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“Good taps beers and bradwurst” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Secret Garden Cafe - CLOSED

Secret Garden Cafe
30 Maxwell Road, Blenheim, New Zealand
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Cuisines: Pacific Rim
Description: winebar and eatery
Restaurant details
Description: winebar and eatery
Nelson, New Zealand
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Good taps beers and bradwurst”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

We went to the Secret garden as we'd heard about their bradwursts. After a long day wine tatsing it was great to have something tatsy to soak up the wine and to have a beer.

Visited September 2011
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English first
Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Lousy Food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012 via mobile

Went there on a cold night a couple of weeks ago. Restaurant was cold - only one small open fire which did nothing to warm the place. Owner was rude. Waiting staff were friendly. Lamb shank was worst I have ever had - hardly any meat on it & cold in the centre with white fat. Roast dinners, whilst only $14 were awful - also obviously reheated meat. Wine list by the glass was very limited & expensive. Will not return.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“"Shocking Service"”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

A friend and I went to the Secret Garden for Dinner last month and were appalled at how terrible the service was! When we arrived both staff behind the counter took a look at us then continued working with no acknowledgment what’s so ever.
After standing their awkwardly for a few minutes we managed to be seated. We were asked whether we would like a drink however no wine list presented until we asked for it. Our wine arrived as well as being told the evening specials and cutlery given. However the waiter never returned to take our order. We both finished our wines fuming with how terrible the service was. Got up to pay for our wine thinking that would trigger the staff to remember they never came back to us. Sadly it didn’t, left just as ignored as when we arrived. I won’t be going back.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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“below average”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

went in one afternoon and was not only ignored, but stared at by the staff until we walked up to the counter to place our order... the service is the worst i have come across in blenheim and the only thing that saved itself from getting the lowest possible mark is their coffee which was top notch. would not recommend.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Nelson
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Gone downhill”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

We have enjoyed a few meals at Secret Garden in the past however we have found that the last couple of times we have been there it has been a disappointment. As well as the menu being noticeably smaller the standard of the food has gone downhill as well. Also the service isnt that great. Really disappointing as we used to enjoy going there and rave about the food but after the last couple of times I doubt we will go back there

  • Visited June 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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