We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Solar Eating House

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
139 Ocean View Road, Oneroa, Waiheke Island 1081, New Zealand (Formerly Solar Cafe & Restaurant)
+64 9-372 2133
08:00 - 21:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 08:00 - 21:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

138 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 130: English reviews
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
7 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Solar has a great spot in central Oneroa, overlooking the village and surrounding area. Food was fairly basic, but reasonably priced. Service was prompt and pleasant. It's not 'flash' as such, but it was friendly and relaxed and suited us fine for quick and casual family lunch. We had nachos, ribs and fries. It was great to see that, as... More 

Thank 478abelb
Maroochydore, Australia
Level Contributor
45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Three of us went in for a coffee on a Sunday afternoon and we saw ribs on the menu and decided to give them a try. Only $18 for the large serving so it was good value. We waited around half an hour but wow, it was worth the wait! The meat just fell off the bone and the sauce... More 

Thank icallitlikeitis
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

We have a holiday home at Oneroa ,Waiheke and have been to Solar a few times,but the last couple the food has not been as good.Still a great location with lovely views

Thank Bruce_Lorraine
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Prompt service, good food and a nice start to the day. Cute wee cafe and dog friendly. They know how to poach eggs.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Level Contributor
18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

We started our day on the island with a good tasty filling breakfast.Interesting concept of using solar energy for all their cooking Great outdoor indoor seating with lovely sea views.

Thank Divya C
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Top whack prices for bland, greasy food, that you have to order from the counter. Decor totally uninspiring. It's basically a Monteiths pub - and Monteiths, you should be ashamed of yourselves for presenting this place on an island that has such a fantastic reputation for character restaurants and wonderful food and drink.

2 Thank suzanne s
Coromandel, New Zealand
Level Contributor
103 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Lots of options,inside or outside covered or not. Excellent service and BIG bonus for the free water jug and glasses..Any place that provides Ice water upon seating is to be appreciated.. We ordered kids serving of Nacho's and Corn fritters which was an adequate size for lunch for us,menu would suit most though.. Again service was quick & efficient..

1 Thank Phil P
Arezzo, Italy
Level Contributor
518 reviews
354 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Located in the center in Onorea , on the 1st floor with great view over the sea . You place your order at the counter and choose a table anywhere : I was on the terrace with the view. The burger are gigantic and really delicious. They have a full licence so you can have an alcoholic drink as well... More 

Thank paolok66
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
76 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

As you enter Oneroa, from the direction of the ferry, is Solar Eating Cafe on the left. You walk up a shelled pathway to the steps which take you into a casual setting with views of the sandy bay. We chose to sit outside at the picnic tables under the umbrellas as it was a beautifully clear and sunny day.... More 

Thank Chris L
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
131 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

We had lunch here and ate the Felafel Burgers, which were deliciously spicey and accompanied by french fries. Our table was outside overlooking Oneroa Beach, so it was a pleasant way to lunch. The staff were pleasant and our meal did not take long to arrive.

Thank Russ Q

Travellers who viewed Solar Eating House also viewed

Waiheke Island, Auckland Region
Oneroa, Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island, Auckland Region
Waiheke Island, Auckland Region

Been to Solar Eating House? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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$8 - US$15
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 139 Ocean View Road, Oneroa, Waiheke Island 1081, New Zealand (Formerly Solar Cafe & Restaurant)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Waiheke Island  >  Oneroa
  • Phone Number: +64 9-372 2133
Cool, Stylish Cafe and Restaurant at the top of Oneroa with fantastic breakfasts and amazing sea views. Oneroa's only garden bar overlooking the Hauraki Gulf. Huge outdoor areas, family friendly fun room and real outside castle.

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Solar Eating House staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?