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“Seriously? #5 of 62 restaurants? Maybe for breakfast...”
Review of Nueva Zelanda

Nueva Zelanda
Ranked #17 of 117 Restaurants in Ixtapa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$15
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin
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Good for: Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: We've been a tradicional and peaceful restaurant since 1985. We're recognized for our excellent service, clean instalations and warmaly service. Glad to have you soon for enjoying our delicious breaksfast and the new dinner menu. Thanks you for the pleasure of serving you!
Chanhassen, Minnesota
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194 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Seriously? #5 of 62 restaurants? Maybe for breakfast...”
Reviewed 10 March 2012

On our 19th year to Ixtapa, I felt we should check out a few different restaurants in case we've been missing something. Found these glowing reviews for Nueva Zelanda on Trip Advisor expounding on the great food, etc. It was ranked number 5 of 62 restaurants in Ixtapa - how had we missed this? I insisted our group of 8 try this place out - we've walked by it every year without noticing this gem.
When we got to the central courtyard area, all the restaurants were filled with people - but no one was at Nueva Zelanda. No one. Doubts and dissention started in our group but we eventually decided to give it a try.
As midwesteners, we really don't like to give poor reviews and we don't complain, but not every place can be great and the reviews should reflect that.
So I'll at least start with the good parts - the owner and hostess (husband and wife) were really, really nice and were trying their best. Service was very good - we got hands on service from her and she doesn't even officially work there. Having the only 8 people in the place helps. At the end of dinner, she offered us a free cup of coconut ice cream as a treat - completely unsolicited and unnecessary - a very nice gesture. Prices were quite low too.
But in reality, the place can not be considered a fine dining experience by any stretch. The great reviews of the place elevated expectations way too much - actually hurting it's reputation I think.
It is best described by our group as a Mexican fast food restaurant. You order your food using an order form, putting checks by the items you want. Thankfully, the nice hostess saved us this process by just taking our order instead. The food choices were very "simple" - fast food-like it seemed.
The strawberry margarita's we had were actually bad (They were a deep red, but had no strawberry taste at all. Possibly the favor mixture had gone bad?). No, we didn't complain at the time, but we should have - but she was so nice.
The food was edible - but to a person (8 of us, remember) it was described accurately as bland. Hard to do in a country with so many peppers available.

Now, most of the good reviews are about their breakfast - which we didn't try, and I could see how that could be better. But calling this a fine dinner experience seems misleading. It is what it is - fast food at a cheap price. Don't expect more.

  • Visited March 2012
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1 Thank frozen-in-MN-US
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Red Deer, Canada
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53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A very good spot for breakfast”
Reviewed 15 February 2012

The food is well prepared, good portions and delicious. The coffee and service are also top notch.

Visited January 2012
Thank dderouin
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Altona, Manitoba, Canada
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Very good breakfasts for a fair price.”
Reviewed 27 January 2012

Service is a bit inconsistent but the food is great. We have only had breakfast here. They have real hash browns and fresh made juices. The fruit plate is always very good.

Visited January 2012
Thank Stuart B
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Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Cafe Nueva Zelanda Superb local dining experience”
Reviewed 19 February 2011

My wife and I discovered this local gem in 1992 on our first visit to Ixtapa which area we have subsequently visited twelve times. Upon initial approach you find a restaurant that while simple is spotlessly clean, and very welcoming in aspect. It offers a delightful, shaded patio which faces on to a quiet, pretty plaza. Pedro, the owner and his staff are superb, welcoming hosts and cater to their guests every dining needs, encouraging sampling of local dishes and regional cuisine. My wife and I have our daily breakfasts at the restaurant during our annual two week stay in Ixtapa. The breakfast menu offers a variety of local and North American dining options inclusive of exotic fresh fruit juices and fruit plates. My favourite breakfast dish is the eggs Mexican style. We are also frequent dinner guests and very much enjoy the dinner menu. My personal favourite is the chicken fajitas, probably the best I have ever tasted.. Nuevea Zealanda now offers a prix fixe set dinner menu with some delicious options which include local seafood. Try the coconut shrimp. It is delicious. A trip to Ixtapa would be incomplete without several visits to Cafe Nueva Zealanda - excellent cuisine, good value and a relaxed atmosphere..

  • Visited January 2011
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1 Thank joan5626
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Bay Area, California
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21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“Very good Breakfast, cheap and good!”
Reviewed 21 September 2010

You fill out your own table order form while reading the menu. We had several breakfast here, good. local, and relaxing. Ask a cabbie where to go when he drops you off, it is in the epicented of the patio shops.

1 Thank fremontbob
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