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Joes Garage

₱₱ - ₱₱₱, Cafe,
Searle Lane, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-442 5282
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (45 reviews)
“bratwurst” (13 reviews)
“porridge” (22 reviews)
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7:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
Bar, Cafe, Diner, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
₱₱ - ₱₱₱
Searle Lane, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 862 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We dropped in for an evening meal. Greeted by very friendly staff. Given great overview of menu and was not disappointed. We were seated near the kitchen and it was so lovely to hear the staff working so wonderful together enjoying themselves. By far the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Amanda H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Excited by the menu but unfortunately the excitement ended there. We had ‘the local’ which was essentially a big breakfast. The bacon was too fatty and all the other items lacked flavor. The beef mince dish was just as bad. When the staff asked us...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank srbei17
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went searching for this place as it is the name of a FRank Zappa Album. We were looking for a late lunch and got something to eat here. Simple food but very tasty had a beer as well. Sat outside and watched the world go...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank KeithTwidz
Justinb62, General Manager at Joes Garage, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for the review, we're very happy you had a good experience at Joes' hope to see you again soon for lunch.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent food and drinks very reasonable prices Best steak ever great service Staff were great Chef cooked food exactly as we requested In a back alley type location Well worth looking for

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Gillian M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not a big place but friendly atmosphere. Cosy inside and a fair bit of room outside. Same menu as the others in NZ, good options from porridge to eggs to mince on toast. The coffee wasn't as good as Wellington for some reason, the Mocha...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank WayneK160
Justinb62, Manager at Joes Garage, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for the review! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself and the service was speedy for you! Next time our coffee will be better than ever, we promise! Hope to see you at Joes for another breaky. Thanks.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went to Joe’s Garage based on some reviews about their coffee (I’m a bit of a coffee snob :)). I asked for poached eggs on toast (they don’t offer poached) but only fried is on offer. I guess I can understand as it’d slow...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank NicW110
Justinb62, Head Barista at Joes Garage, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for you review, we are very pleased you enjoyed your experience with us at Joes! Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 8 November 2018

The place had an open kitchen, so your cloth may smell a little bit of food after but the food we had was all good, plus the coffee is excellent.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Tulang_B
Justinb62, Marketing at Joes Garage, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2018

Glad you enjoyed our coffee and hopefully didn't smell to much of the food! But we all love the smell of breakfast..! Thanks for visiting.

Reviewed 7 November 2018

From the moment you pull on the shifting spanner (doorknob) to open the door, through to the dry humour from behind the counter, this place is amazing. Quick service too. I had the bacon and egg roll - it was really well done. Highly recomend...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Simon H
Justinb62, Marketing at Joes Garage, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2018

Thanks very much for your feedback, we're glad you had a good time at Joes! See you again soon we hope.

Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

We generally stay away from chains but thought we would give Joe’s Garage a go after reading reviews & we really wish we hadn’t.. all four of us were disappointed! We had breakfast, ok, don’t poach eggs ( ?) so we had fried, complete with...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Tanya H
Justinb62, Marketing at Joes Garage, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2018

Hi there sorry to hear you didn't have a good experience at Joes. Hope that everything was dealt with positively when you told the staff about your food. Glad to hear the coffee was good, we don't like to let down our customers. All of...More

Reviewed 25 October 2018

Another trip back to Joes this holiday ... it is the home kitchen when travelling. Staff are always friendly despite some of them carrying questionable hangovers. The food is plentiful, the coffee hot and delicious...if it wasn't for the bad singing by the chirpy crew...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank NorthernNov
Justinb62, Marketing / Barista at Joes Garage, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2018

Thank you for the review, we are glad you enjoyed the coffee and we try our best singing! See you again soon.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$19
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Searle Lane, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Queenstown
  • Phone Number: +64 3-442 5282
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The original Joe's Garage opened in 2000, situated in an old Post Office sorting room in Queenstown. There are now seven Joe's around NZ and the concept is the same now as it was then- to be a Cafe that everybody can go to and enjoy exceptional coffee and food presented by attentive and enthusiastic staff, listen to cool music, and above all, have a lot of fun in an efficient "garage" environment.
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