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The Indian Cafe

94 Collingwood Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-548 4089
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“butter chicken” (45 reviews)
“curry” (55 reviews)
“naan” (29 reviews)
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Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
94 Collingwood Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We have tried every Indian restaurant in the Nelson area and most of them are quite good but nothing special. Another visit to the Indian Cafe confirmed that it is the best in the area. It is also set in a lovely old house. The...More

Thank Steve W
Reviewed 4 days ago

As we really wanted to get away from all the fried food (we are vegetarian) one safe bet is typically an Indian restaurant. This one in Nelson tops many previous experiences. The young lady who waited us was extremely kind and made us the best...More

Thank Louise E
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Ordered the prawns spinach curry, can't recall the name. It was good, big prawns, great taste. There wasn't much customers around during my visit, only 3 tables occupied including mine. Wonder why since the food is great.

Thank Stephy_SL
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For some reason it’s hard to get really good tandoor cooking in many Indian restaurants. They seem to favour large oil drum sized vats of butter chicken which is ladled out as customers order it. This restaurant is the real deal. I had tandoor chicken...More

Thank Gillian O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love eating here, nice ambiance, great service, excellent food. Bookings on busy nights a must. They deliver as well which is handy.

Thank Kate T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been here so many times, never disappointed. Just my suggestion if they could do Free Range butter chicken as their optional menu.

Thank pamela i
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Consistency and great flavours, our favourite place for a meal out. Get there early as it's always popular and there can be long waits. The veggie options are good, especially the dahl.

Thank Anne E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Top quality Indian food in a nice eating space that looks like it was once a family home, with speedy and friendly service. No wonder it is so popular.

Thank Simon_B651
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I absolutely adore this restaurant. Hadn't been out in a while, took a date out and it was excellent, as always. The food is amazing, the staff very friendly and the venue is cozy and welcoming. Best indian restaurant in town.

Thank The_Friwi
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been here numerous times, haven't written a review before but I have plenty of great things. How they manage to cook chicken that perfectly every single time baffles me... it's divine. Nice atmosphere, lovely young waitresses, fair pricing, great quality meals, great size meals. Very...More

Thank HappyasNeil
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$3 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 94 Collingwood Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-548 4089
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Come and visit us for the most authentic taste of Indian cuisine !! Situated right in the heart of the Nelson CBD, our warm and homely surroundings will add to your whole dining experience.
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