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Riverside Cafe

Riverside Cafe
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289 Main Road, Lower Moutere, Tasman, Nelson
Winner of Wild Tomato magazine's best regional rural restaurant 2010 and described by Hospitality Magazine (nov 2014) as "the hoy grail of hospitality, Riverside Cafe is a delectable introduction to the historic Riverside Community (est.1941).

Our creative & delicious menu changes seasonally, and always features wild meats, local speciaities, and lots of produce from our own organic gardens. We also serve awesome fair trade coffee and a tempting spread of home baked cakes and brioche! We have a cool kids playground, and indoor and outdoor seating options. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available.

Discover local artwork with Ché Vincent’s stunning copper creations, and vibrant paintings by Bonnie Coad. Have a look at our spectacular cacti and succulent collection or browse through our shop selection of locally made crafts, pickles, honey and jams.

A unique, and delicious & peaceful dining experience.

The Riverside Cafe licensed restaurant is situated on the Inland Moutere Highway, 7km from Motueka.

Environment Friendly Action

We employ alternative energy resources: wind/solar/water We recycle where possible We compost food waste We participate in community environmental initiatives

Other Environment Friendly Initiatives

The community was established in 1941 to promote peace and education, and to develop ways of living sustainably and co-cooperatively. We adhere to this mission statement today.

Open Hours

7 days a week from 9.30am-4.45pm for brunch, coffee, cakes etc, lunch daily from 11.30am Saturday nights from 6pm for inspiring dinners, and also Friday nights from Dec 5th through summer (seasonal opening hours - please check to avoid disappointment!.)

All Year Available



289 Main Road, Lower Moutere, Tasman District. 7km from Motueka on the Inland Moutere Highway.
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