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Pizza, Cafe, European, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
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Reviewed 11 January 2024

I am impressed with the chef Tana. His food was presented to a high level. He took his time to come and check in on my guests and I. He was friendly and educated us in what he served. Food was what I would expect...at a top restaurant in Auckland.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 29 December 2023

Waited 45 minutes for a coffee and over an hour for food. Very busy time of the year though and the staff were very apologetic. Good spot. Food was nice when it came.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 11 July 2023 via mobile

We got there just before 12 and with only one person on the floor it was busy for her. Shay’s service was fantastic and her coffee was superb! The food was yum and my teens were full. Great stuff, keep it up

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 5 July 2023 via mobile

Just stopped in and brough some pizzas on a trip home. Absolutely amazing service, food was super delicious and the atmosphere of the restaurant was very warm and welcoming. Very impressed highly recommend

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 25 June 2023

Suprised the family with a trip to Jesse's for breakfast and as per usual we were not disappointed. There was much discussion in the car about the waffles the kids planned on ordering and how delicious they would be and judging by how quickly they...cleared their plates and their happy smiles they didn't regret their choice. Added bonus we could order a half portion for our youngest. We had the eggs bennie which was great and left us full and content for the rest of the day and don't even get me started on their coffees which were so good. The staff were really friendly and helpful and the view is amazing. We will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 25 June 2023

Jesse's on the waterfront is fantastic!! service was great! Food was great!! I cant complain. Definitely going back again!

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 2 May 2023

Lunch menu starts at 12pm. Arrived and the chef had to pop out for change, 10 minutes. The previous nights special board was still displayed but not available for lunch. The staff had no idea what the specials were for the day until the chef...got back. After half an hour we were able to order our lunch. At that time were informed the deep fryer was not working, so some dishes on the menu had to be fried in a pan. My Hapuka Steak was raw in the middle, and my partners Calamari was oily and tuff. We are locals to the area, very dissatisfied and disappointed. We couldn't eat our meal, subsequently were not charged.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 13 April 2023 via mobile

The Waterfront Cafe, for years was a standout establishment in Mangonui however, as Jesse’s on the Waterfront, this is no longer the case. The food, although generously sized portions, was a shadow of its former glory as far as flavour goes. The sandwiches were pleasantly...delicious. The wait staff were friendly and efficient however the service and language from the kitchen was our most talked about reference. The setting and decor remain draw cards but that’s where it ends for us. The bathroom was an absolute low point and in need of a makeover, at least a good scrub and a restock. Please someone, do something!More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 9 April 2023

What a shocker, great location but had to wait for over an hour for poached eggs that looked like they had surfaced from an intermediate school cooking class. The server even came to let us know the owner was cooking and hung over so not...to expect much. Glad to say it met his expectations.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 30 January 2023 via mobile

A really disappointing experience. The staff were incredibly rude. From the moment our family walked through the door and ordered. When asking for water a comment was made that why did they need that when we have ordered other things. The savoury scone we ate...was so salty that water was a must. Point blank said we couldn’t order anything other than pizza or coffee. The eye rolls from the barista were noticed. We will not be visiting again.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 27 November 2022

Not a great selection to choose, pretty basic food. Great location for tourist. Open during the day not for dinner or late afternoon.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 18 August 2022 via mobile

This cafe is beyond good! The staff are so friendly, relaxed, and professional! They know they’re in a good place and that only makes it better. How fabulous to see people truly enjoying their work! The food was good ingredients prepared well, presented very well,...and just so delicious. We had the calamari, and the lamb! So good.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 11 August 2022 via mobile

Pick up. Order freshly prepared, pizzas all delicious with Waterfront Special very special! Yum. Plenty l/o for next couple of days lunches. Will definitely be back. Thank you Waterfront Cafe and Bar.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 1 July 2022 via mobile

The Waterfront cafe is a welcoming, friendly, and very delicious destination for visitors to Mangonui. There was a good range of options and both of our choices were very satisfactory. There was a warm and interesting vibe with locals and visitors clearly enjoying the food,...wine and ambiance. Great local asset.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 23 June 2022 via mobile

We had a very enjoyable night out. Lamb pizza was superb as was the fish. Very generous portions at a reasonable price. Service was helpful and unpretentious. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Waterfront Cafe & Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4