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The Smoking Barrel

105 High Street, Motueka 7120, New Zealand
+64 3-528 0693
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good21%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“donuts” (76 reviews)
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Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
105 High Street, Motueka 7120, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Pleasant sitting in sun with nice dounuts and great coffee. Nice magazines and staff. World famous in Motueka because of TV coverage.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank JosephineT679
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great donuts and coffee. Very good selection of donuts, including gluten-free and coffees with small ones for the little ones.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank SuzyG160
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have just had a great meal here, made all the better by the bubbly personality of our delightful server, Alex. She was fab. Not only did we have a delicious Ceviche of Tuna with mango, pomegranate, avocado, mint and fresh lime juice but they...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank TumbleTed
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had brunch here and both my husband and I loved our meals and they were a good size. Quick service and very friendly staff. The best thing here though must be their donuts and what an amazing selection! Will be back.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank owlesey
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food, really tasty, good size portions and great service. Would definitely recommend this place

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank X4693UNjohnw
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

One of the vendors at the Cider Festival in Nelson Flavorsome and tender with great slaw. Not too bad for the price.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank rachnz2015
Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

Cool place, interior is funky, staff is nice. Food is delicious - if youre looking for slow cooked brisket this is the place. The donuts are the icing on the cake.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank kaelm91
Reviewed 26 October 2018 via mobile

Wow! What an experience. The smoked mushrooms in the big breakfast were amazing. This was the first big breakfast to get the better of my husband - he couldn’t finish it. I had the corn fritters with smoked pulled pork & poached eggs. Yum.O. Nice...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank PaulaMnz3167
Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

This place has one of the best alternate breakfast menus. Smoked meats, tacos, pulled pork fritters, this list goes on. It’s a great atmosphere and the vibe inside the restaraunt is really cool. They have a large selection of cakes and donuts into which you...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank alimcgoldrick
Reviewed 21 October 2018

Grandsons birthday wish to come here again, he loves the Donuts and Burgers. Grandparents first time since 2004 when it was "Hot Mamas". Same location but very different menu. I joined the grand kids in having a Smokin' Jo's Burger. The Special was a 12...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank NZKIWI48
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$24
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 11:45 PM
8:00 AM - 11:45 PM
8:00 AM - 11:45 PM
8:00 AM - 11:45 PM
8:00 AM - 11:45 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 105 High Street, Motueka 7120, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Motueka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-528 0693
  • E-mail
The Smoking Barrel is well known for consistently great food, coffee, drinks and service. In house cold smoked products are a standout on the menu and are traditionally cold smoked in our American oak red wine barrel which produces a unique flavour. There is a strong Mexican influence using the freshest and locally sourced ingredients but the menu goes beyond just Mexican food. A must visit!
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