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Cafe Ambience

Certificate of Excellence
Cafe, New Zealand, British
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51 Main Street, Gore, New Zealand
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Sydney, Australia
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80 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here for a breakfast on our way to Te Anau. The food was yummy and the staff helpful and smiling. The cushy chaise and armchairs at the front make it very homely.

Thank Peter C
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58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Coffee was good. Food looked like it was good value but we did not eat there. Free wifi and comfortable couches for a lazy morning coffee

Thank Sailorbabe
Brisbane, Australia
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a lovely little cafe with awesome coffee, amazing smoothies & fantastic breakfasts! The staff are friendly & helpful. This is definitely a cafe to visit in Gore :)

Thank Teale S
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52 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

As I was in Southland, I had to take the opportunity to find some cheese rolls. Cafe Ambience may have made the best ones I've tasted so far. Quick and friendly service, I've already recommended the cheese rolls to others!

1 Thank Wendy M
Christchurch, New Zealand
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109 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

Best coffee in town every single time. Can always guarantee that the cafe will serve great coffee. Waffles are the best so for $10 don't miss out on them!!

1 Thank l0ve2eat-86
Christchurch, New Zealand
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

A lovely little oasis from the winter rain. Hand on heart the best waffles I've had in New Zealand. Crispy on the outside and fluffy inside. Great coffee, the staff were efficient and a good laugh.

Thank Habanacustom
Gore, New Zealand
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

My local café, an inviting smell of coffee as you enter, always warm and the food is always delicious.

Thank Marg C
London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

Breakfast, Googled "Best cafe in Gore" Cafe Ambience came up. Ordered the big breakfast. Lovely crispy Ciabatta, perfect fried eggs, good amount of bacon, lightly baked hash browns, with a creamy flat white and the day is off to the perfect start. Just get there before the Mummy run to school finishes as they get really busy.

Thank TonyEveritt
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131 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016 via mobile

Quick lunch here on way thru town, have been here before and again didn't disappoint. Good gluten free options. Great service and lovely food.

2 Thank Localkiwii
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016 via mobile

Yes the coffee is great. Which a lot of reviews were stating. That's only one aspect of what a busy cafe should be though.It's almost as if it's 92% rating is brought up ranks because of just coffee which shouldn't be right. The 3 of us ordered food. I got the BLT, was bland, dry and most off all the... More 

Thank Paul G
Janice P, Owner at Cafe Ambience, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I am sorry you didn't enjoy your lunch with us, our breads are sourced from a traditional European Bakery and are normally enjoyed by our customers, we do use bacon and not ham in our BLT's. We have taken your comments on board and checked fillings and quantities. Its a shame you didn't bring your... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Cafe, New Zealand, British
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 51 Main Street, Gore, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Southland Region  >  Gore
  • Phone Number: 032085888

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