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The Leigh Sawmill Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, European, New Zealand, Pizza, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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142 Pakiri Road, Leigh, New Zealand
+64 9-422 6019
12:30 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Thu 12:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sun 10:00 - 01:00
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The perfect place to refuel before or after exploring the marine reserve. Huge drinks menu and delicious food.The outdoor patio is comfortable and feels like a small park. There is even a play area for children and a grass area to warm in the sun.

Thank Niki D
doubtless bay
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family group of 7 went for a wedding anniversary casual lunch. It's a lovely setting - cafe in an old sawmill is a great idea. The only issue was the weather; light rain and we were outside - but can't blame that on them. The waitress was friendly but there was something perfunctory about her service - we didn't... More 

Thank tunney
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98 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a find! So much fun to be in a place like this and absorb the cool surroundings. We stopped in for a coffee. There were a few biscuits on the counter available to go with the coffee, but it seemed they were more suited to meals. Our friends ordered fries to share. It is a popular place and there... More 

Thank Karen F
New Zealand
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42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

we recently went to the Sawmill Cafe to celebrate my Husbands birthday with family. As we were late booking we weren't able to get a table outside however we sat in the 'pews' at a large wooden table beside the outdoor area and it was actually a great choice, being sheltered but also ventilated and spacious. I had the coconut... More 

Thank NZedder
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62 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Not to be confused with the brewery this is the Original Sawmill in Leigh. We had two recent visits and both times we have been really impressed with the food and service. Not sure if they have a new chef or team but the meals were fantastic and all six of us were very happy. So glad that this long... More 

Thank nzdarl
Matakana, New Zealand
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131 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Popped in with a work colleague as we were starving. Decided on the snapper risotto. Wow. It was divine. Huge portion and sooo lemony, yum, delish. Hubby had mixed grill that was equally as impressive. Great waiter- thanks Ed. Great staff. Really really good. Just ate in Auckland and wished we driven home! Leigh Sawmill know how to feed the... More 

Thank Matakanafamily
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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Called in for a late lunch snack. I had the pulled pork taco which was really delicious and we had the kumara chips which was a huge bowl. We were able to sit out in the sunny courtyard with the sparrows. Nice and relaxed.

Thank AucklandWino
Coorabell, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Delicious meals. My Dad and I are both vegetarian and we had some great options. We also enjoyed the Blues gig there on Saturday night and were looked after excellently by the staff.

Thank DSansom
Auckland, New Zealand
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121 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Caught up with friends for an evening of music and good food. Saw Mill never disappoints. It has a great atmosphere, food and wine. Definitely recommended.

Thank Jan S
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62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Top venue but the range of beer was disappointing. 4 Pilsner/lagers but no IPA. Pizzas were only average. Service by the male waiter was outstanding

Thank P468VTianw

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, European, New Zealand, Pizza, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 01:00
12:30 - 21:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 142 Pakiri Road, Leigh, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Leigh
  • Phone Number: +64 9-422 6019

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