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Zest Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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22 Peel Street, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
+64 6-867 5787
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you so much to make our stay in your township a wonderful experience .good coffee ,nice food ,but most importantly customer service to the max.looking after costumers is sometimes hard because it is not always rewarding .we know !we are in the industry. For over 30 years and you people just did everything to our fullest satisfaction.there is only... More 

Thank uri w
Honolulu, Hawaii
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I discovered Zest by accident but couldn't get enough of the place. I stayed a few weeks in the lovely Gisborne area and made it a point to have coffee and delicious delicious croissant sandwiches every time I went into town. Everyone was friendly and gave great service. The atmospere was relaxed, clean and comfortable. THE COFFEE IS DELICIOUS ESPECIALLY... More 

Thank ceylon-says
Tauranga, New Zealand
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped in to Zest for morning tea, was greeted by multiple friendly staff. The place was nice and clean. Coffee was amazing and was even tempted by a huge white chocolate and blueberry muffin. Muffin was good, but the only blueberries were on top. But would return in a heartbeat for coffee.

Thank Emily M
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135 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

Stopped here as passing through Gisborne. Had good GF & vegetarian options for us. Staff were very friendly and accommodating. Coffee was strong and lovely. Highly recommend.

Thank 23KSA
Manchester England
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111 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

My wife and I were staying in a nearby hotel whose breakfast offering was a disgrace. For the remainder of our stay in Gisborne we found this cafe a few minutes walk away. The menu choice was enormous and the breakfast portions were likewise. The staff were extremely friendly and the meals helped to set us up for our daily... More 

Thank Humphrey_Wright
Lahaina, Hawaii
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Waking around Gisborne trying to figure out what we wanted to eat. And found this cafe. It looked interesting so we decided to try it. We had the Nacho special and a pie. I love pies but the nachos were great. Best ones that I have had in along time. Being from the US.

Thank ekim60286
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Quick service, friendly staff and fantastic food. Great start to the day. Big group, Had all the menu and all good.

Thank Malcolm P
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48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

this cafe is right in the city and opens at 6am. the coffee and breakfast we had was good and filling.

Thank arnold1aaron
Gisborne, New Zealand
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 16 January 2017

Zest is a reliable spot and I have been there often. The food is always delicious and hits the spot as the portions are large while keeping the price low. Food and coffee come out almost instantly! The owner and long-term workers are great but my only qualm can be with the other FOH - most but not all are... More 

Thank Stal6
2 reviews
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Coffee was perfect and it was soy so go you guys. Fussy gluten free and dairy free diner here and the breakfast was perfect :-) Eggs on point, beautiful mushrooms and the best hash cake I've ever had, best value for money, 11/10. Friendly staff. Easy and laid back. Good location.

Thank Kiri-Stephenson

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand, European, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22 Peel Street, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Gisborne Region  >  Gisborne
  • Phone Number: +64 6-867 5787

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