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Gabriel's Cafe & Bar Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Bar, Cafe, New Zealand, European
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21 Ross Place, Lawrence 9532, New Zealand
+64 3-485 9300
11:00 - 20:00
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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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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 were delicious. Highly recommended this cafe if in Lawrence

Thank AngelHell
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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
New Zealand
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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
Oamaru, New Zealand
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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
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158 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
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. Blue cod was tasty and steak cooked perfectly Would recommend a stop

Thank NZJulz
Dunedin, New Zealand
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 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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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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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268 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
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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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, Cafe, New Zealand, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?