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Gabriel's Cafe & Bar Restaurant

$$ - $$$
New Zealand, Bar, Cafe, 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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Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand
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143 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Rockingham, Western Australia, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I stopped at this establishment for lunch on the way through from Dunedin. From the outset the staff were welcoming, very pleasant and very professional. From my years spent in the hospitality industry I can confidently say they tick all the boxes and its hardly a surprise with their recent award for best cafe of 2017. Food... More 

Thank Crystal W
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Don't even think about going elsewhere. These guys do the best breakfast, lunch and dinner.!!! We gave the menu a good nudge over a couple of weeks in Lawrence.

Thank Mike A
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great service, great coffee, and great food. Worth a stop. That's all i want to say, just filling in characters.

Thank Andrew T
Brisbane, Australia
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488 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

We stopped at Gabriel’s on route to Queenstown. The staff were really friendly and we found the menu had plenty of options. The food came out in good time and was enjoyable. Seating was comfortable and there were good toilets. A good Cafe.

Thank zzrbell
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Just passing through so a quick stop for a great toasted sandwich hot chips and coffee. All round an awesome place, people and food. Food was quickly out with great conversation as the coffee was being made. Thanks we'll be back again.

Thank Brendon H
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Just what we were looking for in central otago. Some southern hospitality and great food. Efficient service. Yummy food. Good atmosphere

Thank Frances M
Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

We stopped in for dinner on a Friday night and were impressed with the food (steak, mud cake) and quick service despite several tables and one waitress.

Thank Ian T
Lawrence, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

We've been to Gabriel's many times for dinner and also for takeaway fish and chips. Their Blue cod is my favourite and the steaks are my husbands favourite & everything else I've seen looks great too!

Thank Aimee_Daniel

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
New Zealand, Bar, Cafe, European, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
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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