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“Stunning outlook and great eggs”
Review of Charley Farley's

Charley Farley's
Ranked #4 of 8 Restaurants in Onetangi
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Diner
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Good for: Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Auckland, NZ
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136 reviews
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“Stunning outlook and great eggs”
Reviewed 12 April 2014

We breakfasted at Charley Farley's on a recent Sunday morning on Waiheke. The clientele was a made up of all sorts, from the elderly retiree locals to young families enjoying the weekend sun. It was lovely to see so many people, from all walks, enjoying themselves, although the little darling who decided to throw a tantrum at her father at the next table came close to testing my idyll.

The place is situated right on the beachfront strip at Onetangi, on the northern coast of the Island, and the outlook from tables in the forecourt is simply fantastic. When we were there huge numbers of small fish were schooling in the bay and thousands of seabirds were racing up and down the bay feasting on them - a spectacle like something out of an Attenborough documentary.

The breakfast menu covered all the usual suspects, but very well indeed. We had scrambled eggs and bacon with coffees. The eggs were very well done - not at all dry or crumbly but just a little runny and folded on themselves in the French style. The bacon was crispy but not overdone. They came with two large rounds of flavoursome farmhouse toast and plenty of butter - I just love to melt any spare butter into my eggs for that last taste of luxury and I was not let down! Had the eggs been scrambled with a little chopped parsley, I think they may well have been perfect.

The coffees were great - a nice roast and not too bitter as sometimes happens. In fact as we strolled back along the beachfront we thought you'd probably have to go quite a distance to beat that breakfast.

  • Visited April 2014
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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6 restaurant reviews
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“Lovely Coffee This Morning”
Reviewed 7 April 2014 via mobile

Gave Charleys another go after a bad coffee experience a few days ago. Coffee was great this time. Just hope they get my order right next time. Great people though.

Visited April 2014
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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253 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
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“Great Place”
Reviewed 5 April 2014

We were on Waiheke Island for 3 nights, and the house we rented was about 50 metres from Charlie Farleys so it wasn't a hard choice. The staff were excellent, and so friendly on each occasion that we ate there. The food menu was great, and the food itself overall was also great. The atmosphere was very social as was the noise level which in this case added to the atmosphere. You could eat inside or outside with the outside area being very spacious with excellent views of Onetangi beach just across the road. We also enjoyed breakfasts at Charlie Farleys which we thoroughly enjoyed. Unfortunately, we only ate outside once for reasons outlined. The two things that stopped us from giving Charlie Farleys a 5 star rating was the arrogant and selfish smokers being allowed to sit in the outside area smoking while we ate. Secondly, the "Dogs Permitted" in the outside area did not impress, for obvious hygiene reasons. Would we go back?, absolutely, we would just eat inside.

  • Visited March 2014
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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“Just a Great Setting”
Reviewed 3 April 2014

Been here many times before. Just love their scones. This time the coffee wasn't up to its usual standard. I hope this just a one off. Great people and a lovely setting.

  • Visited April 2014
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Wellington, New Zealand
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7 reviews
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“So good I visited four times”
Reviewed 2 April 2014

Twice for their amazing cheese scones and coffee - 5 stars.
Once for lunch - had the haloumi salad for lunch on the deck looking out to sea - 5 stars.
Once for dinner - great service, duck was pretty bad and hugely disappointing. Told them (was pretty obvious as it was hardly touched) there was no real response. Friend was very happy with her chicken.

  • Visited March 2014
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