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Mokaba Cafe

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6 Quayside | Town Basin, Whangarei 0110, New Zealand
+64 9-438 7557
08:00 - 17:00
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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80 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Was very busy when we arrived but by the time we got to the counter people had left and we had room to sit. Food arrived at random times with some drinks arriving last (coke!) food was nice and quite filling, a little on the expensive side.

Thank Diannemh46
Kaitaia, New Zealand
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Ordered Caesar salad, it was their take of a Caesar, but not a very good version. Wrong lettuce, maybe one anchovies and 2 thin dehydrated slices of bread posing as croutons! Bacon cut up into micro-mini squares! Lol Egg was poached to perfection. Coffee was okay. Value for money? Disappointing.

Thank Bodercia
Wellington, New Zealand
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Had to ask for menus. Ordered poached eggs on gf toast. The toast was white think slices of barely toasted bread. No option was offered when ordering as to white or brown and husband forgot to state but should have been asked by counter staff. They did offer to provide brown toast but little too late when lunch already on... More 

Thank 452paw
Justin L, Owner at Mokaba Cafe, responded to this review

Menu at our counter service café is 4 metres long by 1 metre high with loads of menus available on request. The egg dish mentioned is on the menu as Freerange poached eggs on Ciabatta bread which is a white Italian bread. Merry Christmas Ho Ho Ho! More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Had brunch.So highly organized from the counter(Marisa) to the manager,Alison. She is so so efficient,and her P.R.is awesome.They were flat out,and we had a complicated order.Sat back expecting a long wait and possibly an error with the way we ordered. But the order came back very quickly and everything was spot on.Free range eggs very rich in color poached to... More 

1 Thank michaelbucko
New Zealand
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157 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

Our favourite and regular choice is fries with aioli, they are the best. Coffee is great, view is great, food cabinet has a good range, including gluten free

Thank Queenslander2013
Cambridge, New Zealand
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4 reviews
Reviewed 17 November 2016

So convenient and a pleasant setting. Love walking in this neighborhood and always come back here for a coffee and a treat with friends. Owner takes an interest in the operations. Lots of pleasant eats to be had.

Thank Chris2012Cambridge
Whangarei, New Zealand
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76 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

A great place for a coffee or breakfast or lunch, friendly staff as our group meet here every Saturday morning after parkrun Whangarei. We shift the tables around to suit the size of our group, inside, under cover or a table outside with an umbrella to keep the sun off and watch the world go by or take in the... More 

Thank Ron C
Whangarei, New Zealand
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Service was excellent, very friendly staff. Food however was disappointing, very plain and lacked flavor. Food just needs a little more attention and would be very nice. My sons meal was good, and he was very satisfied. Lovely coffee.

Thank popeye12016
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44 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

A varried array of foods both on display and available for order from the menu, great for breakfasts, lunches and early evening snacks. . .Options for all with indoor, outdoor and takeaway options

Thank JCH1986
Whangarei, New Zealand
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

Always get great coffee and fresh fantastic food. Great food in cabinet and on menu. Great location in the town basin.

1 Thank nanashazza2014

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$29
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6 Quayside | Town Basin, Whangarei 0110, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Whangarei
  • Phone Number: +64 9-438 7557
Stunning location, delicious food & coffee, gorgeous cakes & pastries including gluten free, friendly service, licenced, free wifi, plenty of parking. Fully licensed.Delightful all day cafe overlooking the bustling Whangarei Town Basin where boats from all over the world are moored. Open 7 days from 8am - 5pm,fabulous food (including gluten free options) and delicious Chiasso coffee are served all day by friendly, welcoming staff. Zenbu hotspot wifi available - free download vouchers. After an exciting Mokaba experience there is a wide range of excellent boutique shops, artisans and craftsmen, museums, parks and a boardwalk along the side of the Hatea River.

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