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Founders Brewery & Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Cafe, Pub, New Zealand
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87 Atawhai Dr, Nelson 7001, New Zealand
+64 3-548 4638
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Auckland, New Zealand
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88 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Good number of seating options indoors and outdoors. Reasonable sized menu, helpful advice ("what size salad should I get?" was my question), prompt service. You're a captive audience, obviously, but that also means there's no pressure to move on, they are happy with people sitting reading (me) and families with kids and older folk sitting about for a break (lots... More 

Thank Alison K
Wollongong, Australia
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103 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Hadn't been here for a few years so went back for lunch. Simple menu. Had nice beef burger and fries. Others had the salad selection which they enjoyed. I must say the beer sample glasses were exceptional and you have to try them. At $12 it is also very good value. They'd charge you $30 in Sydney for something similar!!

Thank John59Gong
Nelson, New Zealand
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417 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Went for lunch with the family, and while the menu options were not huge, there was something for everyone. Coffee was good, along with the food. There is a playground onsite where you can eat your lunch while keeping an eye on the children.

Thank danjonelson
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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83 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Wonderful setting, great beer, good selection for the tasting, great history, fantastic sunny afternoon relax with friends

Thank D0rzy
BexR3, Manager at Founders Brewery & Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you! Were glad you enjoyed your time here and hope to welcome you back! More 

Cambridge, New Zealand
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285 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Excellent lunch and drinks with large family gathering. Did us proud. Food was a real treat covering for all food types. drinks and service excellent and friendly. We practically took up the whole place. the toilets were clean. Parking was good. the whole venue was so interesting and had a great vibe to it. Outside area was a delight also... More 

Thank karina f
Blenheim, New Zealand
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271 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

This is a popular spot for the locals by the sounds of it!! I stopped to quench my thirst with a rather nice Japanese Lime green tea and chocolate slice. Looking at their menu and cabinet food I was kind of thinking I should have stopped there for lunch, it looked very good. They were doing a good food trade... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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95 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

We enjoyed lunch here in the winter sunshine, with good food though the service was a little slow. Lunch was ordered at the counter but served at the table and there was the choice of menu or cabinet meals. The meals arrived at different times and a little haphazard, but the food was tasty and satisfying. The choice of beers... More 

Thank kdtotara
Rutherford, New Jersey
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52 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016 via mobile

I'm in Nelson for business so I made the trek to founders park for a quick beer & to walk around. I got their beer flight which consisted of decent size portions of all six beers. They were all tasty. I loved sitting outside on a beautiful sunny day, enjoying their beers and relaxing. They have some magazines & books... More 

Thank ShannonW3
Nyon, Switzerland
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641 reviews
323 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

The breakfast at Founders is amazing. I had fried eggs, bacon, and home made bread. The eggs were perfect and the bacon and toast were excellent. I paired it with a taster set of the six beers they had on tap. The brewery restaurant is on the Founders Park facility which is also well worth a visit. If you only... More 

Thank Brads P
London, United Kingdom
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216 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

Nice place within Founders Park for a drink and a snack. Interesting selection of local beers brewed on-site.

Thank lhscontrol

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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
Bar, Cafe, Pub, New Zealand
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 87 Atawhai Dr, Nelson 7001, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-548 4638

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