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Old Bank Arcade, Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand
0800 764 843
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Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Takeout

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  • 21
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    Very good
  • 13
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  • 3
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Busy place - great food

Was in Wellington for a long weekend and visited twice! Great location - funky place Staff were attentive and helpful as I am gluten intolerant - first day I was just too late for the full menu but plenty to have in cabinet Second day ordered from menu and was extremely happy Yes it is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
StanleyBarr
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I think this is the best coffee in Wellington. Anytime I go to Wellington I always make sure I go to SMiths. The atmosphere is really laid back and takes you back in time. The only thing I dont like are the wobbly chairs (part of the experience? haha)

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

One of the joys of touring New Zealand is that there are usually plenty of options to dine out for breakfast. Smith the Grocer was conveniently close to our hotel and has a really nice setting. My wife an I both ordered the French toast. What arrived was a huge portion of French toast served with banana, maple syrup and... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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274 reviews 274 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I went here for lunch today. Ashamed to say it was a while since I'd been in the Old Bank Arcade and Smith the Grocer was new to me. The food looked quite nice, but was fairly average. I had a panini which was served on a warmed place (nice touch) but completely devoid of any garnish. The tide was... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Went there in March with my partner and friends who were down from Auckland. Service was poor, over priced for the quality of food paid an extra $7 for spinach to be added to my eggs Benedict. Spinach was cold and tasted like it had been the froZen packaged not nice and fresh. Partner had salmon with his which tasted... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Was in Wellington for a long weekend and visited twice! Great location - funky place Staff were attentive and helpful as I am gluten intolerant - first day I was just too late for the full menu but plenty to have in cabinet Second day ordered from menu and was extremely happy Yes it is busy Yes you do have... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Visited on a Saturday morning - maybe that was our mistake. Only had the coffee and cake, but wished we had breaky. It looked awesome. Our order was good but it did take a long time for the coffees. Be sure to have one of their hot cross buns before Easter goes!!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Enjoyed the ambience and location in the old bank arcade. The food was fresh and the tea tasty. As always, was good to see the establishment has survived,

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Wellington, New Zealand
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36 reviews 36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Great coffee - cabinet food - busy, noisy, cramped. A difficult place to have any sort of meaningful discussion. However the decor of the low level is very cool - for this alone and if timed right - worth a look

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Hastings, New Zealand
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119 reviews 119 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We breakfasted here twice during a recent trip to Wellington. The cafe decor is nicely retro in keeping with its location, with plenty of seating both inside and out. The first day I chose the full cooked breakfast, eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, hash browns and lovely little Kransky sausages. With plenty of food, two of everything, I shared with my... More 

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Hastings, New Zealand
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72 reviews 72 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

A great breakfast venue in the heart of Wellington's CBD. Plates were large and I felt we just about got value for money. The prices were a little high for the type of food being served, hence the 4 rating. Service was excellent though.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Old Bank Arcade, Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: 0800 764 843

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Bakeries

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