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ESSENCE CAFE

) #118 of 177 Restaurants in Rotorua $$ - $$$ Cafe, , Gluten Free Options
Ngongotaha, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Overview
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good20%
  • Average20%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible9%
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“brunch” (7 reviews)
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CUISINES
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
Ngongotaha, Rotorua, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 72 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I ordered a pot of tea upon arrival. 15 mins later I had to ask again as the untrained and disinterested staff, as they put it said oh sorry, I forgot. Too busy talking between themselves. Once my friends arrived we settled in to drinking...More

Thank Frances R
Reviewed 1 week ago

This Cafe is in my neighbourhood, I've persevered because my friends like us to meet there. I go along in the full knowledge it's never my choice as it's been in decline for the past few years with young teenagers behind the counter with zero...More

1  Thank Waikuta
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Looking for a light lunch, at the tail end of our cycle, we stopped at the cafe. Two shrimp ceasar salads to two coffees for 46 NZ$. The food was excellent and favours one with loads of prawns etc. Also really friendly staff; a great...More

Thank Alistair S
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

Very nice coffee and great blueberry muffin but served silently and unsmilingly with not even a greeting when we arrived from owner who was doing her bookwork .

Thank bms2016
Reviewed 3 May 2017

An excellent range of fresh and delicious food made to order. Service was friendly and prompt. Coffee selection was great and delicious.

Thank Liz M
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

We stopped in with our two dogs on ANZAC day for lunch. We chose a table outside in the sun so the dogs could join us. Dog friendly cafe which was appreciated. Our meals were timely and very tasty. Will certainly be back.

1  Thank Lee W
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

This alfresco cafe with optional indoor seating looks lovely and is dog and child friendly. The staff member who served me was pleasant but the range of food for morning tea was mostly pre-made cakes and slices, no scones. My coffee was bitter and a...More

Thank aurora_chick
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Have been here before and the atmosphere and food have always been good. We had a ploughman platter to share which was lovely with lots of selection of cheese, meats and chutneys. Coffee was very slow to come out, wait staff very unorganized, but friendly....More

Thank Tracey S
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

What a great place Service real quick. Nice ice coffees. The works wedges hubby had were huge and really tasty. I had mushrooms on toast with bacon and it was also good Really big servings

Thank Kim S
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

This place is a gem we had iced coffee and brunch there was just great . Food was all superb and the staff are great , we would come here every day if we could . Sitting outside in the sunshine was just superb

Thank RJNZ2016
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ngongotaha, Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
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