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The Pepe

££ - £££
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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222 Main Road, Tairua 3508, New Zealand
+64 7-864 7774
08:00 - 21:00
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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347 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a nice meal here on the way back from Cathedral Cove. It's in a beautiful location with ace views out across the bay and the nearby hills / volcanoes. The food was good but the service was pretty poor. I had a Moroccan Chicken Burger that wasn't very Moroccan but was still nice. One meal was forgotten and bought... More 

Thank Paul G
Hamilton, New Zealand
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53 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We always like it to stop in Tairua for a large lovely coffee, or on a warm day an iced coffee to cool down. It is a nice restaurant close to the estuary and the playground with sheltered seating. the staff is always very nice and fast service

Thank pluisthecat
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quite good food but enormous portions, wish I had just had a starter! Unpretentious surroundings and friendly service.

Thank Helen S
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Service , food, cleanliness , views and coffee all perfect $ were good too. Will definitely stop here again

1 Thank joanne c
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Coffee & toasted sandwiches , very average nothing amazing nothing bad .. Might stop if I was passing thru again, then again I might not .

Thank KentandJess
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dont ask for coffee cos they cannot be bothered. 3 servers at the counter and i had to ask who wanted to serve me.... really!!!!

Thank cassandra e
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for a quick rest stop, and had a bit of a shop around town. Ver central and the ambience is really ver laidback and chill. We had the salmon, burger, and the pepe breakfast. Everything came out within minutes hot and tasty, moccachino was absolutely nice and silky probably one of the best I tried in NZ,... More 

Thank Dj M
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234 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cane here for dinner and sat outside. Orders the garlic bread to start which was good We had the beef burger and salmon steak. The salmon was outstanding and would recommend it again! The wines were not too bad and we enjoyed drinking our wines together over a few hours The menu displayed at front of restaurant is different to... More 

Thank Bristraveller3870
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place with good food, tasted very good, friendly staff and good location, I can recommend this place.

Thank Tobias M
Port, Switzerland
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The new German waiters must highly improve the service. They had no clue about serving and meals on the card Waiting time far to long. The food was not good in our opinion. Dont waste your time in tairua!

Thank weiss2011
Miss S, Owner at The Pepe, responded to this review

Generally speaking our German waiters do improve the service as we cater for large numbers of German tourists over the summer season. Our current staff are all quite new and there is a settling in period. I am sorry that the service did not live up to your expectation. Did you speak to senior staff about your concerns?? The senior... More 

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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$5 - US$32
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Visa, Parking Available, Free Wifi
Good for
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
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 3508, 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 7.30am for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Cabinet Food. Fresh Baked Scones & Muffins Daily. Licensed Bar. Indoor and outdoor dining. All food available to takeaway most times of the year (exception maybe at Christmas when visitor numbers are too large). Group inquiries welcome. Located next to the Pepe Reserve, Tairua with children's playground nearby and easy access to beach.

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