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Cafe Zeytin

83 The Strand, Tauranga, New Zealand
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Ranked #62 of 198 restaurants in Tauranga
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Tauranga
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We find this is an excellent place to eat prior to a show as it is quick and easy. We always decipher menu at the table then having made choices purchase at the counter food and later extra wine or coffees and the service is excellent. Turkish food and decor make a pleasant atmosphere and convenient relaxed venue.

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Tauranga
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Return visit with friends for an evening meal. It was Valentines Day so the cafe was reasonably busy. Good location on The Strand. Nice friendly waitress, orders quickly taken. And drinks supplied. After some time we had to ask how our shared entree was coming. Arrived within a few minutes and was very tasty. Waited a for while for the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

My friends and I came in for a birthday dinner. The lady who served us was completely rude, made no eye contact and there was no smile with their service. The staff were walking around with stressed faces. They're lucky their food is so delicious, otherwise I would not come back.

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Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Our meal was excellent, and all was going well until we tried to get the waitress's attention to order another glass of wine. Eventually we succeeded. Having finished our meal, we sat with the plates in front of us for almost 15 minutes. In the end, being unable to catch her (or anyone else's eye), I went up to the... More

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Tauranga
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

The food is not worth the money spent the few times I visited in the past. But the decoration is good although seating are not that comfortable. Noisy and not very fresh food that made me reluctant to go again. Young people may like it here, They don't mind the food but a place trendy to meet is what they... More

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Sheffield
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90 reviews 90 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Went here on Waitangi Day as first choices closed. Good portions but avoid too much bread unless you are starving. The restaurant itself seemed a bit tired and could do with a facelift.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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177 reviews 177 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

With a number of Turkish cafes and restaurants in Tauranga it was a pleasure to check out Zeytin that is a long established Strand restaurant. While we had been before for dinner this was a lunch with family. The menu has a good range of Turkish favourites plus a small but adequate wine list. Our orders for 2 adults and... More

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Auckland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Lovely food in a great atmosphere. The service was a little shabby at times but it was an extremely busy night and given they were packed out everything went pretty smoothly.

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Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Go here often. Always good quality meals at a good price. Two real favourites: beef mousaka and fisherman's cassarole.

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Oki-gun, Shimane, Japan
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55 reviews 55 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We phoned Zeytin at 4pm...and they had a table for us (16 adults, 2 children) at 8pm. It took a long time to get drinks...and then even longer to get our meals...but once the food came out I think everyone was very happy with their meals. I enjoyed eating hummus, falafel, turkish bread etc., food that is difficult to find... More

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