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Headquarters Cafe & Bar

$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, European
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38 Ellis Street | Brightwater, Nelson, New Zealand
+64 3-542 3850
07:30 - 16:00
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Sun 08:30 - 16:00
Mon - Thu 07:30 - 16:00
Fri 07:30 - 23:00
Sat 08:30 - 23:00
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Nelson, New Zealand
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245 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very well designed cafe for it's target customers. The food all looked enticing....but perhaps lacked a little in the tastes and textures than appearances. Still a very good eating option for casual meals in Brightwater.

Thank JohnandTracy_L
Marlborough Region, New Zealand
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fine dining cafe!! They certainly know how to charge like its an overpriced pretentious restaurant. Bacon and eggs $15.00 Eggs Benedict $18.50 Deserts - Slice of cheesecake $12.00 !! There were 8 slices.. Do the math. The sooner someone opens another cafe here the better.

Thank Martin_Denise
Perth, Australia
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

What a great place for a Lang overdue catch-up and chat. The food was good as was the coffee. We sat on couches for 3 hours and were not hurried out. It was so relaxed and such a good place for a chat. The only complaint was the flies - an inside fan would have deterred them.

Thank sparks0375
London, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

In some ways Brightwater is like a suburb in the countryside, with streets full of houses, and some nice park areas, gilded by two rivers and with the historical significance of being the birthplace of Lord Rutherford (the famous physicist on the NZ $100 bill). The commercial area is mainly convenience in nature (gas stations, dairy/mini-marts, fish n chip shops),... More 

Thank Kiwicraig78
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 January 2017

Very nice cafe, great menu. Location is 1 minute off the main highway, good for a travellers rest stop. Comfortable couches, nice outdoor seating, nice menu, friendly staff. A few toys and books to keep the kids happy.

Thank JCS-Nelson
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

We had biked out from Richmond and stopped at HQ for a coffee and a bit to eat. It's a bike friendly place to stop. The staff regardless of how many of us turn up (12) today they served us and others quickly and efficiently. As always the coffee and food was great. There is always a good vibe to... More 

Thank Darrel N
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49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

We have been to HQ three times now First time was for their fantastic milkshake. Something everyone must try. Very filling. Lots of flavours that change regularly always magic We also had a lunch, my partner had fish & chips, chips served in a cute wee basket. Plenty of food good value Last week we decided on breakfast My partner... More 

Thank huffam-family
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

This has always been a fav place but we felt let down last weekend. Service and staff perfect but the seafood chowder not as good as last time and we left some in the bowl. My cannelloni was flavour less and I also left some behind.

Thank 937liz
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38 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Okay, we went in for a big breakfast. Was very nice. We actually split our big breakfasts, and I did ask for a second plate. Nothing wrong in what they did, giving us a second plate, but just a suggestion, to wow the customer, as other restaurants often do, maybe split the meal before serving at the table. All in... More 

Thank Amelia131023
Wakefield, New Zealand
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 September 2016

We go to Headquarters (HQ) at least once a week. Service always cheery - nothings is too much bother. Never had a bad coffee and food always great! On Nelson-Tasman 'Great Taste Trail'. Get in early for fantastic cheese scones!

Thank dearingsa2016

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Cafe, New Zealand, European
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 38 Ellis Street | Brightwater, Nelson, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-542 3850

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?