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Scarborough Fare Restaurant

147 Esplanade, Esplanade Clock Tower, Sumner 8081, New Zealand
326-6987
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Ranked #3 of 5 Restaurants in Sumner
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Most recent review
- Aug 25, 2014
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
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
14 helpful votes 14 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
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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

Christchurch, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
62 helpful votes 62 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
134 reviews 134 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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

Dubbo, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I make frequent visits to ChCh and often will visit Scarborough Fare. On the most recent occasion we brought a group of 16 from Australia to see the damage done by the earthquakes in Sumner. Although it is usually busy we called in on the off chance for late morning tea. The day was wet and gloomy and for this... More

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

Ohhhh and I remember your group too!!!! I was pleased that we could "squeeze" in the 16 of you - it was only because3 groups had left only 10 mins earlier than your arrival - all about timing!!! Thank you so much for your feedback - we really appreciate it. Regards Jules, Ocean Cafe & Bar Scarborough More

Knebworth, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
257 reviews 257 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Following a leisurely stroll along the beach and the Esplanade we stopped in here for some tea/coffee and cakes. They were mighty fine and the outdoor seating overlooking the water was a superb setting. I was amused by the sign stating that they could not be held responsible for any seagull food theft and we kept a close watch on... More

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

Thank you so much for your lovely review! We bought the business on 01 November 2012 & we had a big task ahead of us. Feedback is very important to myself & husband when owning a business, its the only way you know if we are doing the right thing or not! If you would like me to send you... More

Christchurch, New Zealand
Top Contributor
187 reviews 187 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

Set over looking the bay the location is nice. The food was pretty average. A great place for coffee looking out over sea on a nice afternoon.

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

Hi there.... My name is Jules & we bought this business on 01 November 2012 - your visit was on Nov 17 2012 so I'm not surprised to read that the food was "pretty average": because I would have to agree with you. With a few months under our belt there have been alot of improvements - the food is... More

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