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Reviewed 3 December 2021 via mobile

Lovely little place, with friendly staff and owner. You walk i and feel welcome. Great coffee and food. Cute little garden area out the back.

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 6 November 2021 via mobile

Coffee disappointing, health food options limited. Feel most coffee roasting businesses would make good coffee of their own.

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 28 August 2021

We had luch here recently. Easy service and good range of lunch foods. Good coffee as well. Space to spread out in as well.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 20 August 2021

Went here as seemed to have good reviews, and the signs led us to believe that they roasted their own coffee, so we thought they must be good. Coffee was a major let down, and way overpriced.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 24 April 2021

A lovely find while on holiday. Beaut coffee, friendly staff and friendly locals . We were impressed. The coffee was 10/10 and we are sorry the cafe is so far away from our Welly home or we would be back tomorrow. Brioche /yum yum yum....Cheese scone - yum yum yumMore

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 22 April 2021 via mobile

Enjoyed a very tasty breakfast here. Service was friendly and food was hot, well presented with good flavours and fresh ingredients. Good coffee rounded off a good experience.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 22 April 2021

Needed a caffeine fix after some early wandering around the streets looking at art etc. Came across Steam and tried their wares. Excellent coffee - but they also had cheese rolls. We're from the North Island and we just don't get them there - don't...know why as they're delicious. These didn't disappoint - hot and so very tasty. Please send the recipe to the North Island! (as an aside we didn't find many places around the bottom of the South that supplied them - sad!). Anyway - they were busy but service was pleasant and efficient. Would definitely recommendMore

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 14 March 2021

Very let down with the following: After ordering cabinet food with a staff member who obviously didn't want to be there, had no personality, no welcoming smile - Waited 20 minutes, no sign of food, noticed others being served after us; Upon enquiring when our...cabinet food would be served, staff member said "oh, what did you order?", we repeated our order; 5 minutes later food was delivered to our table with no apology, no sign of a smile, no personality; After having nicer eating experiences there previously, we left really regretting we went there, very angry, very upset - and never again will we ever go there.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 21 February 2021 via mobile

By far and away the best coffee we have had on our trip, and loved the quirky art on our flat whites!

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 8 February 2021

We recently visited what was our favourite cafe in Oamaru for coffee and cake. When we requested hot water on the side for our coffee as we have always done we saw the till read out said $1.00 hot water. When we asked why the...charge, neither the server nor barista said they knew. We declined the hot water but on checking the till receipt after the transaction, found we had been charged for it anyway. We brought this to the server's attention and this was rectified. Seriously Steam we frequent your cafe and have the coffee card to prove it, spend good dollars and have recommended you to others. Is this the best you can do for your customers? We will not be returning.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Cruiser16890514833, Owner at Steam Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2021

Our young staff member mistook your request as a request for hot water as a drink, which we charge one dollar to recuperate the cost of running the water staffing and the many other charges required to run the premises. We feel this was a...More

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Steam Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4