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Smith the Grocer

Old Bank Arcade 231 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 27 240 8723
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good37%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (14 reviews)
“panini” (3 reviews)
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Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Old Bank Arcade 231 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Mediocre coffee and somewhat limited food fare. Bright and buzzy but expected more from a great location with plenty of passing traffic.

Thank Flane D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a busy morning hitting the shops last weekend we needed a sit down and a hit of caffeine so were very happy to see this great spot in an old bank arcade. The cafe had lots of seating options with an area down a...More

Thank cowgirlNZ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stepped into the Old Bank Mall to avoid cold winds and found Smith the Grocer. Nice coffee and tasty cake.

Thank 57nap
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recommended by a friend for our single day exploring Wellington. Chose it for a brunch and were very pleased. The roast chicken panini was exceptionally tasty and the macadamia caramel slice equally so. Was quite busy shortly after we were served and seated.

Thank Mal-Nutrition
Reviewed 1 November 2018

Tastiest Breakfast menu! my go to is the eggs bene but the smashed avo looks superb. will be back soon

Thank G9649KCstephs
Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

From scones to coffee to cooked meals everything was amazing. The service was excellent. We were only in Wellington for a couple of days but visited a few times and would highly recommend the cheese scones.

Thank 77angelaw2015
Reviewed 15 October 2018

One of the weekends for WoW in Wellington and we could still get great food and great service. The place gets absolutely packed and you take you chances on getting a seat. Tip from me...get your seat, leave your coat (or whatever) and THEN go...More

Thank Styly_Girl
Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

A lovely central lunch venue. The chicken roti was very tasty & the service was quick and friendly. Considering how busy it was we were impressed with the quick arrival of our food. Very impressive.

Thank Sonya H
Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

I was expecting a more exciting menu especially after reading the reviews. Very average and same same.

Thank E141RJpaulap
Reviewed 25 September 2018

We arrived too late to eat in (Kitchen had closed before we arrived at 3.30pm) so our choice was limited. We had not eaten all day and were really hungry. Fortunately the choice of food in the cabinets was good - and healthy, so we...More

Thank Jeanne N
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Old Bank Arcade 231 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 27 240 8723
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