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Up the Garden Path

473 High St., Motueka, New Zealand
03 528 9588
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Ranked #2 of 19 Restaurants in Motueka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $4 - $24
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Dessert, Mediterranean, New Zealand
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Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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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English first
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Up the Garden Path always has some unique items on its menu. This last visit offered me a very difficult choice as there were so many things I wanted to try. They are inventive and clever with their food creations, and they turn out tasty, too!

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Nelson, New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Went here for lunch with friends at 11.30 am thinking we would get seated before any lunchtime rush. Unfortunately they were expecting a bus load of people so we were led to a table under a tree in the children's playground. There was a stiff breeze and it was quite chilly so not totally enjoyable. I thought that as we... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We dropped into this Cafe while cycling the Great Taste trail and we appreciated their lovely food, lemonade and smoothie. Yum, Yum, Yum!! Has outdoor settings and a big playground and also a nice gallery!

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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Sadly this was our first and last visit to this cafe. We were on a birthday trip and thought a quick coffee would set us up for the further 2 hours ahead. Unfortunately the staff seemed to forget our order and despite querying it after 30 mins they still took another 10 mins then only one coffee at a time.... More 

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Motueka, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Live in Motueka so call in often for coffee or lunch with friends both local and overseas. Excellent food, well presented, good choice, nice environment and always consistent. Staff are friendly and attentive. Prices are very reasonable.

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48 reviews 48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We ate here with a group of about 15 and the service was super friendly. I ordered the homemade fettucine with smoked chicken, bacon, sundried tomato and parmesan cheese with a creamy sauce. The portion was smaller than other restaurants but this is not a bad thing. It was the perfect size. Tasted great, loved it. Friends has scallops and... More 

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Upper Moutere, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I have whizzed passed Up the Garden Path just off the main street in Motueka on several occasions but yesterday decided to call in for coffee to treat myself. It was a treat too. It was about 4pm and surprisingly quiet. Suggest you park off the main road and enter the pretty garden where you pass an amazing rhododendron TREE... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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36 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Our favourite stop for breakfast when we stay in Motueka for the weekend. A delightful cafe with a gorgeous outside seating area in the garden surrounded by flowers and artwork. I always have the pancakes which are beautifully presented, topped with bacon and poached rhubarb and accompanied with a baby jug of maple syrup and a side portion of caramelised... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Came here for breakfast with family whilst visiting NZ. The food really was delicious and presented beautifully. I had the blueberry pancakes. My only quarm is that it was topped with grilled rhubarb which was freezing cold and made me blueberries cold and just didn't feel right and think it was supposed to be warm. We also waited over 60... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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88 reviews 88 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We were out cruising the countryside, looking for a place to have lunch on a cool windy winters Tasman Bay day and stumbled upon Up The Garden Path. It was very busy when we arrived which we took to be a good sign. We found a table on the verandah and enjoyed pleasant but non intrusive service and excellent food.... 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, Dessert, Mediterranean, New Zealand

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