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L'Arte Cafe

) #6 of 18 Coffee & Tea in Taupo #28 of 111 Places to Eat in Taupo $$ - $$$ Cafe, European,
255 Mapara Road | Acacia Bay, Taupo 3385, New Zealand
+64 7-378 2962
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good37%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
255 Mapara Road | Acacia Bay, Taupo 3385, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We spent a relaxing couple of hours here for lunch. Great uncomplicated menu, good coffee and the opportunity to view the art whilst waiting for a table to become available. Alcohol is also served for those who fancy wine or beer with their food.

Thank DJWW_13
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We hadn't been to L'arte for a while, lunch was very average. The menu sounded pretty good - avoid the lamb! Greasy and undercooked chops rather than delicate cutlets and little tackers kid meal was terrible, I can't figure out how the saveloys had been...More

Thank Tony P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

But glad we did. Came with a large group but we were all served reasonably fast. The open bacon sandwich was lovely. Very friendly service. Don't go near the ceramic gallery as it is way too tempting.

Thank Murray C
Reviewed 11 May 2017

.... and was surprised to see so few people there when the other indoor galleries, cafes & touristy places that we had visited that morning were so busy. Our experience was a good one - nice cafe food, friendly staff, quick service & pleasant surroundings....More

Thank Lady_Imrahil
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

This is getting one star as opposed to no stars simply because of the cute art on sale. Overpriced and underwhelmed would be how I'd describe this place. Like many places that pretend to be upscale the prices are but the food isn't. A child's...More

Thank tillylamp
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

We went for brunch and opted for a pulled pork bun, which was tasty and a cheese melt. The coffee was good and food okay. The most enjoyable part was wandering up to the gift store and browsing at the kiwi themed gifts and art...More

Thank menzies61
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

The amazing artworks at their shop are some of the best in the country. Along with the setting it will be a "must go" every time we pass through Taupo in the future. We had lunch one day & returned for coffee the next. Dietary...More

Thank mortein
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

Lovely brunch, Lovely coffee I buy a pottery flower every time I visit from Wellington :-) Visit once a year

Thank Janigel
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

Had talked the place up to my overseas partner, arrived on a pleasant Saturday morning to enjoy a coffee before town. Ordered two coffees and two cakes. We got the cake quick smart which was nice. The coffees never came... there was no staff out...More

3  Thank Tony W
Reviewed 28 March 2017

We arrived for a late lunch and the staff was cleaning up so it was kind of awkward. Food was very average. Not a fan of ceramic tile art.

1  Thank S4399FRlaurae
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 255 Mapara Road | Acacia Bay, Taupo 3385, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Taupo
  • Phone Number: +64 7-378 2962
Voted Lonely Planet's No 1 cafe pick for the Central North Island and one of the top 10 places to visit in New Zealand. L'Arte Cafe and Gallery is not to be missed when visiting Taupo. Allow yourself time to experience something very unique and special! A trip to L'Arte is a visual and edible feast and unlike anything you have experienced before. The cafe and gallery are both set in a magical garden, complete with an outside mosaic living room. The food and art at L'Arte's unique destination are both exquisite. Resident ceramic artist Judi Brennan's work is evident everywhere and is sold exclusively from the gallery at L'Arte. L'Arte Cafe serves Allpress coffee, has a wonderful selection of New Zealand wines and beers and the excellent service exceeds all expectations. With New Zealand's finest produce, L'Arte's kitchen team produce everything fresh on-site, from homemade bread to homemade pesto and onion jam. We have also created a small deli so you can take some of L'Arte home with you. L'Arte Cafe, Gallery and Garden is a special holiday experience that will stay with you .........
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