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Beach Cafe

$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, European
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16a Beach Road, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 3-382 8599
09:00 - 04:00
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Auckland, New Zealand
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't drive by the unassuming exterior because this little cafe has it all. Coffe & sweet, lunch or something more substantial. Inside or out, large group or small, you can settle right in. We were there on a rainy, cold (8C) summer day & had fantastic soup by the fire. Family friendly and the service was excellent!

Thank partrca
Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With a prime location, this cafe used to be humming. Now the food is average and the service is on and off.

Thank RabbitPatch
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have been twice recently. Had a menus meal the first visit and was very disappointed in the meal and service. Returned recently for a lunch from the cabinet. Plenty of cakes but only two savory meals. One a pizza that was awful and the other a wrap with chucks of grisly ham. Had to leave it. Only the coffee was... More 

Thank Judith k
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

yesteday 22 12 2016 my 83 year old father decided to take us to this cafe for lunch ,as a treat to his grandson and three greatgrandchilldren 10 ,8 , 4 what a dissapointment this was ,wonderful greeting menus brought out ,water brought to the table ,drink order taken friendly smile ,but from that moment it went downhill 45 minute... More 

Thank jove12
Motueka, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

We were down from motueka and try lead a healthy lifestyle and that can be hard when travelling. Loved the healthy options I had beautifully poached eggs on toast....seeded bread would of made it perfect. But was still so yum and my husband throughly enjoyed his eggs been with salmon loved his huge monster hash Brown. Coffee and chai latte... More 

Thank Jasmine1069
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

We were a group of over 10, and had asked to pre-book, which we did. Even so, the meal took 45 minutes to arrive, and I was really disappointed with my eggs bene. The Hollandaise sauce was thin and runny the mushrooms were watery, and the spinach was soggy. The hash-browns were very hard and appeared overcooked. I couldn't actually... More 

Thank Cecil007
Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

On 7 December, 20 members of our walking group lunched at the Beach Cafe. Individually we selected 5 of the 7 main courses available on the website menu and advised the cafe of our choices before our arrival. The meals and drinks were all served within 15 minutes of our arrival. We all enjoyed good food, the staff were friendly... More 

Thank Citywalker20
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Wow, what has happened Beach Cafe?! This used to be a really reliable place to go, child safe and friendly with some delicious, 'different' food. Today we experienced lukewarm coffee, the wrong tea (happily replaced though), mediocre fish (fish and chips) and the children's meals came quite a while after the adults meals. However, the pea, mint and halloumi fritters... More 

Thank Dave P
Christchurch, New Zealand
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61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

We tend to like the Beach Cafe because it is dog friendly. But over the last few months, the standard of service and quality has fallen considerably. No longer do staff keep an eye out for who arrives in the patio area - offering to take orders and fill water bowls for dogs. By 3 pm on a Sunday afternoon,... More 

Thank DaisysMum_11
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Lukewarm weak coffee, inedible food, dirty salad greens, old sad piece of tomato and some huge chunks of cucumber and no dressing - supposedly a salad. The service was terrible, the meals came out 10 mins apart. I didn't eat mine as it smelled and tasted weird and seemed like it had been reheated numerous times. I couldn't actually determine... More 


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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
Average prices
US$6 - US$19
Cafe, New Zealand, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 04:00
09:00 - 04:00
09:00 - 04:00
09:00 - 04:00
09:00 - 04:00
09:00 - 04:00
09:00 - 04:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16a Beach Road, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-382 8599

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