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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
CUISINES
Cafe, New Zealand
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This cafe achieved hugely: great setting, great coffee, great food and friendly staff. The menu is slightly limiting but all the offerings are great.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 17 January 2024

Give this a miss! I followed a review that said best breakfast in town but that's not true. They dont do eggs benedict or omelettes so we got scrambled eggs. It was a small serving of 2 tablespoons of scrambled eggs that sat on half...a piece of ciabatta bread which weren't even buttered.. Very pricey and we learnt never to follow the crowd as the quality of the breakfast suffered.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 15 December 2023

We stopped in before we got to Auckland on our road trip to the Bay of Islands in this neat, little small town. We enjoyed walking through the downtown and found this funky and nice cafe with way more to offer than just food. My...wife had the Burger with all the fixings and I had the Veggie Gnocchi with a side salad. Both were very good and tasty. Service was attentive and friendly. Owned by a couple from New Zealand and Melbourne, OZ.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 9 December 2023

We enjoyed a quick bite to eat and a glass of wine here. The food was adequate, bit don’t expect a large serving. Side courtyard was very nice. Melbourne Cafe looks to be your best option as we were not impressed with the appearances of...other restaurants in the town.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 14 November 2023

Had been to this cafe 2 1/2 years ago and had a good experience. This time not so much. 2 family members had the $25 pork burger - a thin slice of pork meat in a very small bun, with a processed cheese slice and...tiny cup of around 20 chips, like a child's portion. Very disappointing. I had the fish curry which was nice, but the portion on the small side also. The coffee was decent and we also had nice fresh apple juice, a bit on the pricy side.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 26 October 2023

Am a thames local, I value and support all of our local business's in these still tough times, decided to meet a friend at Melbourne, been a few time's and always been happy with quality of food, service and still cannot fault that side of...the business, BUT why on a Thursday at 2.30pm, still lunchtime, with 7 tables of diners still eating and enjoying there time there, staff started putting up chairs on tables, and started sweeping the cafe, you are kidding me. What a insult, customers were still eating. Having been in Hospitality for many a year and having owned numerous cafe's, it is unthinkable and unprofessional to clean while customers are still dining. My view anyway. Really hope Melbourne Management look at this side of their business.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 18 September 2023

10 Ladies went for a Birthday, and enjoyed Bubbles and a Beautiful Meal. From start to finish the lovely Staff who were so attentive and efficient and always Smiling. Menu had a great selection and my 'tasting dish' was so delicious. Overall a great experience,...and wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon so thank you.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 27 June 2023

Friendly staff but for locals the coffee is consistently inconsistent. Sometimes it’s pleasant, other times it’s undrinkable.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 17 June 2023

Decided to take a random Sunday drive to Thames after not having been there for many many years. It still has that old fashioned traditional feel of a small seaside town but also nice to see there is some modernisation with The Depot and Melbourne...cafe. Although very busy the service was good and we enjoyed our meals. Especially have to mention the fresh apple & ginger juice was absolutely delicious. Green grocers garden salad was also very flavoursome.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 18 April 2023 via mobile

Loved the coffee. It’s been a bit hit & miss with getting a decent coffee whilst road tripping NZ, but this place was excellent. Also loved the scrambled eggs & the fruit smoothies. Place is set up so quaintly. Nice environment to spend time in.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 29 March 2023 via mobile

At the far end of Thames township, this cafe is well worth the walk. Best trim flat white in a while, hot, rich flavour and not too much froth. The venue is interesting, comfortable and the staff are friendly and helpful. Good selection of cabinet...food or order a meal freshly cooked by the chef.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 16 February 2023 via mobile

Great place to stop for lunch. Coffee was really good and food was first class. Tasty burgers and great salads. Well worth a detour.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 5 February 2023 via mobile

We visited here while travelling through Thames after a recommendation … so glad we stopped by for lunch. Highly recommend the Delicious Thai fish curry!! And crispy chicken dish. Great coffee and pastries! Lovely outdoor seating courtyard with nice relaxed vibes. Some addition with some...independent shops and gin distillery within to browse.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 12 January 2023 via mobile

Extremely busy at Sunday lunchtime, but we found a table near the back of the restaurant. Food was excellent- both the fish curry and the fried chicken were really tasty and my iced coffee was amazing! Much of the rest of Thames seemed quiet -...we think everyone was in here and I don’t blame them! Would certainly return if in the area.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 4 December 2022

A surprisingly sophisticated cafe for such a small provincial town (said he patronisingly!). Has an industrial feel and a large outside area. Excellent coffee and counter food. Very busy the day we went for lunch and I suspect very much the go to cafe in...Thames for locals as well as visitors. We were super impressed.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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teacher089
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Response from Frankie L | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, sorry I'm not sure. They have a wonderful menu though, I would imagine brek ky might be available till 11.00 ish
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Melbourne Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5