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$5 - $25
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Cafe, European, Healthy, Soups, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 February 2024

We planned to go to the Lava glass to do the garden walk but decided to come by for lunch first. They are located at the back of the gallery and the outdoor area led to the entrance to the garden. The menu was being...put up when we were there but they did have physical menus to look through. They also had cabinet food and a range of drinks. I ended up getting the keto roll which was essentially bacon and cheese wrapped in an omelette. I quite liked it and it came with a side salad. I did enjoy looking around the place with all the interesting glass items around.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 5 January 2024 via mobile

Good service and nice food, we had a panini and salad which was delicious. Nice clean toilets and the added bonus of the beautiful art glass

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 27 July 2023

We had the platter with was great value for money -3 Big pieces of cheese , excellent pesto and salamies -yum . Been few times and consistently awesome food plus my doggies are allowed :)

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 2 January 2023 via mobile

Service was friendly. But slow. 50min wait on food. Nice once it arrived. Better communication on the delay would have been appreciated.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 26 September 2022

A good variety of well priced tasty food to suit all dietary requirements. Allow enough time to enjoy the delights of the gallery, glass sculpture garden and glass blowing demonstration too.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 13 September 2022

I stopped on my way from Napier to Rotorua for lunch and was pleasantly surprised with the selection of gluten free items to pick from. The cafe is very clean, the staff were very friendly and the meal I had was fresh and tasty.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 10 September 2022

A lovely lunch at this glass blowing factory. Good selection of snack food. Service reasonably fast considering they were busy. Food well presented

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 30 April 2022

We usually stop here for a pitstop when heading south, and again on the way home. We know the food is reliable and good place to stretch the legs, and avoid going into Taupo. This trip we sampled the eggs on toast which was great...value, and we always pick up a slice of the chocolate brownie which cant be beaten. Always lots of tasty looking cabinet food plus other menu.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 25 January 2022

Incredible food and coffee, best breakfast we have had out in a long time. Recommend the eggs Benedict

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 7 January 2022

What a pleasure to skip the bustle of Taupo on a hot day and call in here where glass art adorns the walls and a perfect little cafe is on the way North or South. Great coffee and cake and large tables both indoor and...out.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 27 September 2021 via mobile

Outstanding food and coffee had The jerk chicken sandwich and the egg's Benedict with bacon divine coffee was great and so was The mocha

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 26 January 2021

There is a good selection of food to choose from. It is a great place to stop just before heading back on the long drive to Auckland.

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 1 November 2020

Not a standard pour of 5 fluid ounces. Cabinet food was dry. Good service and enjoyed the salad. Cafe would not stand alone with out the glass blowing gallery

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 30 July 2020

We sat through the glass blowing session which was very informative. One could only admire the skills of the facility owner as he created amazing platters of different sizes.

Date of visit: July 2020
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christinerK6857LL, Owner at Lava Glass Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2020

Hi Peter, Thanks for your positive review. I'm pleased you've enjoyed your visit to our studio. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 17 July 2020 via mobile

Very disappointed in the cabinet food. So overpriced compared to Wellington. My niece asked for a berry slice but was fished up a side piece with half a teaspoon of filling in. My coffee was cold. Toilets desperately needed a clean. If you are charging...that much to eat there you should give a complimentary tour of garden. I would have complained at the time but did not want to ruin the ‘treat’ for the others. Not good for encouraging NZ population to support local attractionsMore

Date of visit: July 2020
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christinerK6857LL, Owner at Lava Glass Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2020

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We’re sorry your experience didn’t match your expectations. We’ll strive to do better.

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LAVA GLASS CAFE, Taupo - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Lava Glass Café is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5