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382 Ngati Maru Highway, Thames, New Zealand
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Description: The place to stop along the way from Auckland to the Coromandel for...
The place to stop along the way from Auckland to the Coromandel for refreshment, cakes, coffee, and a relaxing break.
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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch visit passing through

Stopped here on our way to Thames food very average and not cheap ! Club sandwich was $3.80 and the bread was dry. Wouldn't go back!

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 4, 2015
ClareZ24
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Auckland New Zealand
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Auckland
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46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A nice setting just out of Thames - food was adequate not cheap - coffee was nice and hot . As my wife was returning with food , table no and change , the Louise cake slipped to the floor . An Asian waitress appeared , picked up the cake , brushed her hand across the top , placed it... More 

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Auckland New Zealand
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52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

Stopped here on our way to Thames food very average and not cheap ! Club sandwich was $3.80 and the bread was dry. Wouldn't go back!

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County Dublin, Ireland
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

A group of 40 arrived here for lunch. Our arrival was pre booked and they told us they were ready for us. The food choices were adequate,however the prices were fairly high for what one got to eat. The waiting staff were very good and friendly, however a young Asian woman taking the orders and in charge of the till... More 

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Thank 981Maryrose
Thames, New Zealand
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Great place to stop just before Thames (500m from edge of town). Really nice people, good NZ food, with a great variety. Easy parking and right next to the local garden centre, so a good place to stretch your legs before continuing your journey.

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Thank TastiCamel
Blountville, Tennessee
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90 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

New Zealand has fantastic cafe's everywhere but this is one of our favourites, mainly because the quality of food has been excellent. If you are from the USA you will know the standard New York Cheese Cake. Well, Kiwi cheese cakes are quite different and Tastebud have one that is soft and creamy all through, with a pile of whipped... More 

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Thank EvanLewis
Thames, New Zealand
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

The food selection seemed less than it used to be and when we were there, it wasn't quite as fresh as it could / should have been.

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Thank Ronnie H
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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89 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Tastebud Cafe has good easy parking, lots of room and outdoor spaces too. However, it's very standard fare. Well priced however.

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Thank Jensjourney
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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93 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Lovely staff and good solid NZ food worth a cafe stop when you are on a road trip. Our meals were very nice - lots of greens with my side salad so I was happy and lots of Gluten Free options so in my books this cafe is a must stop at which is why we returned on the way... More 

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Thank 70HT
Tolaga Bay, New Zealand
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46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We agree with Edward J. The food is what you would expect in 90% of cafes these days. We were a group of 5 and everyone was happy enough but no raves. Would go again if we were shopping at the Garden Centre but would not make it a special destination.

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Thank jandkNgatea
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Nothing partially good or bad about the café. Food is average neither really good nor bad. I suspect a lot of the food comes from Bidvest rather than made there. Nice location attached to a garden centre. We were surprised there was an issue with one of party have a small dog them even though we were eating outside.

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Thank Edward J

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 382 Ngati Maru Highway, Thames, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Thames

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  • Cuisine: Cafe

Description

The place to stop along the way from Auckland to the Coromandel for refreshment, cakes, coffee, and a relaxing break.

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