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Smith the Grocer

Old Bank Arcade, Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand
0800 764 843
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Ranked #132 of 618 restaurants in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Bakery, Café
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Takeout
Most recent review
- Apr 9, 2014
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Takeout
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English first
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW

Breakfast here is no good. Very very basic and not tied together at all. You can't serve food like this in Wellington and expect it to fly. Coffee was good. I'm sure it's a great place for sweets and treats, but won't return for breakfast.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

We stopped here in the Old Bank Arcade for lunch. There was a great selection of gluten free options on the menu. Great tasting food I would definitely go back for the food , coffee and atmosphere. Try the lemon, lime on ice a great refreshing drink on a hot day.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

A late breakfast on our day of arrival, and what a delight. The service was friendly and welcoming, the eggs were cooked just the way we like them and the coffee was perfect.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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279 reviews 279 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

I like great coffee. Coffee 32 was my favourite but I don't go anywhere near them now. Tried a few places out but they always seem to have different barista's who make coffee differently eventually. Drives me insane, shouldn't happen at the same store. This place hasn't done that yet and I still get good coffee. Here's hoping.

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Bowral, Australia
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76 reviews 76 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

I chanced upon this lovely cafe with great staff, roomy seating & excellent food. Extensive menu with good gf options but no wifi, surprising for a city location!

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Adelaide, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

This little place is fantastic for a budget but quality lunch or a quite hot drink. It has a lot of charm and is very popular with locals, so expect it to be crowded during lunch time. They had really good gluten free options too.

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Auckland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Housed in the Old Bank Building this is a pretty neat find for lunch. Good food and good surroundings. Gets pretty busy so thats a great sign but with that there are only so many tables so be warned. So many choices in the cafe CBD of Wellington but this is a good one, eaten there several times and always... More

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Loved the character of this cafe, staff very friendly and food lovely. Very unique place definitely worth a visit.

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New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

Enjoyed my lunch here, with a decent selection of GF food, including 4 or 5 cake options. GF brownie was very good!

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Singapore, Singapore
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52 reviews 52 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Built int he ground floor level of the old Bank of New Zealand building, which now houses a range of boutique shops. There's always something yummy on the menu and they have good sweet treats too. A good cafe, right on Lambton Quay. Good coffee.

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