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The Little Nel Cafe

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3 Government Rd, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315, Australia
+61 2 4916 4600
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07:00 - 14:00
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Hours:
Mon 07:00 - 12:00
Tue - Fri 07:00 - 14:00
Sat - Sun 07:30 - 14:00
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Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great for breakfast,service is slow we waited 40minutes and is on the expensive side but the food was very good and the ambience is great,very buzzy, lots of comfortable seating inside and outside.

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Thank Gloria B
Brisbane, Australia
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can tell that a lot of care and attention has gone into selecting a contemporary menu with a focus on fresh ingredients and taste. This cafe is a great option for health conscious people that are lovers of food and all it's glory. Well done!

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Thank Chris M
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had breakfast at this pretty cafe, which is part of the Nelson resort where we stayed. Enjoyed our food & the cappuccino was good. The staff were very friendly too

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Thank Jamie C
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful cafe with delicious food! A must visit in Nelson Bay. We went for breakfast and had the zucchini and pea fritta and the dukkah eggs.

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Thank Kate W
Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been coming to Nelson Bay for more than 20 years, and this is the first time to The Little Nel Cafe. We're reluctant to try cafe's that are part of a hotel, but were delighted we decided to try Little Nel's. Very good breakfast, professionally run restaurant - 5 chefs working flat out in the kitchen. The al... More 

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Thank MikeHandes
Brisbane, Australia
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8 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in for lunch. The coffee was great! Our friends had the 3 dip share platter and a very generous bowl of chips. We had the Vietnamese pork belly roll and Angus burger and chips. YUMMO!! Everything came out together and was super fresh. The chips were amazing!!! Made the drive from Newcastle to dine here well worth it.

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Thank Jennywren9395
Nelson Bay, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Little Nel has been beautifully renovated and has an excellent menu. My daughters are both vegetarian and there is a fantastic variety for them. I highly recommend Little Nel.

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Thank Merri B
Brisbane, Australia
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very good food, served promptly during a busy lunchtime. Lovely views from the deck. I'm told you must book during holiday times to get in but we were there on a relatively quiet weekday and it way busy with ladies' lunching and yummy mummies! It was quite noisy because of wood floors, proximity to the kitchen and busy lunchtime crowd.

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Thank emprento
Port Stephens, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a lovely breakfast with family here. Very relaxing, excellent coffee and a beautifully presented meal. Service was efficient and friendly. It's a great place to go for a meal or just a coffee.

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Thank Patrick P
Newcastle, Australia
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164 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Little Nel cafe is close to the marina and has some water views through the park over the road. They have made a number of improvements to the seating areas to expand your options for spots in the sun or under shelter so you can eat there in most weather conditions. The food was lovely and the service was pleasant.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$19
Cuisine
Australian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
07:30 - 14:00
Monday
07:00 - 12:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 14:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 14:00
Thursday
07:00 - 14:00
Friday
07:00 - 14:00
Saturday
07:30 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 Government Rd, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Newcastle  >  Port Stephens  >  Nelson Bay
  • Phone Number: +61 2 4916 4600
Description
A leafy cafe popular with the locals, just off the main street and worth searching out for the best coffee in town.

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