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$8 - $37
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Cafe, International, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Worst breakfast ever. Two small eggs one rasher sreaky bacon on two thin pieces of cheabata toast one small pot of tea between two people.(one small cup each) and not cheap. Certainly not value for money. We felt ripped off and will never return.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 26 February 2024 via mobile

Came here because if the reviews. I have no understanding how a cafe that serves bitter coffee gets such a high rating. The food is a pass mark.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 29 January 2024

Cafe Bacu is a great Taupo eatery. Our go-to place when visiting Taupo. There were 5 of us for lunch. Had steak sandwiches and waffle fries that everyone thought were delicious. The salmon quiche and cheesy vol-au-vent were also very tasty. Four thickshakes of various...flavours were yummy but at $10 each, very expensive. The chai latte was good but half the cup it was served in was froth not liquid so felt a little cheated. The only real concern was the state of the glasses for self serve water. They were really dirty, with lipstick, grime and food scraps still evident.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 20 January 2024 via mobile

Fabulous spot in taupo. We visited on a rainy Saturday. Sat at outside table as was very busy inside. Very quick service and great food. Drinks good too coffee, chai latte and hot chocolate. All food servings were plentiful. Will return.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 18 January 2024 via mobile

Delicious and large portions of innovative food at this cafe. My one gripe is that I ordered the bruschetta specifically because it included Brazil nuts. When my meal arrived however, they were missing from the dish. Further enquiry led to the explanation that they had...run out. There was no offer to provide substitute nuts instead and it was never mentioned when ordering. Other than that, the meals were great and the smoothies delicious.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 10 January 2024

Great variety of food. Unfortunately our food was not very warm, one meal was delivered along time after the rest. Went twice hoping it would be better but wasn't. Was an awesome place a year ago.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 28 December 2023 via mobile

Went with a group of friends. Ordered a scone and the big breakfast. The scone came out with the breakfast, even though I asked multiple times for it to come out first. The staff were rude. The food was terrible. Won’t be going back.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 28 December 2023

Was told it would take 20 minutes for a sandwich, was told this after paying and requested refund. It was busy so I understand it would take longer. Manager was very rude asking why I would even pay if I knew it would take a...while. I didn't want the employee to get in trouble so I ignored it but I didn't appreciate the tone, the girl who took my order ended up correcting her anyway. Floor staff are very polite but management need to work on customer service skills.More

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

Very popular eatery on the esplanade in Taupo with seating both inside and out. We enjoyed a full hearty cooked breakfast and some great coffee and the service was quick and efficient. There were many other ready to go options which looked delicious in their...display cabinet.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 27 November 2023 via mobile

Delicious food. Quick, efficient service. Pleasant atmosphere and picturesque view of the lake. Would highly recommend this cafe for breakfast or lunch.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 25 November 2023

felix is one of the better workers at cafe baku, helpful, friendly and kind. He polished 3 glasses for me and my friends while others just told us there were more (dirty) glasses at the water station 😡😡😡😡😡😡 food was yuk

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 25 November 2023

felix ( not sure how to spell it) was very helpful today getting us some clean glasses when wanting some water after finding lipstick and grime on the other glasses. great customer service..

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 23 November 2023

We called in mid afternoon for coffee and cake. There appeared to be a good menu selection for brunches and lunches, however, we overheard the staff saying they had run out of a lot of things - coming over to tell people who were seated...and waiting for their food after they had ordered that they did not have any left, so asking them to choose something else after they had already ordered and paid. A lot of the cakes in the cabinet were nearing sell out but we ordered coffee, tea and a date scone. The drinks took ages - about 15 minutes. The scone took even longer - about 25 minutes. By the time the scone arrived, we had drunk our coffee. Unacceptable, particularly as there were numerous staff drifting around, they were all young and didn’t seem particularly enthusiastic. One lad was so disinterested he was playing a game of air tennis with one of the table number stands. Not a good look.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 17 November 2023

We popped in for brunch and although busy service was efficient and friendly. The coffee was very good and would recommend it. The food (ordered from the menu) was quite expensive when we saw the quantity of food for the price. It was yummy though.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 14 November 2023

Have been to this cafe many times over a 4.5 year period but have not been for a few months. Had a toasted cheese/ham/pineapple sandwich today, which had a good filling but the crusts were rock hard so could not even attempt to eat them....The coffee was good, as per usual. However, had to move tables as I asked a staff member to clear a table for us. It was full of dirty dishes and the table also needed wiping. She cleared part of it but did not return to do the rest or wipe it. This has been common on my last 4 visits now. The food is still good and a varied choice, but I think the personal touch has temporarily left this cafe and standards need to be reintroduced. It has been a favourite cafe of mine for many years so I hope it can get back to its usual glowing standard of service and cleanliness.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Not really sure about bringing the dog inside, but outside there are many tables available with a lovely view. Separating the inside from the outside is a very large window also.
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Cafe Baku is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3