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

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Elegant surroundings and good service

My wife and I enjoyed a brunch at this delightful central Wellington cafe. It is situated in the midst of a quaint arcade within a magnificent historical old bank building. The cafe offers a wide selection of freshly prepared cabinet food and a very good blackboard menu. I enjoyed my minted lamb... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Auckland NZ
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We've been here before and in the past really loved it, so decided to return and meet a friend there for lunch. It was dirty, the tables hadn't been wiped, and the floors crumbed. The food sounded lovely but was very ordinary and the water not filtered

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

My wife and I enjoyed a brunch at this delightful central Wellington cafe. It is situated in the midst of a quaint arcade within a magnificent historical old bank building. The cafe offers a wide selection of freshly prepared cabinet food and a very good blackboard menu. I enjoyed my minted lamb sausages on a bed of herbed mash. The... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This cafe has some of the old world charm tucked away in a fantastic arcade (The Old Bank Arcade). The staff are friendly and the range of beverages and food should satisfy most tastes.

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Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Fantastic service, delicious food, definitely recommend! Great atmosphere, comfortable atmosphere/temperature. Customer service was efficient and quick.

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Good food and coffee. We had a nice brunch. The service was also very good. The cafe is in a lovely old building that was originally the BNZ bank.

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The owner of this cafe in the bank arcade is a baker who developed an allergy to gluten so she's spent a long time perfecting the art of gluten-free baking and even has written a book on it - which we purchased. So if you're gluten-free, this little cafe will enable you to have the best ever muffins and cakes!... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Very popular coffee shop in the Old bank building. Good coffee and friendly service in a fantastic old building....

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

I often go here for lunch - although the service behind the counter is often very slow, the food is really good (with GF options), and the coffee excellent. If you sit at a table out in what was the main bank chamber it's a great place to watch the world go by. It's central location also makes it a... More 

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Have been here before when visiting Wellingyon so decided to revisit. Food still good quality and decent portions. Good variety to choose from. So busy though had to wait for a table. Staff pleasant. Will return again

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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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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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: Cafe

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