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Karaka Cafe

Frank Kitts Lagoon | Taranaki Wharf, Wellington, New Zealand
916 8369
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Ranked #315 of 636 Restaurants in Wellington
Cuisines: Polynesian, New Zealand
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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215 reviews 215 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A lovely well-placed cafe with a very good choice of drinks and snacks. Good space between tables so you don't have to listen to the people at the next table. Highly recommended.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

My partner & I have visited Karaka Cafe 3 times now. Once for a snack & drink, once for lunch and on our latest visit, for brunch. Every time we have been impressed by the quality of the food, the service and the atmosphere of the place. It has a great outdoor dining area, very close to the inner boat... More

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109 reviews 109 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

We were at Te Papa. We headed to this cafe for lunch on the recommendation of colleagues who were there for breakfast. What an outstanding venue with a Maori flavour, waka parked up and an exquisite culturally diverse menu in Te Reo and pakeha. I had the paua on toasted rewena. There is a licensed area as well. As you... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Great location, nice looking menu. Greeted nicely by lady behind bar and seated promptly drinks and food orders taken promptly. Long wait for food but was busy so not too worried about this. Service was so confused staff wandered round with orders until found right table. Seemed very poorly organised wait staff had no idea where to take orders. Food... More

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Papamoa, New Zealand
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62 reviews 62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

What a scrummy breakfast. Mushrooms/eggs on toast with a side of bacon. Incredibly tasty. Really good coffee, friendly staff and a nice view.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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90 reviews 90 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

This is a great central location with lovely views. The service was slow, even when trying to pay the bill no one served us at the counter. There appeared to be plenty of staff wondering around. I asked about a couple of menu items but the staff member who served us not confident in her description. The meals finally arrived... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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56 reviews 56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I chose to have lunch in the sun and the menu looked innovative and inviting. I was greeted quickly at the door and shown a table and then saw no one for a good 1/4 of an hour. When I finally got my order taken it then took 30 minutes for food to arrive. Nice looking cafe. But disappointing sorry

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Friends and I went to lunch. Waitress was taking order and another waitress rudely interrupted her, first warning sign. We ordered our meal and bottle of wine. When wine came it had been opened and was only half bottle, second warning. Lunch came the chicken wings were fried and dry and the hungi salad was dry and boring. Asked for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Wonderful service on a really busy Welly day! Fantastic food, go for the Paua and try a Moa Beer. Great Kiwi Kai and awesome Kiwi music :)

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Perth, United Kingdom
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113 reviews 113 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Location & great food Right on the waterfront on the side of a lagoon so you can watch the children play, sit on a giant beanbag if you wish and people watch to your hearts content, indoor & out seating even on the grassy bank so totally alfresco. They are trying to promote Maori food and culture onto the waterfront,... More

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