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Ara - Tai Cafe

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Cafe, New Zealand
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Ara-Tai Rd | The Promenade Building, Half Moon Bay, New Zealand
+64 9-534 4818
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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went to Ara-Tai for breakfast and ordered the Potato Rosti from the menu (it included bacon, mushrooms and eggs) but what I got instead of a Rosti was two out of a freezer packet hash browns. A Rosti is meant to be grated potato mixed with egg and fried till crispy, not oily, soggy, Watties Hash Browns.

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Thank annapeterson20
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The coffee was delicious and the Rosti stack was yummy, however I was disappointed the rosti were actually prepackaged hashbrowns, not quite what I expected. The cabinet food looked amazing.

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Thank Sarah R
New Zealand
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180 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed March 1, 2017 via mobile

Good cafe in the area. Lovely owners. Coffee is great. Cabinet food also really good. If you in the area pop by

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Thank Natt28
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 23, 2017

We had breakfast in this cafe only. The food was pretty good. The price was the same as in the States. The outstanding was the view as it is closed to the shore.

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Thank Dolores L
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 8, 2017

good food, bright atmostphere, efficient service. My wife always enjoys their chowder. Usually attracts good crowd, but can always find a table.

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Thank pstango
Auckland, New Zealand
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

Very good coffee. Love visiting the cafe in the weekend. The staff are friendly. My kids love the cakes and scones there.

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Thank didiw2017
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

Nice relax before boarding the Waiheke Island ferry. Friendly staff, great coffee and fantastic food with a stunning view. Thanks guys

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Thank IanandLois W
Waiheke Island, New Zealand
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed December 19, 2016

What a great place. The food and food display was out of this world. We really enjoyed our small 70th birthday party there.

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Thank GaryJudy G
2 reviews
Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

I went here with my family for breakfast before our flights back to Singapore. My cousin recommended this shop and he had worshipped this cafe since his first visit. Well...not me. I ordered eggs benedict with bacon and asked for crispy bacon, as I prefer to have some crispiness components in my breakfast. No matter how many times I told... More 

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Thank Kevin H
Melbourne, Australia
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

Poor coffee. Below average food. Average service. Nice outlook over half moon bay marina though so I'll give it two stars

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, New Zealand
Meals
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ara-Tai Rd | The Promenade Building, Half Moon Bay, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Half Moon Bay
  • Phone Number: +64 9-534 4818

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