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Karaka Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, Polynesian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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Jervois Quay | Taranaki Wharf, Wellington Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-916 8369
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Kiri saved my life from a bee, looked after us with great service and brought over the tastiest lamb salad. Good wine and beer selection. Beautiful view. Thanks guys!

Thank nzalex
Uxbridge, United Kingdom
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565 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a position, in central foreshore and with outdoor seating and bean bags to chill on. Even supply hats for shade.

1 Thank PeteLucy434
New Zealand
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251 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food here is not fantastic but it is certainly very good. The location is sublime. But sadly the service fluctuates. Amazing one day and then the next appalling. If it not for the location I would not go back again but I cant resist sitting and looking at the lagoon.

2 Thank poohtravel
Keri R, Owner at Karaka Cafe, responded to this review

Kia ora, thank you for the information regarding your experience here at our cafe. Your review has been printed and is being discussed with the team members. Our cafe offers table service during breakfast and lunch (so from open to 3pm). We do not take orders from the beanbag areas, as we require the customers to pay as they go.... More 

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795 reviews
381 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 263 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped for a apple cider. Very nice setting next to the water front. They have bean bag seating, nice idea and looks relaxing on a hot day. The bartender was friendly. We didn't have the ribs but they looked delicious

Thank haileythegolden
Exeter, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in for a coffee whilst passing. Was tempted by the display of cakes on offer and tried the carrot cake. Huge slice served with cream or yoghurt. Fab!

Thank David T
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great staff and delicious traditional Food! Really enjoyed our experience at this restaurant. The Hangi was yummy and perfect on this windy day

Thank Nicole B
New York City, New York
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494 reviews
330 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us had lunch at this cafe and each of us had a meal that was pretty awful. Grilled prawn salads were tasteless, whitebait was quite unattractively prepared and mushy, and hangi was equally bad. Not inedible, but not good. Even the beer was tasteless. Perhaps we just don't have a taste for this kind of food. In any... More 

Thank PrinceConsort
Keri R, Manager at Karaka Cafe, responded to this review

I am so sorry that your experience with us was not satisfactory. I can only hope you mentioned this to a manager on the day and they somehow rectified the situation there and then. We haven't had a review like this for quite sometime so both myself and the team is very disappointed to read this. Safe travels to you... More 

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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this place on the sunny day we visited at lunchtime. Lovely view out into the water. They have a cool menu featuring kiwi food. I loved the muscles, other friends raved about the mutton bird pate, pork ribs and the cheaper counter options. Would definitely go back again.

Thank Sasha M
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

had the chicken burger which was the best burger ive had. awesome location right by the sea and real value for money. hardly had to wait despite being busy. excellent service and super friendly and helpful staff. 10/10!!

Thank Shauns_Travels
Copenhagen, Denmark
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245 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very friendly service, great location and a wonderful spot to relax. There are beanbags and sunhats – just great. We enjoyed an early dinner and the food was very tasty.

Thank MN0975

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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, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Scenic view
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?