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“Service way too slow and food not worth the wait”
Review of Boat Cafe

Boat Cafe
Ranked #203 of 931 Restaurants in Wellington
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Auckland, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Service way too slow and food not worth the wait”
Reviewed 15 January 2014

We've been the Boat Cafe a couple of times now, and we won't be returning.

The place is noisy and tables dirty.

The food took an age to come out (over one hour for one of our party), and didn't come out at the same time even - in face one party member had finished before one was even to receive their main.

The food is only average quality.

The location is good however, but with so many other cafes in Wellington operating at a higher standard, we won't be back.

  • Visited December 2013
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london
Level 6 Contributor
391 reviews
302 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Great location”
Reviewed 5 January 2014

Had brunch with friend the other day here and the cake is of good quality and the coffee is great too.

Location is brilliant with great views and comfortable chairs - great for a good catchup with friends.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Elizabeth-Therese
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Will never go back”
Reviewed 28 December 2013

I have been a loyal customer of the Parade cafe for years. It was definitely the best place in Wellington. After appalling service today, my husband and I will never go back there (or take any visitors from out of town or overseas). It's been the fifth or sixth such experience this year. When we have raised any issues with the wait staff, they have not been polite. In fact, one waiter argued with me when I asked where my maple syrup was (which was supposed to come with my pancakes). I had to show him on the menu that it was included.

It's such a shame that they've ruined a Wellington institution with such appalling service.

  • Visited December 2013
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2 Thank Policygirl
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Matamata, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Stunnig location”
Reviewed 16 December 2013

Very good service and food quality. Although we only had a set menu, the usual practice is to order from the bar. Great value for money.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank thelaw14
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Greater Newcastle, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nautically nice”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

We visited here for lunch, and thoroughly enjoyed it! They served a great seafood chowder with a dash of basil pesto that really hit the spot. The bread was delicious, and there is a great view of goings on on the harbour. As others have commented, we also found the staff delightfully friendly and helpful.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank David W
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