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“bitter coffee and odd service” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Zookeepers Cafe

Zookeepers Cafe
50 Tay St, Invercargill 9501, New Zealand
(03) 218 3373
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Ranked #26 of 62 Restaurants in Invercargill
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Auckland
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“bitter coffee and odd service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

Stopped here for brunch, as it looked quite funky from the outside. From the outset, the experience was quite hard work, as the person behind the counter was "odd" to say the least. He seemed surprised that we were there and wanted to order and we had to repeat everything we said several times as well. The coffee arrived fairly quickly, but was very bitter and over-extracted - definitely not worth the $4.20 each we paid for them. The food was OK, although quite expensive for the portion sizes we received. I was a little disappointed that the hollandaise sauce on my eggs bene was a bland, pre-prepared sauce from a bulk bottle and the side salad was definitely out of place with the dish.The big breakfast my friend got looked good - gave me food envy...
Probably won't go back.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Invercargill, New Zealand
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Seafood chowder.... with top coffee..... yum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Great wee cafe with attitude.... Good menu, lots of honest options served by great staff and theres a real live buzz about the place, all with good music... its got style and pizzaz, (it's fitted out like a zoo). Its always good to speak to the Boss and Paul makes a choice coffee. The Seafood chowder was fresh, hot and flavoursome, its a meal in itself...... a must visit if in town...

Visited July 2013
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Gore, New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Consistant Quality.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Good portion size along with good presentation from a friendly waitress. No long waiting time was a bonus.. My wife and I have been there on and off over several years.

Visited October 2013
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Invercargill
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great flat white and food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

It was set horrible and windy (not the norm for Southland) so popped in for a coffee at zookeepers the other day - The atmosphere is brilliant - books to read, magazines to peruse and plenty of 'cycling' trophies ponder about. Plus the food was great and the coffee was one of the best that I've had for a long time. Great work Zookeepers

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Perth
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Delicious food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Good sized servings, delicious food. Their smoothies are Yummo, I had a banana, mango, passionfruit, yoghurt and milk Smoothy, delish. Warm atmosphere. You can't miss it, it has a huge corrigated iron elephant on the roof.

Visited September 2013
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