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Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant

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Aorkai Mt Cook Village, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7946, New Zealand
+64 3-435 1890
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Calgary, Canada
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52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We waited until they opened at 10 am, and enjoyed a delicious breakfast and great coffee with fabulous views. It took a while to get our meal, but there were 7 of us, so we didn't feel the wait was unreasonable. The cafe is casual and eclectic, with lots of old photos and artifacts to ponder while waiting for one's... More 

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Thank Terri H
Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited the Old Mountaneers 13.-14.1.2017. The first time was pleasant in the most part with amazing view to the mountains. However the food was below the average with the hamburger's steak being way too salty and the veggie soup wasn't that tasty either. We finished them anyway, or at least one of us did. The second time around we... More 

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2 Thank fintraveler2017
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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103 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very disorganised and slow. The staff member serving at the till seemed to be doing most of the work. The café did not seem that busy and it was late afternoon when we visited. I had a mocha that came eventually and was average. My husband ordered a beer and had to ask for it again after paying. Lots of... More 

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6 Thank Sharon W
Harriet W, Owner at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

The staff were just recovering from a deluge of people lined up out the door before you arrived. We don't use toxic flyspray in our restaurant but we never have "lots" of the local flies on w/sills as we keep an eagle eye out. We served about 250 clients before your arrival - all of whom got their drinks on... More 

London
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great that this place exists, but the quality of the food needs to improve a lot. Tomato soup was the best on offer and tasty. But the sausages were bland in extremis, the pasta gloopy and the curry mediocre. Buffet at the Hermitage is much better value even though more expensive. Needs a new chef.

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5 Thank foxbott
Harriet W, Owner at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

I remember you as I checked on your meals. We replaced your wife's meal willingly but you said you were fine with the sausages, that are msg free and free of artificial preservatives. Please don't use a public forum to complain when you've been offered a replacement meal with kindness and willingness. I'm not sure what your purpose is in... More 

Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great pizzas (meat and veggie) offering a reasonable priced alternative in this resort. View over valley and mountains. Staff pleasant and service quick. Owner came and spoke to us, too, to check that all was ok and pass the time of day. Short waiting time in the evening if you haven't booked.

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Thank Helen S
Harriet W, Owner at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your positive review. Much appreciated and delighted to hear that you loved the pizza, the service and the view too. Travel safe. More 

Bowral, Australia
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408 reviews
269 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It has been 4 years since our last visit and I have to say we were a little disappointed this time in the quality of the food. The service was great and the staff were friendly but the food had obviously been sitting in pots and the wedges cooked in a large batch just waiting to be eaten. To sit... More 

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4 Thank Jinny57
Harriet W, Owner at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

Well, we have never been criticised for the food being prompt before. This is a very sad situation as what you suggest could not be further from the truth. There is no food in huge batches out there waiting in the kitchen. Each meal is made fresh. The thing that is so very disappointing about this review is that if... More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Save your money. Skip lunch and go out to dinner instead of stopping here. The prices are higher than usual. Kinda like how theme parks inflate their food prices. Ordered pizza for lunch. Pizza came out so undercooked that I could hear the Pillsbury Doughboy giggle each time I took a bite.

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4 Thank Dan D
Harriet W, Owner at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

Your review is offensive. If there was a problem, we would have gladly fixed it. More 

Auckland
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26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here during a campervan trip of the South Island. The cafe has a fantastic atmosphere and the view from the main window or outside seating is breathtaking. In the winter the fire would be really cosy and there are lots of books and you could easily spend a morning here. The downside would be that the coffee ok... More 

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Thank scoggij
Harriet W, Owner at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. If you're visiting again and the coffee is not what you expected, please let us know so we can fix it at the time. I hope your holiday is good. More 

Singapore
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53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Three parties simultaneously arrived, two of them with children. One BIG sign at the door saying OPEN, a tiny hand made sign on the floor mat saying closed. According to the info printed at the entrance, the place had to be open at that hour. The room was full of people having dinner and there were just a few available... More 

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2 Thank CeltiberoBarcelona
Harriet W, Owner at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

Gosh! There is no big sign at the door, or any information at the entrance stating the cafe would be open when you arrived. Apparently you arrived about 1.5 hours after last dinner servings but were kindly offered takeaway pizzas, even though the kitchen had closed, which you declined.The staff member then suggested that as the other option in the... More 

Danville, CA
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33 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We got there about 10 minutes before the kitchen closed. While we were waiting for our order, I saw the chef promptly leave and jet out exactly at 7:30pm. Fortunately, we did get our food and while it was decent, it wasn't anything special. Nice view.

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1 Thank TreasuryGuy
Harriet W, Owner at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

We have more than one chef. Great to hear you received decent food and had a nice view. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Aorkai Mt Cook Village, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7946, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Mackenzie District  >  Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)  >  Mt. Cook Village
  • Phone Number: +64 3-435 1890

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?