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“Great food, great service, it's great to have a Greek restaurant in Napier”

Greek National Cafe
Ranked #70 of 217 Restaurants in Napier
Price range: US$11 - US$26
Description: Greek National Cafe serves up Greek cuisine from our home island of Ithaca in a relaxed dining room environment in the heart of Napier. We're open Tuesday through Saturday from 5pm to 10pm.
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Description: Greek National Cafe serves up Greek cuisine from our home island of Ithaca in a relaxed dining room environment in the heart of Napier. We're open Tuesday through Saturday from 5pm to 10pm.
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

A group of five of us dined here. The restaurant is aa old 1970s style cafe, so do not expect to be blown away by the decor but it's really neat that they have maintained the original fittings and furniture. The dinning area is small to medium sized and would probably seat 30 -35 people in different configurations. With a few other tables filled with diners, there was a moderate buzz in the restaurant but not so loud that we couldn't hear each other talk. Our wait staff seated us and returned to take drink orders and drop off the menus. They have a fairly good selection of wine and drinks available along with Greek beer. They staff were happy to discuss the menu with us and offer advice on portion size for the starters and also explain the mains. We ordered the mixed starter which had a selection of all the starters and added on an extra dish of the octopus. The food was just great, everything looked and tasted fresh and looked vibrant. The fresh made pita bread was probably the best I have ever had, and having lived in the Mid East for over ten years I have had a lot of pita breads. Everyone enjoyed our mains, the moussaka, the seafood soup, slow cooked lamb, everything was perfectly cooked and presented. Some dishes come with a side of greens and the fish soup cake with more pita bread to soak up the last morsels of soup. We also ordered a couple of salads to share, a Greek salad which was fairly small but enough for two and a Santorini?? Salad which was bigger. Both salads were fresh and dressed with plenty of olive oil and they were loaded with olives, and a very nice feta cheese. We finished our meal with a Greek coffee and a couple in our party had deserts. Overall we couldn't fault the meal or the service. Everyone had plenty to eat and there were three big kiwi guys in our party. The menu isn't exhaustive but there is something for everyone and even a vegetarian moussaka for those that prefer not to eat meat. It's not fine dinning but it is great quality food prepared with a bit of love from the kitchen. I will definitely be visiting this place again for some authentic Greek food.

Thank paulsmithun
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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

From start to finish we had a great experience at the National Cafe. So lucky to have this amazing place preserved and turning out great family service in Napier.

Flavoursome Greek food that had us all sharing the delicious meze platters and competing for who had the best main. Moussaka is a winner whether you choose the vegetarian or lamb option. Amongst us we tried all the mains and everyone left happy.

Thank tikit0ur
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Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Can to the Greek national Cafe to experience some nostalgia from times gone by, only to feel quite rushed. Rushed to order, rushed to eat, food came out so fast didn't have time for the entree to go down, time to dine and chat with friends and it would have been nice to enjoy the atmosphere. Felt like they had to be somewhere else. But the food was nice as we all like Greek food, would be good to put a bit more of a selection on the menu

1  Thank Anna W
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Reviewed 13 August 2017

The Greek meals here don't disappoint. The freshness, and flavours matched anything you would get in Greece. When going here I would recommend trying the Greek food, rather than 'everyday' meals. The service is amazing, and the staff know the food they are serving you. They are able to help you when deciding what to choose between, explaining the flavours and textures to you. The delivery was prompt.
The atmosphere of the place is homey, warm and inviting. A very enjoyable meal.

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Thank rachelmB5647WI
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Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Visited for dinner with a group getting up to speed for a wedding the following day. Really enjoyed this place. The food was great - served fresh and fast. Accompanied by a challenging wine and spirits list - when in Greece, ouzo and retsina deserve a taste! The service we got from Lance was excellent. At one point he needed to ask us to quieten down a bit. And fair enough. But he did it well and continued to relate well to the table. Not so much our other waiter who seemed a bit put out we were even there. But never mind. It was a great night of very good food, wine and fun. Recommended for a visit.

Thank PedroNP
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