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Cool Change Bar & Eatery

$$ - $$$, ,
8 Memorial Square, Martinborough 5711, New Zealand
+64 6-306 9665
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Overview
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“lamb” (25 reviews)
“fish tacos” (5 reviews)
“scotch fillet” (10 reviews)
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All hours
CUISINES
Bar, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
8 Memorial Square, Martinborough 5711, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 318 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

They have really good food for bar food. Limited bar menu though and we found their wine list to be not that great nor extensive. However, the scallops were amazing and I'd go back just for those.

Thank drjandthemissus
Reviewed 1 week ago

I dined at Cool Change the evening of Saturday 12 November. I was with a small group, and some of us had been to Cool Change before whilst others hadn't. All previous visits had been great for me, and I was happy to return. What...More

Thank SavvySueNZ
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been here in the past and really enjoyed it. I don’t know what happened this time, but it was a real disappointment - to the point that we probably won’t return. The bar and the outside seating was packed and rowdy, to the...More

1  Thank Wairarapa1055
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On a warm Labour Weekend evening we set out on foot to walk around Martinborough and choose somewhere to eat dinner. This character building right on the Square looked appealing. There were lots of people outside drinking and chatting in the sunshine and the place...More

Thank Michelle S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It looks like a typical small town pub. The staff smile, greet you and even ask -and remember - your name! The dining room was not fancy, and the table a bit sticky. The menu was not too big - one photo copied page. But...More

Thank pippy2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A good cut of meat cooked to the customer's expectations is what I ordered and received. The steak was perfect and topped with a rich sauce which was to die for. Would totally recommend and plan to be return as I really enjoyed my dining...More

Thank Kathryn K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent location for this trendy retro bar. Meals are superb and reasonably priced. The bar itself has a retro theme and enjoys the sun streaming through or outside seating to enjoy your drinks. Bar prices are fantastic and a good range of wines and craft...More

Thank warwickmckee
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place for a drink in the sun, but eat somewhere else. The dining room is dark & dingy. They have gone all out with the retro decor to the point that it feels like Grandma's living room. I had nachos which...More

1  Thank spooky-lu
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Have visited twice for dinner now, both times getting the shared lamb. Amazing food and plenty for two or three people! Front of the restaurant is great for a few drinks and is well set up, back dining area is cute and retro themed which...More

Thank Jasmine R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

During our short stay in Martinborough we weren't able to get a table where we were staying so called Cool Change. At first they couldn't give us a table until late but when I explained we had a 5 month old and needed something earlier...More

Thank Shane_04NZ
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$6 - US$25
Cuisine
Bar, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Monday
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Tuesday
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Wednesday
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Thursday
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Friday
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Saturday
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Memorial Square, Martinborough 5711, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wairarapa  >  Martinborough
  • Phone Number: +64 6-306 9665
  • E-mail
Description
Why Cool Change? Cool change came to fruition for a number of reasons. Having frequented this stunning region for some years to escape the hustle & bustle of the city life at every opportunity, we saw a window to taste the Wairarapa life as residents & business owners. Hence why we thought it would be a Cool Change. We stumbled across the chance to convert one of the most ornate, beautiful buildings in the Wairarapa into a warm, comfortable, unique hospitality concept. The name derives from one of our greatest passions - music. Throw in the fact that we are vulnerable to the odd occasional southerly blast & fondness of "The Little River Band" Cool Change was born. Our facility consists of 1 private function room, seats 12 people. Our dining room features booth seating, open fire, period & deco lighting and retro wallpaper. The bar greets you on entry with a warm ambiance; sky TV when required & a wine list to tempt those taste buds. Cool Change cuisine will not disappoint as our Head Chef Rachel Priestley has weaved her magic around the globe - Italy, Switzerland, Austria, United States, France, Finland, Sweden, Taipei, Hong Kong, China - Shanghai. Her cuisine is Italian inspired food, using the freshest ingredients including using her own italian salumi. Food and wine was her life and Rachel worked for 10 years in Italy. She produces all sorts of Italian salumi products from happy pigs in New Zealand, she has opened six Italian restaurants in Italy, taught Tuscan chefs how to cook Tuscan cuisine better, taught male chefs from Puglia in the South of Italy their own cuisine. Rachel ran a truffle shop in Florence, opened a wine bar in Bormio for Amaro Braulio, a restaurant by the sea in Gaeta in a 14th century pharmacy, a restaurant in Naples for the Camorra - the Naples Mafia. And now she is back in New Zealand to supply you with fine Italian food and wine, cooking here at Cool Change Bar & Eatery.
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