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Joes Garage

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, Diner, New Zealand
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Searle Lane, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-442 5282
07:00 - 16:00
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Edgewood, New Mexico
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198 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were told that Joe's Garage was a “must” during our brief visit to Queenstown. At first we didn't think we could get in on the busy Monday morning, but managed to find a seat at the counter. We sat there sipping our flat whites, watching the cook work two grills. We were entranced. He worked the grills like a... More 

Thank AnotherNiteOnTheRoad
Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place was right opposite our hotel and what a fantastic little gem. Food was amazing. Coffee is great and bloody Mary's $8 😍😍. The staff were always super friendly and even provide a little blanket to keep you warm on the cold days. It's always the small little touches that make a place stand out amongst the hundreds of... More 

Thank Lena K
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here my last morning in Queenstown. Had the absolute best breakfast I'd had my entire 3 weeks in New Zealand. I ordered The Local and ate every last piece of food on my plate it was SO good. The place was very busy and the entire staff were friendly and checked in a few times to make sure the... More 

Thank Serena O
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70 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Come here based on a friends recommendation to check out Sumner and high ranking on TA. Weren't disappointed. The bratwurst was tasty with a fresh toasted roll, the mix of brown and red caramelised onion was amazing. Hubby loved his breakfast. Staff were knowledgeable and seemed to enjoy their work which is great to see. Place was beautifully decorated with... More 

Thank Sydneyresider
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was raved about by friends so we went for a coffee and found it to be a pretty average coffee. Staff weren't as friendly as expected but could have been because it was packed. (Not really an excuse) must have been an off day because most people tend to love this place.

Thank Toni W
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A couple of great breakfast dishes for our family this morning and some good coffees too! Support the previous reviews.

Thank Mark O
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went hunting for this place because I heard it did some of the best coffee in Queenstown. And it does! It was worth the hunt. Service was friendly and efficient. And the brownie on the counter looked good too. If I was staying longer I'd go back and try the food.

Thank Inica C
Phoenix, Arizona
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was really good. Came for breakfast. Service was awesome too. Would recommend this to anyone. Coffee is also good and I like how unique the menu was. We are from the US and felt like it was different and appreciated the friendly staff.

Thank Will S
Christchurch, New Zealand
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Seems to be popular with families, food ok with good selection. Nice atmosphere and good service. Real shame that they do not open in the evenings. Back alley situation not particularly inviting.

Thank Bill I
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fun spot of the best coffee. Staff have good cutting kiwi humour, make sure you flip it back at them

Thank Wawata

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 19
Cafe, Diner, New Zealand
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Searle Lane, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Queenstown
  • Phone Number: +64 3-442 5282
The original Joe's Garage opened in 2000, situated in an old Post Office sorting room in Queenstown. There are now seven Joe's around NZ and the concept is the same now as it was then- to be a Cafe that everybody can go to and enjoy exceptional coffee and food presented by attentive and enthusiastic staff, listen to cool music, and above all, have a lot of fun in an efficient "garage" environment.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?