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River Kitchen

81 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-548 1180
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good34%
  • Average10%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (17 reviews)
“fish cakes” (8 reviews)
“sausage rolls” (6 reviews)
Open Now
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Hours
Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
81 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When you come to a city it is hard to pick where to have breakfast so what we tend to do is go to where the place looks nice and busy. Well the River Kitchen had a great location near the river and the staff...More

Thank Anita T
Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

A great breakfast spot in a lovely location overlooking the river in Nelson. Fish Cakes and Poached Eggs were glorious. A hearty portion of fish-rich cakes and an excellent hollandaise sauce. The smoked salmon special was equally excellent. A large helping of hot smoked salmon...More

Thank Seismicscot
Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

Coffee is great here service a little slow. We had the bacon and eggs and the bacon was almost burnt to a crisp

Thank 642graemej
Reviewed July 17, 2018

This cafe is in a lovely location by the Maitai river and had a good selection of baked goods as well as a breakfast menu. Good coffee and quick service

Thank OlwynSteve
Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

Had stopped going here some time ago due to the only average food and unfriendly staff but, as I was in the area and fancied a coffee, thought I'd give them another try. Sad to report no impro really. Coffee good, cheese scone very mediocre...More

Thank Solotraveller54
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

We are a frequent visitor to Nelson. River Kitchen is our go to brunch eatery in Nelson because of its Foiof brekky delights. The specials we usually try as they sound so delicious. Food -Fresh & Fabulous. The location a bonus!

Thank Jenny C
Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

Felt pushed or rushed to order as was lunch time, the service felt disingenuous with robotic smiles and some food cold and other nuked so hot by microwave to oblivion. I would say its a good place suffering from its own success. And no "...More

Thank alongcommute
Reviewed June 17, 2018

Lovely cafe very close to where we were staying. Wandered down for brunch one morning and it is obviously popular as there were only a few spare tables at the time. I had bacon and eggs, which were good and my husband had fish cakes...More

Thank Michelle201653
Reviewed June 6, 2018 via mobile

Had an early start this day by 11.00am thought I would have a late breakfast before heading over to Blenheim on business. I had the eggs benedict with bacon and coffee. It was quite busy but the service and staff are all very good at...More

Thank oldmanonthepoint
Reviewed May 27, 2018

We ordered breakfast here one morning sitting outside by the River. The surroundings are great and the menu looked awesome but this is where it ends. however the food arrived and was stone cold. We had the Riverside Big breakfast and Huevos Rancheros. Not pleasant...More

Thank Nakigirl62
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Kids, View, Groups
Open Hours
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 81 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-548 1180
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