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“Food worth the wait” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ben Gusto Cafe

Ben Gusto Cafe
111 Clyde Rd, Browns Bay 0630, New Zealand
(09) 479 7288
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Ranked #6 of 14 Restaurants in Browns Bay
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Auckland
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Food worth the wait”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Went to Ben Gusto for 1st time ever on Mother's day for lunch. Bad decision as it was quite crowded. Went to order the food at the counter and was told that there would be a 40minute wait. Not good but still decided to stay there. So we decided to chill out over coffee while enjoying the vista of the beach.
Food did arrive within 40 minutes and it was great. The waffles were awesome and well worth the wait. Bagel stack and Blat was great as well. Will be going back soon.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“We go there twice a week!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

A great place to have morning coffee and cake with the doggie people outside at the tables on the seaward side. Great set up with water available for the dogs of all shapes and sizes sitting by the tables. They always have many clients - some with different accents enjoying the ambience and the friendly efficient service. So that is a commendation on its own.

If I had one small gripe it would be that the table we usually sit at needs legs fixing so that we don't have to put paper under one to level it out. :-) I moved it once but today it was back !

  • Visited April 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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“friendly and laid back”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

u cant go wrong with waffles and pancakes :D great coffee, laid back easy going
cafe with excellent walk through to an outdoor seating area with views of the sea, reserve and playground. friendly staff, especially the barista guys :D

  • Visited April 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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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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97 reviews 97 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Hip and trendy coffee joint”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013 via mobile

Great to relax with friends over a morning coffee. Great savoury snacks too. Staff are friendly and efficient. Make sure you sit out the back with a view of the ocean.

    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great for breakfast!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Excellent service, consistently good. Next to Sofa, its probably the best cafe in B Bay. Barista really knows how to make coffee, views are amazing. Have children? Then it's dead opposite the skate ramp and play area, beach side. Good indoor or outdoor seating, rustic, great menu suits everyone. Average prices. Gets busy on weekends, so if you go for brekkie, getup there before 9:30 :-)

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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