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The Little Nel Cafe

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3 Government Rd, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315, Australia
+61 2 4916 4600
07:30 - 14:00
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Mon 07:00 - 12:00
Tue - Fri 07:00 - 14:00
Sat - Sun 07:30 - 14:00
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We tried here for breakfast on Sunday but they were packed, they offered for us to wait but with a toddler it wasn't an option. We returned the next day and were seated immediately. My husband and I took our almost two year old daughter out to breakfast with us and the staff were exceptional. They were positive, kind and... More 

Thank Catherine C
Port Stephens, Australia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There is amazing consistency in staff quality which means there must be a good proprietor. The old saying is" if you don't train, you can't blame". The food is top quality without the high price . Service is surprisingly quick for such a busy place . I think it rates up there with any big city cafe.

Thank Chris M
Greater Newcastle, Australia
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24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This little cafe is a great go to when you want to get some friends or your family together for a breakfast or lunch. There is no view to distract you from the company you are with, the food is delicious and quite a lovely variety to choose from and it has a really nice atmosphere. Turn your phone off... More 

Thank kannewaters
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Usually good but I suggest if it's busy go somewhere else. Our order was screwed up and not served simultaneously. Service was poor. We were charged for things ordered but not served with no attempt at an apology. The food is good if you eventually get what you ordered. A disappointment this time.

Thank Oztrekka
Gosford, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

nothing a problem, lovely place for breakkie or lunch. Nice choices on the breakfast menu. Can sit inside or out

Thank easy50
Port Stephens, Australia
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The little Nell Cafe has come a long way in the last couple of years, however you can't help but feel that it's still not quite the best that it could be. The outdoor seating is lovely when the weather is fine. The day that we went, the weather had taken a turn for the worst so we sat indoors.... More 

Thank StephBielby1958
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been here three times for breakfast over the past couple of months. First time I had the ham and cheese croissant. This is a pretty standard breakfast option at most places, but the addition of good quality leg ham and a side serve of tomato relish really made it something to recommend. On my second visit I ordered the... More 

Thank Rebecca H
Newcastle, Australia
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had breaky and lunch both times the food was good plenty of it and hot..the staff are all pleasant and serve you quickly

Thank Ed r
Port Stephens, Australia
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74 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good location and good food. Reasonable prices and I didn't have to book at lunch through the week. Great service!

Thank Larapintara
Nelson Bay, Australia
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a top place for that early (or mid-) morning Sunday breakfast provided you are prepared to go with the flow re getting in and speed of service. The food is excellent with very varied options. Try to book ... although they close off bookings sometimes. Staff could be a bit better organised as they all seem to be... More 

Thank Ken W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
US$7 - US$19
Australian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
07:30 - 14:00
07:00 - 12:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:30 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 Government Rd, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Newcastle  >  Port Stephens  >  Nelson Bay
  • Phone Number: +61 2 4916 4600
A leafy cafe popular with the locals, just off the main street and worth searching out for the best coffee in town.

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