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“Excellent food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Last Light Cafe

Last Light Cafe
Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Tuatapere
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$22
Cuisines: Cafe, New Zealand, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: We have a passion for food and flavour... Fantastic coffee, hearty breakfasts, yum lunches and many delicious home baked goodies. The menu covers many aspects of cuisine : gluten free, vegetarian, international tastes with fusion styles and classic dishes made with quality kiwi products.
New Zealand
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service”
Reviewed 19 January 2014

We stayed at the Last Light Lodge for two nights, in between doing the Humpridge track. We decided to eat both nights at the café, and my husband had breakfast there on the last day.
All of our meals were excellent. Craig the chef/owner/manager extraordinaire, was very accommodating for my allergy (gluten) and was even more accommodating when I provided gluten free pasta for him to cook, with an excellent cabonara sauce! The coffee was great, and the beer and wine selection excellent (good local beers and wines). There's an impressive selection of cakes and slices on offer, as well as GF cookies. Great friendly service and a very fat cat complete such a great place to eat and stay, I hope we can visit again soon.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank slm99
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English first
Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“just a quick sleep”
Reviewed 11 January 2014

My room was simple, and had shared bathroom facilities, but as there was no one else staying in the accommodation block i was in, it was very private.
the best thing about this place is the great onsite cafe, that does breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Visited January 2014
Thank Rachel B
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Sydney, Australia
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92 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Very tasty, hearty meals”
Reviewed 30 December 2013

We stayed at the Last Light Lodge and decided to have dinner here too. Both our mains were generous in size and incredibly tasty. Good wine, great garlic bread and a range of homemade cookies, slices, chocolates and desserts topped it off. The lodge was great too. Very clean and tidy. Worth staying a night en route.

Thank sedky
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Brisbane, Australia
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Pleasantly surprising!”
Reviewed 28 June 2013 via mobile

We dropped in for coffee on a road trip from Te Anau to Invercargill & decided to stay for lunch because the menu looked great! Absolutely delicious food & warm atmosphere! The Pea & Ham soup & Smoked Chicken & Corn Chowder was amazing! Highly recommend!

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Teale S
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Auckland, New Zealand
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Be prepared to wait for lunch”
Reviewed 21 April 2013

Recently had lunch here and waited 55 minutes for a bowl of soup. The soup was pleasant when it arrived however marred by the attitude of the waitress when I asked her why soup took nearly an hour to arrive. She said that a larger table arrived before us and although they had ordered full cooked lunches they were to be served first. When I said I was a bit annoyed by this she actually said that was my problem.
Terrible attitude never again!

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank juzzyhall
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lastlightlodge, Owner at Last Light Cafe, responded to this review, 11 May 2013
This customer exaggerates the wait time hugely, sometimes things don't go as smoothly as we would like. We try always to exceed expectations and give quality and value.

Service was slow, considering the order, the kitchen was under pressure while we were training a new person. We are in a small remote town, with a small staff, dealing with customer fluctuations can be difficult in an environment where you have seasonal fluctuations of customer numbers.

Sadly we feel your attitude is a little hard nosed and I personally remember you coming and going and you weren't happy before or after your lunch.

You had lunch and waited around 25 minutes for 2 very nice bowls of soup and breads. When it arrived you said nothing but certainly had negative body language.
More attention to your table should have been given to you and for the wait we are sorry. But you were in a negative mood on arrival, before that wait.
When your husband paid he verbalised in a gruff way the waited had spoiled his day. She actually said that she was sorry the big table had arrived first and therefore was served first.

I think the volume of positive reviews show we do a good job. We certainly take any criticism seriously.
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