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Gabriel's Cafe & Bar

$$ - $$$, Cafe,
21 Ross Place, Lawrence 9532, New Zealand
+64 3-485 9300
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average11%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“salad” (5 reviews)
“nachos” (3 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 8:00 PMAll hours
Bar, Cafe, New Zealand, European, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
21 Ross Place, Lawrence 9532, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 48 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Meals took 40mins, served cold. Waitress was in sweats with food over her pants. Asked for no sour cream twice, still got it then told we didn't say so wasn't on docket. Was scraped off so still there which made child not eat it. Will...More

Thank Angela M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped here for lunch on way to Wanaka. Super friendly waitress, my mother couldn't stop talking about how lovely the young lady was! Food was very good too, value for money with good size helpings filling up my 15yr old son until we got to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food was great, especially the seafood chowder. Service was outstanding - very friendly young lady. Strongly recoomended

Thank Anthony C
Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

Lovely refurbished old building on the Main Street in Lawrence. Had to have fish and chips :-) and wasn’t disappointed. Good staging post for a trip to Gabriel’s Gully.

Thank Jon R
Reviewed 16 September 2017

Stopped on trip from Dunedin to Wanaka. What a great place! Whitebait n the menu so had to order. Best whitebait patties I have tasted served with a salad and yummy tartare sauce .So delicious. Restaurant busy with local people dining , will Definately stop...More

Thank Frances C
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Been meaning to stop at Gabriel 's for ages. Had to make an emergency stop due to baby waking and needing to be fed and cleaned. Staff were friendly and understanding. We were able to meet our babies needs without disturbing other diners. The food...More

Thank dropping
Reviewed 3 August 2017

Used this as a meeting place with family as had good reviews and we weren't disappointed, we all had different meals/snacks and everyone was really happy with what they ordered, lovely little place good staff, good service, would definitely recommend.

Thank Jan T
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

A very tasty lunch. Best eggs bene and seafood chowder we've had in a long time. Service was friendly and prompt. We would definitely stop again the next time we are passing through!

Thank Chopee
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Located on corner of the main street in Lawrence in an ex bank building. Historical feel to the place. Nice food, good people, friendly and reasonably priced. Had the seafood chowder and a cold beer. Would recommend. Thanks.

Thank Alan S
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

We passed through Lawrence on Easter Monday and the cafe was very busy (and had been all weekend) feeding hungry holiday makers. The staff were still fresh and friendly, and the food was top notch. We had the battered blue cod and nachos - both...More

Thank AngelHell
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Camille A
20 May 2017|
Response from 844shelleyh | Property representative |
Yes we do try to accomodate all dietary needs
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, Cafe, New Zealand, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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
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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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