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“Great coffee and fantastic burgers...”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Joe's Garage

Joe's Garage
Ranked #55 of 908 Restaurants in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, New Zealand, Cafe, European, Contemporary
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Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Wellington, New Zealand
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great coffee and fantastic burgers...”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

There seems to be a trend amongst eateries recently of making burgers without putting a lot of thought into how wide the human mouth can actually open. I don't think Joe's Garage got that memo.

Their burgers are fantastic, and exactly what a burger should be - simple, home-made (don't use a processed patty), not ridiculously vertical, and delicious. I've fallen in love with their beef and bacon number. All burgers are served with hand-cut fries that are also very tasty and complement the burgers very well indeed. The burgers are available as part of their lunch/dinner menu, alongside a number of other dishes that I can't vouch for - except the schnitzel, which was a huge portion, and good, but eclipsed by the burgers.

They coffee they serve up is also great, and the staff are always friendly and helpful.

It can get VERY busy around brunch time on weekends, so be warned.

  • Visited April 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Bustling, noisy, good food”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

Three of us went to Joe's Garage for lunch on a very busy Saturday. A group of five ahead of us was told by the Maitre 'd they would have an hour's wait, but there was a table available for our small group. We were shown to the far right on the back wall - the only spare table - which was small and in a hot and noisy area close to the servery, coffee machine and kitchen. A fan above us moved air in the cafe beyond our table, so we didn't get the benefit. Menus and water were quickly delivered by our friendly waitress, and when the larger table beside us became vacant, she suggested we move which was thoughtful. The menu catered for breakfast and lunch, so there was ample choice, and the food was definitely delicious. Prices were in normal cafe range for NZ. The three different burgers we had were all a good size, with plenty of filling, and very tasty (NZ$17 to $19). Due to the full house, we waited longer for our meals than the waitress said is usual, about 30 minutes after ordering. I would go again for the food, but at a less busy time as the noise and heat were difficult to cope with.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Cadarnle
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Bethesda, Maryland
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66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Spoiled us for the rest of the trip”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

We ate here our first breakfast in Wellington, and it spoiled us for the rest of the trip. I had the fruit crumble, and my wife had the bacon & egg on a bun. We also had 2 flat whites. Both food dishes were superb (and with leftovers for a snack later), and both coffees were so good they were the benchmark for all other coffees we had on our trip (Cafe L'Affare, Memphis Belle, Flight Coffee House, and the Sydney Airport).

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Sunil H
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
“Great food, Great service”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

Stopped in here for a quick bite for lunch. The guy who was our server welcomed us at the door, super friendly. We both had burgers. Different ones but both were great. The fries were served with a dipping sauce I had never had before but was very good. The pricing I found to be in line with the other places to eat in Wellington. I would recommend this place again to somebody for sure.

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Thank Darlene K
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Great Chips”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

Reasonable ambience, great potato chips with gravy! Schnitzel from the breakfast/lunch menu was average - wish I'd gone for a chicken open sandwich type thing my partner ordered which looked amazing.

Visited November 2012
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