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Talisman Cafe

$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand
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Main Highway Sh 2, Paeroa 3600, New Zealand
+64 7-862 8306
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Great venue, food a bit expensive but nice, went a few times then was served by the rudest woman ever who turned out to be the owner, found out since she is k own for this. Many good places in this area don't need to deal with rude people.

Thank AntoinetteJB
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72 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

It's opposite the parking lot for the Karangahake Gorge walking (and cycle) track, on SH 2. We arrived for a late lunch and were delighted with the spinach and feta filo, the coffee and the shared piece of cake. The gardens are beautiful in their own special way with lots of interesting carvings, a petrified tree and a huge lump... More 

Thank AucklandBruce
Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Arrived at 9.05 to be rudely told when we walked in that they wouldn't be open for another 15mins. No offer to sit down and wait so we promptly left for the L&P Cafe in Paeroa where we had a delicious breakfast and served by very friendly staff. Disappointed Talisman Cafe, we've been coming for years on our way home... More 

Thank Jillian C
Tauranga, New Zealand
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Totally non friendly, non welcoming, could not be bothered staff. We waited ages!! We were a group of 4, spending allot of money. Asked for water, which we never got and could not be bothered trying to ask for again. Entrees were only just average. Asked what the fish of the day came with, were told Chips and salad. But... More 

Thank Karyl C
New Zealand
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

A delightful cafe for a rest on your journey and to refresh your body and soul before and after walking up the river and mountain paths of Karangahake. The owner has taken old teak timbers from a railway bridge and spent the past two years creating over 200 hand carved panels which are set along the perimeter as a fence... More 

Thank Christine L
Auckland, New Zealand
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87 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

But sadly let down by very surly and uninviting welcome which was a bit of a disappointment as the food looked really good. But of a shame as all it would have taken was a bit of eye contact a smile and a - be with you in a moment. We were 5 seconds away from walking out

Thank tony00001
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

We've been here several times in the past and really enjoyed the place. Could not believe the attitude of the staff this time. It was not busy but we waited and waited and waited at the counter to be served while someone cut cake on a bench beside the till and an older woman did something with the coffee machine... More 

Thank CWorthyeju692
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

Enhances the magic of an already magical place. Good coffee with inspiring environment which is creatively decorated. Detailed wood carvings and a little shop for gifts for home

Thank MuddyPawsNZ
Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 6 June 2016

The lady (manager possibly) was really rude, and the food was absolutely overpriced. After we had our coffee and food for just several minutes, the lady even asked us to LEAVE the cafe, because some of us got "take away" food. Ridiculous. Never come back again!

Thank jobvicky0521
Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2016

Quaint cafe opposite start of Windows walk and railway bridge walk in gorge. So many tempting things to eat.

Thank radcad

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Restaurant Details

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Cafe, New Zealand
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Highway Sh 2, Paeroa 3600, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Paeroa
  • Phone Number: +64 7-862 8306

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?