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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
CUISINES
Cafe, European, New Zealand
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free Wifi, Waterfront
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Reviewed 2 March 2024

Without doubt one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. I could not recommend Ambience highly enough. Simply superb.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 22 February 2024 via mobile

Really nice spot for lunch after having a walk along the beach! The staff were really friendly, we sat on a table outside with stunning views. The food came out in a timely manner and was really tasty.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 29 January 2024

Really appreciated the friendly, helpful service after a poor experience earlier in the day in Raumati. The young man serving us was really accommodating of our party of 6 plus dog. There's an ideal covered space we could take her with a big table. Food...and service quick and everything tasty. Good options for coeliac too 🙂 Definitely recommend!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 23 August 2023

We have been here several times while visiting the Kapiti Coast, but this time was very disappointing. The lasagne clearly came out of the microwave and wasn't even heated to a very high temperature. The coffee did not come till we asked for it again.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 24 May 2023

I have breakfasted and had lunch here on many occasions. Ambience consistently delivers excellent food for very reasonable prices.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 19 February 2023 via mobile

There are a few options that are both Vegan and GF but they are legitimately good. Fresh ingredients, served promptly. Quite nice

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 29 January 2023 via mobile

Surprised I’ve not been to this little gem before! Fantastic beachside cafe with indoor and outdoor seating. Service was speedy and friendly, great selection of Kai on the menu.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 22 October 2022

there was a bit of a queue but a waitress took our order from the table. given it was a busy lunch time, the food came out faster than i had expected. there was so much variety of food on my veggie brekkie plate, i...loved that. there's a kid's menu, a keto menu, pies, sliders, many options. the cafe is across the street from the playground, very handy with kids.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 23 April 2022 via mobile

First visit to this cafe on a Sunday. It was very busy, but our meals we ordered for lunch were very substantial and tasty. Menu had alot of choices, catering for different diets. Coffee was very good too!! Would return again when we visit Paraparaumu...next time.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 23 January 2022 via mobile

Ironically named cafe as there is zero ambience here. Had the BLT with fries, which at $24 is overpriced. In an effort to be different I guess the lettuce was substituted for a salad with grated carrot and beetroot and toasted seeds. The salad tasted...ok, but in a BLT I expect lettuce, not a rustic salad. Made it very messy to eat. The fries just tasted weird. Can't out my finger on it, but they just tasted wrong. Disappointing, as the reviews were good.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 16 January 2022

not many places have a Keto menu, yet so many options at Ambience Cafe I was spoiled for choice! Delicious food, fast service, there are also options for anyone who prefers to eat carbs.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 20 November 2021 via mobile

Paid almost 20bucks for kids meal, and they gave me a fxxking banana, sorry, half, half fxxking banana! 花了快二十刀买的儿童套餐,上了半根香蕉。 海鲜里面全是面,羊肉吃起来特别恶心,卫生特别差,当着面打扫卫生直接把垃圾打扫到地上,新冠肆虐情况下连清洁剂都不用。More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Lyndall M, General Manager at Ambience Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2021

Quite confused in reading your message. Maybe you have reviewed the wrong place as none of our kids meals are anywhere near the $20 mark. Our kids box is $9 and includes a sandwich, biscuit, crackers, fruit and a chocolate fish. The only other kids...More

Reviewed 20 July 2021

Since moving to the Kapiti coast a couple months ago, this place has been a REGULAR port of call. At least once a week. Would be more if it wasn't for my schedule. But in a country with such a generally high standard of cafe...food, this place is at least above average. But as someone on the Ketogenic diet, this place is leaps and bounds ahead of everywhere else in the country as far as I know. Keto beverages as well as a whole page in the menu of keto food options. Every week there's even a new keto special on the board. AND AN ENTIRE ROW OF THE DESERT CABINET IS ALL KETO!!!! The whole top shelf. Several cakes and slices to choose between. If you're on Keto, this place MUST be on your list for breakfast, lunch, or both. And you'll probably take extra desserts home for after dinner. I know I do. Frequently. Oh, and the staff are amazing. I wish I knew the names of the main couple of staff who have gone out of their way for us to give them a shout out, but they really make the drive there worthwhile. Thanks for everything you do!!!!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Lyndall M, General Manager at Ambience Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2021

Thank you so much for that amazing feedback. We are super proud to have the largest keto selection on the Kapiti Coast. Look forward to seeing you again soon 😊

Reviewed 7 July 2021

Booked table for lunch. Great Keto menu. We received quick service and meals were excellent with generous portions. Will return

Date of visit: July 2021
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Lyndall M, General Manager at Ambience Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2021

Thank you for your review. So happy to read you enjoyed our keto menu and had such a positive experience. We look forward to your return 😊

Reviewed 11 February 2021 via mobile

Went once in December was great. Took family for lunch portions alot smaller inconsistent. Staff not as friendly and was not even busy.

Date of visit: January 2021
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  • Food: 4.5
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