We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Headquarters Cafe & Bar

€€ - €€€Cafe, , European
38 Ellis Street | Brightwater, Nelson, New Zealand
+64 3-542 3850
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent33%
  • Very good38%
  • Average25%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (12 reviews)
“scones” (2 reviews)
Opens in 29 min
07:30 - 23:00All hours
Cafe, New Zealand, European, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
38 Ellis Street | Brightwater, Nelson, New Zealand
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (36)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 36 reviews

Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

We went for lunch with 3 adults and our toddler, food was good, not amazing, but still good. I have been following them on Instagram and the food looked amazing, so had been waiting a while till i've had the chance to make the trip...More

Thank deannefraser
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

We stopped in when we came to Nelson to collect a new car. Wow best breakfast out I have ever had! Beautiful sweetcorn fritters full of flavour. Worth coming to Nelson just for breakfast. Thanks guys

Thank LauraMegsMummy
Reviewed 26 July 2017

What a delightful place to stop and sit awhile. This cafe offers an attractive range of cabinet food and blackboard menu items. Opting for a milkshake and pizza for a snack and a glass of local wine for myself, we sat in the sun and...More

Thank Christine W
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Very well designed cafe for it's target customers. The food all looked enticing....but perhaps lacked a little in the tastes and textures than appearances. Still a very good eating option for casual meals in Brightwater.

Thank JohnandTracy_L
Reviewed 20 April 2017

A fine dining cafe!! They certainly know how to charge like its an overpriced pretentious restaurant. Bacon and eggs $15.00 Eggs Benedict $18.50 Deserts - Slice of cheesecake $12.00 !! There were 8 slices.. Do the math. The sooner someone opens another cafe here the...More

Thank Martin_Denise
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

What a great place for a Lang overdue catch-up and chat. The food was good as was the coffee. We sat on couches for 3 hours and were not hurried out. It was so relaxed and such a good place for a chat. The only...More

Thank sparks0375
Reviewed 12 January 2017

In some ways Brightwater is like a suburb in the countryside, with streets full of houses, and some nice park areas, gilded by two rivers and with the historical significance of being the birthplace of Lord Rutherford (the famous physicist on the NZ $100 bill)....More

Thank Kiwicraig78
Reviewed 6 January 2017

Very nice cafe, great menu. Location is 1 minute off the main highway, good for a travellers rest stop. Comfortable couches, nice outdoor seating, nice menu, friendly staff. A few toys and books to keep the kids happy.

Thank JCS-Nelson
Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

We had biked out from Richmond and stopped at HQ for a coffee and a bit to eat. It's a bike friendly place to stop. The staff regardless of how many of us turn up (12) today they served us and others quickly and efficiently....More

Thank Darrel N
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We have been to HQ three times now First time was for their fantastic milkshake. Something everyone must try. Very filling. Lots of flavours that change regularly always magic We also had a lunch, my partner had fish & chips, chips served in a cute...More

Thank huffam-family
Nearby Restaurants
Sprig and Fern Ellis St
11 reviews
.10 km away
La Capilla Cafe & Restaurant
74 reviews
5.85 km away
The Villa
18 reviews
6.42 km away
The Grape Escape
178 reviews
6.72 km away
Nearby Attractions
Lord Rutherford Memorial
8 reviews
.65 km away
Gardens of the World
64 reviews
2.04 km away
Nelson Lakes National Park
100 reviews
3.37 km away
Milcrest Estate
18 reviews
2.82 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Headquarters Cafe & Bar staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 38 Ellis Street | Brightwater, Nelson, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-542 3850
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing