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“L'Arte truly artful” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of L'Arte Cafe

L'Arte Cafe
Ranked #2 of 19 Coffee & Tea in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe, New Zealand
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Scenic view, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Voted Lonely Planet's No 1 cafe pick for the Central North Island and one of the top 10 places to visit in New Zealand. L'Arte Cafe and Gallery is not to be missed when visiting Taupo. Allow yourself time to experience something very unique and special! A trip to L'Arte is a visual and edible feast and unlike anything you have experienced before. The cafe and gallery are both set in a magical garden, complete with an outside mosaic living room. The food and art at L'Arte's unique destination are both exquisite. Resident ceramic artist Judi Brennan's work is evident everywhere and is sold exclusively from the gallery at L'Arte. L'Arte Cafe serves Allpress coffee, has a wonderful selection of New Zealand wines and beers and the excellent service exceeds all expectations. With New Zealand's finest produce, L'Arte's kitchen team produce everything fresh on-site, from homemade bread to homemade pesto and onion jam. We have also created a small deli so you can take some of L'Arte home with you. L'Arte Cafe, Gallery and Garden is a special holiday experience that will stay with you .........
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“L'Arte truly artful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

Fabulous cafe with the added bonus of a mosaic garden to wander around. We had corn fritters which came with a very nice mango salsa. we also had the steak Sammy which was incredibly tasty served with an awesome onion jam

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“L'arte cafe is a must!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

Eggs benedict was amazing, very generous serve, beautifully presented. Staff - bright, bubbly and attentive. Stunning mosaic garden full of original, rustic homely artworks.
We were very very impressed.
You 'd be a fool to not pop in for a meal and a stroll in the garden. Small to large unique nicknack artworks reasonably priced in the garden studio.

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Thank ebnice
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great visit again!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

As always living up to my expectations! Jo and Andrew really know the meaning of hospitality! Yummy coffees, great and quick service, always with a smile. Toys for the little one and that bacon baguette is to die for!

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Provence, France & London, UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Best food in the region”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012

This really is a top-notch venue for Brunch/lunch etc. Very tasty fresh organic food that tasty like all the ingredients had just been picked. Superb meal and coffee. Great friendly service too

Visited December 2012
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Wellington
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“L'arte Cafe Taupo.doesnt live up to expectations :(”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2012

We read that this cafe was rated by Lonely planet as a top ten in New Zealand Cafe to go to.Coming from Wellington , where we have THE MOST AMAZING cafes and restaurants, we had high expectations on reading this.
Sadly we were very disappointed and wonder when lonely planets  reviewers visited this cafe last.
The corn fritters were more like a stodgy little pikelet with a few bits of corn tossed in. The accompanying bacon was so overlooked that it had to be picked up with the fingers to eat -trying to cut it with a knife was impossible.
the vegetarian"feast" was also dissapointing .The roasted vegetables consisted of a pile of diced capsicum, and two skinny slices of tomato, and the homemade hash brown was merely a patty of mashed potato, fried.
Last and least was the $8.50 glass of wine, a Chardonnay  that tasted like it was straight out of a cardboard box.When I queried what the wine was, and voiced concerns that it may be corked, the lovely server promptly took the glass away and brought me a fresh glass. She asked that I let her know if there was any further problem with the wine. She returned a while later to check that all was OK with the wine and food.So all in all the young lady server today was the only redeeming feature at L'Arte Cafe today

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