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River Kitchen

$$ - $$$Cafe, European,
81 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-548 1180
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good34%
  • Average10%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
81 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Brilliant coffee, one of the best lattes I’ve had in ages, however glad I went with waffles as the rest of the group had poached egg dishes and the eggs were so badly over cooked that the yolk was hard and crumbly. We alerted staff...More

Thank Allie H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went in for a brunch and I ordered a Big Breakfast. Was really looking forward to that because I haven't had one for a very long time and those I had back in the UK were a sure win. Unfortunately it was a HUGE...More

Thank Julia731
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Disinterested service Good range of food offered We would try somewhere else in the town rather than go back

Thank jancanpeek
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed the relaxing environment alongside the river. The place was full, the atmosphere friendly and the food was tasty.

Thank Q6995YRwilliamb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place for Brunch. Sit outside by the small stream. Pleasant place to dine. Great coffee and had a very nice vegetarian gluten free breakfast .

Thank Bill O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Busy cafe. Attentive staff even though it was a busy lunch period. Good varied menu. But simple and tasty food. Three of us had a vegan meal. Really good. Coffees average and too small. Nice sunny outlook with seating outside overlooking the river.

Thank JBNZ1969
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We popped in here for a quick lunch on our second day in Nelson as it was a short walk from our hotel. The coffee served was some of the best we had during our NZ visit, the sausage rolls we were huge and tasted...More

Thank VandA_UK
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We had lunch w friends there while visiting Nelson. Lovely atmosphere. Nice food. We had delicious soup of the day which was broccoli w blue cheese, pumpkin salad, few croissants w salami, lettuce and cheese and coffees. Staff was friendly.

Thank Maja M
Reviewed April 13, 2018

Very popular restaurant in Nelson. Love the location, right in town and also located on the river bank which when sitting outside is lovely on a sunny day. Great coffee although as it is a popular place a small wait is normal. Love the muffin...More

Thank kiwimeggles
Reviewed April 7, 2018

This morning I was out running the trails of nelson and as i was running the riverwalk I passed this restaurant just before they opened. the location was great! Right on the river, they were just putting out bean bag chairs with small tables on...More

Thank Raleigh C
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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
Local cuisine, Groups, Business meetings, View, Kids, Child-friendly
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.
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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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