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The Front Room

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Cafe, European, New Zealand, Central European, Gluten Free Options
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42 Tutere Street | Waikanae Beach, Waikanae 5036, New Zealand
+64 4-905 4142
08:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 22:00
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Kapiti New Zealand
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Once again I had a wonderful meal here..... Brunch. The staff are so accomodating when adjusting requirements from the menu. Our group of 10 ladies enjoyed yummy option and the best coffee on the Coast. This cafe and evening dining experience always creates a positive memory.

Thank GozKapiti
Sydney, Australia
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86 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was too windy to walk on the beach, so our walk took us past The Front Room, a perfect spot to enjoy a coffee on a wet and gusty day. The cafe is welcoming and pleasant; the staff are pleasant and efficient (and unhesitatingly turned the music down when we requested), and the coffee is of very good quality.... More 

Thank rodger51
Brisbane, Australia
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place - just an all around lovely spot near the beach with great food, atmosphere and service. Very chilled. Worth a visit any time of day but I particularly loved their breakfasts.

Thank Natgazz
Nelson, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found the Front room by chance and are we glad we did. After a long drive we were looking for somewhere pleasant with good food. We were not disappointed. The meal was excellent. The service prompt, efficient and friendly. Obviously this place is well known by the locals it appears you need to book.

1 Thank JohnELNSN
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent restaurant on the beach at Waikanae, small and comfortable with a lovely beer garden at the rear. The menu is varied, the wine list comprehensive and the staff very helpful. Reasonably priced and delicious.

Thank alanab927
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

This is a very friendly cafe near the beach at Waikana. Rustic in appearance, with great back yard setting, the food is good, as is the coffee, with the food choices a little different from the norm, . Highly recommended, and good prices too. There is a bus service although only every hour.

Thank Shortcat
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Had a nice dinner, the pork belly was great such good flavours. The meal did take awhile to come out even though it wasn't too busy. Would recommend this place for a nice meal for a special occasion.

Thank mimgirl
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51 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Ten minutes plus wait for a coffee, which normally I don't mind, however it came with a saucer that was almost full of coffee. Bizarrely there was no acknowledgement of this bonus saucer of coffee that was drowning the accompanying jaffa lolly. We had to leave after being there 25 minutes so the scones we ordered that still hadn't arrived... More 

1 Thank longjourneys
Wellington, New Zealand
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Had a great Saturday night dinner here, the menu was interesting, the food delicious, and the service was helpful and timely. Good wine and beer choices too, and nice atmosphere.

1 Thank arloontheroad
Waikanae, New Zealand
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74 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Great outside surroundings to complement the inside cafe room. Good coffee and reasonable selection of counter food for time of day. Good selection of menu food, as well as range of beverage and wine

2 Thank Jadedog

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Cafe, European, New Zealand, Central European, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
08:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42 Tutere Street | Waikanae Beach, Waikanae 5036, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Kapiti Coast  >  Waikanae
  • Phone Number: +64 4-905 4142

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