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Monica's Eatery

€€ - €€€, Cafe, European
42 Queen St | Next to Govett Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth 4310, New Zealand
+64 6-759 2038
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good31%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (21 reviews)
“kedgeree” (21 reviews)
“pea fritters” (5 reviews)
Open Now
06:30 - 21:00 Hours
New Zealand, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
42 Queen St | Next to Govett Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth 4310, New Zealand
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyable breakfast at Monica's. We had the Kedgeree and a Cured salmon bruschetta. Both dishes were delicious! I love the decor, it reminds me of a diner set in the Art Deco era and being winter it was warm and inviting. Have to say coffee...More

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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

We were staying for a couple of nights in New Plymouth and came upon Monica's at one end of the town. We were greeted by Clinton who was very friendly and recommended various dishes from the menu. These proved to be excellent suggestions. There is...More

Thank Martin P
Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

Took my 82 year old mother here for lunch. She ordered Florentine fried chicken. What a disappointment. Chicken looked dark and over cooked and came with nothing more than aioli and lemon wedge. Also ordered French fries with anchovette mayonnaise. Did not come with the...More

Thank 869dougw
Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

Went here 3 times in our 4 days in New Plymouth. Staff great, very helpful, especially Clinton who was very helpful with wine selection. Food selection was good, with great pasta and Dad loved the fish of the day. Great for a quick coffee, lunch...More

Thank Tracey S
Reviewed 9 April 2018

Terrible, over priced and pretentious. Definitely other places in Taranaki much nicer and better value for money.

Thank Nuala H
Reviewed 7 April 2018

While travelling through New Plymouth I enjoyed a lovely breakfast at Monica's. There was a good array of different meals on the menu and the poached eggs I got were perfect and probably some of the best I've ever had, you can also order a...More

Thank m-earley3
Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Visited over the easter break. Very busy but worth the slight wait on food (restaurant was packed)The coffee was spot on and wait staff attentive and friendly.

Thank emzcnz
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Very disappointed as had heard a lot of great things about Monicas: ran out of main choices twice and key dessert choices and wasn't even a busy night. Had the fish-overcooked and wondered if it was even snapper. Had the cheese board for dessert and...More

Thank gardinerl527
Reviewed 2 April 2018

I enjoyed Monica’s several times over the course of my 3 weeks in Taranaki. For a wine (and a dessert too sometimes) before a movie at the Govett-Brewster gallery, for a coffee or tea with a book or my busy iPad. Available waiters/waitresses. Pleasant premises....More

Thank pascale_delos
Reviewed 31 March 2018

My husband and I had breakfast here. They seem to have good hours ,maybe longer than some places and they were open on a holiday which is helpful for a tourist. Our meals were good. Service was quick and the waitress was friendly and talkative....More

Thank Kim W
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Sara K
2 November 2017|
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Response from Karyn G | Property representative |
Hello and thank you. Every Wednesday night at Monica' s eatery is Winesday! :) We offer a special pasta meal that includes house made focaccia, greens and a seasonal pasta dish along with the opportunity to bring your own... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$17
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42 Queen St | Next to Govett Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth 4310, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Taranaki Region  >  New Plymouth
  • Phone Number: +64 6-759 2038
  • E-mail
Monicas offering is based on quality fresh ingredients, locally sourced where possible with a modern Italian influence. There is an emphasis on A la carte however a counter offering is available daily. Monica's is a place to dine, eat, drink and take out.
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