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A leafy cafe popular with the locals, just off the main street and worth searching out for the best coffee in town.
USD 7 - USD 26
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Australian, Cafe, Healthy
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We celebrated my birthday with a fabulous lunch here today. The staff were very pleasant and efficient taking orders and clearing tables thoroughly. We were delighted with our barramundi mains on the special daily menu. Not only was the presentation superb but the flavours and...textures were amazing! Our wines and coffees were very enjoyable. There is a lovely ambience this cafe. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an amazing little coffee shop. As Im building my holiday house this will be my new place for lunch. I had the prawn roll which was full of fresh prawns sooo good. I also had the banana bread for breakfast excellent. Highly recommend this...placeMore

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 14 April 2022 via mobile

Nice cozy cafe outside of hotel Nelson. Good service and serves good coffee. Probably the wrong choice but I didn’t enjoy the little NEL breakfast burrito (scrambled eggs and bacon which I thought wouldn’t go wrong. My latte were good though.

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 13 April 2022 via mobile

Breakfast here was fantastic. We had the pancakes and fritters. The kids loved the waffles - said it was the best ever. Great service too.

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 10 April 2022 via mobile

Disappointed tbh. I looked forward to try the Nel after a recommendation but a coffee and hotcakes weren’t worth my $28. I was rushed to order, the coffee arrived after I had finished eating and asked where it was, and overall felt like I was...at a posh fast food in-out scene. Not something I’d wake up early to get to on a Sunday again. Apart from being rushed by the person taking orders the rest of the staff were friendly, if a little overwhelmed, and doing their best. Hopefully they can get more training with more time. If I were to give it another chance I’d try an egg dish. Cannot recommend the hotcakes which were overpriced and needs revision.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 5 April 2022 via mobile

Couldn't fault this little Cafe as we had a perfect breakfast with excellent, quick service and a great view of the water. The coffee was delicious, as were the waffles and the acai bowl with Nutella. Help-yourself bottles of fresh water are readily available. There...are seating options both out in the sun and inside in the shade. I will be backMore

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 3 April 2022

We ate breakfast here twice during our long weekend away because there were so many things on the menu we wanted to try. Everything was exceptional - the food, the service, the coffee… you must give this place a go.

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 17 March 2022 via mobile

Always visit this cafe when in Nelson Bay, the food has always been good, however the service has always been lacking. Which reflects more on management and finally on the owners for not being aware of what their own business delivers. Eg, when asking what...the market fish is today, reply “no idea”, I will go find out. Answer two serves of snapper left and blue eye cod. Great we ordered one blue eye cod. A few minutes later the waitress comes back and says we can’t sell the blue eye till the snapper goes as it is older we and don’t want to be left with it, if it doesn’t sell. Words were exchanged about the stupidly of the conversation and the manager was asked to present, they did not but the order was filled as it was ordered. Getting another wine mid way through your meal is a mission in itself, requires a significant wait even when there are nearly as many staff as customers. Sharpen up people make the experience match the food!!More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 23 February 2022 via mobile

Had a fantastic breakfast here. Fritters were delicious. Waflles were also good, but would have liked them better of they were warm. Excellent coffee.

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 17 February 2022 via mobile

Excellent breakfast and a perfect coffee. The breakfast was so well presented that it seems you are in a luxury hotel in Europe. Wonderful coffee and service

Date of visit: February 2022
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4 April 2019|
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Response from john o | Reviewed this property |
Yes gluten free bread with breakfast and gluten free available option on most of the lunch menu. Chefs are very good and can accmmmodate most intolerances. Go for the GF chocolate brownie with your coffee if it has not sold... More
1 June 2016|
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Response from Patsy B | Reviewed this property |
yes its very friendly 4 dogs
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Little Nel Cafe

Yes, The Little Nel Cafe offers takeaway services.

The Little Nel Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5