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Up the Garden Path

473 High St., Motueka, New Zealand
03 528 9588
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Ranked #2 of 18 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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Nelson, New Zealand
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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Nelson, New Zealand
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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Stopped here for morning tea and what a great friendly little place. Great coffee and my savoury muffin was one of the best I have had in a long time. Even though we did not have any children with us there is a great outside play area for children and next time we will definitely bring the grandchildren back with... More

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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Stopped in for lunch. We had the seafood chowder, club sandwiches with fries and coffees. The staff were attentive and the service was fast and friendly. Coffees were great and arrived quickly. The food was fantastic and good value. If anything, portions were larger than we expected! The surroundings were pleasant (even on a miserable day!) with artwork and jewellery... More

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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I have been regularly going to this cafe now for just over a year after discovering it one Sunday afternoon. My best friend, me and two well behaved mutts wandered down the path and have been hooked ever since! The service, the ambience and the food warm us, the fact they remember us makes us feel ever so slightly special.... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Fantastic food, friendly staff and good value. This location is quiet and relaxed and also doubles as an art space with art work on the walls to purchase. The garden area looks like it would be lovely to sit in. As with previous places in the Tasman area it was very cold inside. There was an unlit gas fire and... More

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Garden Path C, General Manager at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments on our food, staff and venue - we greatly appreciate your visiting us, especially during these winter months. It is a bit odd that we did not have the fire on during your visit as usually we do warm the main hall on colder days. I personally am also very thankful for your comments... More

Motueka, New Zealand
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Had lunch at Up the Garden Path on Friday. I am a local but had never made the effort to go before. What a mistake! I am going to become a regular now! Lovely setting and very clean & tidy. Well set out dining area, we sat outside. The service was top notch and the food was delicious. I ordered... More

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Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is a delightful cafe with seating in the garden, on the deck and indoors too. They are dog friendly and have a terrific kids play area (newly built). The food is delicious and the Carrot Cake is especially good. Tables are not squished close together like so many other places and the staff and nice and friendly.

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Motueka, New Zealand
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Get away from the traffic on Motuka;s High Street and relax in this lovely garden setting. Service can be a bit slow during a busy lunchtime so leave time. Short but tasty menu.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014 via mobile

Gorgeous food and the presentation of it was very good. Friendly and helpful staff too. The lime tarte was superb as was the quiche and salad that my husband had. I had the deliciuos avocado quesadilla. We're on a bit of a foodie's trip and this was a great find. Well done guys.

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London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

I think we arrived here just as they were finishing lunch, which perhaps explains why they weren't particularly hospitable. The food was fairly average. I'd come here for a drink and a browse in the future, but not for food.

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