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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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Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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54 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice food, great service in a nice quiet location. Day spa next door. Be great to have lunch then spend the afternoon at the spa...

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The service, food and coffees varied from reasonable to well below average. My coffee was bitter, had a scone which was nice but stingy on the butter. Others had panninis but heating wasn't offered but was done when asked for. Food came out at varied times. A self professed upmarket cafe should be attentive to the customers, and should offer... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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

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Geneva, Switzerland
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154 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

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 

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Thank RJGoodwin
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 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 .

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Thank Liz W
NZ
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

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.

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Thank LizardgirlNz
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 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.

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Thank discountbay
New Zealand
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

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 :)

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Thank DannetteKiwi
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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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, 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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?