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Nikau Gallery Cafe

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Mercer Street | City Art Gallery, Civic Square, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
+64 4-801 4168
07:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 16:00
Sat 09:00 - 16:00
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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this is the best place for coffee or lunch in Wellington. Visit the City Gallery and then enjoy a meal next door.

Thank 20Tripad
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

No water view but a sunny and sheltered courtyard area in addition to indoor dining - we enjoyed breakfast and found the café very receptive to adjusting the meals to our vegetarian tastes - great service and food; highly recommended - hot breakfasts and coffees for 2 for well under $20 a head :-)

Thank Coastr27
Morrinsville, New Zealand
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176 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Chose Nikau off TripAdvisor after a look through the Anzac display at Te Papa. Not that easy a place to find. On North-East corner of Gallery building. Busy as a busy thing at about 1.00pm. Interesting selection of usual cafe fare and also some unique dishes. I had the Kingfish ceviche with radish and lettuce. Thought it might have a... More 

Thank VicnJen67
Brisbane, Australia
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious food and great service well worth a visit. Bit hard to find tucked in off the street. Go up stairs half way along Harris street.

Thank JGC1234
Wellington, New Zealand
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Kelda, co-owner and chef, is a legend in Wellington for her kedgeree, which is a great lunch dish. The menu is varied and the service is excellent. Often full at lunch time, it pays to book. Lovely light atmosphere, with outside courtyard. Closed for dinner.

Thank Kathy J
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252 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Came here to a business client function. The staff were friendly and attentive. The canapes were delicious and the wait staff were helpful when handing these around.The space was small but big enough for about 30 people.

Thank Weetbix7
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Im aware I'm off to a great restaurant when I know exactly what I will order. And I did - kedgeree - the best ever!

Thank Heather H
Wellington, New Zealand
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104 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

This is our go to place for lunch if we are in the city. The menu is healthy and delicious and ever changing. We went three times in as many weeks and I had the soup of the day each time, the best thing was it was a different flavour each day we went. A very generous lunch portion served... More 

Thank Rachmc73
Wellington, New Zealand
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Nikau is a Top Three breakfast and lunch cafe and is attached to Wellington City Gallery. The place always has calm little buzz on and has great natural light from three sides with an outside courtyard that is protected from Wellington's famous zephyr. It is tucked away to the side of Wellington's Civic Square and Bridge to the Sea. The... More 

Thank jmarshmail
Auckland, New Zealand
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270 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

This is definitely a Cafe for Adults. The food is good, albeit overpriced and the wine is even more overpriced. There are some adventurous plates on the menu. The Duck Rillettes were very good as was the grilled Halloumi with lemon - although the Lemon was just a small sliver! One of our party had the pasta which she declared... More 

Thank Takapuna

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mercer Street | City Art Gallery, Civic Square, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-801 4168

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