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Karaka Cafe

Frank Kitts Lagoon | Taranaki Wharf, Wellington, New Zealand
916 8369
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Ranked #324 of 618 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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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
40 helpful votes 40 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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Feilding, New Zealand
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Had brunch yesterday at this lovely venue, menu prior to 11am was limited though nice looking food in cabinet. Enjoyed the service, two chilean staff were very welcoming and friendly, ordered the house beans with poached eggs and feta with a side of toast. Came out in lovely enamel bowls which brought back memories of childhood. Food was an interesting... More

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Perth, Australia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

The best thing about this cafe is its location, which is on the waterfront right adjacent to a small lagoon. It has both indoor and outside settings although there are more outside than in. We were lucky to visit on a spectacular summers day with no wind, which is a rarity in Wellington. On a cold windy day we probably... More

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Berlin, Germany
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5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

I like the view from.the karaka especially when you sit outisdd in one of the comfortable seats!!!! I go there every week once and order the bread because I love it...the service is all right..the lady with the red hairs and the I think huy from chile or Argentina ar3 good waiter.

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Livonia, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

I couldn't remember the names of all the places we visited on our Zest Tour. Thanks to the internet - I think I found you! Everything was wonderful. The manager and our waitress took really good care of us, in fact they were gem's! The food was good and it was enjoyable trying things we'd never had before!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

I find my way to this establishment from time to time due to a client being located near-by and hence a convenience of location. I could not help but sit-back last week and realise that while the food is great, the building and content (waka hall) awesome, and the views and general look-out positive....the service is dire. Staff seem not... More

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Set down by the Boatshed you get lovely surroundings and a great atmosphere. The thing that stood out for me was the STAFF service - as with a lot of NZ places you go straight to the bar to order then they give you a number for your food. The bar man helped me pick a drink (gave me samples... More

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