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Parnells Cafe Gallery and Garden Art Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, European, Contemporary, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
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349 Victoria Avenue, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand
6463457770
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07:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 16:00
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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183 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

Really enjoy stopping here when we travel through Wanganui. The menu is large, the Cafe clean and the service good. The Thai Beef Salad is a particular favourite and they do great milkshakes too.

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Thank Julian S
Auckland, New Zealand
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114 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

This cafe was recommended to us by the motel we stayed in on a visit to Wanganui. Superb service - frieldnlya dn efficient. Beautiful coffee, and excellent food. Highly recommend this cafe.

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Thank Flicks
Te Aroha M, Owner at Parnells Cafe Gallery and Garden Art, responded to this review

Hi Flicks So pleased you enjoyed your time at Parnells Cafe. Many thanks for sharing your experience and we hope to see you back sometime. Your feedback means a lot to us. Cheers. Te Aroha More 

London
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

I stopped here for lunch with my young family, en route to Wellington. A great place for kids as high chairs provided and extensive menu means something for all tastes. Unfortunately my order was at first overlooked by chef so rest of family ate before me, but manager acknowledged mistake which made it forgiveable. Very happy with standard of food... More 

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Thank Pocahontas12
Te Aroha M, Owner at Parnells Cafe Gallery and Garden Art, responded to this review

Hi Pocahontas12 Wonderful to hear your visit to Parnells was successful despite the glitch in service. Thank you for your patience and your generous review. We look forward to your return. Cheers. Te Aroha More 

2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Not so good fritters and bacon all under cooked half way through our meal and say something to a waitress who replies what do you want We should have said our money back but still in shock over waitress attitude And why is always left up to the customer when it's that obvious Said she would talk to the chef... More 

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Thank Kevin T
Te Aroha M, Owner at Parnells Cafe Gallery and Garden Art, responded to this review

Hi Kevin T Sorry my response is late and I do apologise for the poor experience you had. This is not what Parnells is about. I do hope you come back and that the food and service you receive is all that it should be. My sincere apologies. Te Aroha More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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459 reviews
263 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

We try to have lunch at Parnells when passing through Whanganui as we love the food and atmosphere. Last week was no exception to the lovely food and ambiance we have come to expect. My steak sandwich was excellent and my wife enjoyed her pasta selection. Service was slower than usual, but the cafe was moderately busy. Staff were friendly... More 

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Thank John S
Te Aroha M, Owner at Parnells Cafe Gallery and Garden Art, responded to this review

Hi John S Thank you for your excellent review of Parnells Cafe. We appreciate all feedback and want to know how we can make a stop at our cafe a really good experience for customers. Much appreciated. Te Aroha More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Always like coming here, it's warm and cosy. Had the eggs Benedict bacon version and very well put together - eggs cooked perfectly - not too runny not too hard. Coffee was acceptable, though a double shot would improve it, but that's my own personal preference. Only let down by the fact the plate the dish was served on had... More 

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Thank Richard B
Te Aroha M, Owner at Parnells Cafe Gallery and Garden Art, responded to this review

Hi Richard 8 Like the humour and its a pretty good average (4)! Take your point about plate needing to be warm - will check that out with chef. Many thanks for your feedback, Te Aroha More 

Stevens,PA, United States
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

While the food and the general atmosphere are excellent, the staff lacks the necessary skills to make this a pleasant stop. There is a general 'really can't be bothered' attitude amongst most of the staff, and it is only the quality of the food that makes one stop-over there.

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Thank Peter H
Te Aroha M, Owner at Parnells Cafe Gallery and Garden Art, responded to this review

Hi Peter H There is no doubt that the service and care shown by staff is crucial in hospitality. Customer service is a priority for Parnells and I deeply regret that our staff fell far short of your expectations and ours. I do hope you will call again and that the service you receive improves significantly. Feel free to share... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

What a lovely café, great coffee, friendly staff and amazing food. We visited twice over our stay, once for breakfast and then again for afternoon tea. Would highly recommend this café.

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Thank sandracO6376FW
Te Aroha M, Owner at Parnells Cafe Gallery and Garden Art, responded to this review

Hi Sandra Thank you for your excellent commendation. Delighted that you enjoyed your experience so much. Many thanks indeed. More 

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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Stopped here to have breakfast before travelling home. Food was nice and something for all tastes. The local art work was of good quality and for sale should you wish to buy.

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Thank Pam W
Te Aroha M, Owner at Parnells Cafe Gallery and Garden Art, responded to this review

Hi Pam W Great to hear that you enjoyed your breakfast so much. Thanks for taking the time for giving us your excellent feedback. Very much appreciated. More 

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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We've been to Parnell's numerous times, but today's experience was not good. We ordered, and our drinks arrived. Then we waited, and waited. The table next to us got their food, even though they had arrived some time after us. As we were on a tight timetable I went to the counter and enquired. One staff member was busy taking... More 

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Thank Tony S
Te Aroha M, Owner at Parnells Cafe Gallery and Garden Art, responded to this review

Hi Tony I do apologise for the poor experience you had at Parnells Cafe. It is definitely our intention to provide the best food and service we can, and generally our customers express a high level of satisfaction. Our cafe manager is looking into your case and will do all she can to ensure systems are implemented effectively, to avoid... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$13
Cuisine
Cafe, New Zealand, European, Contemporary, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 16:00
Monday
07:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 16:00
Thursday
07:00 - 16:00
Friday
07:00 - 16:00
Saturday
07:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 349 Victoria Avenue, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Manawatu-Wanganui Region  >  Whanganui
  • Phone Number: 6463457770
Description
Fresh, homemade food and Mojos coffee. Always a must in Wanganui to eat, coffee and view gallery. Fantastic gelato.

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