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Quarter Acre Cafe Bistro

4 star rating
24 reviews

Cuisine: A La Carte, Bistro, Cafe, New Zealand

1 Gleeson Rd
(1164 Main Highway)
06-362 6348


  • Mon – Wed 9am – 4pm
  • Thur – Sat 9am – late
  • Facilities/Features:
    • Business Dining
    • Children's Menu
    • Scenic View
    • Children's Play Area
    • Private Functions
    • Private Parties
    • Romantic Dining
    • Breakfast Meetings
  • Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
  • Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
  • BYO/Corkage: No BYO
  • Parking: Free Off-Street
  • Good For Groups: Yes
  • Good For Children: Yes
  • Takeaways: No
  • Delivers: No
  • Takes Reservations: Yes
  • Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
  • Wi-Fi: Free

Quarter Acre Cafe has moved to the premises of Stephan’s Restaurant.
Homemade cakes, muffins, scones, slices, cookies, savouries.
All day breakfasts and lunches from a la carte menu.
Celcius coffee – fair trade and organic.
Specialty Pratty’s Nourishing Teas.
Beautiful garden area including Springfree trampoline.
Large parking area with easy access from State Highway 1.
Just 5 minutes north of Otaki and 10 minutes south of Levin, 1 hour north of Wellington.
Free wifi with purchase.
Now open for dinner Thursday -Saturday nights!

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24 Reviews for Quarter Acre Cafe Bistro

Dan C.


30th May 2014
4 star rating
Good food, relaxed atmosphere. The table service was an added bonus! Would recommend to anyone passing through!

Visited November 2013

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27th May 2014
5 star rating
I contacted Renee from my Melbourne, where I was hoping to organize a surprise meal for my grandparents. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome!
Not only did the staff organize, at my request, a diabetic dessert AND a bunch of roses as extra special treats but they did it all with so much enthusiasm.
The voucher was sent straight to my family on time and reports back are that their meal was fantastic! Both ate the fish of the day and loved every bite.
The staff then sung HAPPY BIRTHDAY for my granddad :)

And they done all of this without even receiving the money first – I had difficulty transferring funds from Australia, and many businesses would take the attitude ‘No money, no love’, but not these wonderful folk!
Which is why I will most definitely be visiting this cafe when I’m over in August, I need to thank the staff personally for making my grandparents day so special. I really appreciate all your efforts! THANK-YOU!! X

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26th May 2014
1 star rating
Unless you fit into the upper-middle to upper class category of human being, I would not suggest visiting the Quarter Acre Cafe. Sure, there are often a lot of cars outside and you no doubt often drive past along State Highway 1 and think to yourself “ooo I must stop there one day.” But notice the makes and years of the vehicles in the car park. Any automobile which was made prior to 2008 and that does not contain European styling or a BMW/Mercedes etc badge will be spat on by minions that not only work at this interesting establishment, but also gather at the door of the cafe to farewell you and your cheap shitty car as you leave with a swift middle finger salute.

If you do get in the front door, you will be greeted with roses that appear to have been gloriously grown with the help of quality blood and bone. (No doubt the blood and bones of past diners that dared to laugh and enjoy their time at this cesspit disguised as a country cafe and bistro.)

Once you have drawn attention to yourself due to making the awful decision to wear jeans on a Sunday and been looked up and down by the staff, you’ll receive death stares for ordering only $27 worth of coffee and snacks while the rest of the clientele were going for duck, Moet, gold-encrusted chicken breast and the like.

I could go on but unfortunately reliving the experience of the owner coming to our table in an aggressive fashion, demanding we tell him what our problem was (which, as it turned out was a wee oopsie where one of our jean-clad party of three had accidentally scolded his crotch by spilling tea all over himself, and we had laughed raucously at him in all his middle-class glory) is giving me nightmares.

I’ll leave the decision to you.

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25th May 2014
1 star rating
Having driven passed the cafe several times in the times I travel between Wellington and Palmerston North, it always looked accommodating and pleasant. The reviews on here have been excellent, and thought that a quick stop for a coffee and a small bite to eat might be worthwhile. Initially it was too busy, but to their credit they raced out to tell us that they had just had a table made available and we could have it.

Unfortunately, what occurred next was the most bizarre and frankly horrific experience of my entire life. After ordering coffee and cakes, the staff delivered the food and it was generally pleasant. Then, who we can only imagine is the chef and owner, came out and quite abrasively accused us of surveying his staff through filming them on our phones. This was factually entirely inaccurate and the only inappropriate thing that occurred was my friend spilling some of his tea into his lap and laughing about it. I cannot for the life of me think why this man would come out and accuse paying customers of things he did not witness himself. It was also done in a publicly embarrassing way, and his rough booming voice filled the room to the disruption of other customers.

If that was not enough, we were treated to comments by staff like “they’re losers” and “don’t come back” and “stick to places that are suited to your own type”. They followed us out, and as we left, proceeded to pull the finger and wave us goodbye.

We consider ourselves fairly respectable, decent, honest members of society – one who works in the public service, and two university students in their final years. We have never been treated so badly in our lives for something we still to this moment have no idea what went wrong. It may have been a simple miscommunication which could have been easily rectified by considered comments. Instead, we effectively got treated like second class citizens and had perhaps the worst experience Moreof our lives.

I do not care how good the food was. The service and the treatment was appalling and totally not in keeping with hospitality standards.

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18th May 2014
5 star rating
Visited as a large birthday group today and were very impressed. Staff very attentive and when we arrived explained what the procedure was for our large group. Were very accommodating as we had a few children in our group. Meals for the children were brought out quickly and we were very happy to see there was a children’s menu with a variety of choices. Dinosaur lunch was very popular! Main meals were great and dessert lovely. Staff very friendly. Would love to come back again, great garden setting, awesome! Thank you.

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18th May 2014
5 star rating
From the fresh roses that greet you in the foyer on arrival to the friendly, upbeat efficient service and great food, we were very impressed. A couple of highlights were the tuna entree and the beignets for dessert. One very minor issue was that the waitress had to ask whose main was whose – there were only two of us, and surely it can’t be that hard to get right! But that is a personal bugbear, and is being very picky. Overall there was a real commitment to making this a great experience for us and we will definitely be back!

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13th May 2014
5 star rating
Had lunch there today upon a recommendation. Was very happy to see such a beautiful setting inside and out. The servers were very friendly. I had the T-bone steak feature which was cooked perfectly. I’m very picky especially with steak so I was definitely happy. We had also brought in our parents for a nice lunch and everyone enjoyed their meals. Had a chat with the chef after and we all honestly enjoyed the day. Thank you team! We’ll be back and will recommend Quarter Acre CafĂ© to others.

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1st February 2014
1 star rating
I took my parents and partner here today as we’d heard great things about the place. Unfortunately we were extremely disappointed. I ordered a steak rare/medium which came way overcooked. When I brought this to the attention of the waitress, who was very polite and upbeat, she agreed it certainly wasn’t what it should be. The potatoes were also cold which I didn’t mention at the time.

A person came to the table whom I assumed was the owner who proceeded to lecture me on what a medium rare steak was supposed to be like!!! I found this rude and him arrogant. I own a very good restaurant and if I served steak like that I’d have complaints all day. I would never EVER speak to customer like that no matter what the problem was.

The rest of the meals were very average for the price. The open chicken sandwich was more like a salad with chicken.

Sorry, but I won’t be back, nor, given the attitude of the person who came to the table, will I be recommending it to anyone else.

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10th January 2014
4 star rating
Came in for Fathers day lunch. Staff were very helpful and accommodating for our young child. Wonderful meals, huge helpings, good pricing and very clean. Will definitely be back!

Visited September 2013

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31st December 2013
5 star rating
Thoroughly impressed by the service and food. Eating out with 3 small children is often difficult, but the waiter here was very helpful in getting the kids food out quickly. They were happy to find us a highchair & clean it, and the kids menu had some good options other than just the ubiquitous burger & chips. Loved the shaded outdoor table on a hot day too! We had a great deal of difficulty deciding from the adults menu but all mains chosen were delicious and generous. A happy experience (which is often not the case with littlies in tow!) and we would definitely return to try some more of the fabulous food. Well done!

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12th August 2013
1 star rating
After reading the amazing reviews on MenuMania me and my family were expecting big things when dining at Quarter Acre. Came in Saturday for lunch. Coffee was bitter, luke warm and milk tasted old. My brother ordered a lemon honey and ginger and tasted like half the concentrate had been put in. Once again luke warm. Don’t even get me started on the food. Underwealming. Looked as if no effort had been put in and the trend of under-temperature food and drinks continued. Staff were far from polite and we didn’t even complain! Won’t be back. Must have been a bad day!

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Comment from Renee C. of Quarter Acre Cafe Bistro 12/08/2013   
Hi Fiona K, I’m sorry to hear about your experience. At the Quarter Acre it is our aim that everyone leaves feeling like they have had a great experience… What is so frustrating for us is when someone such as yourself is unhappy but does not speak up right away….    More »

Dave B.


9th August 2013
5 star rating
Stopped in for lunch with my other half. We had eaten here for dinner when it was Stefans, so we were keen to see how the place was now. In one word, fantastic. The wait staff were friendly, smiley, attentive without being overbearing. Decor and seating is clean, and not crowded. Great outdoor seating for the warmer months too. The menu was one of the few I’ve had of late where picking just one thing was truly difficult as there were so many delicious options. We ended up getting the beef burger and an open steak sandwich. The meals were really nice, good portion size, great tasting. The burger is messy though, be warned! But so worth it. The owner popped round to see if we enjoyed our meal, which was a nice touch. We have already decided to drive back tomorrow as there are some things on that menu we don’t want to wait to try! Highly recommended.

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6th August 2013
4 star rating
We celebrated a family lunch and were impressed with the personal and prompt service.The food was excellent and our birthday girl was surprised by the staff with a plate, iced with birthday greetings and a candle lit chocolate brownie and cream. A generous and much appreciated gesture by the staff of the Quarter Acre.
A memorable lunch and we will be definitely returning soon.

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Comment from Renee C. of Quarter Acre Cafe Bistro 12/08/2013   
Thank you Carolyn, glad you enjoyed your surprise!
25th June 2013
5 star rating
Having been long time fans of the Quarter Acre day menu, we decided to explore their recent offering of evening dining and were richly rewarded. My entree scallops were the largest, juiciest and most tender I have ever eaten. Our beef mains were cooked to perfection and accompanied by mouthwatering microgreens, and the dessert was a sublime persimmon-pear tart accompanied by perfect flat whites.
The wine recommendations complimented each dish and the service was relaxed yet attentive.
The Quarter Acre’s innovative menu will satisfy the most exacting palate and I guarantee you will want to return.
A thoroughly enjoyable evening and our compliments to the chefs, management and staff.

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Comment from Renee C. of Quarter Acre Cafe Bistro 25/06/2013   
Thanks Cate for your fantastic review, see you again soon!



31st March 2013
5 star rating
My partner and I treated ourselves with brunch at The Quarter Acre Cafe today… It was an awesome experience! We have been before, for coffee and cake which is always delightful, but today was the first time we ordered breakfast from the menu and we were both impressed. My Eggs Bene (‘Bene our way’) was gorgeous….I have now set that dish in my mind as my birthday treat! Hope it stays on the menu! All aspects of our experience were excellent, great friendly staff, relaxing atmosphere, timely service, divine coffee, hot delicious food, created with quality fresh ingredients. I highly recommend this cafe!!!

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6th January 2013
5 star rating
Wonderful service, food is divine. My family are regulars and between us have different offerings .Bacon and eggs,lambs fry and bacon, pork belly, Kumara and curry mince pie with salad. Coffee is great. No more need be said really.

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8th July 2012
4 star rating
This is often the place I go when meeting friends for lunch and it is always a good experience. Great food and friendly staff. The big mugs for the hot drinks are a nice touch and the cakes and muffins are always yummy.

Fantastic, relaxing setting, cosy on cold days and great oudoor setting when sunny.

Have had both blackboard and cabinet food and both are tasty. Only suggestion would be some more panini or filled rolls as sometimes the cabinets can be low, and if you dont want to pay more for the menu food you can feel a bit stuck.

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16th October 2011
5 star rating
We have been to Quarter Acre cafe for lunch many a time. Today we decided to go for breakfast for the first time and as usual the food was exceptional. The owner and staff are very pleasant and go the extra mile for you.
It’s a shame they are not open for dinner as I think that is what we need around here.

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17th August 2011
4 star rating
Had lunch at the Quarter Acre Cafe today, went with a group and the staff arranged tables for us, our meals were excellent, the fire was going on a very cold day, a very pleasant experience. Their menu is great. Coffee could have been a touch hotter. Will be back

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Bev H.


16th August 2011
3 star rating
Went to the Quarter Acre for a private function and the actually cafe was quite hard to find through the gardening shop. Not very noticeable. Also there wasn’t a lot of large tables for the amount of people that we had and it felt very cramped. Some of my guest felt that there was not a lrage selection of options on the menu and some felt it wasn’t as described as there seemed to be more salad than meat in some cases. Overall it was an ‘ok’ experience once we found the cafe.

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13th August 2011
5 star rating
Went to the Quarter Acre cafe tonight for their first evening service. We regularly attend for breakfast or lunch and so were keen to try an evening meal. We were not disappointed. The food was exceptional and we can highly recommend the berry and white chocolate bread and butter pudding! Not only was the food tasty and well presented but good value too and all with the usual great customer service that we have accustomed too.

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12th August 2011
5 star rating
This is the only cafe we go to now, always fresh, tasty food. The staff are so warm and friendly, and you can tell the owner dedicates himself to ensuring you have the best possible cafe experience there. He’s good to talk too! *** Highly recommend to everyone ***

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5th August 2011
5 star rating
We have had lunch there a few times now. Excellent, most yummy! The size of the portions are perfect and the taste is second to none. Absolutely fabulous! Well done for delivering top class food! Can’t wait to go back!

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21st May 2011
5 star rating
woo we had great meal at Quarter Ccre Cafe 2 weeks ago. Hubby as a chef himself has eaten some very average to poor food when dining out so playing it safe he went for all day breakfast. It was excellent as so was my lunch his comment was it wasn’t cafe or bistro quality it was 5 star restaurant. Will definitely go back and try other dishes

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