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The Pepe

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222 Main Road, Tairua, New Zealand
+64 7-864 7774
08:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 21:00
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Pepe could be a great place but on Mondays and Tuesdays they're simply oversreched .With no other alternatives in town , the place is crowded, and service falls short .While the food is ok , and with no other alternatives around prepare yourselves for long waiting times and other dinner " surprises"

Thank bolhoofd
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to this restaurant as it was the only one open Tairua I really felt sorry for the staff as they couldn't cope and they were so pleasant . The other restaurants in this area do not open Monday/Tuesday . Food was average they could be make a fortune if they organised themselves better

Thank 229michelleg229
Miss S, Owner at The Pepe, responded to this review

Staffing levels are extremely difficult to guage in a small tourist town such as ours. We do our best to accomodate everyone and unfortunately sometimes a low staffing level at short notice is out of our control - bereavement leave, sickness etc. Thank you for taking time to review. More 

Brisbane, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An absolutely perfect location, stopped in for lunch and had the most yummiest meat pie. Purchased some bottled water that was a life saver for the rest of the trip. Will be back, I'm owed a coffee.

Thank Lkoolik
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Two dishes - one good, one not so good. The lamb shank was lovely - it would be hard to mess up a lamb shank! The belly pork was tough and probably not cooked slow enough or long enough. I had to swop with my wife as she couldn't eat it. The tables weren't laid out that well and it... More 

Thank Richard M
Miss S, Owner at The Pepe, responded to this review

We would LOVE to improve the interior, however for the time being, we have what we have. As $ allow we will improve. The tables are set out to allow people to have room as they generally dont want to be crowded and so waiters are able to move freely. I am very sorry to hear that your pork belly... More 

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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49 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here for an evening meal on our way back from hot water beach. The food was excellent and fresh. The server was very nice and attentive. Overall the wait for our order seemed a tad slow since they did not appear to be that busy. But the food was worth the wait. The restaurant offers free wifi service... More 

Thank Foreranger
Adelaide, Australia
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89 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here on a quiet evening. The food was reasonable, chicken dish and lamb shanks. Service was very slow. People who had come in after us, received meals before us. However, our plates were cleared the minute we finished. Otherwise we were completely ignored. We decided to give dessert a miss.

Thank Fran1712
Miss S, Owner at The Pepe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to review. It is true sometimes others will recieve food before your order. That is largely dependant on several factors such as: the number of patrons ordering at the same table, number of courses ordered, the actual meal ordered - bearing in mind different cooking and preparation times. Another table may well recieve their entree... More 

Darwin, Australia
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had dinner here four nights in a row. All the meals we tried were excellent - fish and chips, lam shank, salmon, steak, snapper... no complaints at all. Service was good, especially the young Kiwi fellow with the cheeky sense of humour!

Thank Willhamm
Thames, New Zealand
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner there. It was lovely and fresh and a very generous serving. Staff were onto it as it was very busy the night we were there. Plus the wine was responsibly priced.

Thank 244michellev
Milton Keynes
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food at very reasonable prices. Good choices on menu. Not the most poshest environments but staff friendly & helpful.

Thank mouthy
Traverse City
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a good place to dine and the prices very reasonable. Food is very good and the service provided was excellent. This place may be low on atmosphere but the food and location is worth the stop.

Thank Charles A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$25
Cafe, New Zealand, European, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 222 Main Road, Tairua, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Tairua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-864 7774
The Pepe, Licensed Cafe & Restaurant is open 7 days from 8am for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Cabinet Food. Fresh Baked Scones & Muffins Daily. Licensed Bar. Indoor and outdoor dining. All food available to takeaway. Group enquiries welcome. Located next to the Pepe Reserve, Tairua with children's playground nearby and easy access to beach.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?