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The Elm Cafe

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283 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
+64 6-355 4418
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Wellington, New Zealand
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited here for the first time last December and ate from the counter cabinet. Our latest visit saw us choose from the table served menu. On both occasions the food and service were excellent. The owner and chef are on-site, take pride in what they are doing and it shows. We both had the gurnard on this latest visit... More 

Thank Steve J
New Zealand
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31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A regular place for me to go as the food is always wonderful. Tasty, great menu and prompt. Best cafe/restaurant in Palmerston North by a mile in my opinion.

Thank JPLNewZealand
Melbourne, Australia
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed lunch at The Elm Cafe. Very popular and it was only a Wednesday. I had the Portobello Mushrooms & my husband the Kumara Hash both from the Brunch Menus, which were both delicious.

Thank Clare B
Christchurch, New Zealand
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We enjoyed a really nice Sunday brekky here. The menu had some different meals to those normally seen and we both tried something different. Really nice food and quickly served.

Thank kimbachick
Manawatu-Wanganui Region, New Zealand
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38 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

This has become a favourite for a delicious breakfast or brunch. If we're not eating off the menu, we enjoy the scones or muffins. The coffee is always great and the staff are friendly. Recommend to everyone.

Thank charlene287
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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481 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

We went for a Sunday lunch, and took and inside seat. The sound seemed to carry, and we could pick up conversations all around. Our order was taken quickly, and the food didn't take too long to arrive. My wife had the omelette which was really great. The Kedgeree was also tasty, but I found the rice was a little... More 

1 Thank Tenorman41
Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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54 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Nice food, great service in a nice quiet location. Day spa next door. Be great to have lunch then spend the afternoon at the spa...

Thank lanceandange
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

The service, food and coffees varied from reasonable to well below average. My coffee was bitter, had a scone which was nice but stingy on the butter. Others had panninis but heating wasn't offered but was done when asked for. Food came out at varied times. A self professed upmarket cafe should be attentive to the customers, and should offer... More 

1 Thank kiwipacemaker
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Awesome service, and environment. Barista skills are always really good, same with food. One of my favourite cafes in palmy.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Geneva, Switzerland
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154 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

We enjoyed a rather good coffee and were totally won over the delicious and highly calorific cakes and slices at Elm. I had something that was packed with nuts and caramel, which I relished. The counter service was extremely friendly. My friend and I sat outside in the sheltered courtyard and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Such a nice spot

Thank Pennie H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 283 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Manawatu-Wanganui Region  >  Palmerston North
  • Phone Number: +64 6-355 4418

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