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Jan's Cafe and Bistro

$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, European
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30 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu 5032, New Zealand
+64 4-297 2382
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Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ate here last week and it was great.One of us had an amazing mushroom special breakfast and i had the full brekky.Sensational food.Quick service,amazing mushrooms and bacon and the coffee is pretty damn good!Value for money,you bet!

Thank Tim M
Level Contributor
72 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have been going here off and on for a while now, and will continue to do so, as they make the best crépes that I've come across, with banana,bacon, and maple syrup. The other menu items are top notch too. Great coffee, good service. Staff very quick and helpful. Checking if everything was ok, and if I needed anything.... More 

Thank Shortcat
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016

Good honest food, dont let the old appearance of this place put you off... The food cooked is good honest food. Cooked well. Could do with a wee tidy up, just even clearing the junk from under tables and benches would make a difference. Happy to go back again.

Thank A2853HDianc
Level Contributor
104 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Unsure why the glowing reviews. This place is more truck stop than beachside cafe. Decor very dated. Seated next to home brew kit and various garage items. Meals were large but that where it ends. Scrambled eggs were more akin to murdered eggs. Tasteless, watery and bland. Mountains of toast failed to mop up the watery mess. I can only... More 

Thank DaveBevin
Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
56 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2016

Not as shiny and modern looking as other restaurants close by - but we are very glad to have found this place. We visit an elderly uncle in the area regularly and he likes to come here for lunch - and now so do we. Very friendly and efficient service from Jan, great home- style meals, large portions well presented... More 

Thank TaiMarilyn
Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
337 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

Nothing new to say really! Just another perfect meal at Jan's cafe. She makes the best scrambled eggs for sure. Every meal has always been perfect and never any issues with anything. Jan and her husband are both wonderful people. Jans an amazing artist and we now own approx 12 of her paintings! So go check out her work and... More 

Thank Jacob15
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72 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2016

This is a normal looking café across the road from the beach at Paraparaumu. But the food is fantastic. Jan has a great menu, plus a choice of cabinet food too. Coffee is great, or you can get a tea instead. If you like mushrooms, try the portobello mushrooms in a rich jus with crispy bacon. Fantastic, and it's a... More 

Thank Shortcat
New Plymouth, New Zealand
Level Contributor
22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2016 via mobile

My husband and i visited Jan's Cafe and Bistro for lunch today! Presentation of the cafe came across as,Beach,surf,community,rustic look with friendly staff.Not long seated a waitress was ready to serve us!👌But,we just needed time to look over the menu so she politely excused herself and came back when we were ready to order..Another waitress approached our table asking if... More 

1 Thank Jackie K
Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

Stopped in here for brunch. ..the food was OK and the portions monstrous ! The flies buzzing made a lovely ambient sound to enjoy breakfast with . The coffee wasn't too bad . The room itself was really hot though . Enjoyable enough but the price made you thing it would be better than it was .

Thank LeighnLane
Paraparaumu, New Zealand
Level Contributor
8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 March 2016

Not the best café I have eaten at .Seems a bit grubby and old fashioned but staff ok and pleasant.closes early and menu not very exciting.

Thank 530hoho

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand, European
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu 5032, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Kapiti Coast  >  Paraparaumu
  • Phone Number: +64 4-297 2382

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