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The Pepe

$$ - $$$Cafe, European,
222 Main Road, Tairua 3508, New Zealand
+64 7-864 7774
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good33%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible9%
Travellers talk about
“wedges” (5 reviews)
“breakfast bun” (3 reviews)
“mussels” (11 reviews)
Closes in 14 min
8:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
222 Main Road, Tairua 3508, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What a truly lovely spot!.. so close to amenities and toilet facilities the children's playground and accommodations a lovely safe shallow swimming spot for all ages we even indulged in some bridge jumping making sure the tide was high enough lovely spot to spend some...More

Thank Claire H
Reviewed 5 days ago

Honeymoon period is over... Sadly, as the holiday season built up the standard went down... Now, a much simplified menu with only easy and basic fare, probably to be able to cope more easily with the influx of visitors...

Thank JohnPaul1950
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Lovely view and atmosphere, but the options of counter food are very limited. As a dairy free vegetarian, there were no options in the counter food section. The service was very slow, but it was friendly.More

Thank kiwiflora
Miss S, Owner at The Pepe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Good morning, I find your review a little disappointing for a couple of reasons. We do have a number of dairy/vegetarian options available, and while those options may not be as extensive as you would like, we would do our utmost to provide you with...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worst service ever ,so disorganized staff not knowing what they were doing. Coffee semi ok. Kitchen slow and food really slow coming out surely a bowl of fries shouldn't take 40 minutes. Being a chef this place was one I won't go back to

Thank passionatechef2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our family of 4 had Dinner in this restaurant. Waitress was attentive in providing service to us. Quality of mussel can be better but the overal dinning experience was good with the speed of food delivery and friendly service. If you don't have any special...More

Thank KF W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in to get some drinks, it was very busy so thought it would be good. Terrible coffee and no idea how to make smoothies, used some syrup and ice cream. Definitely don’t recommend or would ever return

Thank Gemma B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went for dinner with a local celebrity. They were busy but the service was welcoming, helpful and great. I had the "Fish of the Day" which was beautifully cooked and presented. I'll definitely be back.

Thank GaryCNZ
Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

Stopped here for breakfast, order didn’t come after 35 minutes, they said they gave it to someone else or something, no explaintion, didn’t really seem sorry to offer any solution ! Wouldn’t go there! They need new staff! Ruined our morning! DO NOT VISIT

Thank Bethany S
Reviewed 24 November 2017

Wow...!!! What a turn around...!!! This place is certainly working hard to be the top eating joint in Tairua and might very well succeed. The decor is still somewhat modest but the food is highly imaginative and of a high standard. We were two couples...More

1  Thank JohnPaul1950
Miss S, Owner at The Pepe, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2017

Thank you for your feedback, we are glad you had a positive experience.

Reviewed 19 November 2017

Stopped in for coffee and drinks on our trip home. The staff there were very friendly and accommodating for our group. Lovely location. The coffee was great!

Thank RachieBabe B
Miss S, Owner at The Pepe, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2017

Thank you for your feedback.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$33
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 222 Main Road, Tairua 3508, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Tairua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-864 7774
  • E-mail
The Pepe, Licensed Cafe & Restaurant is open 7 days from 7.30am for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Cabinet Food. Fresh Baked Scones & Muffins Daily. Licensed Bar. Indoor and outdoor dining. All food available to takeaway most times of the year (exception maybe at Christmas when visitor numbers are too large). Group inquiries welcome. Located next to the Pepe Reserve, Tairua with children's playground nearby and easy access to beach.
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