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Karaka Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, Polynesian, Gluten Free Options
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Jervois Quay | Taranaki Wharf, Wellington Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-916 8369
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed - Fri 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Wellington, New Zealand
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Karaka Café is lovely. Wonderful Music, Service, Food. A Wonderful Café to go to. Take a lunch break, take friends, go any time during the day, really lovely

Thank Susan P
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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103 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

While visiting for only a few hours in Wellington we found this cafe. Highly recommend it. Main thing for us was wi-fi and spent considerable time there. Staff was great, friendly, and understanding.

Thank John A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing, tasty food with fabulous customer service. Was super busy and we didn't have to wait that long. Thanks heaps :)

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Fairlie, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lunch was lovely, staff amazing, love how they have bean bags,mats and sun screen for sitting outside

Thank Jordy6164
Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

With unexpected time on the city I decided on breakfast at Karaka. The food in the cabinet looked lovely but I chose poached eggs on toast with gluten free toast. Mistake! The eggs were fine, free range and so were the mushrooms, and the cup of tea was made with real tea leaves, not bags. However the bread was very... More 

Thank naturallee2014
Invercargill, New Zealand
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145 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a Wonderful lunch here. Totally recommend this spot for a meal. Fantastic atmosphere, staff very attentive and food delicious.

Thank Love2create
Kilmacolm, Scotland
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88 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016 via mobile

Superb grilled prawns salad with nuts and piquant sauce. Very pleasant Moteith's pale ale, nice and fruity. Lucky to get seats outside on busy Saturday.

Thank cml017
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

I've always been meaning to come here and today I finally did! No regrets, it's awesome! Good Kai, cool views and awesome staff, even my 2yr old niece loved it. Will come back in the future. REKA!

Thank _nicolenivz
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56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

Thanks team we really enjoyed sitting out enjoying our food and wine . The tacos were the perfect size for lunch and my husband really apprciated a tasty burger he could actually pick up and eat . Everything certainly was ka pai ☺

1 Thank vicktikitoria
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

We were lucky to get a table at this very busy cafe on a Saturday morning. I dined here a few times 3 years ago and always had a nice meal so was pleased to find that it hadn't changed. The Maori Eggs Benedict was delicious with a potato base rather than bread and smoked fish. Very friendly staff that... More 

1 Thank Keri M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$3 - $19
Cafe, New Zealand, Polynesian, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Television, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Jervois Quay | Taranaki Wharf, Wellington Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-916 8369
Karaka Café is a beautiful, modern, fully licensed 100-seater café, and summer bar open 7 days a week. Brought to life by the summer sun and fresh ocean sea, we boast the tastes and aromas of traditional New Zealand cuisine. From our modern style Hangi and Eggs Benedict with our signature smoked hangi hash brown. Whether you're looking for casual dining for breakfast or lunch, or a delicious selection of platters and drinks for those fabulous summer afternoons and early evenings - Karaka Café is where it is at. Enjoy the ambiance of our beautiful indoor environment or the outside bistro dining or relax on the terraced grassed areas on Whairepo Lagoon. We are an iconic piece of Wellington's waterfront. Come and dine with us and live the 'Karaka Experience' with us!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?