Secret Garden

Secret Garden

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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.9 of 5 bubbles
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CUISINES
Cafe
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
features
Does this restaurant specialise in New Zealand style food?
CUISINES
Cafe
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles113 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
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Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Kushla R
342 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
What a little treat it was to find this cafe in waihi. The food is very limited to a small selection of cabinet food but it’s lovely food. We tried both the quiches and the bran berry muffin. 2 smoothies for drinks. The environment is really cool. Serene and exotic and lots of Buddha’s. Love the bean bag seating and the space the outdoors offers. Wish we could have spent more time here.
Written 10 January 2020
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melo47
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 solo
This place has changed hands effective late may 2021. Any reviews prior to this date are for the previous management. As for the the new team, it is truely a 5/5. The food is incredibly good. My son is vegetarian & he commented that his vegan toastie was ‘sensationally’ tasty - not something That happens often with vegan food evidently. the setting the staff the food - a must do visit.
Written 24 June 2021
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MrDarcyChihuahua
Auckland35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 none
On a cold winters day an outdoor garden cafe doesn’t seem a perfect place to warm up, but the Secret Garden has some cosy(ish) spots and the gumbo certainly made up for the bleak day. It was warming and tasty and delicious! And the caramel macadamia slice (comes in with sizes too!) was a lovely little sweetness to finish with the good coffee! Great place to have a little tropical escape. Even when the weather says differently.
Written 10 July 2021
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Megan
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 family
Beautiful spot but service was really poor. Milk powder was used for our iced coffees while syrup was used for the peach iced tea. After ordering the smoothies, the girl turned around and complained to her colleague about making more smoothies. People were clearing their tables themselves before sitting down and creating a pile of dishes by the coffee machine as there was no one clearing tables. The drinks took over 30mins to be made. Seriously understaffed and grumpy. The Secret Garden is such a beautiful spot with so much potential. I was embarrassed to take my friends there.
Written 13 March 2021
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OG Swifty
Auckland141 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 couples
Seems like all eateries here in Waihi Beach close their kitchen at 14:30 and were recommended Secret Garden as an option by a nearby establishment. When we got there we walked pass the bar to the back where tables and front counter are located. Here we waited to be seated or to order a meal and … well I guess we were invisible to the staff. Employees walked by us repeatedly completely ignoring us so we went to the counter to ask / order from there and lady here just turned her back on me and minded her own business. We tried to wait a bot longer, stepping from place to place and staff just interacted with each other in front of us still ignoring our presence. After several minutes we simply walked out - guess we did not know the secret password.
Written 24 January 2022
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Nadine H
Mount Maunganui28 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 couples
Beautiful setting - but the food really lets it down. Paid $32 for beef nachos and they were the worst nachos we have ever had. Small portion of cold tough chunks of meat, and very little other toppings. Some sort of liquid cheese on top. The quesadilla was better, lamb was also dry though.
Written 8 January 2024
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PalmyGuy
Palmerston North145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 friends
Had brunch with friends on a lazy Saturday, had no idea what lay ahead as we strolled into the 'secret garden'...once you enter the place your transformed into anywhere south of the border! Bloody brilliant! Food was so fresh, so tasty, ice cold beverages and staff were so friendly...highly rec. this fine establishment!
Written 4 May 2024
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Claire A
Te Aroha51 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 couples
HokumGumbo Louisiana Gumbo sounded good but left unpleasant feeling all round. Like a gravy base instead of a roux with a few chunks of chicken and bland chorizo. And rice - in gumbo ? I had to google that and it’s a maybe on inclusion in that dish . Todays special was definitely not special ! Maybe it had been sitting o the pot a few days !? We had to buy Quickeze after for the after taste and indigestion .
Written 23 August 2022
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Martin
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 couples
We found this little place by accident. Immediately loved the menu with plenty of veggie options. The atmosphere is Mexican beach style with little huts to eat your delicious food. Try the breakfast burrito and their iced coffee. Very popular on a sunny Sunday morning.
Written 20 August 2022
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elenageorge_nz
Auckland21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 friends
Ok for a few drinks but we were disappointed with the food. My tomato salsa had way too much onion in it (and not much else) and the nachos had an awful processed cheese sauce you’d expect to find at a Taco Bell. Friendly staff but the place was a bit shabby with tables not cleared for a while.
Written 29 October 2023
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Mobile54183851906
Waikato Region1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 family
Beautiful atmosphere. Music was a lovely extra. The children were chilled and the food was exceptional and the price was so reasonable. Quick service with great staff looking after us, even with the place being busy and humming. This is definitely going to become a regular venue.
Written 10 September 2023
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njp67
Taupo278 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 couples
Visited for coffee after reading that it had changed ownership. Staff were friendly, the coffee great (takeaway cup only) and a good selection of cabinet food. Nice to be able to buy a 'small/half' slice so you can try more! Lovely garden areas to sit and enjoy coffee/food. Will return next time we visit Waihi Beach
Written 1 July 2021
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Lois M
New Plymouth470 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 friends
Wow! This place is something else! Who knew there was such a trendy spot in Waihi! (No offence intended Waihi, you're small but you rock!). This reminded me of Sydney with the little huts dotted around the garden. I'd like to say Cabanas but there's no swimming pool, but hey, that's irrelevant because it's such an awesome spot! Food was good, smoothies were delicious and interesting. Service was prompt and friendly. Live music was bonus. I suggest you find out when they have live music playing but regardless it's worth a visit. What a great place to relax! I will most definitely return! Thanks secret garden
Written 10 February 2020
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JayneJ167
Thankyou so much for your fabulous words about our treasured Bali inspired Garden Cafe.....we so appreciate it!!!!
Written 12 February 2020
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Foodie658
Auckland Central4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 family
The Bali style setting in the cafe is worth the visit. The iced coffee and coffee was not worth the money. Self serving to table and no toilet was annoying. I’m glad I’ve seen it but I’m in no hurry to go back.
Written 11 March 2020
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Jayden C
Auckland79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 family
Pretty cool garden cafe to visit with friendly staff. Good selection of cabinet food, albeit quite expensive. The garden atmosphere is pretty cool with lots of little places to sit. The place in general could do with a bit more cleaning.
Written 29 October 2022
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