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Soljans Cafe

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366 State Highway 16, Kumeu 0892, New Zealand (Formerly Soljans Estate Winery & Cafe)
+64 9-412 2680
09:00 - 17:00
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Auckland, New Zealand
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The facade is much more interesting and inviting than what you actually find inside. Considering it is a winery we would have liked to have some views, some open space allowing to see the vines other than the little courtyard with one line of vines visible. Boring. Typical New Zealand Spartan furniture - cheap uncomfortable chairs with square tables. No... More 

Thank Advice1000
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129 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

4 of us went to this place for lunch on 12th December 2016. I had read somewhere that the Cafe is in the top 20 winery Cafes/Restaurants in the world. So we had very high expectations. I booked way ahead to avoid disappointment. The ambience is Ok as is service. Not over the top but OK. However, the food is... More 

Thank cromansydney
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have no time for cafes and restaurants that willingly turn away customers when they have multiple uncleared tables when they're busy, its just arrogance and poor management of staff. We were told there are no other options in the area and we chose not wait wed end up coming back. The cheek!

2 Thank AM H
Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here today as it was our last stop before home it was a public holiday and the place was extremely busy we were made very accommodating and the staff were well trained and very well organised The cheese platter and a glass of wine was just perfect thank you

Thank thistledoons
Tony S, Owner at Soljans Cafe, responded to this review

Dear thistledoons, We are a very busy destination and we can get stretched at times but our staff do a great job in treating every customer as special and give good service accordingly. We have a good number of young staff so training is important. We also hold regular meetings with all staff to highlight any pluses or minuses that... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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70 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here to celebrate family member's birthday. All credit to the Soljan estate the winery and restaurant are very well laid out - so close to main highway but an oasis of calm complete with pétanque court which was being well used by various families. Restaurant service couldn't be faulted - friendly; attentive and matched service to our preferred... More 

Thank wellingt0nkirby
Tony S, Owner at Soljans Cafe, responded to this review

Dear wellington0nkirby, I was pleased you highlighted the Vintners platter as good value, we get lots of people in that go for this, it has a good selection of finger food to suit most tastes and yes good for more than two people to graize on. As there is a lot of diffent flavours in this so the taste a... More 

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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went here for breakfast unplanned as I was driving past. Was seated and served a lovely rose and ordered the simple Eggs Benedict. It was served quite prompt and was just so yummy. Fresh and flavorsome. It went really well with the wine. Yes, wine at 9am. Made the day a little sweeter. :-) Lovely grounds and as it... More 

Thank mollieb284
Tony S, Owner at Soljans Cafe, responded to this review

Dear mollieb284, I think you had a very good match with the Rose with Eggs Benedict one compliments the other which is great. I was very pleased you found the food flavoursome because that is so important, flavours, ballance and presentation, all go to make the meal enjoyable. I was also pleased to read you also had a look in... More 

Queenstown, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

We booked our work Christmas lunch here as it was on the way to our next destination for the day. I had high hopes as I had driven past before and thought it looked like a nice place to lunch. The Resturant/cafe set up is pretty basic and looks like any function room from the 90's. The serive was ok,... More 

1 Thank MrsL1973
Tony S, Owner at Soljans Cafe, responded to this review

Dear MrsL 1973, When writing a review good or bad, detail is very helpful to any venue so they are able to respond correctly. If you found the food disapointing, what did you have and what was disapointing about it. Did you have the buffet or was it off the menu. If we get repeat comments that are negative about... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

The menu was great as was our choice of food and wine, the desserts were amazing with great presentation and lovely strong flavours. The service could not be faulted with prompt attention. We did hear from friends who had dined there several months ago that the service was not great but pleased to report that today it was perfect.

Thank nsbrock
Tony S, Owner at Soljans Cafe, responded to this review

Dear nsbrock, Along with high quality food and wine the other point that is equally important is the service so I was very pleased to read your points on that. We take on a lot of extra staff over summer and it can take a bit of time to get them up to speed but I am very fussy with... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

We went here because we were looking for a winery close to the city while family were visiting. We did a tasting and had lunch. The tasting was reasonable, and some of the wines were very good. The cafe was very disappointing. Some of the food was honestly pretty awful, especially for the price. (The vegetable tart was probably the... More 

Thank t0pas
Tony S, Owner at Soljans Cafe, responded to this review

Dea t0pas, I find it difficult to know how to answer your review but can say it makes very interesting reading. Along with other reviews I passed it on to the team for everyone to have a read and get back to me with any comments, I have not received any about yours as yet. Regards Tony More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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144 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Soljan's Café is a fairly short drive from west Auckland and we recently had a family get-together there for lunch. The building is in attractive grounds and there is plenty of parking. As we were quite a big group, we opted for $32 set menu but unfortunately the food was a quite disappointing. Lunch started with nice mini loaves of... More 

Thank Anne W
Tony S, Owner at Soljans Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Anne w, With big groups the set menu is always the best option and we make sure there is a range of dishes to suit most customers. I passed you comments on to the kitchen and also the front of house to see if this is more a one off or have others not found the dishes to their... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$26
Cafe, New Zealand, European, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 366 State Highway 16, Kumeu 0892, New Zealand (Formerly Soljans Estate Winery & Cafe)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Kumeu
  • Phone Number: +64 9-412 2680
Family owned for three generations, Soljans Estate Winery & Cafe is located at the gateway to Kumeu Wine Country, Auckland's heritage wine region. Sample award-winning wines at the cellar door then enjoy exceptional New Zealand cuisine in the highly acclaimed winery cafe.

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