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Gabriel's Cafe & Bar Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Bar, New Zealand, 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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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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188 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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
Rockingham, Western Australia, Australia
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 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 21 December 2016 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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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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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

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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, New Zealand, Cafe, European, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
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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