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Workmans Cafe Bar

52 Broadway, Matamata 3400, New Zealand
+64 7-888 5498
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (8 reviews)
“toasties” (6 reviews)
“pate” (7 reviews)
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Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
52 Broadway, Matamata 3400, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The owner of this eatery goes out of his way to make this a worthwhile experience. His personality and welcoming attitude draws you in...the food quality confirms that you've made the right choice to dine here. You will love it

Thank JoeTCrimeDog
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had early dinner on Saturday evening, 2 adults and 1 child. We didn't book but got lucky, it was pretty busy so I recommend booking. The staff were very friendly and welcoming, they made a good team. I had the rack of lamb and it...More

Thank andrew p
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately we missed seeing the eponymous Mr Workman, but front of house was run very capably in his absence by a very pleasant and diverse young team. It was quite busy early on a Saturday evening so we were lucky to get a table, but...More

Thank Chris_and_Jean
Reviewed September 13, 2017 via mobile

We recently ordered pate in a top restaurant in Paris only to find it was disappointing compared to Matamata pate!

Thank Q9178YYrachelw
scronk60, Owner at Workmans Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2017

Hey Rachel, thanks for your opinion on the pate have been using the same recipe for over 23 years in the café thing I may have got it right cheers Syd.

Reviewed September 10, 2017

Came here with my wife and infant son. I had the big breakfast which tasted great. The bacon was really good. They also had toys for my infant to play with to occupy himself while we ate!

Thank Edomon
scronk60, Owner at Workmans Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2017

Hey Edomom, thanks for the review, the toys are a life saver for mums and dads give them a little reprieve to eat and enjoy cheers Syd.

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Reviewed September 7, 2017 via mobile

That staff here were really nice but the owner was not a nice person. We spent over $100 in our group and two other friend bought in food from subway (our mistake) they offered to buy a coffee when approached and he was very rude...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
scronk60, Owner at Workmans Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2017

Rude you have the cheek to call me rude when you have the audacity to bring food into my café from s ------y . Please tell as many of your friends because if they are as ignorant as you I do not want them anywhere...More

Reviewed August 17, 2017

We enjoyed one of the best meals we had during our New Zealand trip at Workmans Cafe Bar. But even if the food had not been so outstanding, Sid Workman is worth the visit. He is a bigger than life personality. We discovered that when...More

Thank Ken P
scronk60, Owner at Workmans Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2017

Hey Ken , glad you had a great meal and a fun time because that what eating and drinking is all about, good music,comfy seats not to forget the good looking team that are easy on the eye cheers Syd.

Reviewed August 12, 2017 via mobile

From the time you enter this restaurant you are welcomed an stays like that until you leave, what I appreciate is even if there is only two of us if there is a table that can seat 6 we are never turned away, thanks Syd...More

Thank karen o
scronk60, Owner at Workmans Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2017

Hi Karen, glad you enjoy the little café in our great little village. I am lucky to have the support of the locals as well as the passing through custom, it has been a fabulous 23 years in in Matamata cheers Syd.

Reviewed August 12, 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch yesterday. Have been here before, and we were looking forward to it. Waited ages to have our order taken. The food was ok. The woman who cleared the table and responded to our request for tomato sauce seemed really grumpy. Not...More

Thank JoLloyd
scronk60, Owner at Workmans Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2017

Hello JoLloyd, isn't it funny when people have been before and don't get on the trip adviser site and say how good it was but as soon as the have a different experience they cant wait to jump on and have a go... maybe you...More

Reviewed August 9, 2017

Always always excellent steak, great appetisers, fantastic waiters and waitresses. This is a popular restaurant, and I wish the owner would put more grill chefs on to cope with the crowd because waiting 1 3/4 hours for the meal is just not on these days....More

Thank 1deborahweal
scronk60, Owner at Workmans Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2017

Hey Deborah, all I can do is apologize for the period you had to wait for your dinner and have spoken to the team about it. I do care about my little café with a passion and I also care about my customers and staff....More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $23
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene
Open Hours
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 52 Broadway, Matamata 3400, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Matamata
  • Phone Number: +64 7-888 5498
Workman's café is a fun friendly environment that happily serves great coffee and fresh local food five days and nights a week, we take pride in what we do and how we present ourselves. Great comfy chairs, great sounds, fab ambiance, and good looking staff all help to provide an experience we hope you will enjoy . Cheers Syd
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