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The Indian Cafe Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
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94 Collingwood Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-548 4089
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 14:00
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Nelson, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Eaten here for years, their banquet take away is an absolute bargain. They make proper hot if you like that kind of thing. go to Indian food at a great price.

Thank Dingers-bad-eats
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

We weren't expecting such excellent Indian food in a side street in Neilson!! The chicken korma was rich and creamy, the lamb tandoori chops very flavoursome. Good value for money as well.

Thank Suzanne A
Canberra, Australia
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45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

We chose to visit this restaurant on a Friday night without a booking. The staff found us a good table. The food was excellent. The samosa were enjoyable and so were the two dishes we selected. The restaurant has a Trip Advisors Certificate of Excellence and it is easy to see why.

Thank Graham F
Cary, North Carolina
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208 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

We loved everything about our lunch here. The atmosphere out on the patio was great, and we're still talking about the food. There were 6 of us, so we ordered a bunch of things and shared. The onion bhajias, garlic naan, butter chicken were especially delicious. The owner also gave us a great tip to head up to the Centre... More 

Thank haylaura
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

I've become a regular now. The food is always amazing and the wait it never to long. The staff are always friendly. And it is not over priced. The lunch menu is fantastic and so is the dinner meal.

Thank Shenae M
Melbourne, Australia
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

What a great restaurant, attentive staff, absolutely wonderful vindaloo, samosa and saag lamb, but the naan and tandoori roti were the best I have ever had. This place is brilliant!

Thank WNGT2
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51 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017

My wife and I love Indian food. We both felt that our meals here were among the best Indian food we'd had anywhere. In fact, it was one of the best meals we had in New Zealand. If you happen into Nelson and like spicy, do yourself a favor. It was a busy Saturday night and we had no reservation,... More 

Thank BucksCountyWanderer
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 March 2017

We love Indian food, and this restaurant touts "best of" for several years. It was not crowded at all when we went, however, after we were seated, we waited 15 minutes before anyone even served us water. They apologized, and seemed a bit confused. Main dishes were very good. However, we always order papadam, and this was the WORST papadam... More 

Thank eikogirl
Kerikeri, New Zealand
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72 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

This restaurant was just down the road from our accommodation and even though it was not peak season and mid week, was absolutely full which always bodes well for good food. We weren't disappointed. The food was delicious, well explained by the waitress, prompt service and reasonably priced. We can highly recommend.

Thank Rosemary30
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

We ate prior to an evening engagement and on arrival the waiter confirmed the time we needed to leave. Service was prompt, efficient and friendly. The food was excellent from a wide menu. Comfortable ambience, great all round.

Thank KaritaneMartin

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$21
Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?