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Riverside Cafe

) #4 of 26 Restaurants in Motueka €€ - €€€ Cafe, , Vegetarian Friendly
289 Inland Moutere Highway, Motueka 7175, New Zealand
+64 3-526 7447
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good28%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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289 Inland Moutere Highway, Motueka 7175, New Zealand
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Reviewed 12 June 2017

We recently attended a birthday lunch at Riverside cafe where my husband unfortunately experienced a medical event which resulted in an ambulance ride to Nelson hospital, the staff were so considerate and did not charge us for our uneaten meals, which we great appreciated, the...More

Thank Del M
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Riverside cafe has fast become our go to cafe in the Nelson/Tasman region. Food is amazing the salad so fresh and beautifully presented. The coffee and the service is also exceptional. We were also there a few weeks ago on a very cold day, but...More

Thank azi007
Riverside C, Owner at Riverside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2017

Wow what an amazing reveiw! thank you so much. Our Chef arrives every morning at 5am to prepare the baking and light the fire so the cafe is cosy and warm for our customers in the cooler months. So its really lovely to hear that...More

Reviewed 24 May 2017

This café is on the Great Taste Trail and it certainly fits the bill. They have a great range of healthy and vegetarian dishes, very generous portions (which you need when you are biking) and at a very good price point. It was very busy...More

Thank MariavdK
Riverside C, Owner at Riverside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2017

Thanks for visiting us and thanks for the great review. Hope to see you again on the great taste trail :)

Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

Went to Riverside on Saturday with family. Fabulous food & lots of it. Couldn't be faulted. Good prices too. The service was excellent with a lovely friendly young girl waiting on our table & we loved the setting which was very pretty & relaxing. I...More

Thank nickoftime499
Riverside C, Owner at Riverside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2017

We are so glad you liked the cafe and really happy to hear you received good service. Hope to see you again!

Reviewed 12 April 2017

The best mushroom soup we have ever had; deep flavour, piping hot and delicious garlicy pesto swirled in, served with garlic roasted ciabatta. Highly recommend and wish we lived closer so we could work our way through the evening menu!

Thank John and Elizab... G
Reviewed 4 April 2017

We recently moved to this area and this is the favourite cafe by far. Lovely staff, and everything we've eaten has been delicious. Only criticism, not too keen on the music, so we sit in the beautiful garden.

Thank Angela A
Reviewed 22 March 2017

We dropped in for a light lunch. Menu looked great, but we went for a sandwich, which was delicious, nicely dressed with salad and relish. Amazingly good value. lovely staff.

Thank Marcus B
Reviewed 9 March 2017

I was running out of snacks on my bike ride from Mapua to Motueka, and came across this wonderful cafe! It is a beautiful garden sanctuary and community, with an art gallery worth looking into. There are gluten free and vegan options (about 5 vegan...More

Thank dhariniNZ
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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Stopped for lunch, absolutely amazing food. Rustic boho vibe. Indoor and outdoor seating among trees and flowers. Great service, friendly owners and staff. Be aware the iced chai tea is DECADENT with ice cream and caramels. Delicious.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Stopped for lunch on a very hot day. We had a table outside on the veranda in the shade. I had seafood chowder and it was one of the best chowder's I have ever had, which was served with crusty bread yum. Very good service...More

Thank Holdenmama
Riverside C, Owner at Riverside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2017

Thank you Holdenmama for taking the time to review our cafe. The seafood chowder is one of our most popular dishes, we are glad you enjoyed it.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$26
Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:30 - 16:30
09:30 - 16:45
09:30 - 16:45
09:30 - 16:45
09:30 - 16:45
09:30 - 16:45
09:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 289 Inland Moutere Highway, Motueka 7175, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Motueka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-526 7447
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Winner of Wild Tomato magazine's best regional rural restaurant 2010 and recommended by both North and South and Cuisine magazines, Riverside Cafe is an integral part of the historic Riverside Community (est.1941). We serve fantastic fair-trade coffee, and a delicious selection of home made cakes, slices and our amazing brioche, with gluten free options always on offer. Our seasonal menu includes Tasman specialities, wild meats, great vegetarian options and lots of produce from the extensive Riverside gardens, plus superb wines from the plethora of vineyards in the Moutere area. You can dine al fresco in our lovely garden or on our sheltered deck area, or grab a table inside the historic cafe (built 1860) and be inspired by the local art which adorns the walls! A unique and wonderful cafe, offering a very warm welcome. We are open 7 days a week from 9.30 To 4.30Pm, plus open for dinner on Saturdays evenings. We will open both Fridays and Saturday evenings from Dec, and throughout summer: please call to check our evening opening dates to avoid disappointment!
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