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Sandfly Cafe

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9 The Lane, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good pit stop!

Wanted another flat white,...and found this place. Staff very happy friendly and helpful. Seems to cater for local s and visitors it was busy and food available throughout the day, or just a drink, TV whatever, obviously a local rendezvous .

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Harrogate, England, United Kingdom
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Harrogate, England, United Kingdom
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178 reviews 178 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Wanted another flat white,...and found this place. Staff very happy friendly and helpful. Seems to cater for local s and visitors it was busy and food available throughout the day, or just a drink, TV whatever, obviously a local rendezvous .

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I ducked in here at 7am from the dark streets of autumn Te Anau and found a lovely oasis of warmth and welcome. Nice range of breakfast offerings and great coffee - cosy wooden interior, reasonable prices, quick and attentive service... all good.

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Southland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

The food was awesome plenty of it came out fast very interesting interior and plenty of room to sit outside

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Auckland, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Clearly as the only place that most locals seem to eat at, the Sandfly is comfortable with its captive market. Service was friendly and food was good though a bit overpriced for the size. Simple requests for meal adjustments (cream versus yogurt) were met, though grudgingly by staff.

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Manchester
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Most places we looked at in Te Anau looked pretty low brow - who wants an Italian or Indian when you're in Fiordland? This is a great little cafe with super food and nice atmosphere. Nice seating outside if the weather allows.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

My wife is a coffee snob and exclaimed that this blows Starbucks away. She loved our multiple visits here. Take in the nearby movie as well that runs every hour and lasts about 35 minutes.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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271 reviews 271 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

My wife and I visited The Sandfly Cafe for a brunch while travelling between Queenstown and Invercargill. Initial impressions were that it is a funky vibrant cafe doing a brisk trade. A great selection of appealing cabinet food is displayed and the menu is equally good. We both settled for the Hash Brown Stack which includes bacon, tomato, poached eggs... More 

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Greytown, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We visited Sandfly on three occasions over three days, and at different times of the day. It was really good each time. A great range of food options - cabinet and menu - top coffee each visit and the latte art was top stuff given the large number of patrons. Waiting was quite acceptable - again given the number of... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We stopped there for lunch on our trip to Milford Sound. First we realised it's quiet a busy place, we ordered our lunch and thought the place was buzzing we didn't wait for long til it was served. I had the soup of the day which was served with fresh bread and garlic butter to die for, my wife enjoyed... More 

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Westerham, United Kingdom
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85 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

It took a long time to make our coffee but when it came it was very good. Worth the wait. Delicious cakes too.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9 The Lane, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Southland Region  >  Fiordland National Park  >  Te Anau

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop

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