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The Old Mill Cafe

) #3 of 10 Restaurants in Tairua $$ - $$$ , Cafe,
1 The Esplanade, Tairua 3508, New Zealand
+64 7-864 9390
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good33%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible6%
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New Zealand, Cafe, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1 The Esplanade, Tairua 3508, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

WE arrived right at 10 am and bet the rush. This turned out to be a very busy cafe. the food was very nice. The staff didn't appear to have a very good system as they made mistakes with just about all the orders ,wrong...More

Thank Anne255371
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Old Mill is an old favourite and we've been loyal customers since it first re-opened as a cafe/restaurant in the early 2000s. A few owners later and it's still turning out delicious food, amazing cakes and pastries and all manner of tasty treats. Their...More

Thank Sophia G
Reviewed May 6, 2017

A must do if staying or coming through Tairua! The mushrooms are the best but don't forget to add bacon!

Thank Rob M
Reviewed April 27, 2017

We day tripped to Tairua from Tauranga and stumbled upon The Old Mill. We enjoyed the beef bourgeon and lovely risotto-- both on special with lovely wine matches by the glass. The French chocolate pie was rich and delicious without being sickly and the coffee...More

Thank Cheers2Suz
Reviewed April 16, 2017 via mobile

Good coffee, but the experience this time wasn't the greatest. Tables were left overflowing with dishes, I appreciate when things are busy but it made the place feel chaotic. First rule of waitressing if you take out a coffee, never go back to the kitchen...More

Thank goldfinch42
Reviewed April 8, 2017 via mobile

Super nice location on the harbour with nice atmosphere and excellent food. Good choice in wines! And a great live music !

Thank Ian D
Reviewed March 17, 2017

After a few days in Tairua we wanted to share a breakfast with friends and spied this cafe when we launched the boat for our fishing trip. We came back the next morning at 8am to enjoy a breakfast before leaving town. We were not...More

Thank TrialRun
Reviewed March 17, 2017 via mobile

Being used to the high quality cafes in Sydney I was very impressed with the quality of food and service which we did not expect of a small costal town. The staff were warm and happily accommodated our food requests. They had lots of gluten...More

Thank alexfW6111UJ
Reviewed March 16, 2017

Pleasant cafe with some nice products for sale in the deli section. Portions were fairly small however there was a good range of options to tempt us. Unfortunately they were out of the Thai Prawn Curry signature dish when we arrived about midday. The pork...More

Reviewed March 13, 2017

Wonderful food in this waterside cafe. Beautiful breakfasts, freshly baked cake and and muffins, spectacular cabinet food plus daily specials menu. Good coffee too. Inside or outdoor seating. Opening hours vary according to season 8am-4pm...fewer days out of season.the staff here are always cheerful and...More

Thank Judy O
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$11 - $24
New Zealand, Cafe, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view
Open Hours
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 The Esplanade, Tairua 3508, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Tairua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-864 9390
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A comfortable two-hour drive from Auckland City, The Old Mill Cafe resides opposite Tairua Marina overlooking picturesque Tairua Harbour. Nestled quietly at the base of Paku Hill. Great spot to come for fabulous breakfasts made with free-range eggs and free farmed bacon. A wide variety of options for lunch ranging from Fresh Coromandel Mussels to freshly caught fish and chips and epic beef pies for the meat lovers out there. We use fresh produce and focus on fresh seafood but we cater to all diets including Gluten free, Vegetarian and Vegan. We have a wide range of yummy cakes, quiches and pies to accompany your coffee by Allpress. And cocktails & platters are available from 3pm to 6pm just in time for sunset over Tairua Harbour. And to finish off try a Kapiti ice cream served in a cone. Our menu is seasonal. We are fully licensed and carry a discerning range of local, NZ and overseas wines, beers and ciders. Make sure you check out our international deli and fresh french artisan breads. Every Sunday we have live music!
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