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Nor'Wester Cafe

Bar, Cafe, International, Pub, New Zealand
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95 Carters Road, Amberley 7410, New Zealand
03 314 9411
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9:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thu - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Drinks, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 81
    Excellent
  • 54
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 25
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great breakfast

Perfect stop between Christchurch and Picton for breakfast or lunch. It is open from 6:30am (notwithstanding that their website needs updating - it states an opening time of 9am). Friendly staff, good value for money, good food and coffee.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
John T
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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56 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perfect stop between Christchurch and Picton for breakfast or lunch. It is open from 6:30am (notwithstanding that their website needs updating - it states an opening time of 9am). Friendly staff, good value for money, good food and coffee.

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Homer, Alaska, United States
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Other dining expereinces in town and first glance at the menu had us believing we had found another gem. Food quality was less than our average experience in NZ and way over priced. Wine was expensive for being in the heart of vineyard land. Cat licking himself on an adjacent table was the last straw.

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Thank BillyDay1957
Christchurch, New Zealand
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A hunger stop..ordered $24 pan fried snapper & it was dry and around edges was very crispy n over cooked..no cherry tomatoes (as per menu) but cut up 1/2 a tomato instead (supermarket a few doors down)..my coffee under extracted..the highlight a lovely waitperson & devine caramel square..mentioned the fish when paying the bill but no apologies for its condition..overall... More 

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1 Thank sweetthing666
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped in for breakfast on a recent road trip and were really impressed with the menu choices, the friendliness of the staff and the speed with which we were served. The coffees and food came out quickly and was all delicious! There is a beautiful courtyard at the front of the cafe which is a great spot in summer.... More 

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2 Thank Hannah E
Timaru, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A friendly cafe/restaurant with great service and food. During our stay at Amberley Beach Camp we spent time there just having coffee and cake, enjoyed breakfast one morning then had a lunch there. I had pizza, husband the lamb burger and our son had the open steak sandwich. They were all delicious. No complaints with the coffee either. Staff were... More 

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2 Thank Shirley430
Wellington, New Zealand
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62 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were expecting to get a quick pub dinner in Amberley when we noticed this café and wandered in to a warm welcome on a wet evening. Great menu with a choice of café food and more formal dinner food and we chose dishes from both menus. My venison starter done Japanese style was a winner and my snapper main... More 

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2 Thank JKWG
Invercargill, New Zealand
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292 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

This is a lovely cafe that also has a wine tasting station with it. You can choose from about 20 wines to taste from with many being local wines. The coffee is good as well and there is a tasty display of cabinet food. The ginger loaf was particularly good. There is a nice kitchen as well with a lovely... More 

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1 Thank CraigandTania
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

We stopped for lunch here on our way past and were not disappointed. Soup was a great filler and snapper was well cooked. Will definitely stop here again if we are in the area.

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1 Thank Andy57B
Wellington
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Popped in for a takeaway coffee on the morning of 29/12. Though they were busy the barista took her time to make the coffee with care and as quickly as possible when the café was busy. She even apologised to the previously customer for the wait. I am abit of a coffee snob and have to say the takeaway latte... More 

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3 Thank Jofromwello
Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

We stopped for lunch at Nor'wester Cafe. It was very warm as cold outside. We were seated and our order taken promptly and the lunch was great. We would go again happily. Nice happy staff and fresh flowers on tables a nice touch.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 95 Carters Road, Amberley 7410, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Amberley
  • Phone Number: 03 314 9411

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Bar, Cafe, International, Pub, New Zealand
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?