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The Old Mill Cafe

$$ - $$$
New Zealand, Cafe, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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1 The Esplanade, Tairua 3508, New Zealand
+64 7-864 9390
08:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must do if staying or coming through Tairua! The mushrooms are the best but don't forget to add bacon!

Thank Rob M
Tauranga, New Zealand
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We day tripped to Tairua from Tauranga and stumbled upon The Old Mill. We enjoyed the beef bourgeon and lovely risotto-- both on special with lovely wine matches by the glass. The French chocolate pie was rich and delicious without being sickly and the coffee was excellent. We enjoyed the last of the Indian summer weather by sitting in the... More 

Thank Cheers2Suz
Auckland, New Zealand
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44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Good coffee, but the experience this time wasn't the greatest. Tables were left overflowing with dishes, I appreciate when things are busy but it made the place feel chaotic. First rule of waitressing if you take out a coffee, never go back to the kitchen empty handed... I had eggs Florentine with salmon, the hollandaise was split and hardly any... More 

Thank goldfinch42
Arnhem, The Netherlands
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Super nice location on the harbour with nice atmosphere and excellent food. Good choice in wines! And a great live music !

Thank Ian D
Perth, Australia
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170 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

After a few days in Tairua we wanted to share a breakfast with friends and spied this cafe when we launched the boat for our fishing trip. We came back the next morning at 8am to enjoy a breakfast before leaving town. We were not disappointed. The coffees were great as were the cooked meals from eggs benedict to the... More 

Thank TrialRun
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Being used to the high quality cafes in Sydney I was very impressed with the quality of food and service which we did not expect of a small costal town. The staff were warm and happily accommodated our food requests. They had lots of gluten free options. The food was free range/locally sourced as well. Good ambience and location by... More 

Thank alexfW6111UJ
Gold Coast
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287 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Pleasant cafe with some nice products for sale in the deli section. Portions were fairly small however there was a good range of options to tempt us. Unfortunately they were out of the Thai Prawn Curry signature dish when we arrived about midday. The pork belly was very good. Coffee was very nice. Service was good.

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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Wonderful food in this waterside cafe. Beautiful breakfasts, freshly baked cake and and muffins, spectacular cabinet food plus daily specials menu. Good coffee too. Inside or outdoor seating. Opening hours vary according to season 8am-4pm...fewer days out of season.the staff here are always cheerful and helpful. I've never had anything less than a good meal here. Owner makes all the... More 

Thank Judy O
Whangarei, New Zealand
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Lovely location and view, excellent service and the food was wonderful. Great coffee too. Wish I'd had room for the chocolate tart in the cabinet, which looked amazing!

Thank 2015FamilyK
Te Awamutu, New Zealand
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

another awesome coffee with friends. a place not to be missed when we visit Tairua. Great food. Friendly service. great ambience

Thank PeterTAmtg

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$23
New Zealand, Cafe, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 The Esplanade, Tairua 3508, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Tairua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-864 9390
A comfortable two-hour drive from Auckland City, The Old Mill Cafe resides opposite Tairua Marina overlooking picturesque Tairua Harbour. Nestled quietly at the base of Paku Hill. Great spot to come for fabulous breakfasts made with free-range eggs and free farmed bacon. A wide variety of options for lunch ranging from Fresh Coromandel Mussels to freshly caught fish and chips and epic beef pies for the meat lovers out there. We use fresh produce and focus on fresh seafood but we cater to all diets including Gluten free, Vegetarian and Vegan. We have a wide range of yummy cakes, quiches and pies to accompany your coffee by Allpress. And cocktails & platters are available from 3pm to 6pm just in time for sunset over Tairua Harbour. And to finish off try a Kapiti ice cream served in a cone. Our menu is seasonal. We are fully licensed and carry a discerning range of local, NZ and overseas wines, beers and ciders. Make sure you check out our international deli and fresh french artisan breads. Every Sunday we have live music!

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