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Cafe, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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Reviewed 25 February 2024

Went for brunch , waiter/ order taker would best be described as sarcastic , bad mannered and full of himself , pushed his luck with an offensive remark. If I could replay the scenario again I so wished I had just walked out. Having relayed...the scenario with friends I understand that the individual has a habit of being obnoxious ....... Unfortunately that set the tone and the food was imaterial .More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Chris Hadfield, Owner at Ritual Espresso Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2024

Thanks for your review. It helps remind me of the great variety of people out there. Everybody has a certain manner about them and unfortunately not everyone likes or understands this. However most people are tolerant and understanding and then there are people like you...More

Reviewed 17 November 2023

Incredible coffee! Best I had in Wanaka. Also tasty vegetarian sausage roll. Decor is a bit dated but a nice cosy feel. The staff were very nice and welcoming.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 15 November 2023 via mobile

Super creamy coffee (like m a g i c) and the best spiced halloumi stack ever - it was so tasty. My partner got the blueberry pancakes which he enjoyed too. Would recommend!! ❤️

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 1 May 2023

Coffee was fine, place was cute. But warning: they do NOT have free wifi. I read that on maps before I came & I order & asked for the password & they said no wifi :( so not a cafe to do work at if...that’s what you’re looking forMore

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 9 February 2023 via mobile

Better not piss off the barista-she will respond in the most nastiest, and condescending way to attempt to ensure that you have a real garbage start to your morning. Unreal the level of rudeness.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 5 February 2023 via mobile

I love this cafe, coffee is the best anywhere. I don't live in Wanaka but visit each year and I look forward to returning each time. The scrambled eggs and bacon on a bagel is divine. I love the reuben sandwich from the cabinet. In...fact the cabinet food always looks so good and tempting. The staff work hard and service is fast. Best cafe in Wanaka.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 12 January 2023

First place we came to looking for breakfast, and it was lovely. No fried eggs - poached or scrambled only - a plus in my book Really tasty, so much so going back tomorrow

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 24 October 2022 via mobile

We had travelled from Dunedin to Wanaka which was quite a long drive. Upon arriving we were looking for somewhere to have a late Brekky after our hike the following day. This place was close so it won the vote. On arriving we got a...table on the sidewalk, we love to people watch when in new places. Quite a busy cafe with a good food menu. I ordered the porridge and my husband had the bacon and eggs. Food was delicious and served piping hot and fresh. My tea was great but my husband said the coffee was only ok. Gentleman serving wasn’t very friendly and didn’t seem interested in making our visit an extra good experience. The following morning, a Sunday, we were looking for a breakfast spot before travelling back to Christchurch. We both decided whilst the service was below average, the food was good enough to go back. To our surprise, the cafe didn’t open until 9am so they missed out on our money. Can’t believe for a tourist destination that no cafe is open for breakfast until this late hour. So grateful to be from Australia where cafes are open from 6am 7 days a week.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Chris H, Owner at Ritual Espresso Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2022

Thanks for your comments. If you had any idea what it has been like trying to survive the last 3 years and the struggle it has been to stay open, retain staff and not go broke then you wouldn’t have made any of these comments....More

Reviewed 3 September 2022 via mobile

I was hanging out for eggs benny and was not disappointed. The Eggs Montreal had hot smoked salmon, spinach on potato gratin plus perfect poached eggs and topped with the best hollandaise. Yum. Another of the group had blueberry pancakes which were also delicious. Great...coffees and some choices from the freshly baked goodies in the display for later finished off our visit. A big thank you. Yummo. (No photo because we had already eaten half.)More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 7 August 2022 via mobile

Mountain Brekky was just great! Don’t write reviews unless deserved and these guys were café pros. Plate cleaned! Barista was bloody good, I drink long black so U cannot hide with milk or sweetened,

Date of visit: August 2022
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Chris H, Owner at Ritual Espresso Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2022

Thanks for your great review. It makes all the hard work worthwhile

Reviewed 21 July 2022

A busy cafe with great food and great coffee. The service is excellent. Sometimes challenging to get a seat but its worth the wait.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Chris H, Owner at Ritual Espresso Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2022

Thanks so much for your review it really helps

Reviewed 12 March 2022 via mobile

Very quick service and friendly staff. Great coffee and delicious fries. Recommend trying the chicken sandwich. A Wanaka must try

Date of visit: March 2022
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Chris H, Owner at Ritual Espresso Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2022

Thanks heaps for your great review. Glad you enjoyed everything

Reviewed 8 January 2022 via mobile

Busy place but still great service, great coffee and great sweet treats :) yep our experience was great :) thank you ……..

Date of visit: January 2022
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Chris H, Owner at Ritual Espresso Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2022

Thanks heaps for your awesome review See you again soon I hope

Reviewed 17 December 2021 via mobile

Great options in the cabinet as well as the menu. Coffee was fantastic. Service was great. I ordered the sweetcorn fritters with salad and really enjoyed them.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Chris H, Owner at Ritual Espresso Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2021

Thanks so much for your great review Glad you enjoyed everything

Reviewed 25 April 2021 via mobile

Stumbled into this place when our first choice was too busy, and so glad we did. Gourmet chicken sandwich was one of the best we’ve had and really appreciated that the server offered us an extra plate for sharing. The ritual crepe and hot cakes...were also top notch. Good, fast and friendly service and liked the decor too. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Chris H, Owner at Ritual Espresso Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2022

Thanks heaps for your review. Glad you liked us

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