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Up the Garden Path

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Cafe, Mediterranean, New Zealand
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473 High St., Motueka, New Zealand
03 528 9588
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Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, 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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  • 72
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  • 40
    Very good
  • 5
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  • 3
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  • 0
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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
Quaint with good food

Artwork in beautiful surroundings yet right off the main road. Interesting, good food, nice service and a great place to pick up a small or large gift for that special someone!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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  • Families with children
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English first
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

Artwork in beautiful surroundings yet right off the main road. Interesting, good food, nice service and a great place to pick up a small or large gift for that special someone!!

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A must place to visit in you stop in Motueka, food seems to change with the season and due to variety a hard choice in what to have, The fruit smoothies are amazing.

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Up the garden path is a fabulous wee gem hidden away in Motueka in the breath taking Nelson region of NZ...originally from Nelson I often return to visit family and friends and venture round all the old haunts...on our last trip we found up the garden path and we loved it, so much we made the 35min drive from Nelson... More 

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Motueka, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Lovely place to visit. Great food and drinks. The chocolate and boysenberry muffin was delicious . Awesome art work.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Really had a wonderful meal here. The Mexican breakfast is delicious and definitely worth a try. The poached eggs were perfect and even the chicken nuggets tasted healthy. It is an interesting place with plenty of art to look at. It is the first time I have been and it is too wet for the kids to play outside which... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Called in for a coffee nice setting ,coffee was really good smoothie was good ,was late in the day so not much in the cabinet but had a look at the menu which looked pretty good

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Motueka, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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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
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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 

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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
  • Cuisine: Cafe, Mediterranean, 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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