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Cafe, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First rate breakfast. Excellent coffee. Great atmosphere. The selection on the menu was extensive and the cakes in the cabinet were picture-book

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 30 January 2024

I am someone who has to live with a very restricted diet - with sugary treats being a particular no-no. Sweet Vanilla provides plenty of options for people like me - and they taste amazing!!! The meals are beautifully cooked and the coffee is great!...Oh, and the staff there are friendly, helpful and very patient as folks struggle to choose between their yummy offerings :). Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 9 December 2023 via mobile

The most fantastic cozy place, with delicious 😋 tasting 🤤 food that will fill U up. Portion size z huge and worth every penny 🥰. Thank U too the cooks!!!! 😊

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 29 October 2023

Visited Sweet Vanilla Kitchen with my family (bonus points they allow dogs in the garden area so we got to bring our dog too!) and had a lovely time! Great selection of vegan options. I had the vegan buckwheat pancakes and the maple hazelnut loaf....Such lovely food and wonderful staff. They have a fully stocked cabinet and menu, plenty of allergy friendly items, there is something for everyone! Would definitely visit again when back in Wellington!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 29 June 2023 via mobile

I had the corn fritters. I’ve had them before. Normally delicious! Sadly today they tasted a little stale and portion smallish but good price at $12! Also would love some sour cream on the side. Sweet chili sauce doesn’t quite work. Id prefer a chutney...personally .More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 6 May 2023

Best best and ABSOLUTE value for $$$ We love Sweet Vanilla so much that we are going again TODAY!

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 28 April 2023 via mobile

I walked from our motel to pick up a treat for my wife for breakfast. At 0830 the cafe was very busy. I ordered two slices of the espresso / chocolate cake with yoghurt and two flat whites , one order for me to consume...on the premises & one to go. Prompt friendly service of my cake and coffee which was delicious. The barista said just give me a nod when you want the second coffee made. These guys know how to make great coffee. Nodded, after I finished my breakfast and 💥🥳30 seconds later I'm walking home with my wife's order. The cooked breakfasts being delivered to other tables confirmed all I'd been told. We'll be back.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 24 June 2022 via mobile

Cosy cafe with delicious food. Went for lunch - I had the vegan version of avocado on toast ( mushrooms instead of poached eggs) very generous portion and friendly and prompt service. Lots of tempting cabinet food, cakes and many options for keto and gluten...free diets.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 21 February 2021 via mobile

Was passing Lower Hutt and trip advisor recommended this place as number 1 so thought to try it. Food is quite nice..I did mention to the staff that we came here as we read good reviews etc and started a conversation about it. Sadly realised...she couldn’t be bothered to listen. Maybe they were busy and hence, her response. But I think when a customer is giving feedback.. especially if it a good one, the business will appreciate it. This was a bit of a put off honestly!More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 3 January 2021 via mobile

It’s hard to imagine that Lower Hutt has such a good award winning cafe tucked away in its suburbs. Delicious cabinet food, cracking menu, I loved the full breakfast and flat wife. Will definitely be back for more.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 31 October 2020

Good service, good food including good vegetarian options and the ability to swap ingredients for a little extra charge. Will return :)

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 27 September 2020

My son took me to Sweet Vanilla Kitchen for my birthday lunch. We booked ahead, and were so glad, as it was very busy. We had a lovely lunch of chicken salad and Avacado, Mushrooms and Haloumi on grain toast. The atmosphere was relaxing and...the service was excellent. The coffee was great and I finished with a slice of Lemon Tart. We will be back, and its worth all the travel from kaitoke. Highly recommend Sweet Vanilla KitchenMore

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 28 August 2020 via mobile

Yummy food great service love the keto options . Local favourite by the looks of it we were recommended and glad we came just right

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 30 July 2020 via mobile

Came here because of great reviews and boy did it live up to expectations. Food selection was outstanding and the staff are fantastic. Coffee was tops. Will go back

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 17 June 2020 via mobile

Great coffee and amazing service. I love going here where you can always count on fantastic coffee and a barista who cares. Special mention to the new barista, a lovely young lady who makes the best coffee and always has a friendly smile

Date of visit: June 2020
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karrynmckenna
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Hi thankyou for your inquiry we only seat 35 people. So I'm sorry we are unable to do it. Thanks.
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Response from Sharron H | Reviewed this property |
Varied menu which is updated regularly with food made on the premises. Average cafe pricing. Delicious food!
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SWEET VANILLA KITCHEN, Lower Hutt - Restaurant Reviews, Phone Number & Photos

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Sweet Vanilla Kitchen is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4