Palmerston North City 06 357 6663
Order our famous. Eggs Bennie before 9.00am any day…
- Sun – Wed 7am – 3.30pm
- Thur – Sat 7am – 9.30pm
- Out Catering
- Children's Play Area
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Romantic Dining
- Breakfast Meetings
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine
- Parking: Free Off-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: Free
Tomato Café is fast becoming Palmerston North’s hottest café, offering a contemporary short order café menu along with quality cabinet food during the day and transitioning into a New York style Italian café in the evenings. Serving Pizza, Pasta, Seafood, Beef, Pork and Chicken classics.
With a capacity of 120 with three distinctive indoor areas we are the perfect venue for a work group, private party or Christmas party.
72 Reviews for Tomato Cafe
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The food, atmosphere and pricing is Awesome, even the bathrooms are a laugh, I highly recommend checking Tomato out.
If anyone of these things had happened in isolation then I would have been more understanding but the series of errors compounded by the wait staff’s lack of initiative and willingness to correct the errors meant that our Sunday brunch was an unpleasant experience. There was also no mint at all in the avo smash, but by this stage I just wanted to get out.
Also a great place to enjoy a coffee late at night. Highly recommended!
They are even willing to make you something not on the menu, which very few places do these days
My fiance and I shared a garlic pizza bread to start, and followed with a chicken and cranberry pizza. Definitely the best pizza in town, one of the best either of us had tried. We also had an iced coffee and an iced chocolate, they were also divine.
Not to mention, everything was really well priced, real value for money.
The staff were incredibly friendly, the service was great, and, as I said, the food was delicious. We can’t wait to come back.
I ordered the avocado smash which was incredible with the generous amounts of avocado and feta cheese.. Divine! My husband is a very big eater so he ordered the ‘think big’ breakfast, this was huge! He was very impressed about the quality of ingredients used and we thoroughly enjoyed our breakfasts. I heard James ( the owner) also does most of the cooking, which shows passion and dedication to his restaurant.
The staff were lovely polite and accommodating. I absolutely love the decor with its authentic Kiwiana style.
We will defiantly be back.
Stopped in with a friend for an afternoon sugar fix and light meal. Was our first time stopping in here and found the atmosphere comfortable, quick service and a reasonable price. I appreciated the no muckaround attitude and fantastic food. Must say I really have enjoyed reading your responses to customer feedbacks also on this review site. Well done for saying it like it is. Its great to be honest..but also important to understand that customers feedback can “sometimes” improve our business. And without your customers you do not have a business. You guys are awesome tho, will definitely be back very soon to try one of your pizzas ;0
I love the time and effort that they have put into the decor. It’s warm and inviting.
My boyfriend and I had breakfast there on Saturday and it was fantastic. I had the eggs bene and he had bacon and eggs.
Definitely going to go and try the pizza some time soon.
I make a habit of getting the big breakfast at least once wherever I go, partly because I am a guts, but also because I enjoy the comparison. Theirs is unique in that they have these massive sausages, which are great, though I have wondered how others have managed to finish them.
I’ve been on a couple of work dinners there as well and on both occasions had amazing steaks, which were cooked to perfection and accompanied by creamy, delicious potatoes and crunchy beans. For dessert I’ve had the creme brulee, which is the best I’ve tasted in Palmerston North.
My only complaint is that my breakfast was bad the last time I went. To be fair I’d had several good meals beforehand but you tend to remember your last visit. On this occasion my bacon was undercooked and my eggs were slightly overcooked. A bit disappointing considering there weren’t many people there. I didn’t say anything as the girls working were lovely but in hindsight the feedback might have been appreciated.
But I’d definitely go there again and would encourage more people to get along. It’s a very cool and underated place. I just hope it doesn’t get too popular lest it become inundated with poseurs.
The Clam Chowder is delicious, and even their Cheese and Onion scones are great. The staff are friendly and appear to enjoy working there (unlike the staff at Cafe Cuba).
Would recommend Tomato to anyone to appreciates good food.
Went again for lunch today and it was again a great experience, Tasty food and friendly staff.
love the pizza and i know pizzas having made thousands myself , love the fact that you make your own pizza dough,
love the Shepard’s pie on a cold day you need to make this more. The beers a good price .The feta and pumpkin and bran muffins for lunch very filling . In fact I have now made myself hungry so I am coming down now to get a muffin .
It’s not just the presentation of the premises that brings me to the conclusion I would be more than happy to regularly dine here as I believe in not judging a book by its cover, so to enlighten those people who have not had a Tomato experience yet:
The Italian style cuisine is amazing. Portioned well, value for money and very gratifying. My menu choice had consisted of a yummy Garlic Bread (which just tastes that much better on ‘pizza’ base), Blue cheese and bacon pizza – total taste bud delight as the flavours worked perfectly with a lovely glass of Red Wine. This all followed by Creme Brûlée for desert which literally melted in my mouth and a latte – I’m pretty fussy on my coffee’s and will even be stopping here from now on yo get my ‘coffee to go ‘ on the way to work.
The service was also very pleasant which consisted of a lovely, smiley and very efficient waitress. I didn’t have to wait long between ordering and waiting to have food bought to my table, big plus to the chef!
The atmosphere was enjoyable and I very much liked to the location, a great setting in the one of the busiest cafe streets in the heart of Palmy.
Anyway, thank you Tomato, it’s nice to see someone taking a step outside of the square and offer people something new by all means.
My experience will definitely be 1 that I intend to repeat!
It’s a great place to meet up with friends and we love going for a romantic meal for two including red wine and a beer served in a classic kiwi Quart Bottle that brings back some great memories! Here you can get the best gnocchi in town and warm chocolate fondant that is the best way to end a great dinner.
Stop in for brunch and lunch on weekends, our favourite pizza is bacon & blue cheese and the coffee is always excellent.
I’ve taken work colleagues for social and working lunches (one of which had to get out of the corporate environment so she could think straight) Tomatoes is just like a home away from home!
Sometimes they have private parties upstairs including events that support local businesses.
On a nice day enjoy the sunshine and a cool drink sitting outside at the quaint tables and chairs complete with checked tablecloths.
Be sure to check out the entertaining walls in the bathrooms you might just get a history lesson while you are there too.
In my opinion, Tomato Cafe is one of the best I have had the pleasure of being in and it is my local regular.
Firstly, it is very clean and tidy (including and perhaps especially the toilets). The visual and acoustic ambiance is superb.
Secondly, the staff are very friendly and very professional. I have never experienced any difficulties with getting my order.
Thirdly, the coffee, which is what I personally rely on most to rate a cafe, is absolutely first rate. However the food is also just as good and represents excellent value for money. The range of Pizzas are particularly innovative and tasty.
If you live in Palmy or are planning on visiting here, I really recommend that you try Tomato Cafe for a great coffee and/or culinary experience.
Just read the comments written in response to bad reviews by “James”. He personally attacks customers and calls them things. Not the type of place I’d want to go, would you?
Coffee is incredibly average, and the decor is so bright that it’s uncomfortable.
I’ll be going to Cuba St Cafe from now on.
No doubt that “James” will write something biting and nasty about how he doesn’t want customers like me in his cafe anyway, but with that attitude “James”, you can look to have no customers at all. I can go do a different cafe and it’s no skin off my nose, but if people start migrating away from your cafe in droves…well, let’s see if that lady you told should “stay home with her box of weetbix” is important to you then.
I walk past Tomato Cafe on my way to work and back when I finish work.
Well gave in as the smell was so nice on Sunday morning last week after work I stopped in to try the Eggs Benedict @ $9.00 well it filled my empty tummy and I like it so much I will have to make it a regularly stop. Possibly even take a date there.
He is a huge eggs Benedict fan and was disappointed and he almost always gets this when we go out for brunch.
I had the pizza and it was nice, but I have had better and it was smaller than I expected.
The waitress was great though even though at first we waited for ages to have our order taken and ages to get the food served.
We haven’t been back because it didn’t blow my mind!
I had a voucher for a pizza and sheepishly slid it across the counter, the waitress politely took it and said “great, no problem at all, let me show you to your table”. There wasn’t a series of questions etc as I’ve had from other restaurants/cafes in the past.
I decided to order the soup before my pizza and was rewarded accordingly, it was absolutely devine and the pizza was one of the best I’ve ever tasted. My son visits monthly from Wellington and pizza is his FAVOURITE, I can’t wait to introduce him Tomato.
I look forward to being a regular and am taking my partner for the first time for dinner tonight….YES!!! I can’t wait to see his reaction.
Well done Tomato!
Had breads then the flounder (asked for some bread to mop the yummy tomato sauce that came in a small bowl on the side) and finished with creme brulee and coffee.
The wine is incredibly well priced and the wine list puts other far more expensive Palmerston North restaurants to shame.
Will certainly be back.
I have always eaten Ceasar salads, but seriously; this realy is the best one I have ever tasted..
thank you James and your lovely and attentive waiters..
Owner of Spinning Planet Limited
Also tried the gnocchi – absolutely delicious! And very filling!
The fridge is full of soft drinks that you can’t normally buy anywhere else, which makes visiting that little bit more special and not your typical cafe.
Totally recommend it – you won’t find anything else quite like it!
With this first impression in mind I felt confident in organising some friends to go down for dinner.
We made a booking as it seemed like it would be a busy place and wouldn’t want to miss out. I tried the pepperoni pizza which left very little to be desired. the service was efficient and friendly complimented by a knowledge of the menu and produce used.
Since this time i have been back and noticed smalls tweaks to the décor and menu which are the hallmarks of a craftsman.
I am recommending this casual dining to any who enjoy the simple pleasures of good food with good friends.
I was visiting family in Palmerston North over the Christmas break and was lucky enough to stumble upon a bright and cheerful cafe called Tomato. Nothing like this in Auckland, refreshingly progressive menu at astoundingly cheap prices. Most of the breakfast menu was available with gluten free bread at no extra charge and I was particularly impressed to be informed that the home made Italian Pork sausages were also gluten free. I also noticed the evening Pizza menu was available with a gluten free base as an option (I think there was a small surcharge on these but don’t quote me on it). I will definitely revisit next time we are down in Palmy town. Really clever decor (Kiwiana), really smart menu, and really nice staff. An easy 5 stars in my book!
Thanks very much
First visit, paid full price for Eggs Bennie. It was awesome! Perfectly cooked everything, and lovely Bearnaise sauce. And whilst I did pay full price, the eggs bennie at Tomato is one of the cheapest in town.
Next, had an eggs bennie at a ridiculously cheap price from a voucher site. Good in general, but bread was just slightly overcooked/too-crispy making it a bit of a pain to cut and chew.
Had a meeting there, had a lovely latte. Stayed for an hour and a half and didn’t get made to feel like I had to leave in a hurry.
Finally, went as a group of 4 to have some ridiculously cheap pizzas/beers/wines using an online voucher again. Food was great, and they happily replaced certain toppings for us as all of us were fussy! Great selection of premium beers, nice having a change from the usual Tuis and Exports. My only minor gripe would be we were told it was a $1 surcharge for premium beers and that changed to be a $1.50 charge upon paying- which cost us a whopping $1.50 extra in total!
Every visit the service was great.
Review would be 5 star, but due to the price inconsistency on the beers, and the eggs bennie overcooked bread I’ll be finicky and drop my review to a 4. Hope to leave a 5 star review in the future though. Next I want to sample some of their non-pizza evening meals..
Had a couple more visits. Lovely waffles and nice scone. Changing rating to a 5.
Brought the wife and all our kids (six of them!) and we sat upstairs where the bench seating was novel and practical for our family!
Using our vouchers, we ordered enough pizzas for the Army. And for the amount of pizzas we ordered, we weren’t waiting long at all. The staff were great with the kids, too. Our middle kid has her birthday coming up soon and asked if we could have a pizza party for her and all her friends. The owner said it wouldn’t be a problem to book out the upstairs for a kids party!
See you in a couple of weeks, Tomato!
we had a voucher for a free eggs benedict (bought at half price), and bought a second at full price. Surprised came with bacon OR mushrooms OR… etc. Always come with all at other eating places.
So we paid and extra $3 each for mushrooms on the side. Only 2 mushrooms for $3?
Yes, the sour-dough bread was good, hollandaise sauce seemed homemade, and eggs poached nicely – but you’d expect that for $13.90. However the bacon wasnt the crispest, and again – the cost of the mushrooms!!
It was supposed to be an affordable brunch, but we still spent $25.90 for one breakfast, 2 sides and 2 teas.
Again, if we’d had even half a dozen mushrooms each (ie. a decent side-serving) it would have made the cost worth it.
we wont be back
The staff are nice and the food is absolutely amazing……..
Awesome place to chill have a few bevies and a good meal with your friends and family……. Also great art decor around the place interesting love the coin counter……..
over all great experience
PS They have the nicest cutlery
Our experience was not ideal back in December 2011 when I first dinned in however thank you very much James (Owner) for your acknowledgement and along with your very accomodating staff in rectifying that situation for our family, we had a wonderful dine in experience with our young children today and the service was professional,warm and friendly well done Tomato! Top marks from us and we will be sure to return.
BEST PIZZA & SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL DISH IN PALMY! BEST CREME BRULEE & DESSERTS EVER! GREAT BREAKY ALSO!
Great food, love the menu and cabinet selection, and the staff were great, although they could be a bit more welcoming to guests when they first enter the cafe. Definitely great value for money ,and the menu isn’t a replica of the other 30 cafes in town – so refreshing!
Keep it up Tomato
Decor, pricing, atmosphere all top notch. The style is genuinely unique but not off-putting or strained. All the little details perfect.
Staff are lovely, although the occasional set of cutlery has been forgotten. A few members of the crew rank amongst the finest hospo service I’ve ever encountered.
Food, like most places, can be a little variable from visit to visit, but generally excellent. The day menu is good value for the most part, and every item on it is lovingly prepared and cooked, but it’s the evening menu that raises the Tom beyond the lowly aims of the competition. Whole flounder with a beautiful tomato and caper sauce; home-made pate to have with delicious herb and anchovy breads; specially made Italian sausage (from a secret and original Tomato recipe); beautiful oven-cooked pizzas… Definitely worth a few visits while you work through the menu.
I’d heard of this place through a friend of mine who lives in Tauranga. So I popped in for an Americano in the afternoon. Very clean; the staff are friendly (and very pretty, might I add), and the coffee was perfect.
Then came back later that day for dinner with a lady friend of mine. Sat upstairs where it’s nice and secluded. We had the Pepperoni Pizza and the Sausage Fest and a caraf of very tasty Chardonnay.
Great value for money! And impressive decor.
FINALLY the site has been given a lick of love. Tomato, is a breath of fresh air in the Palmy cafe set; though still being finished, Tomato is open for business. According to the owner, Tomato will be opening nights and a lil secret surprise to come.
The theme is kiwi-kitsch decor, but there really is a kiwi feel. No false pretence. Quality seeps for every gastro-corner, even making their own sausages in house! Ozone coffee from New Plymouth has a unique “Tomato” blend in house via a beautiful big machine. The prices though!? So cheap!!!!! $12 bene even, no more of this $17 stuff. And quality is key to the equation according to the owner – that is why this place will boost ahead I think.
My coffee was great. Food looks great, service was A+, so welcoming and efficient. Palmy needs this place to ruffle so feathers again I think.
The only reason I didn’t give a five-star, is because I didn’t dine.
I wish them all the best and recommend the place to all. Especially big groups for evening meals, when they open for nights. The prices vs quality ratio screams success.