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Hippo Espresso

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Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options
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468 The Esplanade, Warners Bay, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales 2282, Australia
+61 2 4948 0800
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06:00 - 17:00
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Newcastle, Australia
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had a meeting with some colleagues at Hippo's. Looks like a pretty cool place so thought we would give it a go. Had coffee and a cake which were both Ok but not great. Service was Ok. The biggest issue was the noise. There are only hard surfaces in this café and the noise bounces of everything and makes conversation... More 

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Thank Matt M
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My Partner and I have our morning coffee here every morning and we also have breakfast at least once a week . It's the best coffee,food & service. You will not be disappointed.

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Thank Mary E
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Upon arriving at Hippo, our party of four ordered some cakes from the cabinet, a coffee, a milkshake and a frappe. We seated ourselves at a table. It had not been cleared or wiped down. We moved to another table which had also not been cleared or wiped down. The staff were standing around chatting as we waited for someone... More 

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Thank Abbey I
Lake Macquarie, Australia
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47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On weekends this cafe gets very busy - so expect a delay once you have ordered. we have never made a reservation there and have also found a place to sit as it is quite big. They do have some outdoor settings on the walkway and a big window that opens up and give you fresh air!. We had to... More 

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Thank SUE2281
Aaryn A, Owner at Hippo Espresso, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to give us your feedback. We do get busy as you mentioned, we will always let our guests know if there is a delay so there is no surprises! We think our massive bifold window overlooking the lake is pretty cool too. Hopefully we sorted the small issue with your missing items? More 

Lake Macquarie, Australia
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93 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ambience is great, coffee is good and food of good quality but the service can be a little slow. Hippo's is a great meeting spot with excellent Lake views and always have a range of local papers for a quick news catchup.

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Thank homebythelake
Aaryn A, Owner at Hippo Espresso, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback, it's nice to hear that you enjoy catching up with family & friends at Hippo. We do get quiet busy and know that sometimes our service is a bit longer than usual but we will always let you know if there is a longer than normal wait. Thanks again. More 

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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were nearby at Cardiff overnight on business and needed an early breakfast .. we made a great decision. Our selections were based on a desire for fresh and healthy simple food. Right decision again! Great coffee went with it. Take a look at the drinks list!

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Thank Noel C
Aaryn A, Owner at Hippo Espresso, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, we do use only fresh produce and try to make things as simple yet tasty as possible, we like to call it great comfort food! And our Toby's Estate coffee really hits the mark. Next time you will be able to work your way through that awesome drinks menu! More 

Newcastle, Australia
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390 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have had a few catch ups for my birthday this month and at Warners Bay as a cafe area in Newcastle /Lake Macquarie ....Hippos has a variety of food and service usually fast and efficient .....not a personal eating place so not for romantic meal ...try Lena's for that ...Cakes great ........meals okay .....coffee good which is why I go... More 

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Thank 77smiley
Aaryn A, Owner at Hippo Espresso, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback, we are glad you enjoy our cafe and the Toby's Estate coffee is your favourite, we do get quiet busy as you said but I'm sure if you want to have a romantic meal we can look after that too! More 

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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Called in for some breakfast with a friend I had scrambled eggs and bacon with coffee. The coffee was very good and the meal was nice. The view across the lake was good and it had a very good feel. Not too expensive

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Thank Tony F
Aaryn A, Owner at Hippo Espresso, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback, we think it's a great view to have whilst enjoying your breakfast too! We do pride ourselves on our Toby's Estate coffee! More 

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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Meals massive. Service is ok. Prices average. Good meeting place with kids tagging along. Decore is pleasant.

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Thank Chriss H
Aaryn A, Owner at Hippo Espresso, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to give us your feedback, we are glad that you enjoyed your brunch & catch up, we look forward to seeing you again. More 

Newcastle, Australia
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Average food, average service. Have been a fair few times because of location and kids play area. Each time I try something different on menu. Always average & very bland.

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Thank happyhuzz
Aaryn A, Owner at Hippo Espresso, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback, it's a little disappointing to hear that each time you return the meal is only average, I really hope that the next time you return you find one of our meals to suit, I'm glad that your taking advantage of the kids play area. I hope to see you again soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$31
Cuisine
Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Parking Available
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
06:00 - 17:00
Monday
06:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 17:00
Thursday
06:00 - 17:00
Friday
06:00 - 17:00
Saturday
06:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 468 The Esplanade, Warners Bay, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales 2282, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Newcastle  >  Lake Macquarie  >  Warners Bay
  • Phone Number: +61 2 4948 0800

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