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Walnut Cottage Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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265 Arrowtown-Lake Hayes Road, Arrowtown 9371, New Zealand
+64 3-442 1090
Sun 09:00 - 16:00
Tue 09:00 - 16:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped by for lunch on Valentines Day for the first time since the change of ownership and rebuild. Ordered the lamb shoulder and roast beetroot side salad which is served on a platter. Suggested serving is for two hungry people but is enough for three. Cooked and flavoured to fall off the bone with jus and fig chutney. Could not... More 

Thank Adventurer62
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Another place that I can't stop going back to, it feels like home from the minute you walk thru the doors. Gorgeous food, great sized portions, excellent service and the best coffee. This hidden little treasure is worth searching for and not that hard to find to be honest. I love this spot and it's great stop to just sit... More 

Thank Amanda B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

A delicious breakfast on our way to Wanaka. The smoked tomatoes absolutely topped my breakfast off, so yummy. Heaps of tasty things to try. Beautiful seating outside on a crisp morning.

Thank Toni W
Cromwell, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Was it Arrowtown or here? This place wins hands down. I had the lemon tart with a mocha. Wife the chocolate cheese cake. Both had berries and cream on the side. Yum yum. Sat outside on a pre spring day.

Thank Voodles
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28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

This cafe is really a cottage along a country road near Lake Hayes. Serves a very large cooked breakfast until 3pm, triple of everything, eggs, bacon, sausages, etc (see photo). The cakes are also good, especially the lemon meringue. Go there when really hungry.

Thank skisg
Mill Park, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Nice quaint cottage, Very nice scones anfd coffee is good, very friendly staff, beautiful setting, a nice place to drop in for a quick bite and coffee.

Thank Liz0214
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

Nice venue in an old cottage on the Lake Hayes/Arrowtown road. I normally stop in here for a takeaway coffee but recently stopped for lunch and the Gado Gado salad which was superb. I understand one of the owners is Indonesian so that accounts for this being on the menu, worth a visit for this alone.

Thank TheHighlander2015
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

I love this place. It is just so quaint, the staff are always so friendly and i love that you can sit in the cottage & also around in their gardens. A really nice place to go and relax with friends in the sunshine. Best cheesecake i have had too, as well as their iced chocolates!

Thank teeksseeks27
New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016 via mobile

Easy to miss, but worth turning around! Hidden little cafe with yum coffee and the most impressive lemon meringue pie! Ok it looked better than it tasted (still yummy!), but sometimes eyes need to be spoiled too! Location is next to road so can be a bit noisy. Nice staff, toys inside and outside for kids. Nice, relaxing, hidden spot... More 

Thank Thenewexplorer
Paris, France
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016 via mobile

We lved the seafood chowder so much we went back a second time. Beautiful garden setting, great service and well priced. Would recommend very highly

Thank Jane C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 265 Arrowtown-Lake Hayes Road, Arrowtown 9371, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Arrowtown
  • Phone Number: +64 3-442 1090

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