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Workmans Cafe Bar

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Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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52 Broadway, Matamata 3400, New Zealand
+64 7-888 5498
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09:00 - 22:00
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had dinner here the night before our visit to Hobbiton. In our visit to Australia and New Zealand, this was our favorite meal. Steaks were amazing. The fruit sorbet made for an excellent desert as it used a fruit native to New Zealand.

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Thank Rick A
Richmond, United States
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a nice dinner here after sightseeing for the day. The lamb dish was good and there was a vegetarian pasta option as well. Loved all the old radios on the walls.

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Thank Sarah M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, great service. Sit and have a glass with Glenn. Scotch steak was amazing, the mushrooms with option 2 were amazing. Wish every meal on this trip were this good! Cheers from Atlanta, Georgia USA

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Thank Chris A
scronk60, Owner at Workmans Cafe Bar, responded to this review

Hey to the three from the united states of America , glad you had a good time and enjoyed the company of Glenn, also so hope you all had a great time here in New Zealand and please keep Mr. Trump over there ha ha cheers Syd. More 

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really good value and delicious food. The owner is very kind and the place has a very warm energy with positive vibes. Highly recommend checking it out.

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Thank David J
scronk60, Owner at Workmans Cafe Bar, responded to this review

Hey David thanks for your review and the team and I are glad you had a positive time in our little café cheers Syd. More 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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123 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here with friends for a social meal. Served its purpose. Somehow the restaurant is very popular so seats we all taken up. So we were ushered apologetically to sit at the bar. Food took a long time to arrive but when they did, we really enjoyed what we ate. So a note to those seeking a quick meal, this... More 

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Thank Alvin N
scronk60, Owner at Workmans Cafe Bar, responded to this review

Hey Alvin thanks for your review, we do pride ourselves on our food and yes I will agree it sometimes does take a long time due to the fact often everyone comes at once but as they say good things are worth waiting for .Cheers Syd. More 

Greenville, South Carolina
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Usually stop here on my way through town. The coffee is good and you will find a nice snack. The soups are generally something I go for, if not the steak sami.

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Thank cbgville
scronk60, Owner at Workmans Cafe Bar, responded to this review

Nice to know that you are a regular passing througher as we call them please keep coming cheers Syd. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great location, in the main part of the town with shops. After driving through from Napier but still working didn't really want to go to anything too flash! Found the menu really good and the food great, probably as good as anything in town. I will come back again when passing for the day time cafe.

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Thank Epsomt
scronk60, Owner at Workmans Cafe Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for your review and glad you enjoyed your dinner and yes do come back and try us during the day, remember we are open Wednesday till Sunday 7.30am till late cheers Syd. More 

Ottawa, Canada
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429 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had the scotch steak with the garlic sauce which was incredible. A large thick steak atop some scalloped potatoes....came with vegetables on the side. My wife had the lamb which was delicious as well.....no room for desert and there was so much we took home some for lunch

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Thank DJS1950
scronk60, Owner at Workmans Cafe Bar, responded to this review

We do do a mean steak with my burnt sauce which I haven't been able to take off the menu in 23 years, glad your wife enjoyed the lamb. Shame you had no room for desert but a good excuse to return cheers Syd. More 

Munich
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2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After having ordered, 5 mins later waiter said they didn't have my meal any longer. After 44 mins waiter came and said they did not have the meal my friend ordered. So we asked if we could just pay for the dronks anf leave as we ran out of time. The manager / owner then came to our table, shouts... More 

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Thank Esther76
Hampshire
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69 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Fun relaxed atmoshphere, good coffee and excellent service. We ordered a single cake slice to share and a generous portion was served split onto 2 plates, each with a squirt of cream and with 2 forks. Why can't service always be like this? And fast too. We loved the quirky decor too.

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Thank BellaMoonBeam
scronk60, Owner at Workmans Cafe Bar, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your coffee and cakes and the vibe of our funky little café cheers Syd. 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
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$24
Cuisine
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 22:00
Thursday
09:00 - 22:00
Friday
09:00 - 22:00
Saturday
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 52 Broadway, Matamata 3400, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Matamata
  • Phone Number: +64 7-888 5498
Description
Workman's café is a fun friendly environment that happily serves great coffee and fresh local food five days and nights a week, we take pride in what we do and how we present ourselves. Great comfy chairs, great sounds, fab ambiance, and good looking staff all help to provide an experience we hope you will enjoy . Cheers Syd

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?