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Cafe, New Zealand, International, Street Food
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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Reviewed 11 August 2021

I was on a business trip to Christchurch on Monday and arranged to meet family at Terra Viva for breakfast. My sister is a regular and has taken me there several times and I've previous had no issues - the food and service have been...OK without being great. On this occasion the young waitress accidentally tipped a full cup of coffee over me, liberally soaking my coat, top and trousers. The waitress apologised and fled. We were given a bunch of paper napkins and a wet cloth and I was left standing in a pool of coffee with it dripping from my clothes. We moved ourselves to another table and I did my best to clean myself up. Very little interest taken by the staff in what had happened. When I went to pay, I was expecting some concession for the inconvenience caused. The cashier said they wouldn't charge me for the coffee. When I questioned whether this was all they could do, she said, rather belligerently, yes. I found the attitude of the staff following this incident to be appalling. This was a rather big deal for me, as I had to wear stained clothing for my entire working day. The lack of concern from the staff and the lack of effort to make amends was very poor. I will be avoiding this cafe in future.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 24 April 2021

The welcoming helpfulness of this café is almost legendary. With a party of sixteen from our Village Walking Group, nothing was too much trouble for the lovely staff. Great food and coffee and excellent service all round. Thank you, Terra Viva!

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 7 April 2021 via mobile

We really enjoyed our lunch here. The food options were varied, well presented and our chosen options were very tasty. The review is completed by the standout service we received

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 1 April 2021

A nice venue, seating well spaced during Covid precautions, simple menu with reasonable choices, eggs bene were delicious, coffee good, chips with the meal were hot and crisp, good friends catch up with plenty to talk about, friendly staff made for an enjoyable visit

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 18 January 2021

This has been a favourite watering hole for us over several years and what always impresses us is the consistency of service, quality of food, and the general pleasant ambience of the café. Sunday was no difference. Well done, Terra Viva - always somewhere to...count on.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 5 December 2020 via mobile

Booked the venue out for our work Christmas function and it was perfect. The staff were outstanding and never stopped their smiles or service. It's the perfect venue for approximately 50 people with room to move and the whole place to yourselves. The food was...outstanding and more than enough to satisfy everyone.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 23 November 2020

Came along to baby shower yesterday. Arrived and found the group. Table had been decorated and looked lovely really nice touch. Staff quick to offer drinks coffee etc and they arrived very promptly. Coffee really good. Menu has changed since I last ate here. And...I found it a bit restricted. Lots of egg dishes and then “street food” selections. Whilst the group did choose some nice looking food but where was the club sandwich which was so good. The beetroot curry was nice but !! The cabinet food was a bit low no bread type dish to choose. It would be great to get the club back in the menu.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 11 November 2020 via mobile

This is a roomy cafe adjacent to the plant nursery. I’ve been here several times. There’s always plenty of seating and the warm, welcoming atmosphere is great. Coffee is good.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 2 September 2020

Terra Viva really know how to go out of their way to make folks welcome. A group of 20 walkers from our Village descended on this delightful cafe, having given notice that we were coming. Tables were set out with social distancing, each person ordered...at the counter, giving their names for ease of serving, and before you could say "Cappuccino", everyone was seated and the first orders were delivered. Great coffee, tasty cabinet food and excellent service. Thank you Terra Viva!More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 17 July 2020

I always come to this cafe when I visit Christchurch and we had coffee here three times on our recent trip. The coffee is great and I love the selection of cakes and savory food. I found this to be really reasonably priced for the...quality of it. I also found the staff to be friendly and cheerful even when we arrived just before closing time.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Terra Viva Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4