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“Service was slow but the food was OK”
Review of Cafe Cinema

Cafe Cinema
Ranked #12 of 50 Restaurants in Kerikeri
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$24
Cuisines: Swedish, International, New Zealand, Wine Bar
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Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: "IT'S YOUR PLACE" ...That's what we like to say, so welcome to our place which is also your place. We enjoy the company of our local clientele who have become regulars at the restaurant and created a great community with whom we share our lives every day. It's the 'local' place to hang out for coffee and chats and a great place for meals all day. Our chefs are passionate about fresh food, prepared beautifully and served with style. We are committed to healthy and delicious food that satisfies all tastes, so whether it's our famously tender and tasty calamari, or our weekly fish dish specials, or a vegetarian delight, a hearty steak, or a divine dessert, we'll have something just for you. Our commitment to sustainability and environmental awareness is important to us, and we serve free range chicken, pork and eggs. We recycle everything we can from bottle tops (Kidney Kids Foundation fundraisers), to food waste (pigs, and compost). Our community,our tamariki (children) and the wider whanau (family) mean everything, and we support our local charities and services wherever and however, we can to support our community. So...Welcome...To your place.
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not a place for fine dining as the service is slow but the food is OK. The place is understaffed but then they cater far the theater crowd so people are in a hurry to get seated before the show starts.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank hepburn2017
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Mats W, Owner at Cafe Cinema, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for your 4 stars. And for your understanding!
Our resident witches get it wrong occasionally.
At times we do get an unexpected rush due to Movie patrons wanting a lovely wine, or super coffee to take into the movies. We have many risk management checks in place to prevent this happening, but the witches can read the crystal ball wrong sometimes.


Our chefs and front of house team cope extremely well with the additional pressure of many diners wanting to arrive and leave at the same time to get to a movie. Mostly, we have a smooth and excellent service...sometimes, the witches predict wrong.

We, (us and the witches), hope that by "OK" - you really mean GREAT! 'cos that's what we normally do- GREAT FOOD, great people, great casual dining. Cheers! and thanks again for joining us.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My favourite place for breakfast on a Saturday morning. The food is excellent and the staff attentive in a relaxed atmosphere.

It’s also a great place to get a meal before a movie and they do a good deal on meal and movie packages.

Heading back this this coming Saturday for brekkie!

Date of visit: November 2018
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Thank Paul H
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Mats W, Owner at Cafe Cinema, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Awesome Paul, glad you enjoy CC's. With summer on us, we're loving the patio for breakfast or evening dining-with white roses and bougainvillea to add to the awesomeness.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had breakfast after visiting the farmers market full of locals enjoying a coffee and a snack. Worth a visit if you are in the area nice greasy food.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 587markd
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Mats W, Owner at Cafe Cinema, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks, we think..... As long as you enjoyed it, we're happy!
But Crikey! Did you order chips for breakfast? LOL. Our brunches are legendary here: free range eggs and bacon and loads of healthy and yummy options to fill Sunday tummies.
See you back here soon. Have an awesome week.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely place to enjoy a drink, meal and movie. Staff were attentive, food was lovely as always and look forward to returning again soon.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Lyn M
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Mats W, Owner at Cafe Cinema, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hey, thanks Lyn! Fab review.

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Reviewed 3 October 2018

We were looking forward to dining here , and having a nice meal after our movie. Friends had given us a voucher for meals.
We had the calamari entree which although tasty , had very little calamari , compared to the chicken entree which was generous.
We ordered the cheesecake for dessert which was very rich , the gelatine topping spoilt the dessert.
When we went to pay and handed over our voucher the staff member stated that THIS voucher had already been redeemed., it hadn't of course , a staff error, but still let us with a sour taste in our mouth, especially to be told ....I will take your word for it!
A lack of ambience, no music or soft lighting, we wont be back.

Date of visit: October 2018
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Thank misfortune2014
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Mats W, Owner at Cafe Cinema, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2018

Oh, this is sooooo disappointing. We are extremely sorry for your bad experience. We've passed this onto our team, and are attempting to get to the bottom of why the meal was not not superb. Our calamari dish is world famous, so to hear it was less than perfect is very upsetting. Music and soft lighting should be a given. Bad news all around.
Again, we can only apologise and make sure our team are aware of the importance of getting it right every time.

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