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Up the Garden Path

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473 High Street, Motueka 7120, New Zealand
6435289588
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Nelson, New Zealand
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67 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Went there with some friends and had wonderful meals in a lovely surroundings. Staff was very busy, but also very helpful.

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Thank Sigi22
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

Disappointed that you are closed with no advertising in the paper? And the for sale signs out the front are also unattractive for a business. Last time I ate here I enjoyed my meal. That's why you don't get one star.

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Thank Bombay11
Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

Dear Nicole Hello from Motueka. We understand your disappointment with our seasonal closure. We did advertise this fact, however, it is impossible to reach everyone. Our regrets. We also understand that you are sad because you enjoyed your visit to up the garden path....thank you, for your kind words, and alas two stars. This little cafe has served the public... More 

Richmond, New Zealand
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

We enjoyed a lovely family gathering for lunch out on the Verandah Up The Garden Path. Lovely spot, very homely and the food was amazing. There's lots of lovely art work on the walls and around the place as well, and a great play area for little ones. Choices of inside and outside dining, great for just a coffee on... More 

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Thank Steve B
Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

dear steve, hello from motueka! wow, what a glowing review. yes, we love the family groups that join us here for a meal and sharing play time with the kids! we built the playground for the little ones, and find that parents love it just as much! inside or outside, we appreciate you siting the charms of this cafe and... More 

Nelson
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

Soooo looking forward to a treat for lunch and was horrified it was closed. This was not on One News.

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Thank Suzanne M
Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

dear suzanne, good day from motueka! we are so sorry that you had the inconvenience of showing up and we are closed for the winter! we have advertised locally and sent notification to our loyalty card members. we have attempted to cover as many bases as possible, with news of the seasonal closure. please accept our apologizes. furthermore, thank you,... More 

Perth, Australia
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45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful place to visit and enjoy a relaxing lunch in the garden. We ordered the smoked salmon pizza. So fresh and tasty with plenty of ingredients. A pleasure to eat. We then had a berry cheesecake and a lemon tart with coffee. Home made and excellent. Service with a smile and very efficient. Could not ask for anything... More 

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Thank Ian H
Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

dear ian, hello and good day from motueka! thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your experience with us here at up the garden path. i think our pizzas have become a favorite around here...lots of ooohs and aahs, when they are served and happily eaten. a little love and good ingredients, go along... More 

Lentillac du Causse
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016 via mobile

We have just had the yummiest breakfast. I had a Mexican with fab flavours and full of zinging nutrition, my husband the outstandingly generous Farmers breakfast (with great sausages and chutney), my son an enchanting gingerbread and bacon thingamajig and my daughter the stonkingly delish Eggs Bennie - with salmon, capers and wonderfully generous rocket on the side. ...and the... More 

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Thank Jodie B
Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

dear jodie, good day from motueka! we are so happy to hear that you and your family had a lovely time with us! we so enjoy our clients and their appreciation of what this establishment has to offer. thanks for mentioning the music...we do our best to play tunes that will suit most anyone. our chef does his best to... More 

Kaikohe, New Zealand
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

This restaurant has some of the most pleasant staff of any establishment I have been to and I conveyed this to the owner.We were made to feel very welcome and the food quality matched the service.

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Thank Mike F
Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

dear mike, hello from motueka! i had sent a response to your review...however, it must have gotten lost in cyber space. thank you for taking the time to review up the garden path cafe and gallery. yes, we do our best to have great staff and food. we appreciate you letting us know we have done a good job. please... More 

Motueka, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016 via mobile

Went to up the garden path gor a colleagues farewell lunch. Food deluciod and beautifully presented. Staff pleasant. Lovely surroundings. You cand dine outside in the garden or inside amongst some gorgeous artworks. Priced at the higher end for a lunch menu. Plenty of parking

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Thank nickiloder66
Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

dear nickiloder66, hello from up the garden path cafe and gallery! thank you for your review. we always appreciate hearing from our clientele. happy, happy that you and your friend enjoyed your time with us. we find that this is a unique property, featuring the spacious green garden and then the amazing interior of the cafe and gallery, filled with... More 

Paihia, New Zealand
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152 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful Café, friendly staff, excellent food. We had breakfast here and loved it. Coffee was delicious, and eggs Benedikt just yummy. They had lots of lovely looking cakes as well, which we couldn't try because our breakfast portions were very generous. We'll be back. What a lovely spot.

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Thank Ikat58
Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

dear Ikat58, good day! life is so busy, yet you have found time to give us a beautiful review...who says there is no good left in this world? thank you heaps! just a note, to let you know, that we make all our cakes, muffins, breads and quiches on premises. in this day of "pop a box" cooking, isn't it... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016

Very nice spot and an extremely enjoyable experience. Good coffee and great food in a lovely outdoor area on a gorgeous sunny morning, what more could you ask for? Everything tasted great and was cooked perfectly, would definitely visit again and recommend to friends.

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Thank MissKazNZ
Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

dear karel r, good day from motueka! thank you for your recent review of your of 10/10!!!! honestly, you have made our day! we strive to offer one of the best plates at the top of the south, in a fabulous setting, and of course we are very picky with the coffee. thank you for your appreciation of our little... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$6 - $20
Cuisine
European, Mediterranean
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 473 High Street, Motueka 7120, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Motueka
  • Phone Number: 6435289588
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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