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“Pass on this place :(”
Review of Cafe Fenice

Cafe Fenice
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed October 25, 2013

Our first dinner on our visit to Waiheke... Not impressed. Steak request medium rare... Yes it was med-rare but obviously not rested as it was very chewy and the marbling was not cooked through. Mash that accompanied it was stiff, like re-heated. Pizza, more like pizza bread the topping was well barely there... Host was not very attentive as we had to ask for water top up and then he got distracted and we had to wait for him to finish just chatting away to another table. He also ignored the lady waiting at the counter to pay.... Food and service a thumbs down sorry.

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Thank Den1ce_
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

This was the second dinner of our girls weekend after two days of eating and drinking and it was great!! The menu was diverse to suit all our tastes, the staff were attentive and accommodating (ie adjusting entrees to mains), the decor is warm and inviting and we had a table at the window by the fire. The food was tasty and fresh. We had a most enjoyable evening and I will definitely be back.

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Thank MarieFs_6
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

The place is a small little cozy den, all done in wood and perched pretty on the Ocean Road in the scenic Waiheke Market area. We randomly got in, looking at the 'Italian' tag on its name board and well, we were not disappointed. We were received with warmth, with the young lady at the reception taking extra care to seat us comfortably since we were visiting along with a 2 year old in a stroller. We ordered the Delicata, a vegetarian pizza with basil, mushroom, mozzarella and mmm.., something else too! :) It was delicious! Light, crispy and fresh. Since we were on the vegetarian side, they prepared a customized pasta in white sauce, with sun dried tomatoes, basil and cheddar cheese. It was pretty good as well, although it could have been softer in bite. Nevertheless, the service was the highlight for me as the young lady approached us a good 4 times to ensure that we DO NOT get anything in our food which we do not want! She did a gr8 job! Billing was hassle free and the crowd, merry albeit thin. We didn't try any non vegetarian stuff but looking at the quality of the vegetarian food we had, I can safely extrapolate the graph :)

I ain't sure when am I gonna b bak at Waiheke but this one's gonna be on my list whenever that next time happens!

Meal for 2 (without alcohol): NZD 35 (Veg); NZD 42 (Non-veg)

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Thank Pooja_RN
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

Just read the report from "stuck in bangers" and we were there. Maybe some truth on the steak and pasta but this was addressed on the nite. Just been back (again) with more friends and had a great dinner. Pasta was great this time, pork belly to die for and the pizza just as good as ever. Seems that Tim and crew in the kitchen settled in nicely and Lesley and staff out front as usual, incredibly attentive. Best in Oneroa and we will return again and again. Leave room for the chocolate mousse with brandied figs !!

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Thank Pebble_pit
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

This is the sleeper restaurant on the island! Recently taken over by the folks from highly acclaimed Mudbrick vineyard, Fenice is serving the best food in Oneroa right under the nose of the much more publicized Oyster Inn...The Menu is diverse, the atmosphere very romantic and the staff is on the ball...

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Thank tony J
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