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Nikau Gallery Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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Mercer Street | City Art Gallery, Civic Square, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
+64 4-801 4168
07:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 16:00
Sat 09:00 - 16:00
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Wellington, New Zealand
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485 reviews
273 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We planned an early lunch arriving at 11.20am to find the lunch menu doesn't start until 11.30 am so we choose from the breakfast menu. Our meals were great, the mushrooms delicious and scrambled eggs with fresh herbs tasty. The cheese scones from the cabinet however were fabulous and fluffy and soft and the best scones in Wellington. The coffee... More 

Thank Alipa50
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm coeliac and need gluten free food. Nikau bake their own gf bread and it's really good. I had sage fried eggs with avocado which was an unusual take on conventional fried eggs. It was great. Great service and coffee as well.

Thank Muscadoo
Irvine, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Made straight for this place on arriving in Wellington because of recommendations. Arrived about 45 - 50 minutes before advertised closing time to be told that we could have a coffee but they were no longer serving cakes (although there were some in cabinet). Extremely disinterested waitress. The place was not busy but we waited 20 minutes for cold coffee.... More 

Thank Peanuts109
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great breakfast here (after eventually finding it! Don't follow street address - it's on the outside corner of the city gallery). Has great coffee and helpful friendly staff. The scrambled eggs are really good and my two boys enjoyed the pancakes and rice pudding. Definitely worth a visit. Lovely location in the cultural precinct.

Thank Captoz
Ramallah, Palestinian Territories
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

I LOVE Nikau and have only ever had great experiences here. Favourites are the sage fried eggs, kedgeree, artichokes on toast or the mussels. Highly recommend.

Thank BellaBernard
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

this is the best place for coffee or lunch in Wellington. Visit the City Gallery and then enjoy a meal next door.

Thank 20Tripad
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

No water view but a sunny and sheltered courtyard area in addition to indoor dining - we enjoyed breakfast and found the café very receptive to adjusting the meals to our vegetarian tastes - great service and food; highly recommended - hot breakfasts and coffees for 2 for well under $20 a head :-)

Thank Coastr27
Morrinsville, New Zealand
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188 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Chose Nikau off TripAdvisor after a look through the Anzac display at Te Papa. Not that easy a place to find. On North-East corner of Gallery building. Busy as a busy thing at about 1.00pm. Interesting selection of usual cafe fare and also some unique dishes. I had the Kingfish ceviche with radish and lettuce. Thought it might have a... More 

Thank VicnJen67
Brisbane, Australia
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

Delicious food and great service well worth a visit. Bit hard to find tucked in off the street. Go up stairs half way along Harris street.

Thank JGC1234
Wellington, New Zealand
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Kelda, co-owner and chef, is a legend in Wellington for her kedgeree, which is a great lunch dish. The menu is varied and the service is excellent. Often full at lunch time, it pays to book. Lovely light atmosphere, with outside courtyard. Closed for dinner.

Thank Kathy J

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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
Cafe, New Zealand, European, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mercer Street | City Art Gallery, Civic Square, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-801 4168

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