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382 Ngati Maru Highway, Thames, New Zealand
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Schwabisch Hall, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have no idea why there is a photo of an inner city Auckland cafe on this review because Tastebud cafe is located near Thames in the Coromandel. It is part of a small but very nice garden centre and we sometimes go there on a Sunday afternoon. I really like the choices available in gluten free baking (the Ginger... More 

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Thank Annaliese62
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped for a brunch during a long road trip. Found prices for locally baked pies and some other food items was huge, and the selection of cabinet food was quite limited but looked good. Coffee was nice but service was very lack-lustre; no smiles or small talk. Wouldn't go back.

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Thank David P
Coromandel, New Zealand
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42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

Coffees are good, cabinet food is really good.but we were hugely disappointed by the cooked breakfasts we ordered. My wife had eggs bendict which she told me were mediocre at best, i had the creamy mushrooms which they should rename the watery mushrooms. Absolutely aweful, cooked mushrooms in a watery sauce which caused the toast to go soggy. I can... More 

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Thank Animal_Yarns
Thames, New Zealand
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Lovely place to go to. Owners are very nice. The food is always excellent and there is a nice outlook.

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Thank Gloria T
Ngatea, null, New Zealand
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

Always a friendly welcome, plenty of parking, would take visitors there anytime. Lots of choices from cabinet and board menu

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Thank Carol M
Pukekohe
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2016

We used to take a detour if crossing the coromandel ranges to head up from the kip u turnoff and stop for lunch here. The food was well worth it with some home made delights but with change of ownership which I found out about during my last visit which happened about 2-3 years ago it starts to explain some... More 

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Thank Sausagepin
Auckland
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49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2016

A nice setting just out of Thames - food was adequate not cheap - coffee was nice and hot . As my wife was returning with food , table no and change , the Louise cake slipped to the floor . An Asian waitress appeared , picked up the cake , brushed her hand across the top , placed it... More 

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Thank samjayAuckland
Auckland New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

Stopped here on our way to Thames food very average and not cheap ! Club sandwich was $3.80 and the bread was dry. Wouldn't go back!

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Thank ClareZ24
County Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

A group of 40 arrived here for lunch. Our arrival was pre booked and they told us they were ready for us. The food choices were adequate,however the prices were fairly high for what one got to eat. The waiting staff were very good and friendly, however a young Asian woman taking the orders and in charge of the till... More 

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Thank 981Maryrose
Thames, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Great place to stop just before Thames (500m from edge of town). Really nice people, good NZ food, with a great variety. Easy parking and right next to the local garden centre, so a good place to stretch your legs before continuing your journey.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Breakfast, Lunch
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 382 Ngati Maru Highway, Thames, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Thames
Description
The place to stop along the way from Auckland to the Coromandel for refreshment, cakes, coffee, and a relaxing break.

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