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The Front Room

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Cafe, New Zealand, European, 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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Wellington, New Zealand
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We met friends for a Friday evening catch up and were escorted to the rear garden area where our friends were enjoying a pre-dinner drink. The staff were very accomodating and their service was excellent and pleasingly unobtrusive. We all enjoyed the food which was well presented and enjoyable. Not quite five star but not far off.

Thank Jon A
Melbourne, Australia
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90 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great brunch with friends. Lovely local produce, friendly staff and a lovely garden courtyard at the back. Nice spot for dining.

Thank Vicky T
Jakarta, Indonesia
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192 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice dinner. Great clam dish. Can't recall what my wife and daughter had, but all very good indeed. Good service too. Also went here for coffees and breakfast; also good.

Thank Colin M
Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Like the front room for the dog friendly back garden. That said the coffee yesterday was undrinkable, we left it behind, and went next door. The food is great but will be checking whether the tall bald guy is making coffee before we go back.

Thank Dave_in_WGTN
Level Contributor
72 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Called in here again with my Brother from out of town. Although a damp day, we enjoyed the normally good coffee inside with a cake, and read the free newspaper. This is a good café, especially on a sunny day, sitting out the back in the courtyard. Beach is only a stones throw across the road, and plenty of parking.... More 

Thank Shortcat
Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went out for a family dinner, and our meals were all very delicious. Not a lot of vegetarian options, but I got a large kimchi and the sauteed broccoli. Both extremely tasty (though if you're not one for spice, the smaller kimchi would suffice). Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals! Service was extremely friendly and helpful. The only fault I could... More 

Thank christmas-enthusiast
Wellington, New Zealand
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78 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

I went with my adult daughters, my eldest daughter was visiting from San Francisco. Restaurant had an interesting menu...I had ham off the bone, with nice sides I had never tried before. We sat out in the shaded part of the garden as it was a sunny day. We were amused by all the owners with their faithful well behaved... More 

Thank kiwiconnection2016
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56 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Epic night of food, company, service and food. Amazing. Had previously written a bad review during a day cafe stop, but this experience was hands down my best restaurant experience on the Kapiti coast.

Thank longjourneys
Wellington, New Zealand
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

We visited for dinner last night and took my elderly mother. The staff were young friendly and on top of their game. The food was beautiful and would compare to any city restaurant

Thank fambamm2017
Oslo, Norway
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

This place is obviously run by people who love their jobs. The service and food is the best and friendliest I have experienced anywhere in the world. Very, very tasty menu and certainly thought through. I love this place and make a point of travelling to Waikanae whenever I am in NZ to eat at the Front Room.

Thank Kieron V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand, European, Central European, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
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?