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Rivers Cafe

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$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, International
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51 Fairfax Street, Murchison 7007, New Zealand
+64 3-523 9009
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Singapore, Singapore
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We were travelling from Greymouth to Nelson and stopped there for lunch. It serves good pies, desserts and coffee. Based on the crowd, it's a popular stops for travellers too. Very cosy cafe and good value for money.

Thank Trumpboyer86
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I went in to rivers cafe for my mums birthday lunch while i was on holiday from australia. We ordered our meals and sat down. 30 minutes later our salad and burger were delivered to our table - i was given a steak burger instead of a chicken. I then asked for it to be changed and waited ANOTHER 30... More 

Thank Hope H
Tomohon, Indonesia
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a brunch in this cafe. Located in the town center, just a walk across the museum. We tried the banana loaf served with yogurt, it was good. The burgers also tasty. Latte was good but the macchiato tasted a little bit over roasted.

Thank christine_pepah
Perth, Australia
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5 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ordered the soup tomato and chorizo we felt the bowl was small for the $12.50 charged when we had soup yesterday for $9.50 and a bowl twice as big. Tasted good but needed chorizo chunks not blended we felt.

Thank sbktravel
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Called in for lunch and we had the salmon fish cakes and pulled park ciabatta which were both very nice. Also picked up a beef and red wine pie and minted lamb pie along with some chocolate cake for tea. Both pies had some really tender but also some really tough bits of meat in. Chocolate cake was relish!

Thank Sarah_A_24
Nelson, New Zealand
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157 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've eaten here many times and always enjoyed a warm and cozy cafe on cold day, or outside seating on a sunny day. The food is always good but today it was really good. Five of us sat down for lunch and all had a great, creative and delicious meal. We will continue to break our journey south at this... More 

Thank BruceFarquhar
Christchurch, New Zealand
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114 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to stop for coffee or something to eat when travelling between Christchurch and Nelson. A little retro decor adds to the atmosphere of a spacious and comfortable cafe. A friendly welcome and good service adds to a positive experience. We enjoyed a very nice coffee and muffin on our afternoon stop. Will call again soon.

Thank Barry5252
Brooklyn, New York
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This is cafe where you order at the cashier. Good pies and salads. It's a little funky and has outdoor seating.

Thank MegRose11213
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Travelling from Christchurch it was nice to stop at the Rivers Cafe in Murchison for a coffee and cake. The cafe was nicely presented with good coffee and food. Inside and outside dinning. There was a nice gift shop to wander around. Staff were nice and friendly in cafe and gift shop. Thirsty traveller Wendy

Thank Wendy C
Carlsbad, California
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Always been happy stopping here. Good coffee, service and food. Proper larger sized lunch items are often on offer for the hungry traveler.

Thank Cliff C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$24
Cafe, New Zealand, International
Lunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 51 Fairfax Street, Murchison 7007, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Murchison
  • Phone Number: +64 3-523 9009
Comfortable, friendly cafe with great atmosphere; home style cooking, eclectic menu. Spacious outdoor seating area; watch the street scene whilst enjoying a coffee.All day (in season); fully licensed. Cafe style during day; evening restaurant.

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