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Gabriel's Cafe & Bar

$$ - $$$, Cafe,
21 Ross Place, Lawrence 9532, New Zealand
+64 3-485 9300
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good23%
  • Average13%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“salad” (5 reviews)
“nachos” (3 reviews)
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Bar, Cafe, New Zealand, European, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
21 Ross Place, Lawrence 9532, New Zealand
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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
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Huge meals, service was good - nice and friendly. We both had steak, it was nice and tender, served with potatoes and a side salad.

Thank AuntieDel
Reviewed 23 March 2017

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
Reviewed 21 March 2017

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
Reviewed 8 March 2017 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....More

Thank NZJulz
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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, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
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
  • E-mail
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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