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Cafe, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Relish never disappoints. The staff are unfailingly pleasant and eager to help. Luckily we booked as the place was full. Our food was excellent and I asked for my cake to come after I had finished my main and it did. Often staff at other...places forget about that. It was a sunny day and the cafe looked idyllic in the sunshine. We will be back.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 15 March 2024

Couldn't get to book and three of us went on impulse late Friday morning. The team managed to fit us in. Great choice. The place was humming. Surprisingly big dining areas with rooms in all directions but still keeping that friendly cottage feel. Two of...us opted for kedgeree and one for tasty cabinet food. Kedgeree was brilliant and served piping hot. Excellent coffees which were also appropriately hot. Management and staff were exceedingly welcoming and utterly unfazed by the constant pressure of numbers. First rate buzz and a pleasantly memorable time.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 21 January 2024 via mobile

Booked ahead to be sure of getting a table; whew! Very busy, but staff were - once again- superb. A lovely destination; 3rd time in last two months, and we will be back. Thank you Team Relish; bet you were all pleased at knock-off time!🥂

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 14 December 2023

A lovely cafe with a stunning garden to enjoy a good coffee and nice food. to me the prices of the black board menu where a bit to high, but they probably were normal, but luckily they have a good food cabinet as well. I...enjoyed a pumpkin feta pie. The coffee was good. Staff is very friendly. But I will go back because of the garden and the setting.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 13 October 2023

We had a lovely family brunch here. There was a warm, friendly welcome and this level of service continued throughout the meal. The food was simply presented and delicious, and very well priced. The coffee was also delicious! The only slight disappointment was that we...didn’t have a table suitable for 6, but this was a very minor inconvenience given the overall quality of our experience. Will certainly return!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 1 October 2023 via mobile

What a spot! We google searched cafes in Waikanae and this one popped up. The whitebait fritters were AMAZING, so much so we can back the next day for a ‘roast’ snack. The ginger and date scone was delicious and the coffee great. BUT the...best part about this cafe was the staff. They were friendly, welcoming and good to have a laugh with. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 22 September 2023

My family and I have regularly visited Relish over the years but have noticed the change recently. In the last couple of months have seen it much more busier with longer waiting times, forgotten menus & orders plus the complimentary water tasted odd. The waiting...staff do their best but need more coordination. Food good as ever but last time with in the last months, waited for our orders to be taken, then it was for drinks only as the kitchen was backed up with orders. Four of us in the party and one member had to wait so long that we had already eaten our hot meals whilst they waited for a salad which should have taken the quickest to make or was it just missed as it was too busy......More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 28 May 2023

No reservation on this Saturday morning, but the friendly staff found us a table near the door, which was fine after we shut out the cool breeze. One of the best eggs benny I've ever had.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 15 April 2023

I was so looking forward to my lambs fry and bacon served with bread, but unfortunately one slice of bacon was almost black and the lambs fry was ridiculously thin and so overcooked it was really firm to cut. Should have only had seconds in...pan. Not up to expectation. Sour dough would be better than breadMore

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 24 March 2023

WOW!!! Amazing views, lovely well maintained gardens. Friendly, hardworking staff with great conversation. Could have ate twice.. the food was glorious! The eggs benedict was a marvelous explosion in the mouth and the corn fritters were soft and fluffy and oh so moreish! Coffee was...PHAT.. pretty hot and tempting. Will come again and again and again.. guaranteed!More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 14 January 2023 via mobile

Have eaten here many times over the last few years. My Mum lived in Waikanae and we would take her there for lunch. My Mum is no longer with us, but today we visited Relish after a visit to the cemetery and the service and...food that Ian and his team provide is as good as ever.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 2 December 2022 via mobile

Birthday lunch. Hit all the right spots. The food was delicious, Well presented,and came out fairly quickly considering it was lunch time. Wait staff friendly and attentive. Birthday girl wanted waffles or pancakes so restaurant chosen on that basis. She certainly wasn't disappointed. They looked...amazing and tasted amazing as she couldn't eat it all. Shame I had to help. Love the variety of choices here which makes it outstanding for family groups. Thanks for delish good excellent service and lovely ambience.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 7 August 2022

Whilst I have always experienced fantastic food and service at Relish, and have always recommended this lovely Cafe to others, this week I attended two private events where Relish had catered for. One dinner for 80 people, another an anniversary lunch for 25 guests held...at a private home. On both occasions Ian and his staff provided not only tasty, excellent food, friendly and efficient service but dealt with each indervidual in a kind and considerate manner.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 5 July 2022

The food is divine, the service brilliant and the setting is an experiential delight. I thoroughly recommend Relish. The food and cafe are peerless. And the vegetable Fritata was the BEST I've ever had!!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 21 June 2022

Made a last minute booking for brunch. Welcome was friendly and we were seated straight away. Advised how their ordering system worked and presented with menus and blackboard menu pointed out. Service was prompt and courteous and friendly. Meals took a little while to arrive...but were all worth the wait - yummy food and nicely presented. No problem with a doggy bag for one of our party. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit and will happily go back again.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Relish Café is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5