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US$4 - US$19
Cafe, Healthy, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small selection of interesting lunch options, someone there clearly has a Californian cafe menu book from the mid-2000s. Tasty enough, but awful service. The young lady could not have been less interested in serving us or anyone else. There’s a batter option in Reefton up...the street on the same side. Go there instead.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Sightsee66151411534, Owner at Reef Cottage Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi there sad to hear this you should of said something at the time. As for my staff the girls have had a lot of angry people to deal with in the last couple of weeks and the girl that served you is very shy...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After crawling out of a broken tent in seasonal rain, Reef Cottage Cafe welcomed us with promises of hot pies and great coffee before 9am. Coffee delicious, Hot chocolate - the best non dairy one I've ever had, pies give Fairlie a run for their...money. Staff were lovely and accommodatingMore

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 12 October 2021

Such a cosy place with delightful food. The atmosphere was calm and the staff were friendly . Overall a wonderful experience

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 24 September 2021 via mobile

I always stop at Reef Cottage Cafe when passing through Reefton (and sometimes deviate just to come here). Guaranteed warm welcome and super fresh and imaginative food and choice of warm inside by the open fire or outside to watch the goings-on in the town....Highly recommendMore

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 19 August 2021

That review fromm a grumpy Dunedin couple is from 2015, 6 years old. It should be removed as it is the exact opposite of my experience last week in the Cosy Cottage Cafe Reefton. Warm and inviting, Beautiful wooden interior with fire going. Excellent food...and coffee. Two of the most friendly and delightful ladies you would have the pleasure to meet. It will be featured on my Blog. russellsramble.comMore

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 1 August 2021 via mobile

Having read good reviews we deferred lunch till we arrived here very hungry after a 2 hour journey at 2.15pm. The website said they were open till 3pm However we were rudely told that they were closing "now" and we could only buy food to...take away. Not good enough Reefton.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 9 May 2021 via mobile

Really enjoyed the open salmon sandwich. Good milkshake. Nice outdoor area for sunny days. Friendly staff.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 8 May 2021

We have just spent three nights in Reefton and had breakfast at the Reef Cottage Cafe every morning - I am coeliac and really appreciated the delicious gluten free French toast which I had every morning as I enjoyed it so much the first day...- it was beautifully presented with lots of yummy seasonal fruit. My husband had traditional bacon, eggs, tomato, hash brown etc and it also was delicious with a generous serving of bacon. This food was followed with excellent coffee all served by smiling, helpful staffMore

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 29 April 2021 via mobile

Had a delicious breakfast at the cafe this morning. The food was excellent. I had the full cooked and it was magnificent - the bacon was the best I've had anywhere. My wife had bacon & eggs and even that came with hadhbtowns and tomato....Highly recommendedMore

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 25 April 2021

Wanted a look at the Reefton main street and stopped for a morning tea break. Place was a bit busy and the lady behind the till appeared to be learning the job so it was a bit slow. No problem though. The other ladies were...working at warp speed and getting the orders sorted quickly. The slice I ordered wound up going to the wrong table - the local policeman was having a coffee break and it was sent to his table. He picked it up and found out who it was meant for and delivered it personally. "I'm so not busy I have time to be a waitress" he said. We'd chatted to him while waiting to order - so it was a nice moment and the officer was a really nice guy. Only problem with the whole situation was one of our party was snapped at for asking if there was any gluten free food - he jut walked away without ordering because of that - and that's the reason we only give it 4 out of 5 stars. Otherwise all goodMore

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reef Cottage Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4