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Gabriel's Cafe & Bar Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Bar, Cafe, New Zealand, European, Pub
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21 Ross Place, Lawrence 9532, New Zealand
+64 3-485 9300
11:00 - 20:00
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New Zealand
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29 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We passed through around 9.30am on a Sunday, was great to be able to grab a couple of coffees and carry on our way. I regularly have cafe coffee and this one was good!

Thank X5666ZCemmab
Oamaru, New Zealand
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While the food was more than ample though we found it was rather expensive for what was basically pub food. The blue cod we had was fresh and well cooked. Wasn't fussed on the salad.

Thank kiwitrippa2014
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150 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We sat on the side of the road wondering if we stop here or go to the next town for dinner......a good choice to stop. Two good meals ......nothing exceptional but great friendly service and clean, efficient and the meals were very generous in size. Blue cod was tasty and steak cooked perfectly Would recommend a stop

Thank NZJulz
Dunedin, New Zealand
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had been on a day trip from Dunedin to Alexandra to a relative's funeral and were driving back to the city late evening. There had been a slight discussion about whether we would have takeaways when we got back or whatever without anything definite being decided. As we entered Lawrence we considered stopping for a brief stop and a... More 

Thank Jeff D
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Yummy white bait and cod, chips and salad accompanied by a couple of glasses of wine from the bar list. Served by friendly attentive staff.

Thank 563bellaa
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

After driving for several hours, we stopped off here for a nice, strong, hot pot of tea. Exactly what we got. Warmed cups too even! And very reasonably priced. Did not eat, but the menu read great for breakfast/brunch and was very reasonably priced compared to prices elsewhere. Meals we did see leaving the kitchen looked like generous portions. The... More 

Thank J C
Melbourne, Australia
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222 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Here for lunch break and a half way point on our journey. In an old bank building. The soup of the day was all sold out so had the seafood soup. Quite thick and plenty of seafood with reasonable flavor. My wife had a salad and was more than happy. The take away coffee was fine.

Thank GastroGaz
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Had great service from staff awesome girls happy and very helpful had a great coffee and chesse rolls great spot to stop

Thank destinationohau
Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand
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143 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

a historic building which reflects its history but modern décor. Menu varied and food very good. Staff very welcoming, will certainly go back

Thank Kathleen S
Alexandra, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Enjoyable meal here while staying at Lady of Lawrence. Super friendly staff, great food, pleasant surroundings. Had coffee the next morning - also good.

Thank 945jan

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Cafe, New Zealand, European, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 Ross Place, Lawrence 9532, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Lawrence
  • Phone Number: +64 3-485 9300
Winners of the Southern Region Rural Cafe of The Year 2017 Welcoming, friendly cafe within a historical building, it was built in 1886, and was the first Rural Bank Of New Zealand. It still has the original vault, lots of history. Owner operated By Reuben and Shelley Hinton, Reuben was a Lone Star head chef for over 10 years, and has been cheffing for 27 years. Shelley has been trained by Reuben, and our customers cannot tell who is out in the kitchen cooking, as our meals are always consistent.

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