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95 Carters Road, Amberley 7410, New Zealand
+64 3-314 9411
07:30 - 16:00
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Sat - Sun 08:00 - 16:00
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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Friendly welcome and great service, fire on, great coffee and nice artwork. Highly recommended! Great place to stop on the way!

Thank Chris B
Amberley, New Zealand
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I didn't think this place could get any better but each visit leaves me full of admiration for the quality of service, food and friendliness of the staff. The Nor'wester is by far the best place to eat in Amberley and certainly has the nicest ambience. I would certainly recommend it. Gluten free food is always available and staff are... More 

Thank rogerandkaren
Timaru, New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I stopped yesterday after a 9 hour trip from the Marlborough Sounds. We arrived just on closing time but nothing was too much trouble for this delightful couple the friendly service was really appreciated as was the delicious food all served on quality crockery. Thankyou, we will return

Thank Marie D
Cambridge, New Zealand
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144 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place for unprecedented friendly staff who appear to work together so unbelievably well. Clean, tidy & stylish setting. Great prices & fresh food. I just love this type of genuine Kiwi hospitality. A must stop in this area for lunch, brunch or just a cafe snack!

Thank Wowzap
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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82 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Lunch for four at this restaurant was an experience we look forward to repeating. From the cheerful greeting by the friendly staff to the prompt meal service we could not fault the service. We chose a variety of meals - my chicken and bacon fettuccine was delicious. All servings were generous. The setting is delightful with indoor and outdoor dining.

1 Thank GrannyG45
Amberley, New Zealand
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2 reviews
Reviewed 12 April 2017

This would have to be one of the loveliest cafes in the South Island. The coffee is excellent and the food is amazing, catering for everyone. The service is outstanding and I would totally recommend it to everyone. The only sad thing is it closes at 4pm!

Thank KirstenEgg
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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53 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The restaurant was quite busy for a Monday morning. Service was very good and quick. Breakfast and the coffee tasty! All you can ask for. A recommended stop along the highway!

Thank Mark J
Christchurch, New Zealand
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Heading south on the way home Stopped a coffee and decided to have lunch great food friendly staff worth a stop

Thank Steve G
Port Vila, Vanuatu
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Had a work lunch here, couldn't fault anything, great food, beautifully cooked fish ( doesn't always happen), the best chips I have ever eaten ( yes that good!) Small but great salad. My colleagues Risotto looked great and apparently tasted great. Coffee and service excellent, atmosphere great. This place has been variable since the Coleman's sold it a few years... More 

Thank Leeandnigel
Management response:

Brilliant review thank you. We are pleased that the chips are so popular,being hand cut they take more effort but totally worth it.Will pass this on to our team. More 

Nelson, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Five of us had been to the Bruce Springsteen concert the night before,having found Cafes in Christchurch jammed with people and 1 hour waits, we headed north to Amberley. Found this cafe on the main road and made our way inside. Greeted really well, ordered coffees and brunch. Coffee, food and service just great. We were hungry by now! Maybe... More 

Thank mikesmith763
Management response:

Thank you so much for that, we love what we do and hope that our customers can see that. From the greeting to the goodbye and everything in between we look to do our best. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Cafe, New Zealand, International, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 95 Carters Road, Amberley 7410, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Amberley
  • Phone Number: +64 3-314 9411

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