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Mokaba Cafe

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6 Quayside | Town Basin, Whangarei 0110, New Zealand
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Four different dishes,l well presented & very filling. Eggs Benedict All day breakfast Pancakes (for our grandson) Beautiful mushrooms on Ciabatta bread Two ice Chocolates, One flat White, One hot chocolate most enjoyable lunch.

Thank Lyn C
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

This has been our main meeting venue for friends when we visit Whangarei. It enjoys a prime town basin position and is large enough to always guarantee a seat. Our last couple of visits have not been good and hopefully this review will guide it out of its complacency. Our last visit was first thing on a Sunday morning for... More 

Thank Allison A
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58 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

It was very busy for Sunday lunch. Always a good sign. I was worried about wait time as we had a movie to go to. However, despite the crowd our meals came reasonably quickly. My daughter enjoyed her nachos and my seafood chowder was nice. There is a great menu and if you like desserts the cabinet was full of... More 

Thank Justine G
Wellington, New Zealand
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49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

We were travelling and arrived quite late for a quick lunch, so found the food selection a little limited - but that was our fault not theirs. My companions had pies and pronounced them very good, my panini was well filled and tasty. Good coffee. Well worth stopping in this lovely area, good for a wqlk along the waterfront to... More 

Thank TaiMarilyn
Manchester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

Ate there 3 times during my week stay as local friends loved it and I agreed. Food good and reasonable, service good and loved the coffee.

Thank Kath S
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

Went for breakfast. Nice Location near the river. Food was good, Nice portion sizes. Will go back. The coffee was nice too.

Thank carl s
Whangarei, New Zealand
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Our usual cafe of choice if we are stopping for a coffee at the Town Basin. Lovely location, lots to see and do. Typical cafe sort of food.

Thank po_tds
Whangarei, New Zealand
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Coffee and a chat - that's what we were looking for. So - the coffee (and cake) were fine, but we had to ask for the music to be turned down before we could have a chat. Looking at the bank of speakers above the menu board - it was no wonder patrons were being blasted by a wall of... More 

Thank RozziNorth
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4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

I was horrified at my breakfast which was scrambled eggs (dairy free) and bacon. My eggs were raw and the 2 tiny pieces of middle bacon were dry and chewy, whole breakfast was swimming in oil. I won't go there again.

Thank Jackie S
Justin L, Owner at Mokaba Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Jackie S - I was most disappointed to see your view and that you were also disappointed. I find it very hard to believe my staff would serve raw eggs, dry crusty bacon and all of it swimming in oil, but bow to your greater judgement, but the greatest disappointment given our usual very high standards is that we... More 

Arcadia, California
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

We had a beautiful lunch at Mokaba Cafe. On the twenty-three days we were in New Zealand we tried seafood chowder everywhere and this was the very BEST mussel chowder we have ever tasted.. I wrote "amazing and lovely" on our receipt. I'm very fussy about fish. The toast that accompanied the chowder was delicious as well--how do they make... More 

Thank DonnaandGene

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$3 - $29
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, European
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6 Quayside | Town Basin, Whangarei 0110, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Whangarei
  • Phone Number: 09-438-7557
Stunning location, delicious food & coffee, gorgeous cakes & pastries including gluten free, friendly service, licenced, free wifi, plenty of parking. Fully licensed.Delightful all day cafe overlooking the bustling Whangarei Town Basin where boats from all over the world are moored. Open 7 days from 8am - 5pm,fabulous food (including gluten free options) and delicious Chiasso coffee are served all day by friendly, welcoming staff. Zenbu hotspot wifi available - free download vouchers. After an exciting Mokaba experience there is a wide range of excellent boutique shops, artisans and craftsmen, museums, parks and a boardwalk along the side of the Hatea River.

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