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US$6 - US$22
Cafe, European, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 1 May 2022 via mobile

We ordered the winter salad with chicken and the duck leg with steamed vegetables. The salad came in big portions and the chicken breast was seasoned with cajun but overcooked so a bit rubbery. The duck leg was nicely cooked and seasoned. Definitely better of...the two. Staff there were attentive and friendly. Rating: A-More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 26 March 2022 via mobile

Was passing by, and saw this place, as I love coffee, we popped in, and ordered amazing cabinet food, great coffee, amazing service

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 26 March 2022 via mobile

Outstanding cafe! Super friendly service. Excellent coffee (very important), great menu & fab food. A real hidden gem!

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 23 March 2022 via mobile

Had a fantastic flat white and beef salad this afternoon, and my partner enjoyed their lunch as well. Staff were awesome with their customer service and were polite in asking us to not take the only table they had not yet cleaned (Covid protocols mean...they have to clear and sanitise). Also witnessed how quick they were in removing anti maskers one who said ‘I’m not putting on a f’ing mask. Who were only asked politely if they were able to wear masks. These people actually came back minutes later and the waitress was a legend in her handling of them. Polite and stern about the rules, and refused to accept their ‘fake vaccine passes’. Hospitality workers must be having it rough and must be tired of the crap they put up with from the nutty anti vax brigade.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 17 August 2021 via mobile

In town on business. Nice looking place with good coffee. Had the soup of the day and the scotch fillet which was cooked well. Unfortunately, the service was rather slow for my liking. Our coffees took an age to arrive and there was a long...period of time where our waitress didn't check on us. Although our waitress was polite she wasn't particularly friendly. We had just traveled all the way from Auckland and expected some of that small town hospitality (which we received at a competitor the following night). Due to be back in Palmy again but will likely avoid.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 26 July 2021 via mobile

A busy cafe in a good location we visited as the reviews were reasonably consistent • Sunday brunch was busy with families and students . We had eggs on “white toast” with bacon and fish of the day The fish was tempting on the menu...as it came with ricotta and lemon fritters . Sounded yummy but the deep fried quenelles were over cooked and hard and fish and cherry tomatoes sauce similar . Best to stick to coffee and cake and grilled breakfast as this was quite ok . Service was quick and coffee ok tooMore

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 28 May 2021 via mobile

Visiting Palmy for 3 days and visited this iconic cafe several times. Was impressed by the staff, food and overall a great experience. Can't recommend it more... But my visit this morning was marred by the behaviour of a staff member. When asking for the...same (albeit special) coffee order I've happily been served (and equally happily paid extra for) over the last few days I was barked at, and when I queried his response was told tbe staff member didn't care and was overworked. In a time of massive stress for all, it's understandable that nerves are frayed. And having been involved in the hospo industry I know just how hard it can sometimes be in normal environment - let alone in a covid one. But the current level of stress in this industry is next level, and some remarkable people - staff and owners - are being pushed to the brink, if not over the edge... This industry relies on great food (which this place has) and a great customer experience (which likewise it has). And while it's a shame that such a great experience was marred for me this morning, my post is five stars, and this place is great, and like so many others who aim to deliver excellence, it and its people need our support. I will be back - perhaps not today - but Barista is definately worth a visit - and I highly recommend.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 9 May 2021

Our waitress was smiley and efficient but it was the food which let the evening down. The steak was very dry and overcooked, it was tough to cut it up and hard to chew even with the sauce that was on the plate. The BBQ...chicken pasta was bland and over salted. On the plus side the starters were excellent and one of the other mains was declared delicious. Maybe, I hope, it was a one off as we love Barista normally and this was the first time we had a poor experience there.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 23 March 2021 via mobile

Nice food, nicely cooked and tasty. A good selection on the menu. Nicely decorated. The provide magazines and daily newspapers. The staff helpful. Great coffee.

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 5 March 2021 via mobile

It’s either great here or it’s terrible. There is no in between. Two weeks when we came it was fab. Today it was not. Today we ordered cabinet food and cold drinks as the day had been warm. We asked for a knife to cut...and share the truffles and were told one would be brought to the table. The guy didn’t seem particularly pleased that we had taken some time to decide what to order even though there was no one else waiting to be served. After we ordered he asked if we had a table. I said not yet and then he asked if we were alright to sit outside even though there were two empty non-reserved tables inside. We agreed to sit outside but the wind was unpleasant and the sun quickly disappeared. We went to the car to retrieve warm jackets and sweatshirts to enable us to tolerate the temperature. After 7 or 8 minutes of waiting I went inside to ask for a knife again. The waitress didn’t look particularly pleased I had asked her but did get me one straight away. Sitting outside it seems they play the annoying music that stops groups of teenagers congregating outside of their shop as the inane twangy and annoying noise coming from the speakers doesn’t qualify in being called music. All in all a disappointing experience today and because last time the experience was a 5 while today was a solid 1 I went with an average score of 3. I don’t know that I’ll risk this experience again next time I’m looking for an afternoon tea hangout with my daughter.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Thanks for asking but the owners have no input into your reviews. I believe you can edit or delete and replace so that might be the only option. Kind regards Gail
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Barista is open 8am till 11pm every day except Christmas day and Good Friday. I am unable to get Trip Advisor to accept our submitted alterations.
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Barista is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5