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Friends Cafe

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Taufa'ahau Road | Opposite the New Zealand High Commission Office., Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu Island, Tonga
676 22390
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7:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Friends cafe and tourist center on Taufa'ahau road in the center of...
Friends cafe and tourist center on Taufa'ahau road in the center of Nuku'alofa. Kingdom of Tonga.
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  • 195
    Excellent
  • 188
    Very good
  • 39
    Average
  • 10
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great for Banana Cake!

I have partaken of banana cake at Friends many times over the years. It remains an excellent place for cake and coffee. I Strongly recommend it! Staff are excellent, toilet id clean and food is great!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
TuiSemisi
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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  • Families with children
  • Doing business
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I have partaken of banana cake at Friends many times over the years. It remains an excellent place for cake and coffee. I Strongly recommend it! Staff are excellent, toilet id clean and food is great!

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The café food was good and friendly staff. It is a place for expats and tourists. Prices are high compared to other places in capital. Coffee good and computer wifi access good. Toilets are kept clean at all times. The hollandaise that is served with fish is not real. Please do not expect cordon bleu standards but nothing to complain... More 

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Darmstadt, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

So you arrived to Tonga, and you asked yourself what tongans eat and how much they pay isn't it? Well if you want to know the answer don't go to Friends Cafe, is the typical place for overseas people living in Tonga and earning western salaries. If you want to pay and eat as a tongan go to Twelve seafood... More 

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Umina Beach, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This great little cafe buzzes along at a pretty fast pace for Tonga. Good food and service, nice atmosphere, centrally located in Nuku'alofa. Can be hard to get a table in the middle of the day because it is very popular. Indoor / outdoor dining and an Internet section adjacent.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Located in the heart of Nuku'alofa, this place lives up to its name. good friendly service and tasty food oh and great coffee. wifi too. If your heading for the markets this is a great place to put your feet up for a while.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Very good meeting and eating place central to all town activities and transport. The mango smoothies are delightful, the tuna cakes are fabulous and the best coffee in town is made here!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Terrible service. Bad cooks. They insulted me. The food wasnt something you would die for more like something you would die from. There cafe was filthy everywhere they had dirt. I found a roach in my food. This undoughtfully the absolute worst restraunt ever.

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Friendstonga, Owner at Friends Cafe, responded to this review

Your comments trouble me and the friends team. It appears a clear attempt to discredit the efforts and hard work that we at friends have set out to achieve for our valuable customers and for Tonga. It is a shame that you have set out to be malicious towards the excellent work and service we provide for our customers. Your... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Friendly staff and food was very good. Wish we had been there when crayfish were in season.. oh well next time!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Excellent food, huge portions, very good service (usually). I recommend the grilled pork chops which are thick and juicy. All grilled dishes come with a choice of many sauces and sides. There is indoor or outdoor seating. Right in the heart of town.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

It is a cafe with really good food. Grilled Mahimahi with coconut lime gravy, kumara hash and salad is delicious. Portion of the food is generous. The price is above average though. They don't have free wifi. Some of the service is not that friendly but some is nice.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Taufa'ahau Road | Opposite the New Zealand High Commission Office., Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu Island, Tonga
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Tonga  >  Tongatapu Island  >  Nuku'alofa
  • Phone Number: 676 22390

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 25
  • Cuisine: Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Doing business

Description

Friends cafe and tourist center on Taufa'ahau road in the center of Nuku'alofa. Kingdom of Tonga.
Open Hours
Monday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 7:30 pm

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