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Cafe Clarence

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$$ - $$$
Cafe, Contemporary, Australian, Gluten Free Options
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Hotel Ulmarra | 2 Coldstream Street, Ulmarra, New South Wales 2462, Australia
+61 2 6644 5305
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

On a very hot day this is a great place to be! Nice salads, mine a Caesar with added prawns partner a squid and prawn Thai salad. Both were very good. Beer selection is good too. The garden is a nice place to sit looking out on the river.

Thank Fiona H
Ballina, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love red the food it was fresh,tasty and well presented the service was friendly and prompt the overall experience was great we will return ps the carrot & ginger cake was wonderful

Thank sport48
Toowoon Bay, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

The highlight of the trip between Sydney and Qld is a stop here. It's like stepping back in time sit outside by the river and relax over breakfast, lunch, morning or afternoon tea. I've tried the scones with Jam and cream - bliss, burgers and bacon and eggs. It's all Yum - stop next time and explore this beautiful little... More 

Thank jlspaddles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

Excellent food and service. Rate this up there with best we've dined in over the past 4 weeks touring NSW. Scones and coffee are amazing. Had to stop in on our way back north again 😄

Thank Peter B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

We chose the Salt 'n' pepper squid and prawns, local beer battered fish, yet everything on the menu looked appetising, and reasonably priced too. With the big river as a backdrop, a most enjoyable experience indeed.

Thank jessnjon
Grafton, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

We have visited this spot for Sunday lunch a number of times over the years. Sadly there are a dearth of spots around Grafton that allow you to dine with a view of the Clarence. The dining area here has a great aspect over the river and beyond.The food is consistent and there is a good range of offerings on... More 

Thank GraftonRiverguide
weenabaird, Owner at Cafe Clarence, responded to this review

Sorry about the carb component on the ploughmans - something got lost in translation! Thanks for your review and ongoing support. More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

We loved our recent visit to Ulmara and relaxed meal and travel break. A good range of food and drinks. Service was friendly and quick on a Sunday lunch time in winter there was a real buzz that added to the experience

Thank wally213
Magnetic Island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

The Clarence Café is in the Ulmarra Hotel with outdoor seating & a large "sunroom" overlooking the lovely Clarence River, handy for those windy days. The food is hearty & on the top end of pub fare, cooked to perfection. It was very busy the day we went for lunch, but waiting 25 minutes for your meal is no hassle,... More 

Thank Kylez67
Noosa, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

Ulmarra is a place that we usually just drive through,if you blink you would miss it.About half way between Yamba and Grafton on the pacific highway. With advice from our friends we decided to call into the Cafe Clarence for breakfast.Wow such a beautiful setting right on the Clarence River,fantastic food,catering for every taste.Wonderful ambience with great background music playing.... More 

Thank Diane C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

Great country pub with gorgeous views over the Clarence River. The setting is idyllic. With a huge garden at the rear for the sunlovers. Food is generous in portions.Super tasty meals. I had the Vegie burger with chips & salad & was full as a boot. Flavours were spectacular & coffee was great also. Been there twice on my motorbike... More 

Thank Natalie S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $22
Cafe, Contemporary, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups, Kids
Open Hours
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hotel Ulmarra | 2 Coldstream Street, Ulmarra, New South Wales 2462, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Ulmarra
  • Phone Number: +61 2 6644 5305
Opening Hours Breakfast and Lunch 8.30am - 2.30 pm (7days) Dinner 6.00pm - 8.30pm Tues- Sat Outstanding Coffee This is a delightful cafe/restaurant that provides excellent low priced meals in a setting on the banks of the Clarence River. It is right beside the Pacific Highway and is an excellent break point for those driving the Sydney-Brisbane highway. We have eaten there twice in the past week and were most impressed. We think it should be better known, especially as the service is especially friendly.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?