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The Elm Cafe

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283 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
+64 6-355 4418
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Awesome service, and environment. Barista skills are always really good, same with food. One of my favourite cafes in palmy.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Geneva, Switzerland
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155 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We enjoyed a rather good coffee and were totally won over the delicious and highly calorific cakes and slices at Elm. I had something that was packed with nuts and caramel, which I relished. The counter service was extremely friendly. My friend and I sat outside in the sheltered courtyard and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Such a nice spot

Thank Pennie H
United Kingdom
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28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to the The Elm Cafe several times. Food is always good quality, nicely cooked and medium priced. Whats more, when you order a main, you get it complete with vegetables or salad. I hate restaurants that try and charge extra for the veges. This evening I had salt and pepper prawns for an entree and we both... More 

Thank RJGoodwin
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food fantastic but coffee weak . Service slow and waitress clearly not wanting to be there . They were busy and to be fair perhaps an extra staff member would have made her job less taxing as she did appear to be doing everything. Pretty outdoor settings would be great to sit outside on a nice day .

Thank Liz W
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24 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely food and service at the Elm Cafe. I had the thai beef and prawn salad and it was excellent. The rest of the table all very happy with their choices. Attentive waiter and nice enough environs. Highly recommend.

Thank LizardgirlNz
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This cafe is very popular with locals. Many regular coffee customers in the morning. I feel they specialize in making froth on coffee. The food is prepared fresh and popular as a breakfast establishment. My wife has really enjoyed the egg omelette.

Thank discountbay
New Zealand
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60 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I went here for lunch, and thoroughly enjoyed it. There is a lovely outside area, nice atmosphere. The service was good and the food very tasty, a nice range to choose from. A little bit more expensive than other cafes in the area but worth it. We will be back :)

Thank DannetteKiwi
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

This is mine and my husbands favourite spot when we want to treat ourselves! A little pricier than your average cafe but the food is worth it and the staff have great service!! Pretty little outdoor area and nice tidy indoor area. Great brunch and dinner! Excellent coffee. They usually have a close down period over the Christmas holidays and... More 

Thank Kylie S
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

I have visited twice in the last month and am heading back for my birthday dinner in a week. I have been for lunch (a couple visit) and dinner (with a family group of 4) recently and on both occasions the food and friendly service has been great. This is a great spot for couples and groups alike, best to... More 

Thank bcdlong
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

10/10 in every way. The beef medallion was to die for. Our other mains, ditto. The apple brioche dessert was delicious, couldn't have been better. Amazing staff. Will be back asap.

Thank ruthyflee

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 283 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Manawatu-Wanganui Region  >  Palmerston North
  • Phone Number: +64 6-355 4418

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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