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Serenity Cafe

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$$ - $$$
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Contemporary
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Shop 6 | Whangarei Town Basin, Whangarei, New Zealand
+64 9-430 0841
07:00 - 15:00
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Sun 08:00 - 15:00
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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72 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have been putting off coming to this waterfront cafe as it is always packed and bustling - after trying it I can see why! This was a lovely experience. You can sit inside or out, either would offer comfort, shelter, and pleasant views. The food was great, large portions for reasonable prices with a great selection of treats from... More 

Thank Emma B
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

At the hub. Perfect place for a coffee and scone before the bus. Prices OK. Family friendly. Nice outside seating. Pleasant outlook. Recommended.

Thank James R
New Zealand
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We met friends here at 1pm and the cafe was pumping. It has a good big menu full of classics and counter food. A lovely location by the river. Dishes themselves were rated 3,4 or 5 by our family with the chicken salad a bit standard but the beef nachos rating highly.

Thank Andie4321
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96 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here for breakfast with relatives a few weeks ago. Our aged uncle did not receive his ordered breakfast at all. By then we had eaten our offerings. We suggested, to the waitperson, that he might like something to eat, and perhaps not get charged for it. No response. This café has potential, but the staff need some additional training... More 

Thank guggetravel
Whangarei, New Zealand
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47 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent choice of food, good service, good choice for gluten intolerance people. Indoor and outdoor seats under cover and dogs made welcome.

Thank Barbara S
New Zealand
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

connecting with family whilst both in town - busy cafe but food and service was good. I am gluten intolerant - diagnosed not by choice - G/free bread was not a problem disappointed in no butter on sandwich - Helloo??. Mistake made with another diners panini. Mistake made with my beverage. Yes they were busy but when you pay for... More 

Thank flier2
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Would recommend this cafe for its variety of food and excellent service. Cheerful staff too. The coffee was hot and served quickly. Tables were being cleared all the time with no dirty dishes left unattended. Plenty of space and a pleasant outlook. Will call in again next time we're up this way.

Thank Peonie49
Wellington, New Zealand
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54 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Big portions, helpful service, beautiful ingredients. Allergy notice very encouraging for us as our son is allergic to dairy eggs and nuts. It said they would do their best and they did. He had the fish and chips which was huge and the best he's ever had. My smoked chicken salad had perfect avocado and well-judged dressing. Daughter had the... More 

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43 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Hope your hungry, you are going to get real portions of real kiwi food here, make sure your hungry when you Visit here because you won't want to waste any of the treasures they have on offer. .

Thank JCH1986
Whangarei, New Zealand
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226 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We popped in here for lunch. Being a local I know this place is always very busy and no wonder. It is good value and good food. There are many many staff so the wait is efficient and quick. I had a late breakfast menu going until 3 pm, of smoked hapuka in a white sauce./ so much food on... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Contemporary
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Shop 6 | Whangarei Town Basin, Whangarei, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Whangarei
  • Phone Number: +64 9-430 0841
We have indoor booth seating as well as tables for couples and tables for four. If you are a big family don't be shy to ask our friendly staff to join tables, we are more than happy to do that for you. Outside are more tables and seating with umbrellas for shade. A view of our Clock museum with flowers surrounding a huge sundial gives plenty to entertain visually while enjoying your meal. Tour buses regularly arrive not far from our doorstep with lots of parking and a big play area for children just around the corner. Feedback is essential for constant improvement which we welcome gladly. We hope you enjoy your meal, From all the staff at Serenity Cafe :)

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