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US$6 - US$15
Cafe, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Called into Espy due to positive TA reviews. I was grateful it was open in a public holiday. I have no issue with the 15% surcharge given the wage burden they face. This place is much bigger inside than you would guess from the road....Good selection in cabinet. Reasonable sized menu. Tables and chairs pretty rustic. Most chairs are plastic garden type ones. Coconut flat white unremarkable. Darling left half of hers which is unheard of. She chose buttermilk pancakes with bacon and fruit compote. Two medium sized pancakes with a generous serve of bacon and maybe half a cup of compote. Plenty of syrup provided. She felt the dish was just ok. Fruit was bland and nothing about the whole thing she will remember tomorrow. I had the Tuscan Beans. Menu said this was a little bit spicy. In reality maybe a 6-7 out of ten hot. Interesting mix of beans, celery, artichoke and spinach. Felt good to get some veggies on board but some of the artichoke was inedible. Eggs just ok. We treated ourselves to a raspberry Lamington each out of the cabinet. Good amount of fresh cream but actual Lamington very fake tasting. Lady at table next to us ordered soup or chowder. Took one mouthful then voted with her feet and left. I can’t think of any reason I would go back again.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 25 April 2021 via mobile

Called in for breakfast after Anzac Dawn service. Place was buzzing with people but service and food was exceptional. We ordered the Espy big breakfast and everything on the plate was fresh and full of flavour. The quantity of food was substantial and will keep...us going until dinner I’m sure. The coffee was hot and perfect. The cabinet was filled with lots of beautiful looking food. We will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 24 April 2021 via mobile

After receiving my coffee, as I lifted to drink the lid had not been secured at all and 3/4 of hot coffee spilt all over my front, so much that both me, the table and floor was swimming in coffee. I rushed to the counter...where I was told lids can "pop off". A young girl said sorry and I had to ask for a cloth to clean up myself, then I had to clean the table with no offer of help. My husband complained to the manager who abruptly said "what do you want me to do". His attitude was awful, I have never experienced such poor customer service, I'm lucky not to have been burnt. Customers sitting at the table next to me were as shocked as us with the complete lack of customer service. After going to Espy every week for the last 6yrs I will NEVER return again. Miserable experience....More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 16 April 2021

Excellent food, fast friendly service. Must be good as we visited 3 times in 3 days while in Whitianga. Great location with a view

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 30 March 2021

Food was really good . Came for breakfast while on holiday and loved it . They have really nice ice cream too

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 4 March 2021 via mobile

It's my first time to visit Whitianga, a friend recommended Espy Cafe to us. Our family decided to have our brunch there. My boys really enjoyed their meal! They have a great menu, warm hospitality, and A++ after service too. We left a backpack in...their outdoor area, and out of courtesy they sent it back to us. This is good place to get together, its a very comfortable space. We'll definitely come back again.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 21 February 2021

While staying in Whitianga with the family we visited The Espy Cafe, often, which is an absolutely Lovely cafe with lots of delicious goodies to choose from..

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 21 February 2021 via mobile

My husband and I went to Espy Cafe of Friday and we weren’t super hungry so we were ordered a big breakfast to share and amazing service they bought out two plates with the breakfast halved! I’ve never known a cafe to do this! Amazing...food we even went back the next day for breakfast again and my husband said the pancakes were devine. Couldn’t have been happier with this cafe :)More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 11 February 2021 via mobile

This place has consistently the very best scrambled eggs in town and in fact any where I’ve been. Great valve for money portion size wise and perfect every time!

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 29 January 2021

I think we ate here every day when we spent in Whitianga. They have a great range of food available and the kids loved the Iced Chocolate and Oh Fudge.

Date of visit: January 2021
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The Espy Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5