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Workmans Cafe Bar

$$ - $$$, Cafe,
52 Broadway, Matamata 3400, New Zealand
+64 7-888 5498
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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Bar, Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
52 Broadway, Matamata 3400, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 278 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a very friendly restaurant with efficient staff and excellent food. The owner makes a point of chatting to everyone and making them feel welcome. The menu is interesting and we have always enjoyed the food there.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Janette G
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We love coming to Workman’s and always get a big welcome from Sid and his team. Today’s visit was lunch and as always the food was divine. I chose the duck salad and did not regret it. Absolutely delicious with succulent meat and crisp salad...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Jacqs-in-the-box
Reviewed 6 days ago

A great cafe in Matamata with delicious food! We ate here before heading off on the next part of our road trip and Sid (the owner) made a point of coming over and talking to us and offering us some really helpful advice on which...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank 974marianw
scronk60, Owner at Workmans Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hey 974marianw, thanks for your comments and glad you enjoyed your food. Hope my tips on traveling worked out for you both and you saw a little bit more of rural New Zealand instead of main roads cheers Syd. .

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Located in the center of Matamata, this cute little pumping place looked like the place to go. Great atmosphere, lovely staff, so for that they get 1 stars and nice comments. Honestly, this is the year 2018. A growing number of people are choosing to...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank LegallyBlondeVegan
scronk60, Owner at Workmans Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hey legally blonde vegan, let me tell you I am more than happy doing what we do { doing it for 24 years } and I am not going to pander to you or any other carrot munchers, we are pumping as you say so...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have visited NZ on a number of occasions and found the Workmans Cafe Bar to be the best in NZ. Sid is an extraordinary host and it is always a pleasure to visit the cafe. He has the best paté in the world and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
2  Thank Ledo456
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have just moved to Matamata and as we had family visiting thought we would check out the local bars. We certainly were not disa[[ointed with "Workmans", friendly Barman chatted away to us, filling us in on some of the local attractions. Very enjoyable, loved sitting...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank NZGaye
scronk60, Owner at Workmans Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Gaye, first off welcome to the village, I arrived here 24 years ago thinking I would set up shop stay three years and go. It is a great place to be so central. Anyhow thanks for the review and please make yourselves known to...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After 2 hours of travelling this was a surprising discovery. Super helpful, friendly Asian staff (I think Thai?) with some good Kiwi home cooked delights like Mum baked. Lemon cake slice, berry shortcake. I only wanted the berry shortcake (came warm with whipped cream) and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Lloyd J
scronk60, Owner at Workmans Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hey Lloyd, clad you enjoyed your break in your journey with a nice cuppa { made with real tea leaves } and you are right we bake all but two of our cakes in the cabinet , sausage roll also made here . Look forward...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here on our way North and although we only had toasted sandwiches and coffee we found the atmosphere great, a very interesting décor, and the food and coffee were also good. The owner was extremely friendly and went out of his way to...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank t0nyelaine
Reviewed October 17, 2018

Read about this cafe in Lonely Planet or we would have missed it, and the charming town of Matamata. The decor alone, all the old radios and transistors, photos, postcards, etc. were worth the stop, and the food was scrumptious. Asparagus in season was cooked...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Forb1
scronk60, Owner at Workmans Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2018

Hey Forb 1, I remember you guys you where the lovely couples from California on a road trip around NZ ,glad you had a great experience in our funky little café and I hope you have meny more on your travels around our beautiful country...More

Reviewed September 9, 2018

We went to workmans cafe for our breakfast, my partner and his wee girl had been there before, and he was quite impressed with it. We ordered kids waffles and an eggs Benedict to split. The wee girl that was cooking wasn't normally on breakfast...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Happy6899
scronk60, Owner at Workmans Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2018

Hat Happy, I'm glad you were happy with everything and enjoyed your experience in our little café cheers Syd.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$23
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Kids
Open Hours
7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 52 Broadway, Matamata 3400, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Matamata
  • Phone Number: +64 7-888 5498
  • E-mail
Workman's café is a fun friendly environment that happily serves great coffee and fresh local food five days and nights a week, we take pride in what we do and how we present ourselves. Great comfy chairs, great sounds, fab ambiance, and good looking staff all help to provide an experience we hope you will enjoy . Cheers Syd
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