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Bennetts Cafe

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Cafe, New Zealand, European, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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52 Moir Street, Mangawhai 0505, New Zealand
+64 9-431 5072
08:30 - 16:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 09:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 08:30 - 16:00
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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67 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff were lovely and the menu looked good but they didn't deliver the quality or volume we expected for the cost charged. However, the chocolate shop and factory were just the opposite - see separate review.

Thank Owen B
Whangarei, New Zealand
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34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love their hot chocolate and their coffee is fabulous too. I have had the opportunity to sample their breakfast and savoury scones that melt in your mouth. Love the outside dining ...if you are in Mangawhai you must stop and have a coffee at least or hot chocolate....

Thank kathybeckham
Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Not a combination I ever contemplated but I can happily say I tried all 3 and was happy I did. The moussaka was spot on and we shared a lovely pear tart to finish. I'm not one to indulge in marshmallow but after being convinced to try one by my wife I have to say I was plesently surprised. Not... More 

Thank bjdevlin72
Mangawhai, New Zealand
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We are really big fans of Bennetts Cafe and go there often. Unfortunately, lately their food is not so good anymore. It's been going down steadily for a while now. But good news might be coming: there will be a new chef! We really wish Bennetts all the best and hope we can expect the high standard that we got... More 

Thank avw_mg
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

We called in for coffee on Monday morning 26th September.The place was not busy. Orders were made at the coffee shop for 1 flat white and 1 iced chocolate with no cream. My wife the wandered through the chocolate shop selecting a few chocolates to have with our drinks. We waited for ages for the drinks [eating all of the... More 

1 Thank Trevor G
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Very slow service 20 minutes for a cup of coffee. And expensive cakes And there were very few people in the cafe at the time. I had to ask if they had forgotten my order. Staff didn't seem to care

Thank Patrick C
Harstad, Norway
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253 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

This place is so well thought through and executed, with a Mediterranean style building and cobblestone courtyard housing their chocolate shop and cafe. At the entrance they ask people to tie up their dogs next to water bowls. This both encourages people to come past for a coffee or brunch while walking their pooch but also gently points out not... More 

Thank seadragon99
Madrid, Spain
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Artisanal hand made chocolate! To die for! A little expensive but devine. The cafe was quiet but the service was excellent and coffee perfect

Thank Kiwienespain
Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Started OK ... the novelty is wearing off somewhat. After reading some of the reviews here I can understand their justifiable disillusionment. Great ambience (the building and surrounds) , but rather overpriced average food and very poor service. This weekend after a couple of days work and headed home to Jafaville around 1130 Sunday , and having had no breakfast... More 

Thank hang101010
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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

I thought it a tad expensive until the hot chocolate arrived at the table - awesome!!! And the white choc cheesecake - to die for, even orgasmic! Lovely setting, with quaint French/Tuscan outdoor setting in warmer weather. Definitely worth a stop.

Thank BarbWats0n

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand, European, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:30 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
08:30 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 52 Moir Street, Mangawhai 0505, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Mangawhai
  • Phone Number: +64 9-431 5072

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?