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60 Commercial St, Takaka 7172, New Zealand
(03) 525 9426
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch

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  • 35
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
cold coffee

We had a muffin and coffee. The muffin was great, the flat white coffee's were barely luke warm but would have been nice, we are guessing, if it was warmer or hot. Disappointing for a place with a great reputation.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
eraserman
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Nelson, New Zealand
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Nelson, New Zealand
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We had a muffin and coffee. The muffin was great, the flat white coffee's were barely luke warm but would have been nice, we are guessing, if it was warmer or hot. Disappointing for a place with a great reputation.

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San Antonio, Texas
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145 reviews 145 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I thought NZ $22 for breakfast, plus coffee at $4+, would be a bit much, but the Farmer's Breakfast here was worth every penny of it. Perfect, complete New Zealand version of a hearty English breakfast --- two poached eggs, good toast and manuka honey, sausage, tomato, potatoes, and mushrooms. I'd go back in a minute.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We always eat in here when in the Golden Bay area and have never been disappointed with what we ate! The only ever disappointment was that we were wrongly informed about breakfast being served on a public holiday and found it all closed up at the time we were told to arrive! I own both recipe books and frequently cook... More 

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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

really good food, average service, funky atmosphere. We had the steak sandwich and curry both were really tasty. The curry could have been served with a few veggies. Would go again.

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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We ate here several times during our stay in Golden Bay. On each occasion we found the food and service very good. Also we particularly liked the pictures of stars from the 'Golden Age' of Hollywood (see how many you can get right) and the photographs on the wall of some of the legendary jazz musicians. Recommended.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Visited Takaka 3 times in the last 6 years and this cafe has never disappointed us. Meals eaten there in our last visit steak with kumara purée, Salmon with Kumara purée, Eggs Benedict with Salmon and the big breakfast. Nice set up, friendly atmosphere in a superb little town.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Sitting in the cafe now. 45 minutes to bring out basic lunch order. Food cold and tasteless. Sullen unhelpful staff. When we asked for reheating of food, lots of huffing and plate banging. We then had to collect reheated food. Oh, the restaurant is almost empty so staff not under pressure. When food originally brought to table, no knives and... More 

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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Efficient service and lovely food on a busy night. Generous portions and pleasant service. There were seven of us and we all enjoyed our different dishes. Menu was concise but offered good variety. No real dessert options, just sweets left over from the day, but fine with us as we were full anyway. No children's menu but were happy to... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Have been going here for years each time in Takaka. Coffee and food both great. Friendly staff and great atmosphere

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Auckland
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254 reviews 254 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I like this place as it is always consistently good- the food and service is perfect for a place like Takaka where there are often a lot of travellers

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 60 Commercial St, Takaka 7172, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Golden Bay  >  Takaka
  • Phone Number: (03) 525 9426

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