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Joe's Garage

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38 Princess Street | On the Old Pikes Motors site, Palmerston North, New Zealand
+64 6-358 4428
07:00 - 18:00
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Reigate, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great for brunch. All went away sated and happy. The home fries were a bit underdone and the coffee was a bit meh but the overall experience was excellent. Thanks! Us.

1 Thank j0hnnyhc
Wellington, New Zealand
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

As usual great coffee great food .. regulars still on menu and just as good. Host always welcoming .. that's nice ..

1 Thank 651grahamp
Tauranga, New Zealand
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

We came here as a family for brunch great menu and food, excellent coffee as well very friendly staff most welcoming what a difference that makes thank you

1 Thank CMT970
Napier, New Zealand
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34 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

This is our other favourite place when we visit Palmy. The chef was having way too much fun during our sunday lunch. Did this make the food taste better? Probably - my Caesar salad was excellent in taste and presentation. No complaints from the family. Semi-industrial decor (garage-y, I guess). Needs a better selection of beers is my only negative... More 

1 Thank Local_Diner840
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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459 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

This was my first experience of Joe's Garage. It changed owners last April and friends told us things had improved significantly. We went for a Sunday lunch about 1 pm. The service was prompt and attentive, and staff had a great attitude. My wife had The Brat, and I had The Clever Trevor while our Grandson had the Kranski and... More 

1 Thank Tenorman41
New Zealand
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

My husband and I initially dined at Joe's Garage in Wellington and loved it. We make a point of visiting each time we are in Wellington, so you can imagine how excited we were when one opened in our hometown a few years ago. We dined there the first week of opening. While it wasn't on a par with Wellington,... More 

1 Thank Ocatty1
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Havent been for a while and because our other choice was closed over Xmas break and Joe's was down the road we went in. Not that busy, so cleared a booth seat so we could sit there. Moved dirty plates onto nearby table. The stayed there the whole 45 minutes we were in the cafe. Service was reasonably quick but... More 

Thank BLMack
Napier, New Zealand
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Service was pretty good and the food was yummy. Would have been a higher score except that the air con was turned up so high you needed a swimsuit and sand and the menu seemed to consist of bratwurst and something else a number of times. I was also expecting the décor to be a bit more like a US... More 

Thank nick a
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016

Nice busy atmosphere, good service. Went here for a works breakfast. Coffee is great, the food average. My main bug bear with Joes garage is the adherence to the policy of no poached eggs. They are my first choice and because of there refusal to serve them I do not go anymore. I guess it is just beyond the kitchen... More 

Thank Phil T
Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

Been meaning to try the food for a while and was not disappointed. Their take on an eggs bene was inventive and tasted great. Coffee was good and the service was prompt

1 Thank Aidan_2223

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 38 Princess Street | On the Old Pikes Motors site, Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Manawatu-Wanganui Region  >  Palmerston North
  • Phone Number: +64 6-358 4428

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