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Down Thyme Restaurant & Cafe

31 Orchard Road | Waitete Orchard, Waihi 3610, New Zealand
+64 7-863 8980
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Overview
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“ice cream” (14 reviews)
“fish” (9 reviews)
“sundae” (4 reviews)
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CUISINES
European, New Zealand, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
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LOCATION
31 Orchard Road | Waitete Orchard, Waihi 3610, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 112 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner here after a recommendation from motel manager. Was well worth it. Quiet at the early dinner time I was there. Delicious food. Will definitely be back here next time I'm in waihi.

Thank J9225EPjasons
ChefRoland, Owner at Down Thyme Restaurant & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Jason we are glad you enjoyed your meal with us and we are looking forward to having you here again in the future Chef and Chefette

Reviewed 22 August 2018

Food is very good here, typical European food which is great. They have very interesting ice creams too. You can also by fresh/frozen blueberries.

Thank Bev176
ChefRoland, Owner at Down Thyme Restaurant & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

thank you for coming to our place .Chef

Reviewed 1 July 2018

If this restaurant was in a main city the place would be overflowing. The decor, atmosphere,( although some appropriate background music fitting with the Mediterranean decor, would have been great :-), but didnt detract at all from the quality of the food the presentation and...More

Thank Edrick8741
ChefRoland, Owner at Down Thyme Restaurant & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

thank you for your comment and great to have you here that time . sorry it took that long time to respond. see you next time you over here thank you Chef Roland and Chefette Mufide

Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

AWESOME food!! Really good service, too. Such a lovely couple and came and checked on us a lot to make sure everything was ok. The homemade ice cream is awesome and the blueberry cake is a 10/10. Cooked perfectly. The fish of the day was...More

Thank StaceyL1577
ChefRoland, Owner at Down Thyme Restaurant & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2018

Thank you so much for your comments much appreciated Chef and Chefette

Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

We ate here while on holiday in Waihi looking for a good place to eat, with my folks and our small baby. The owners were so welcoming from the first moment and the food was such a treat - all of our meals were delicious,...More

Thank F549SGbenjamind
ChefRoland, Owner at Down Thyme Restaurant & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2018

Hello Just saw your comment Thank you so much It all helps ,especially when we are off the beaten track and we would look forward to have you here again soon Chef and Chefette

Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

We called in without reservation. Couldn't be more friendly and the food was outstanding, especially the beef cheeks and the lamb special. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone.

Thank Andrew B
ChefRoland, Owner at Down Thyme Restaurant & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2018

Thank you for your nice comments and your recommendations to your friends and potential customers Chef and Chefette

Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

A small restaurant in a small town but good menu, extensive wine selection and excellent home made desserts. Service is very attentive and personal.

Thank S9173MSanthonyt
ChefRoland, Owner at Down Thyme Restaurant & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2018

Thank you for your comment we do appreciate them look forward to see you again sometimes your in the area

Reviewed 19 April 2018

This cafe serves western food and ice cream. The owners are of turkish origins and their food are Halal. I had a prime beef burger and white choc ice cream and it was delicious. The owner and chef treated me graciously. Its an excellent choice...More

Thank Hisham H
ChefRoland, Owner at Down Thyme Restaurant & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2018

Thank you very much for your kind comments we hope NZ treats you well on your holiday.

Reviewed 16 April 2018

Came here for dinner without making a reservation. We were lucky to get a table and enjoyed a beautiful dinner here. But what made it extra special was how friendly the staff are. They were also able to cater for my gluten free requirements. A...More

Thank 549bretth
ChefRoland, Owner at Down Thyme Restaurant & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

thank you for your comments .it is what Hospitality should be all about but is so often forgotten .Chef and chefette

Reviewed 2 April 2018

Came here for a family dinner on a weekend away at Waihi Beach. The restaurant itself felt very welcoming and homely and the wonderful couple running the restaurant were so lovely. I had the seafood risotto, which was OUT OF THIS WORLD delicious! Highly recommend....More

Thank VanessaN17
ChefRoland, Owner at Down Thyme Restaurant & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Thank you so much for your comments the lovely couple;e is Mufide and Roland and we are looking forward to your visit next time you are down here

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 31 Orchard Road | Waitete Orchard, Waihi 3610, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Waihi
  • Phone Number: +64 7-863 8980
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Description
Down Thyme Restaurant & Cafe is a family business. It's come from our shared passion to provide simply delicious food, great service and a warm and inviting Mediterranean ambiance. We called to each other "chefette & chef" Together, we have a combined experience of over 70 years in hospitality. We love to cook using only the best ingredients. Down Thyme Restaurant&cafe, fully licensed. Our challenge to provide tasty food, the best coffee, cold drinks also gourmet ice cream and home made variety of cake all day long to all age group, local people, passing by from Waihi all travelers by car or by bicycle. DOWN THYME RESTAURANT SETTING WITH AMPLE PARKING. And We specialize in party functions for up to 55 people. We are OPEN ALL PUBLIC HOLIDAYS AND LONG WEEKENDS WITH NO SURCHARGE :)) Well come to all! and spend a great time with us!
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