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Cafe, European, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The service was awful, our meals came out separately, the food itself was bland and looked like nobody in the kitchen gave a rats backside about their work or customers, the milk in the coffee was boiled, the place wasn’t even busy, so no excuse...for rubbish serviceMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice cafe setting outdoors. Excellent breakfast sausage pizza (best I've had) and perfectly cooked poached egg. Parking here is difficult and service could be a little more interested and friendly. Given the huge choice of cafes in the city, we likely wont rush back.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 December 2023 via mobile

Totally recommend this place for breakfast. The salmon omelette is top notch, and the coffee was just as good. Friendly efficient staff as well. Will return next time we are in town.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 3 October 2023 via mobile

Came by this cafe as it was near the motel we were staying in. We ordered hot drinks. Didn’t order anything from the cabinet.The selection of slices and sweet treats seem pretty average . They didn’t have anything for gluten free diets though.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 2 May 2023

Great spot for catching up for a coffee. Friendly efficient staff. Great food. We went for brunch I really enjoyed my muesli. Great coffee

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 23 April 2023 via mobile

Lovely coffee, food and staff. We dined on a Sunday lunch and enjoyed it. A young girl looked after us and was very pleasant

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 9 April 2023 via mobile

This cafe charged a 15% surcharge on Easter Sunday. I understand that they cannot. When asked why they charge a surcharge the waitress said it was to cover the owner’s costs. Also the service was terrible.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 19 November 2022

Popped in for a quick lunch and thoroughly enjoyed it. Service was fast and friendly. I had the pâté with bread and fig chutney and my partner had the fish and chips. We both thought the meals were excellent in terms of taste and presentation.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 29 October 2022

Thoroughly enjoyable lunch at the Elm. Went with friends , great food , great service will be returning soon !

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 25 October 2022 via mobile

A quick business meeting that went longer than expected. An extensive menu that covers everyone including the fussy eaters. Superb coffee, and our meals were just great. Generous meals and very tasty. Thank you Elm cafe.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 13 July 2022

Great food, good service well taken care of, Had not been there for a while, guests all thoroughly enjoyed all main meals, and pate to start with. Will definitely be back. Thank you Elm staff, chef and front of house staff.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 16 May 2022

Came here for lunch with 2 kids, they don't have a kids menu but do half size meals for them from off the menu, kids had french toast and crepes they came out perfect size for them. Hubby had Big breakfast and i had the...kumera hash, all was delicious, came out fast, staff were lovely. will definitely be coming back.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 17 July 2021

Tried to have a coffee with four others at a not a busy time ie 11am. Tables available but reserved for 12.30 service. Wouldn't allow us to sit for just one hour or reserve a table before the 12.30pm reservation. ! Staff surly, unfriendly and...grumpy. Not one staff member looks like they want to be there including the chefs and owner . Owner couldn't even smile when looked at. One of us couldn't be outside due to a respiratory issue. Asked if we could put two smaller tables together 'Was told 'NO" -but did it anyway! Was then met with unfriendly , surly and discourteous staff. Very unhelpful. Coffee is poorly made, Food in cabinet over priced. Owner needs to take responsibility for poor front of house staff behaviour!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 12 April 2021

First time we had visited The Elm Cafe and found it excellent. So good that we will return again. The dishes our group ordered included, Portello Mushrooms, Kumara Hash, and Omelette with Salmon. All came with a variety of extras including wilted spinach and with...nuts and other things. All dishes were beautifully presented and were delivered fairly quickly. Most dishes were $22 and were very good value. The table service staff could not be faulted.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 14 March 2021 via mobile

Family visit after staying nearby. Eggs bene was the best of the bunch. Very full place, obviously popular as almost full

Date of visit: March 2021
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THE ELM CAFE, Palmerston North - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Yes, The Elm Cafe offers takeaway services.

The Elm Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5