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Parnells cafe and gallery

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Cafe, Contemporary, Healthy
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349 Victoria Avenue, Whanganui, New Zealand
+64 3457770
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7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Families with children
Description: Fresh, homemade food and Mojos coffee. Always a must in Wanganui to eat,...
Fresh, homemade food and Mojos coffee. Always a must in Wanganui to eat, coffee and view gallery. Fantastic gelato.
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  • 10
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Parnells Cafe

Parnells Cafe is hard to beat for a convenient breakfast, brunch or lunch. I like the veggie or bacon eggs Benedict , that comes with a light dose of oil and vinegar...just the added touch to make them special. The cafe is probably best when one has a sunny day that makes the outside garden... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
reedfamily6
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San Diego, California
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Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited Parnells numerous times and have always enjoyed the food/coffee. There is a nice atmosphere with a variety of food options, beautiful artwork and delicious gelato! Unfortunately I was very disappointed with the service that I received last weekend from the person on the till and the barista. I politely asked a request and in return received such... More 

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1 Thank ba1278
bsmack2014, Owner at Parnells cafe and gallery, responded to this review

Thank you ba1278 for your feedback following a recent visit to Parnells Cafe, Wanganui. I am very sorry that you received poor service from our staff on this occasion. This is a very real concern for us and will definitely be addressed at our next Front of House meeting. We do have a focus on providing excellent customer service and... More 

Whanganui, New Zealand
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I always stop here for gelato and it seems to be the only place that sells it in Wanganui. The chocolate flavour never disappoints.

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Thank LanaM_NewZealand
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly staff, delicous food with great company. My family enjoyed our get together before we all had to go our separate ways as rhe Christmas season came to an end. We found the outside area pleasant and the tables were large enough to accommodate the whole group. The staff were friendly and attentive, clearing our table so we could relax.

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Thank Martha H
bsmack2014, Owner at Parnells cafe and gallery, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your excellent feedback for Parnells Cafe, Martha. I am so pleased that your family enjoyed their tme together and that our food and service made this a wonderful occasion for you. Olive Mackintosh, Director/Owner. More 

San Diego, California
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Parnells Cafe is hard to beat for a convenient breakfast, brunch or lunch. I like the veggie or bacon eggs Benedict , that comes with a light dose of oil and vinegar...just the added touch to make them special. The cafe is probably best when one has a sunny day that makes the outside garden seating most inviting. The local... More 

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Thank reedfamily6
bsmack2014, Owner at Parnells cafe and gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for your vey positive comments about Parnells. We really value your feedback. The birds are a nuisance and we are trying a number of actions to discourage them but are yet to find an effective deterrent (poisoning has been suggested, but we're not keen on that remedy). We are generally well-staffed although sometimes we have an influx that... More 

New Plymouth, New Zealand
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great selection of cooked and cabinet food. Very tasty. Service good. Nice surrounds and a good selection of newspapers and magazines to read. Highly recommend this cafe.

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Thank flyingkiwi66
bsmack2014, Owner at Parnells cafe and gallery, responded to this review

So pleased flyingkiwi66 that you enjoyed your time at Parnells Cafe. Your feedback is very important to us and we are especially happy when we have met the expectations of our customers. Thanks so much. Olive Mackntosh, Director/Owner. More 

Palmerston North, New Zealand
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65 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

Plenty of space and tables available with a great cabinet selection! Coffee is by Mojo. Great beans and generally good brew out of the baristas here.

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Thank JayLewer
Erie, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

The café is up on the main drag a bit so it's somewhat either way. The food was OK that we got however the desserts were great. The gelato is amazing. I would just skip any sort of food and eat the ice cream. While the other group about the place is that it does not offer free Wi-Fi. You... More 

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1 Thank Karen T
bsmack2014, Owner at Parnells cafe and gallery, responded to this review

Hi Karen So pleased you enjoyed Parnells gelato. Our sunny days are certainly making gelato a very popular choice for customers. Safe and happy travelling. Olive Mackintosh (Owner) More 

Waitara, New Zealand
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48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

We ordered our tea and eats and when seated saw that golden oldies were allowed 10% discount. It was on the tale next to us not on the counter or anywhere that my partner saw. I explained this as he had spent over $40 ... The girl said Well you will know next time won,t you. Their attitude when I... More 

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2 Thank LAURANIC287
bsmack2014, Owner at Parnells cafe and gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback Lauran. I am very disappointed at the response you received from staff and will follow up on this tomorrow. This attitude is rude and totally unacceptable. My sincere apologies. Kind regards, Olive Mackintosh, Owner, Parnells Café. More 

New Plymouth, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Had a coffee there and it was recommended to us. We were not disappointed. We are very fussy about coffee and this was awesome! The food looked lovely but we did not partake. The staff were very friendly and also offered us a 10% Gold card discount without even asking which was much appreciated. Do not hesitate going there -... More 

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Thank Nowaussies
bsmack2014, Owner at Parnells cafe and gallery, responded to this review

Thank you Nowaussies for your very positive feedback. I am delighted that your experience at Parnells Café was so good and that you took the time to let us know about it. Kind regards, Olive Mackintosh, Owner, Parnells Café. More 

Featherston, New Zealand
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Great cafe, popular, with great service. A large range of cabinet food as well as a menu for breakfast, brunch & lunch.

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Thank Lisa W
bsmack2014, Owner at Parnells cafe and gallery, responded to this review

Thank you so much Lisa for taking the time to share your very positive experience at Parnells Café. We really do appreciate the time customers take to share their criticisms and praise for the food, service and environment we provide. We want to provide the best we can. Kind regards. Olive mackintosh, Owner, Parnells Café. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 349 Victoria Avenue, Whanganui, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Manawatu-Wanganui Region  >  Whanganui
  • Phone Number: +64 3457770

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 13
  • Cuisine: Cafe, Contemporary, Healthy

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Fresh, homemade food and Mojos coffee. Always a must in Wanganui to eat, coffee and view gallery. Fantastic gelato.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?