has to walk into the building to find it. Good coffee and good cabinet selection of fresh choices.

Thank HaljoHal
Auckland, New Zealand
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

We stopped here for coffee and a snack. We ordered a scone which they toasted and it was the best ever! The oaty caramel slice was great as was the chocolate brownie which had pieces of chocolate in it. Son did say his hot chocolate was a little week but the coffee was excellent.

Thank orsbourne
Boulder, Colorado
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Oasis of calm to begin your day. Could not have happened upon a better breakfast. This was a happy just off the beaten track of a find, tucked away in a delightful old bank building.

Thank vguifguyngo
Brisbane, Austalia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Finally found a place in New Zealand making five star coffee. Breakfast was also great. If I lived here I'd be back every day.

Thank Siemkew
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

A beautiful day in Wellington, made better by a great range of food to choose from and friendly service. Definitely a great lunch time spot, but be early to avoid the rush.

Thank James M
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Have had breakfast several times here over the last few years when staying at nearby hotels / apartments and I wanted a change. Each time I've enjoyed the full English breakfast which is delicious and is perfect to keep you going all day.

Thank QuantumChaos

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
10:00 - 15:00
07:30 - 17:30
07:30 - 17:30
07:30 - 17:30
07:30 - 17:30
07:30 - 17:30
10:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Old Bank Arcade, Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 800 764 843

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?