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147 Esplanade, Esplanade Clock Tower, Sumner 8081, New Zealand
326-6987
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Dining options: Breakfast

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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
Sumner lovely beach café

We had a nice lunch today at the Ocean Café and Bar. We had an Bacon Frittata and the Prawn Horns. Both were very nice and tasty. Nice fries but the Salad is not much of a Salad. To judge your Prawn Horns, very creative. So you must be able to create more of your Salad.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
Ben L
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Amstelveen, The Netherlands
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Paeroa, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We had our lunch here today with my aunty, and what a place, from the time we arrived to the time we left we were treated as friends, the staff were awesome and our waitress was so friendly. We all ordered the beer battered fish & chips with a glass of wine. The food was the best I have ever... More 

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Jules P, Manager at Scarborough Fare Restaurant, responded to this review

HI there.. Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review on Ocean Cafe & Bar Scarborough. We are famous for our Fish n Chips and I'm rapted that everything exceeded your expectations. Could I ask a favour though...could you transfer or re-write this review under Ocean Cafe & Bar Scarborough in Trip Advisor - the restaurant... More 

Amstelveen, The Netherlands
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

We had a nice lunch today at the Ocean Café and Bar. We had an Bacon Frittata and the Prawn Horns. Both were very nice and tasty. Nice fries but the Salad is not much of a Salad. To judge your Prawn Horns, very creative. So you must be able to create more of your Salad.

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Jules P, Owner at Scarborough Fare Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi there! Thank you very much for your review - we appreciate any feedback from our customers. Our lite meal menu is a good option for those who aren't too hungry, which is the meal you enjoyed. Our Breakfast and Lunch menu is more substantial for those who are hungry! On our lite meal menu we offer a side of... More 

Melbourne, Australia
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This used to be a good place. But it now terrible. Slow disinterested services. Cold tasteless food. Save your money.

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Jules P, Owner at Scarborough Fare Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your review, we appreciate you have taken the time to comment on your experience. Unfortunately, not a good experience by the sounds of it, which concerns me, as you can imagine. If you don't mind, could you explain to me a little more with regards to your comments. Disinterested service....were you waiting too long for table... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Ocean Café is located with one of the best vistas in Christchurch, the food is fantastic, the staff very friendly, the atmosphere in my opinion is very cool. I love the casual and chilled option of sitting outside for a coffee and slice in the morning, which I have done many times, but also being able to sit inside and... More 

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Jules P, Owner at Scarborough Fare Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi! Thank you for your review - it's great to see that you enjoyed your visit to Ocean Cafe & Bar Scarborough. Next time you come in, please introduce yourself - it would be nice to meet you. Thanks Jules More 

Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Now we are living nearby, we had taken the dog for a walk up the hill and called in for a bight of lunch. The 'new' style neither seems 'restaurant' or 'cafe', while trying to be both. A look at the menu indicated food of a style and price we weren't looking for while on the wall behind a closed... More 

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Jules P, Owner at Scarborough Fare Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to place your review on Trip Advisor. We appreciate all feedback and it’s great that we have the opportunity to respond to all reviews. Ocean Café & Bar caters for those who just feel like a coffee and a muffin or something light to eat (cafe style) and those who want to enjoy an a... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Our in-laws took the kids here to have an ice cream and get a coffee and cake for themselves. Not unusually there was a stiff Easterly blowing! The restaurant was empty but there was "no ice creams allowed inside," said the surly waitress! They cancelled the coffees and sat outside in the wind freezing as the kids ate their ice... More 

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Jules P, Owner at Scarborough Fare Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Steve A Thank you for your review. Myself & husband took over Scarborough Fare Café on 01 November 2012 and we certainly had a tough road ahead to improve the customer service & the quality of food that was on offer. With our hospitality background & being “hands on” owners we put a number of processes in place &... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Have been here regularly. Love the food. Love the view. Beautiful setting. My favourites are seafood chowder and seafood plater. Food are consistently good and always presented. Coffee is also good. The only annoying thing is inconsistent service. Sometimes we need to wait forever to get any staff attention. Staff are always nice. Perhaps just inexperience and understaffed.

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Makikihi, null, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

We had a lovely brunch watching the surfers and long boarders from the shelter of the cafe. A great atmosphere and I had the scallops with pineapple dressing truly delicious

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Christchurch, New Zealand
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

I often visit this cafe. Situated right on the esplanade, with a view directly out over Pegasus Bay, you really can't go wrong coming here. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the food is cafe style, nothing too elaborate, and very well well presented. I am a little confused though - it used to be called Scarborough Fare -... More 

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Top Contributor
155 reviews 155 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

On a visit fro Scarborough UK, so had to go, not disappointed, great food great staff great atmosphere.

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Jules P, Owner at Scarborough Fare Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review - we really appreciate it. Thanks Jules - Ocean Cafe & Bar Scarborough More 

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  • Address: 147 Esplanade, Esplanade Clock Tower, Sumner 8081, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Sumner
  • Phone Number: 326-6987

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