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The Big Orange Restaurant

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Victoria Ave, Whanganui, New Zealand
+64 6-348 4449
07:00 - 17:00
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Sun 08:30 - 17:00
Mon - Tue 07:00 - 17:00
Wed - Fri 07:00 - 21:00
Sat 08:30 - 21:30
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped here on our way home from a night at WOMAD. Had my first REAL coffee here after a decent search in New Plymouth! We were extremely well looked after by FOH guy & my Caesar Salad was perfect..... (hard to find!) We brought some cabinet food for the rest of our drive which were as delish as they looked... More 

Thank leigh h
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to stop for coffee and snack. Very efficient service and great coffee, fresh cooking. This time a tasty cheese scone. Nice spot to sit outside and good parking outside.

Thank Mary C
Maple Valley, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

We had a great dinner at the Big Orange. Service was prompt and courteous. The place needs some upkeep on the inside though.

Thank ron455
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

The manager, staff and general appearance suggested that they'd all had a hard night the previous evening. The manager needed a shower and shave and some clean, neat clothes, the serves was slack and our meal became cold in the kitchen waiting for service. The system for taking orders is bad causing severe congestion in a main thoroughfare and slow,... More 

1 Thank P854
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Visit the BigOrange regularly when in Whanganui as my Mum loves their blue cheese and feta muffins, which I have to say I've taken a liking to as well. Their coffees pretty good and we've always found the service reasonably fast given it's often packed. There's plenty of seating outside and inside. Inside is a bit dark for my liking... More 

Thank Jandalz3
Birmingham, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

We stopped for a bite and a long black for lunch after a lovely morning at the market in Whanganui. The outside seating was scenic and comfortable. We had corn fritters and a great stack sandwich with avocado and soft egg on top. It was absolutely delicious and filling. The table service was good and the coffee tasty.

Thank irondoc
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Visited cafe in weekend. Cabinet food was good but we had a 25 minute wait for takeaway coffee- would've appreciated being told the wait was going to be this long as wouldn't have ordered if I knew. To rub salt in the wound, someone who ordered right before me walked out with his takeaway coffee 5 minutes after ordering.

1 Thank CatherineTT100
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Only had coffees here but the food cabinet looked great. Service prompt and friendly in smart surroundings.

Thank Steve W
New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Although we had our best breakfast here, including my mother in-laws scrambled eggs, the place let itself down somewhat. The seating through to the bar was fine but the bar looked untidy and I had to pass the kitchen to get to the toilet and we'll, not very impressed.

1 Thank meatm8
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Wanted to try this popular cafe, as it looked relaxed & quirky! We came for breakfast before a long 5.5 hour road trip & it was the perfect hearty meal we could of had! Eggs Benedict & Lambs fry & bacon. Yum... happy customers, friendly staff & lovely setting with the sun shining down on the outdoor dining area. Will... More 

Thank Natasha G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
Open Hours
08:30 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
08:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Victoria Ave, Whanganui, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Manawatu-Wanganui Region  >  Whanganui
  • Phone Number: +64 6-348 4449

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?