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Gardens Cafe

2 star rating
2 reviews

Cuisine: New Zealand, A La Carte, Cafe

Hungerford Crescent
(Hamilton Gardens)
Hamilton City
07-856 6581


  • Cafe:
  • Winter 9.30am – 5.00pm
  • Summer 9.00am – 6.00pm
  • Facilities/Features:
    • Scenic View
    • Out Catering
    • Private Functions
    • Wedding Functions
  • Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Alcohol: Beer, Wine
  • Seating for: 120
  • BYO/Corkage: No BYO
  • Parking: Free Off-Street
  • Good For Groups: Yes
  • Good For Children: Yes
  • Takes Reservations: Yes
  • Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Gluten-free
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Meals: Brunch, Lunch
  • Wi-Fi: Free

Newly renovated Hamilton Gardens Cafe & Lakeside Function centre is situated on the edge of the lake amidst the Hamilton Gardens.

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2 Reviews for Gardens Cafe

31st December 2013
3 star rating
This is a very busy cafe’ situated in a beautiful spot in Hamilton City. I don’t think the cafe did itself any favours by furnishing the outdoors area with cheap looking furniture. That made the dining area appear more shabby than it is. Our table rocked on an uneven surface.
The food bar selection is great. I ordered my meal from the menu and was presented with a tasty eggs benedict on a hash brown. For the price that I paid ($20) I expected to get at least a salad on the side or is that asking too much. It was warm and so was the coffee. Cold water is offered free of charge.
The service was friendly and efficient.

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6th August 2012
1 star rating
Went to the Garden Terrace Restaurant on a Saturday, for the first and last time, for my mother’s birthday lunch.

The wine list was limited with approx 7 wines in total. We ordered the Pinot Gris after a while was told it was not in stock, we then ordered the Sauvignon Blanc and once again after a while was told that was not in stock either – this left 3 white wines to choose from, we asked if either of the chardonnays were unoaked – the waitress had no idea meanwhile a beer was ordered and none of that was in stock either! The restaurant should have let us know before we ordered what wines / beers were available or printed up to date drinks menu or gone and bought the wine we ordered so as not to let the customer down.

When I spoke to the manager – she was very rude and said it was my fault for not pre-ordering the wine (the wine list is not advertised anywhere and it is not up to the customer to know what is / is not in stock). Not getting any of the wine/beer that the table wanted upset my mum and spoiled her birthday lunch and as the manager was not prepared to do anything I asked if she could apologise to my mum for the upset on her birthday. The manager said she would apologise but did not – we left not at all happy with the experience.

The food was very average at best – nothing special but edible. Not what is advertised: “Experience the culinary delights of a mouth-watering seasonal menu in our fully licensed restaurant.”

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