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River Valley Cafe

$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary
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627 State Highway 5, Eskdale 4182, New Zealand
+64 6-836 7405
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Napier, New Zealand
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71 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

A great secret place in the country with outdoor and indoor seating and the best cooking! Proper home made steak and mushroom pies, salads, and fabulous home baking. I had a fruit cake to die for!

Thank Paul S
Virginia Water, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

My husband and I had visited this cafe on a previous trip to NZ and had a very pleasant experience. Unfortunately the place is now run down and the food and coffee very mediocre. Our cheese scone was so stodgy that it stayed with us the rest of the day. The unbelievably over priced garden ornaments on sale were rusty... More 

Thank Ross B
Tuakau, New Zealand
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79 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Called in for a snack on our way to Napier. I ordered a lemon and ginger tea and a toasted sandwich. For tea I got green tea with lemon but thought it petty to complain. The sandwich should have had three fillings but it came with two, one of them I hadn't ordered. I took it back. The woman taking... More 

Thank David L
South Petherton, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Just had snack lunch here today. Roast vegetable panini and orange cake and a lovely teapot full of earl grey tea. Lovely surroundings well worth calling in. Very pleasant service. Highly recommended

Thank aileen c
Level Contributor
7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Just had the most wonderful lunch in that amazing place, cheap sounds, beautiful garden really good food, if you drive past i strongly recommend that you stop even if it's just for a coffee , vegeterian friendly !!

Thank Natasha M
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch on our way home. Lots art, very relaxing, sat outside in garden. The only letdown was food took half an hour to be served but meal was super delicious. I had scallops with salad. So fresh & cooked perfectly with toasted seeds, very tasty. Was expensive though. If your not in a hurry or on... More 

Thank Denise N
Napier, New Zealand
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

This is an interesting cafe that locals from Hawke's Bay can (or should) visit over the summer. For tourists, it is probably a matter of how much time they have on their trip. The cafe mainly offers mainly outdoor seating, enjoyed best when the weather is nice. Parking spots can be limited so it may be best to come here... More 

Thank Harry_Fisher
Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Nice friendly staff. A personal touch. Great menu with a South African style. The scallop salad was a pleasant surprise. Nice place to stop for a driving break.

Thank thistledoons
Level Contributor
161 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

A country atmosphere with friendly staff who gave personal service and good refreshments. Made to feel very welcome by owners

Thank BeardedwonderKzn
Cambridge, New Zealand
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 July 2016

Such a lovely place to stop for a hot drink and something to eat. This time we stopped for afternoon tea and were not disappointed. Very friendly staff, nice foods and interesting artwork.

Thank JipJanneke

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 627 State Highway 5, Eskdale 4182, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Hawke's Bay Region  >  Eskdale
  • Phone Number: +64 6-836 7405

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