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Cafe Affair of Nelson

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295 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7001, New Zealand
(03) 548 8295
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food great staff

I had lunch at cafe affair with my sister we have gone there many times and still we return. Our waiter was awesome very friendly and he had a good recommendation and knowledge on there wine section. I had the falafel salad which was huge and yum yum and my sister had the vegetarian salad that was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
Donna R
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Nelson, New Zealand
via mobile
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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183 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Newcastle, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

First stop in Nelson, great choice, lovely building, had a good designer on board. Light lunch, girl working the floor was wonderful, girl behind bar.....ho hum!

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Nelson, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

I had lunch at cafe affair with my sister we have gone there many times and still we return. Our waiter was awesome very friendly and he had a good recommendation and knowledge on there wine section. I had the falafel salad which was huge and yum yum and my sister had the vegetarian salad that was yum yum as... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We walked down town and came across this lovely café, found the food to be good and they are also licenced so were able to have a couple of drinks with our meal. The service was good.

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Christchurch
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Joined dear friends at one of there favorite eating places in Nelson. Meals were reasonably prices and value for money. We went back a couple days later just for coffee at 9pm. AGAIN nothing was a problem the staff were happy just to serve us a decent coffee.

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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41 reviews 41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

There is a good selection of craft beers and quality ciders here, many made in Nelson. We ordered the eye fillet which was cooked to perfection, but the gratin was a little bit more like mashed potato than gratin. We also ordered the fish of the day, marlin, which is a beautiful dense fish. It was overlooked but I suspect... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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33 restaurant reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

There is indoor and outdoor seating at this café in the centre of Nelson. The staff are friendly and helpful. There is a menu or food can be ordered from the counter cabinets. We had a table at the front of the inside section of the cafe that looked out onto the street – a nice spot for lunch.

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Oliver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Nice place for a quick business chat or a midday break for a bite. Staff are a little less than perfect but friendly nonetheless. A tad on the expensive side.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We ate at Cafe Affair twice during our four night stay in Nelson. On both occasions the food was excellent and the service friendly but unobtrusive. We tried the 'cook your own' prawns and scallops on the granite slab which was great fun and had fillet steak the second night. The seafod was plentiful and fresh and the steak was... More 

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Hawker, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Again, wonderful staff and very accomodating establishment. They were happy to delay our booking when we were running late. The restaurant was packed and buzzing, which was a good sign. The food, however is very basic stone grill but perhaps I chose poorly with the prawns and mussels. My meal was bland, and I thought overpriced for the 2-3 skewers... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

Lovely setting, European looking frontage. Nice welcome, service however quite slow, meals disappointingly small, no taste & waiter apologised when collecting the plates as he'd forgotten to serve the salad with the lamb kebab. Would have liked to have eaten there again but after this experience wouldn't bother.

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  • Address: 295 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7001, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: (03) 548 8295

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