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Up the Garden Path

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Coffee Shop, Mediterranean, Dessert, New Zealand
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473 High St., Motueka, New Zealand
03 528 9588
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Dining options: Lunch, Coffee & Tea, Breakfast, Brunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Originally a private residence, The home that would become Up the Garden...
Originally a private residence, The home that would become Up the Garden Pathwas built around 1910 by Cecil and Mina Talbot.In 2004 the property assumed its current formwith the addition of the main hall, gallery andcommercial kitchen. First known as an art venue,Up the Garden Path soon earned a reputationfor outstanding dining, coffee and service whileremaining true to its roots in the art world.Today the café-gallery supports many localartists and provides a welcoming havenfor residents and visitors alike.Thank you for joining us.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Perfect for lunch

Up the Garden Path is ideally situated on the edge of town with plenty of paking. Good menu, service and reasonably priced makes this a popular spot for locals and visitors

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Chris L
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Motueka, New Zealand
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  • Families with children
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Motueka, New Zealand
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Up the Garden Path is ideally situated on the edge of town with plenty of paking. Good menu, service and reasonably priced makes this a popular spot for locals and visitors

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Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I have driven past this cafe so many times when heading over to Motueka but this was my first time eating here...won't be my last and will so be bringing the kids next time with that awesome looking playground. We came for lunch, its was reasonably busy but we were served quickly and our food came out pretty fast. We... More 

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Kaitangata, New Zealand
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63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

A nice cafe with plenty of artwork to look at and enjoy also. Menu was all delicious sounding food. Would come here again.

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Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

Dear Tatestheword, Hello from Motueka, NZ! I have noted that you and your family are from Perth, Australia. Taking the time to review Up the Garden Path Cafe and Gallery is most appreciated! We receive quite a few visitors from Australia, and it is always our pleasure to host travellers to the cafe'! We are very pleased that your visit... More 

Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

A Mothers Day treat with my daughter. We both had the Vietnamese Chicken Salad, with kafir lime leaves. It was delicious and made the treat even better with such a lovely meal, with the kafir lime not overpowering at all. Would recommend this dish totally.

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Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

Dear Val, Hello from Up the Garden Path! We are very pleased to hear that your experience here, during your Mother's Day meal was so delicious! It is our goal to provide the best quality food and atmosphere to our customers. I have noted that you a Motueka resident. Knowing that we are ticking all the boxes, with our hometown... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

So much to enjoy about this place - lots of choice on the menu from a range of cabinet food with plenty of sweet treats, to delicious breakfast and lunch options. A gallery out the back featuring a wide variety of local art, as well as art all around the cafe and in the garden. Even a specially built play... More 

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Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

dear kiwischch, hello from motueka, and thank you for taking the time to write a review of your dining experience, here at, up the garden path cafe and gallery, situated at the top of the south island. we are so pleased that your time with us left such a wonderful impression! happy that you and your family found the playground,... More 

Romsey, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Trip adviser again found us a fantastic place to relax & eat excellent food. Up the garden path is truly delightful, just a few hundred metres out of the main drag towards Nelson. The garden itself is delightful with tables and umbrellas for shade. We stopped for lunch and were seated on the veranda again with much needed shade. The... More 

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Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

Dear Dudley B, Good day from Up the Garden Path Cafe and Gallery! We are very glad that Trip Advisor assisted you in finding the cafe and you had such a lovely experience with your family! We built the playground last year, as we realized that the little ones have lots of energy and get bored easily....with a bit of... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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32 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Sadly first and last visit to be honest, everything was fantastic about the cafe, food was tasty, service was great, awesome atmosphere it was just really poor value for money!!!. It had a neat wee playground so our son had a lovely time while we ate....(he was too busy exploring!) but, I found it to be very over priced for... More 

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Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

Dear Gemma R, We are appreciative of the recent review that you submitted on Up the Garden Path Cafe and Gallery. It is always good to hear that our guest enjoy themselves while visiting us! You commented on the lovely atmosphere, your child's fascination of the playground, and the professionalism of our staff and chef. Looks like we ticked all... More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
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41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Had breakfast here. Really nice atmosphere with lovely garden outside and plenty of interest inside with lots of artwork and jewellery on display for sale. Good menu with something for everyone including gluten free options. Friendly staff and good service. Enjoyed the food. Recommend.

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Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

Dear Antipodean Genes, Hello from Motueka and thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Up the Garden Path Cafe and Gallery. In your review, you mentioned the art work in the gallery catching your attention. All of the art work in the gallery is by local artist, with a few exceptions. We are blessed with an... More 

Motueka, New Zealand
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We had a lovely lunch here in the peaceful gardens great staff friendly and efficient. Food was delicious

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Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

Dear 3 loraine, Hello from Up the Garden Path Cafe and Gallery! Thank you for your recent review of your meal. We are always appreciative of guest who take the time to let us know how we are doing. You commented on the "lovely lunch, delicious food, the great staff anf the peaceful garden," in such a complimentary way! It... More 

New Zealand
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41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

Only popped in for morning coffee and a cake but it is a lovely place and the garden setting is lovely on a sunny day with the cicadas making their noise, it reminded me of the Mediterranean. Food that was served to other customers looked great but our coffee and cake was good as well.

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Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

Dear Nomadsnomore, Hello from Up the Garden Path Cafe and Gallery in Motueka! We are so glad that you had a review-worthy time in the garden, enjoying house made cakes and coffee! This property with gardens and room to just let go and relax, are some of the reasons that we found this property so attractive. Outdoor dining in the... More 

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Additional Information about Up the Garden Path

Address: 473 High St., Motueka, New Zealand
Phone Number: 03 528 9588
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Motueka
Average Prices: USD 4 - 24
Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Mediterranean, Dessert, New Zealand

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 473 High St., Motueka, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Motueka
  • Phone Number: 03 528 9588

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 24
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Mediterranean, Dessert, New Zealand

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Originally a private residence, The home that would become Up the Garden Pathwas built around 1910 by Cecil and Mina Talbot.In 2004 the property assumed its current formwith the addition of the main hall, gallery andcommercial kitchen. First known as an art venue,Up the Garden Path soon earned a reputationfor outstanding dining, coffee and service whileremaining true to its roots in the art world.Today the café-gallery supports many localartists and provides a welcoming havenfor residents and visitors alike.Thank you for joining us.

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