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Smith the Grocer

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

We just made it for breakfast/brunch (til 11.30am). The place was so busy due to holidays. The food was yummy although they didn't quite cook through the sausages but the man (perhaps the owner?) was apologetic and nice about it and took it back to the kitchen and had the dishes cooked again. They... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2015
Poos0411
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wonderful atrium type setting with lots of natural light. We have been here before mainly for breakfast and always a pleasure. A little cramped but good service.

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Tadley, United Kingdom
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207 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Nice menu and ambiance (good for business meets), we snacked on coffees, citrus shortbread and peppermint chocolate slices. Nice, but we experienced many NZ bakeries as we travelled the country and this comes out average at best. As such they are over priced BUT this is Wellington with lots of governmental meetings and light lunches. This place would be ideal... More 

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Thank Graham P
Auckland, New Zealand
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81 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

We just made it for breakfast/brunch (til 11.30am). The place was so busy due to holidays. The food was yummy although they didn't quite cook through the sausages but the man (perhaps the owner?) was apologetic and nice about it and took it back to the kitchen and had the dishes cooked again. They were simply very busy. We were... More 

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Thank Poos0411
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Friendly staff and a nice setting in an arcade surrounded by boutique shops. Good for a light meal or drink with family and friends. Liked it so much we went back the next day.

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Thank Ganin
Tauranga, New Zealand
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144 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Judging by recent reviews we must have struck a bad day. Service I would describe as disinterested & we weren't impressed enough with the cabinet food to order anything to go with our coffee. Located in an arcade within an old bank building, Smiths has a great location & a unique, retro decor. Couldn't recommend on this experience.

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Thank John P
Timaru
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

If the cafe has Louise slice for sale then it must be a graet cafe. Did i mention that will sell coffee and do brekfast as well. Great museli

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1 Thank nzfargo
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34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Home made salads and soup. Very cute place inside a passage near Starbucks. Fresh, simple food and good desert choices.

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Thank Harry L
Wellington, New Zealand
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84 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

This week I have been twice for lunch. That is how much I love this place. The food is amazing, esp. the oaty caramel. There is always a nice mix of counter food and a nice range of drink with water available.

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1 Thank Sara A
Napier, New Zealand
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Smith the Grocer located in a magnificent old building in Wellington provided ample tasty breakfasts for us both. Our free range eggs were cooked to perfection. The coffee was also hot and strong, just the way we like it. Staff, although kept busy, were friendly and willingly brought water to our table even though we could have served ourselves. When... More 

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1 Thank WendyJR2014
Melbourne
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880 reviews
356 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 434 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

I loved Smith the Grocer. The place was buzzing when we arrived and the queue was forming but the staff are smiling and diligent and ready to please. The menu is limited but the food is top quality. I was able to add some eggs to my meal and it that made it perfect. The eggs were cooked to perfection.... More 

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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

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  • Cuisine: Cafe

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