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Bella's Cafe

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No. 2 The Square, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
6463578616
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9:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

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  • 91
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wonderful Food and Excellent Service-Highly Recommend!

My wife and I went there for lunch and we were very glad that we did! The calamari as a starter was fantastic. Both our meals: chicken curry and beef were absolutely delicious! Dessert (Doris Plum panna cotta) was a wonderful finish to an already perfect experience. The service was very friendly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Paradice0529
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I went there for lunch and we were very glad that we did! The calamari as a starter was fantastic. Both our meals: chicken curry and beef were absolutely delicious! Dessert (Doris Plum panna cotta) was a wonderful finish to an already perfect experience. The service was very friendly and attentive, without being obtrusive. Hard to get... More 

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1 Thank Paradice0529
Wgtn
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71 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a great place. Food was divine, went for venison and was cooked superbly and tasted great due to being cooked to perfection. Service great and attentive. Prices are quite reasonable too.

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2 Thank G-DoggyRulz
Darwin, Australia
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stopped by Bella's for a spontaneous meal on a cool summer week night. We didn't have a reservation and as visitors to P North we relied entirely upon previous positive Trip Advisor reviews, plus good local recommendations. The service was attentive, friendly and professional without being overbearing. Wine selection good and the ambience is genuine and homely - love... More 

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2 Thank SallieB2012
Taranaki, New Zealand
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

We had such a great dinner here, venison & gnocchi for me & hubby had the pork dish, we left debating who had the best meal! Very attentive & friendly staff. I'm afraid to say we almost turned away at the basic setting but it more than met our expectation! Will definitely call back in again! Can't speak highly enough

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1 Thank Jessie R
karlsavage, Owner at Bella's Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for the fantastic review! We look forward to hosting you again at Bella's for another memorable night. More 

Palmerston North, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Totally recommend the Tasting plate of Tapas, Antipasto & Dips. It was absolutely delicious and beautifully put together. My friend, who has been a professional in the hospitality industry for more years than I remember commented that it was one of the best she had ever enjoyed.

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Thank LizGoldie
karlsavage, Owner at Bella's Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for the rave review. This means a lot coming from professionals in the hospitality business. We look forward to hosting you again soon - Kind Regards - from the staff at Bella's More 

Bulls, New Zealand
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

I have eaten at restaurants all around the world and Bella's is right up there. I didn't think there could be a restaurant in Palmerston North like that. The food we had was absolutely scrumptious and the staff were friendly and the service was spot on. You want a nice meal and an evening out, then Bella's is the place... More 

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Thank Sandra B
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

I travel a lot with my job. I stop in at Bellas every time I am in Palmerstonn North. Every experience has been outstanding. I love the new fit out. So glad to see the end of the dark walls with a much lighter fresher colour. The new cushioned seating is similar to what I see in all my travels.... More 

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Thank ccndry74
Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Visited Bellas tonight, haven't been there for a few months and was amazed to find that they have ruined what use to be a very intimate resturant. What use to be a lovely place to bring your partner for a intimate meal has turned into something that looks like a cheaply put together dump. Uncomfortable seating and tiny tables which... More 

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2 Thank Linda L
karlsavage, Owner at Bella's Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the feedback. We hope this doesn't deter you from visiting in the future. Kind regards from the staff at Bella's. More 

Palmerston North, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

A treat for my husband's Birthday was lunch at Bella's. What a fantastic afternoon - the service was wonderful, the food was absolutely stunning and the view onto the Square was lovely. Thank you so much, one of the best dining experiences we have ever had.

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Thank Jane S
karlsavage, Owner at Bella's Cafe, responded to this review

What a wonderful review! Thank you for taking the time to give us such great feedback. We look forward to hosting you again soon. Kind regards from the staff at Bella's More 

Manawatu-Wanganui Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Its been a while since I we have visited Bella's though its always been a favorite of mine. Our waiter Matt was fabulous, really loved how attentive he was, so quick to keep sure we had everything we needed. His knowledge of wines was awesome. The food was good, not great this time, but the whole atmosphere has been pretty... More 

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5 Thank charlene287
karlsavage, Owner at Bella's Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback. We hope the new look doesn't deter you from visiting in the future. Kind regards from the staff at Bella's More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: No. 2 The Square, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Manawatu-Wanganui Region  >  Palmerston North
  • Phone Number: 6463578616

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 25
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:30 pm

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