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The Espy Cafe Restaurant

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10 Esplanade, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
+64 7-866 0778
07:30 - 15:00
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Fri 07:30 - 15:00
Sat - Thu 07:30 - 17:00
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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62 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Brilliant local cuisine at very reasonable prices The view is fantastic and extremely relaxing Can't wait to return

Thank markgoodman13
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Had breakfast tried their mango smoothies and chocolate shakes. They were fantastic, good spot to soak in the sun. There is a park across the road for the kids to play in.

Thank Rob W
Wellington, New Zealand
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49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Not a bad end to a busy day on the water. This cafe offers nice counter and menu food, with a good selection of beverages. Service is quick and efficient and the staff are friendly. Food was delicious. The table markers were quite unique.

Thank Aratag
regional victoria
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ordered lunch and were shown to a table on the verandah which was sheltered with umbrellas. A great view of Whitianga harbour. Lovely croissont and coffee frappe. We were only after something light but there were great options for larger meals and dinner. Would recommend to others for sure.

Thank Carolyn l
Montevideo, Uruguay
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58 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The only reason I'm not giving it a 5 is because they have few veggie options and because there are better restaurants out there in Coromandel. The soups are great and if you're in the area for a couple of days definitely include Espy.

Thank fwynter
York, United Kingdom
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162 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This cafe is popular and easy to see why. Excellent food, good service and both in or out dinning. We had breakfast including eggs and bacon, muesli, fruit, yoghurt,toast, tea and coffee. All good and generous proportions. A very pleasant place.

Thank paymonger
Singapore, Singapore
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47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

After a wonderful morning with Cathedral Cove Scenic Cruises, we arrived at Espy Cafe with roaring hungry tummies and we were definitely not disappointed. We ordered the seafood mornay and calamari to share and the servings were generous and fresh. Service was fantastic. One of our children was served a drink in a disposable cup that was so unique that... More 

Thank ChiaSinSin
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Yummy breakfast had here recently! Quick friendly service. And great coffee too! Recommend it! A+++++

Thank Sheree0972
Rotorua, New Zealand
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220 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

My partner and I had breakfast here Sunday morning and I'd say definitely arrive hungry! The food was generous and hearty and really hit the spot! I was able to make a vegan cooked breakfast from different sides (hash browns, avo, grilled tomatoes and toast) and the coffee was delicious too! The chocolate on the side is a nice touch.... More 

Thank chick-pea-222
San Diego
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77 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

My wife and I were touring the Coromandel Peninsula and happened on the Espy at lunch time. We were looking for something light so ordered the "Wedges" (potato wedges with cheese and sour cream) and shrimp and avacado salad. Both were excellent👍 This establishment overlooks the marina/bay and has outdoor seating so it has a nice ambience. Try it, you'll... More 

Thank imcookn

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$15
Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Open Hours
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 15:00
07:30 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10 Esplanade, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Whitianga
  • Phone Number: +64 7-866 0778
The Espy Cafe is a place with some lovely spaces inside the Cafe ,two areas of cafe seating, a lounge area , a kids wall and a fabulous deck with the best views in Whitianga.
We serve good food with frendly service and have outstanding espresso...Look for the funky green building

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?