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Headquarters Cafe & Bar

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Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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38 Ellis Street | Brightwater, Nelson, New Zealand
+64 3-542 3850
08:30 - 16:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 08:30 - 16:00
Mon - Thu 07:30 - 16:00
Fri 07:30 - 23:00
Sat 08:30 - 23:00
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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. As always the coffee and food was great. There is always a good vibe to... More 

Thank Darrel N
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 wee basket. Plenty of food good value Last week we decided on breakfast My partner... More 

Thank huffam-family
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

This has always been a fav place but we felt let down last weekend. Service and staff perfect but the seafood chowder not as good as last time and we left some in the bowl. My cannelloni was flavour less and I also left some behind.

Thank 937liz
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33 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Okay, we went in for a big breakfast. Was very nice. We actually split our big breakfasts, and I did ask for a second plate. Nothing wrong in what they did, giving us a second plate, but just a suggestion, to wow the customer, as other restaurants often do, maybe split the meal before serving at the table. All in... More 

Thank Amelia131023
Wakefield, New Zealand
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

We go to Headquarters (HQ) at least once a week. Service always cheery - nothings is too much bother. Never had a bad coffee and food always great! On Nelson-Tasman 'Great Taste Trail'. Get in early for fantastic cheese scones!

Thank dearingsa2016
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Live local to this cafe and the food is very hit and miss. Lunches ok but the breakfasts have really gone down hill! Partner and myself went the other day. Bacon in breakfast was 80% fat ( yuck) and my partners eggs florentine was TINY and barely three mouthfuls. Won't be going back until they get their act together...

1 Thank Billybrian8265
Nelson, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

Stopped here whilst cycling for a well earned rest. Bacon and eggs on toast with coffee was very nice. The young staff are a bit detatched and overcharged us but would not acknowledge that so that was a shame. Need to be more careful next time we go there.

Thank lorna215
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

Great cafe with a wide variety of food. We went there on route the cycle trail from Richmond. The only thing that could be better is perhaps the local wine selection, especially over the summer period. The food however, is divine!

Thank Miriam H
Wellington, New Zealand
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67 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

Sit inside or out at this lovely little local cafe. Friendly staff and good food, my halloumi open sandwich was an absolute stand out. Will go again

Thank Gizmo776
Kigali, Rwanda
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

Good coffee, tea, and a lovely outdoor setting. Clearly popular with locals who (like us) park their bikes outside and enjoy the bountiful Nelson sunshine.

Thank Benjamin B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
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

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