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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 16 January 2021

Great coffee keto options good service. The cheese rolls are up there with the best I've had. A very nice cafe 10 out of 10

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 20 December 2020 via mobile

Long black was perfect, good flavour with extra water on the side. Ginger kiss was to die for, along with the custard square. Staff serving were friendly and looked happy. Would come back again.

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 20 December 2020 via mobile

Couldn't stop for breakfast so grabbed a couple of brioche and coffee to go. Brioche were delicious, fresh, soft and light texture. Coffee order was 2 long blacks but the flavour was diluted by too much water. Only half a small takeaway cup would have...been better. Will go again on our next trip south.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 23 October 2020

First impressions count and the front of house could not have been less interested in being there and made no effort to converse or look happy to see multi customers. Quite disappointing really for the price.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Cruiser16890514833, Owner at Steam Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2020

I'm sorry that you did not enjoy your experience with us. I can only assume that the young girl on the counter was under pressure. As she is normally quite friendly and bubbly. Also not entirely sure about your price reference as our cafe is...More

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  • Yes, Steam Cafe offers takeaway services.

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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