We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ratings and reviews

RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

Details

CUISINES
Cafe, New Zealand
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
View all details
meals, features
Reviews (287)
We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
Filter reviews
277 results
Traveller rating
168
80
16
7
6
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
Traveller rating
168
80
16
7
6
Show reviews that mention
All reviews brunch cheese scone crepes hash browns pie fries rose garden botanical gardens busy cafe outside seating morning tea great food and service nice coffee sparrows mushrooms
Sort and selected filters
Sort FilterEnglish
Updating list...
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had another visit to this great establishment mid April. The proprietor suggested we try our cheese scones toasted, which we did. They were really lovely. Picnic Cafe is on the WellingtonNZ website shortlist, to find Wellington's Best Cheese Scone. Well worth a try as we...think it should win the competition. Great service, a lovely atmosphere and still a few roses in the beautiful gardens. We normally sit outside, though there are also plenty of tables inside. Highly recommend Picnic Cafe for a visit either for just a coffee or for something more substantial - we haven't actually had a meal here but they all look lovely when the waiting staff are carrying them to the tables.More

Date of visit: March 2024
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 21 March 2024 via mobile

This is a pleasant cafe at the base of the Botanic Garden adjacent to the rose garden and greenhouse. It is very popular and queues are common but the service is efficient. We enjoyed our savoury croissants and coffees. While you may not seek it...out for a special meal it is certainly a welcome place to sit and eat after a stroll down through the garden from the top of the cable car.More

Date of visit: March 2024
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 30 January 2024

We found the cafe to be excellent.. great menu choices and delicious food. We were welcomed and shown to a table straight away, and staff were very friendly ! They were busy setting up for a function but this didn’t distract from the service we...were shown. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: October 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 6 January 2024

On a busy, warm day the Picnic Cafe was full to overflowing - a queue of people waiting for a table, but a very minimal wait for one, tables shaded from the sun, very quick service - an army of friendly waitrons, very good food...and reasonably priced - really good 'picnic boxes' for the kids - sandwiches, juice box, mini brownie and fruit/lolly kebab - well worth the price. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!More

Date of visit: December 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 23 December 2023 via mobile

We were a group of work colleagues, from the moment we arrived excellent and friendly service. We all loved each of our meals, definitely be back, beautiful surroundings

Date of visit: December 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 2 December 2023 via mobile

Excellent friendly staff despite the time of year and how busy the cafe was. Food was fast and yummy. I definitely would recommend this place to people and would visit here again.

Date of visit: December 2023
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 19 November 2023

What a great spot we picked for lunch. The food was very good served nice and hot and wasn't long in arriving after we had ordered. A big shout out to Keeley our waitress who looked after us so well...... appeared to be such a...happy soul.More

Date of visit: November 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 14 November 2023 via mobile

The food was amazing and so unexpected!! The tomato soup may be the best I ever had. The bread fresh baked. The fries hot and crispy. I highly recommend and I’m pretty picky

Date of visit: November 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 10 November 2023

Visited the Picnic Cafe two days ago. Telephoned, and the very helpful owner Paul happily took our booking and allocated the perfect table in the sun overlooking the beautiful Rose Garden. The food and service were excellent, and would certainly have us coming back as...regulars if we lived in Wellington. If we could give the Picnic Cafe and Paul a six we would! Our advice is if you visit the Wellington Botanic Gardens, drop into the Cafe if only to grab a quick refreshment. You won't be disappointed!More

Date of visit: November 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 10 November 2023

We're semi -regulars at this café, as we like being able to sit outside. There's lots of shade under the big brollies, and it's always lovely looking over the beautiful rose gardens. It's a regular catchup spot when we meet up with a friend and...we always enjoy the venue ( note that you can sit inside if you wish). This week's visit was no exception. Very nice coffee and great service. Our friend and I had cheese scones, heated up with butter on the side. They were very nice, a good size and a hint of cayenne which we really like. Hubby just had coffee (though I did give him a bit of my scone). We never feel that we are being rushed to leave, even though sometimes it's quite busy. The roses are starting to come out, in another few weeks they will be absolutely glorious. After many visits, we've only just twigged that they have a coffee loyalty card...doh!! We will be back!More

Date of visit: October 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 21 October 2023

Pumpkin &kumera soup was amazing , i matched it with a bone face hazy . Service is great . I will def be back . Good vibe

Date of visit: October 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 16 October 2023

Wonderfully organised good value spot for coffee and all lunch items cheese scones soup and similar dishes

Date of visit: October 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 27 August 2023

We were seated quickly and had two very helpful and efficient waiters, they came to the table so my elderly mother didn't have to negotiate the chairs and patrons. They answered all questions knowledgeably, and with a smile on their face and had good manners....Food and coffee were delivered to our table in a timely fashion. The food (Picnic on a plate) was beautifully presented, generous and very flavoursome, it was one of the best lunches I have had in Wellington. Prices were very competitive and I thought great value. It was nice to see that small and well-behaved dogs were allowed to go inside. There were no noisy children at 12 noon on a Friday. The atmosphere was pleasant and not too noisy even though the place was full of people at the time, all very civilised. I would 100% recommend Picnic and will most certainly visit there again in future.More

Date of visit: July 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 11 August 2023 via mobile

We had the best breakfast. I couldn't decide if I wanted poached eggs on toast or eggs ben and Rav gave me hollandaise on the side without me asking for it - I DID want it. Great coffee and amazing service.

Date of visit: August 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 5 June 2023

Paul was extremely helpful for our group including my elderly mother Despite a crowded room, he expertly rearranged tables when we arrived early to seat us at a handy table for Mum not to walk far. And stowed her walker out of the way. Zara...was excellent for our order and the food arrived fast and was extremely delicious and generous sizes. The coffee was great too! Very happy team work at this cafe at all stations.More

Date of visit: June 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Shepherds Arms Hotel
224 reviews
.31 km away
Sofitel Wellington Hotel
688 reviews
.46 km away
Bolton Hotel
1,829 reviews
.47 km away
Novotel Wellington Hotel
2,459 reviews
.54 km away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
Hillside Kitchen
303 reviews
.47 km away
Daisy's
80 reviews
.28 km away
Aubergine Cafe
183 reviews
.29 km away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Wellington Botanic Garden
3,700 reviews
.50 km away
Lady Norwood Rose Garden
315 reviews
.50 km away
Wellington Cable Car
6,668 reviews
.51 km away
Space Place at Carter Observatory
472 reviews
.42 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Bobzstar
25 August 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from Joey39A | Property representative |
yes, absolutely - we are very dog friendly!
1
Vote
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing

PICNIC CAFE, Wellington - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

Frequently Asked Questions about Picnic Cafe

Yes, Picnic Cafe offers takeaway services.

Picnic Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5