Where to Eat in Cambridge: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 25, 2017 Stefan Strunk

Discover the best restaurant in Cambridge, New Zealand including Onyx, Prince Albert Old English Pub, Cafe Irresistiblue at Monavale Blueberries, The Lily Pad Cafe, Red Cherry Roasters & Co, In Stone Cafe, Absolute Coffee House, Rouge Cafe, Alpino cucina e vino, Paddock
Things to do in Cambridge

1. Onyx

70 Alpha Street, Cambridge 2351, New Zealand Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Pizza, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +64 7-827 7740
Excellent
50%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 504 reviews

Onyx

Nestled in the heart of Cambridge, Onyx Cafe and Bar is the go-to whether passing through for a coffee or celebrating a milestone with family and friends. With it's dark furnishings and warm-tones timber flooring, Onyx is a humming lofty space sure to please anyone in your party. From succulent steaks, tender chicken and lamb dishes through to homemade wood fired pizzas, the brunch, lunch and dinner menu covers even the most fastidious of palettes. A delectable desert menu is available to round off an evening meal, with a cake cabinet on show throughout the day offering an array of tasty treats. Friendly, efficient and professional service is a guarantee with staff on hand to cater to your every whim. Dietary requirements are happily catered to without hassle, with your experience top priority. The function room is available to hire should you wish for a private meal or party. Your celebration can remain exclusive from start to finish, with the upstairs venue holding it's own bar and bathroom facilities. With a roaring fire in winter months and sunshine-streamed outdoor settings in summer, Onyx is a year-long favourite pick as a dining destination. Open seven days a week from 9am until late, Onyx is a gem in the crown of Cambridge that you will revisit again and again.

Reviewed By jimreekers - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Great place. Excellent food, real Italian style. We had the catch of the day with king prawn ravioli and the fennel with orange salad. SUPERB. Best meal we had in New Zealand during our holiday. Also the service was top! Do not miss this opportunity.Many thanks for your wonderful review. Our staff are the best!

2. Prince Albert Old English Pub

Victoria St, Cambridge 2351, New Zealand Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available, Highchairs Available Bar, Pub, New Zealand Lunch, Dinner +64 7-827 7900
Excellent
21%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 97 reviews

Prince Albert Old English Pub

Reviewed By Wowzap - Cambridge, New Zealand

Always a friendly place to spend an evening watching rugby. Reasonable price bar, friendly staff, lots of space inside & out.
Currently having a refurb to the exterior. I hope it happens inside too eventually - the decor is drab & tired & very dated. But in some ways that adds to the charm, as do the friendly family owners...

3. Cafe Irresistiblue at Mona Vale Blueberries

Corner Turkington Road & Wallace Road | Mona Vale, Cambridge 3495, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Cafe, Dutch, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch HK$55 - HK$157 +64 7-834 3501
Excellent
56%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 116 reviews

Cafe Irresistiblue at Mona Vale Blueberries

Cafe Irresistiblue is situated centrally in the Waikato only 10 minutes from Cambridge, 15 minutes from Te Awamutu and 25 minutes out of Hamilton. Just follow the brown road signs from the Cambridge-Te Awamutu Road. Cafe Irresistibue and orchard shop are open ALL YEAR 7 days a week, 9am-4.30pm. Bookings are welcome. With high ceilings and a rustic, country feel, the cafe is a great place to visit, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee and a meal, overlooking New Zealand's largest certified organic blueberry orchard. The cafe is also fully licensed and has disability access. There is ample outdoor Seating on the huge decks that grace the cafe, as well as gorgeous wooden indoor tables and huge windows, so you can enjoy the views no matter where you sit. Our cafe can cater for up to 60 guests, and can also be booked for special functions. Orchard tours also available (Oct-Mar).

Reviewed By dajarranz2012 - Cambridge, New Zealand

we did not book, we warmly welcomed and told to chose a table, we chose indoors as it was windy out. Cold water was delivered quickly while we waited for out third attendee. Our orders were taken quickly and with a smile and it wasn't long before it arrived. Nothing appeared to be too much trouble and we thoroughly enjoyed our lunch.

4. The Lily Pad Cafe

1234 Kaipaki Road, Cambridge 3495, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch, Drinks HK$16 - HK$141 +64 7-823 9154
Excellent
42%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 200 reviews

The Lily Pad Cafe

Reviewed By Graham R - Surrey, United Kingdom

This is a very popular location for the well-to-do of nearby Cambridge that serves good food and drinks in a pleasant countryside setting. However, service leaves a lot to be desired - on our second visit nobody seemed to know what was happening behind the counter. Also, typical of NZ cafes in general, it would be nice if drinks and food could be served at about the same time - drinks come quickly but food tends t follow long after when drinks are finished! Also had some problems finding our about opening times over Christmas / New Year period.
IMO the adjoining so-called Art gallery is very poor, with trinkets and low grade 'art'.
Notwithstanding, nice place for lunch but get there early.

5. Red Cherry Roasters & Co

7 Forrest Road | Corner Cambridge Road, Cambridge, New Zealand Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Reservations, Outdoor Seating Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 7-823 1515
Excellent
38%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 102 reviews

Red Cherry Roasters & Co

Reviewed By Chris-Brigg - Brigg, United Kingdom

Located on the main Cambridge - Hamilton road, it is ideally situated for a coffee or a quick bite en route. Great coffee roasted and ground on the premises, accompanied by a good range of well prepared local food served by friendly and efficient staff.

6. In Stone Cafe

85 Victoria Street, Cambridge 3434, New Zealand Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Excellent
51%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 59 reviews

In Stone Cafe

Reviewed By kathy a - te awamutu

come for the macadamia brittle, i've not noticed it in other cafes, but boy i will certainly return for more. nice outside table for lunch on a warm winter day, tasty tea, good bacon and egg pie

7. Absolute Coffee House

88 Alpha Street | New World Car Park Area, Cambridge 3434, New Zealand Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 7-827 5515
Excellent
53%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
1%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Absolute Coffee House

outstanding cafe in the centre of town with a real country feel, lovely Gardens and decor, the best coffee in town and the best freshly cooked food in town. Specialising in kiwi infused cooking using homegrown and locally grown products.

Reviewed By 734marilynl - Te Aroha

A friend and I have enjoyed lunch here several times. The counter food is varied and delicious and servings are LARGE. Their desserts are especially yummy and they make a particularly good Eccles cake; a pastry filled with sultanas and spice and all things nice!! Apart from the excellent coffee there is a wide variety of teas available. A great addition to the Cambridge café world and really worth a visit for lunch or any time snacks and a beverage.

8. Rouge Cafe

11 Empire St, Cambridge, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$31 - HK$86 +64 7-823 9178
Excellent
51%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 172 reviews

Rouge Cafe

Rouge is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and coffee, 7 days from 7.30Am until 4pm. Enjoy a glass of wine in our sunny courtyard, or cosy up inside with hot coffee in winter. Free customer wifi is available, and we also take bookings.

Reviewed By Z7751PQmariam - Auckland Central, New Zealand

I was passing through Cambridge on my way to Taupo recently and decided to stop at rouge, despite it's lack of apparent character. I decided to give the dated exterior a chance, given that my usual experiences with other cafes of such have had surprisingly good food and coffee when compared to the decor. I entered the cafe to see the girl at the till getting yelled at and was tempted to leave but my coffee needs were high. I didn't find their menu very exciting, but thought maybe a simple selection would be made to a high standard. The mushrooms on toast I got were very rubbery and unevenly heated, and the toast was lukewarm and slightly stale. The coffee was alright, though quite over priced, and I come from Auckland! I don't think that these menu options were very current with what frequent cafe goers like to eat, and my daughter agreed with me with the fact that Rouge had a dated outlook on hospitality. Maybe I just caught them in a bad week, but from my experience, I would not recommend..

9. Alpino cucina e vino

43 Victoria Street, Cambridge 3434, New Zealand Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Italian, Pizza, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$102 - HK$220 +64 7-827 5595
Excellent
58%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 306 reviews

Alpino cucina e vino

Welcome to Alpino... We are a modern Italian Restaurant in the heart of Cambridge. Meeting point for locals and travellers to enjoy italian soulfood at it's best. A couple of Peroni's, dinner with your loved ones or just a quick and delicious Pizza, we have it all covered.

Reviewed By Bob S - Sydney, Australia

A converted Post Office put to very good use, serving Italian inspired food that is extremely good. Sitting outside we had two waiters serve us, both equally professional and charming. Service was quick (amazingly so) and our meals were amongst the best we have had in that food style. Highly recommended.

10. Paddock

46A Victoria Street, Cambridge 3434, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Waitstaff Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Brunch HK$47 - HK$71 +64 7-827 3424
Excellent
46%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 217 reviews

Paddock

Reviewed By GrayMcGowan - Timaru, New Zealand

The boss had perfectly spiced noodles with oodles of mushrooms while I settled for an "ordinary" custard cronut.
The boss raved about the deliciousness of her dish, washed down with a perfect chai latte and my cronut was gorgeous too. Great coffee to help it slide down too.
Most, but not all staff were engaging too.
No wonder this place is so highly rated and recommended.

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