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Riverside Cafe

289 Inland Moutere Highway, Motueka 7175, New Zealand
+64 3-526 7447
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good28%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
289 Inland Moutere Highway, Motueka 7175, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We drove out to the Riverside Cafe for lunch. The parking lot was full but after a short wait, we got a parking spot. The cafe is in an old house with lawns and gardens. The staff were pleasant, but not overly friendly. We chose...More

Thank ohiowanderer
Reviewed 6 days ago

Stopped in at this cafe for brunch. Service was warm and welcoming and the atmosphere is inviting. Set in a lovely garden environment. Plenty of things to look at inside, the food was outstanding, the coffee was the best one I've had since I got...More

Thank SOTL2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a lovely place to relax & enjoy a catch up with friends of family. The service was good, a bit slow but the cafe was busy & we were not in a rush. Everyone in our group enjoyed there lunch & desert, the food...More

Thank Jennie G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A friend and I had a fantastic lunch here on Friday. The wait staff were super friendly and fun. The food was colourful, beautifully presented and so tasty. The place was super busy but we didn't wait long for drinks or our meals. We will...More

Thank DebInglis66
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have finally been able to visit this cafe while staying in Motueka. Lovely setting not sure about the Catus garden though. I think you must have to love them. Gluten free berry muffins delicious and fresh. Coffee well made but not quite hot enough...More

Thank Gael G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a lovely lunch here yesterday, cycled from Mapua. Everything is produced locally here, including wines, beer and juices. Great food, drinks and atmosphere, will definately be back

Thank Annmarie M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To start with the setting is idyllic - private courtyard that is beautifully landscaped, lots of funky artwork and a playground for children. The food is always fresh, amazing and reasonably priced. On my last visit for lunch I had a croquet from the cabinet...More

Thank benkolff
Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

Once again we were well feed and watered at this wonderful cafe. The STAFF MADE us very welcomed. Best cafe/restraunt in Motueka. We enjoy ourselves EVERY time we go there. Our friends who have gone there in our recomendation have not been disappointed. WELL DONE...More

Thank Chris R
Reviewed 14 November 2017

We noticed this cafe on our way to Motueka from Nelson, and decided to call in on our return trip. We were not disappointed. The cafe is really a number of different structures all-in-one, charmingly rustic and very New Zealand! We enjoyed a tasty lunch...More

Thank mekydro
Riverside C, Owner at Riverside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2017

Thank you for the reveiw! So glad you took the time to come back and visit since we are off the beaten track :) Thank you.

Reviewed 7 November 2017

Three of us had lunch here on a Monday, it's a a rare cafe that opens on a Monday. I had the mushroom pappardelle which was probably the best pasta dish I have ever had, I just couldn't stop eating it even though it was...More

Thank Christine A
Riverside C, Owner at Riverside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2017

Thank you Christine for such a lovely reveiw! We are blushing :) So glad that you took time to visit us on a Monday and that you enjoyed your lunch.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
USD 7 - USD 25
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
8:30 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 289 Inland Moutere Highway, Motueka 7175, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Motueka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-526 7447
  • E-mail
Winner of Wild Tomato magazine's best regional rural restaurant 2010 and recommended by both North and South and Cuisine magazines, Riverside Cafe is an integral part of the historic Riverside Community (est.1941). We serve fantastic fair-trade coffee, and a delicious selection of home made cakes, slices and our amazing brioche, with gluten free options always on offer. Our seasonal menu includes local produce,free range meats and eggs, plus superb wines from the plethora of vineyards in the Moutere area. You can dine al fresco in our lovely garden or on our sheltered deck area, or grab a table inside the historic cafe (built 1860) and be inspired by the local art which adorns the walls! A unique and wonderful cafe, offering a very warm welcome. We are open 7 days a week from 8.30 To 4pm, plus open for dinner on Friday evenings. Bookings are recommended!
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