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$7 - $45
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Cafe, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 April 2024

Now known as The Pepe Grand, it has been six years or so since I was last here. There is a familiar feel to the place and a pleasant outlook. Everything is very relaxed and a choice of indoor or outdoor seating, the latter ideal...for a quiet time watching the world go by. Greeted by a very friendly server, our order of two Pepe Beef Burgers and one of Pepe Special Crispy Buttermillk Fried Chicken was quickly served. One of the best burgers I have had recently, fresh, crispy ingredients and a perfectly cooked beef patty, all served with some delightful fries which were perfectly cooked: crispy on the outside and fluffy in the inside. The Fried Chicken was similarly perfectly cooked and very tasty. Certainly not haute cuisine but what I call simple wholesome and filling cooking done very well. With the excellent and very friendly staff, there is every reason to return here again.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 11 March 2024

Coffee was good, breakfast lovely, staff friendly. View nice sitting outside. The building itself felt a little tired and need of some love and attention..

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 November 2023 via mobile

We stopped at The Pepe on a whim while driving through town. We placed our order at the counter and found a table in the covered outdoor area. The food was brought out quickly. We ordered the French Toast with bacon, the fried chicken, a...banana shake, and a tea. The shake was thick and really good. The chicken turned out to be boneless but was still very good. The French toast was stuffed with Nutella and served with fruit and a small scoop of vanilla ice cream and was excellent. The meal was fantastic, the service was friendly and efficient, and we recommend it highly.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 29 June 2023 via mobile

We called in here just after the mad lunch rush, even though it is low peak season. A smashed avo was pretty good. The pulled pork tacos were fairly good too. Drinks were not too bad.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 19 April 2023

What a sad cafe - the food (sausage roll) was grim and I couldn't eat it all. The tables were sticky, clearly in need of cleaning, and there were fees all over the place. There was very little cabinet food to choose from. The coffee...was okay, although a little cold. In summary it was a really disappointing place.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 7 April 2023 via mobile

I passed through the sexy little town of Tairua as I headed south from Hot Water Beach toward Rotorua. I stopped & got a takeaway coffee & slice of cake here at Pepe Grand. There were several irate customers who were complaining to the staff...about long wait times on their meals. So I didn’t order from the kitchen & waited only 10 mins or so. Nice town. Sexy, as I said. Ok cafe.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 8 January 2023

All the reviews are very old. We were here today. Service not good, food not so nice. "Lazy" lettuce and all the rest uninteresting. It is cheap - the only good thing to say. We sat outdoors - many seagulls make dining problematic - and...be sure not to leave your table - otherwise the seagull will take your food. We should not have come tonight.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 4 January 2023 via mobile

Dropped in here for breakfast and WOW! Excellent value, excellent service and excellent food! I can't recommend this place highly enough.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 11 December 2022 via mobile

We came with a group of 12 ( 3 vegetarian) The menu was small but immediately expanded and adjusted in order to match all diets and allergies. We got there for dinner & breakfast and I can recommend both The staff was super friendly and...the food gorgeous! I’ll definitely visit this place when I come back again!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 22 November 2022 via mobile

This is the second time we have had breakfast at The Pepe in Tairua and we absolutely love it. The crew are super friendly. The menu is varied, caters for all, and the food not only looks amazing in presentation, but also tastes delicious. Food...came out in a timely manner. Everything was fresh and hot. The coffee was also really hot which is important to us. We had the avocado smash and the crêpes. Will definitely be returning!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 10 October 2022

The Pepe is now the Pepe Grand we think it must have changed ownership and chefs. They have changed their big breakfast. We won’t go back unless they bring back their muchrooms in sauce , homemade potatoe rosti, and sour dough bread. Please bring back...the chef who used to make the big breakfast .More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 21 September 2022 via mobile

Stopped by for breakfast on the road to Waitomo. Food was delicious but had to give a 👍🏽 to the owner who told a funny story about his time in the US and getting a crash course on To Go Coffee! 🙃

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 16 September 2022 via mobile

Excellent food amazing service nice atmosphere just loved the vibe will come again for sure keep up the good work guys kudos to you

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 15 September 2022

Pepe Cafe is in a great location with views over the water. We both had the burgers, one chicken the other beef and they were delicious.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 11 September 2022

Food is excellent service was top notch servers are quite attentive overall a must visit place . Thank you for everything guys wil come back soon

Date of visit: September 2022
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THE PEPE CAFE, Tairua - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Yes, The Pepe Cafe offers takeaway services.

The Pepe Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3