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AU$7 - AU$25
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Cafe, Australian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 26 January 2024

Dropped into this out-of-the-way cafe for a cappuccino. Off the main road in a laneway. Very enjoyable. Barista skills evident. Clean premises. Warm welcome. Attentive service. Chilled water from the fridge. All I was looking for on a hot day.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 23 November 2022

Best cafe in Sydney. Perfectly prepared food, incredible menu, wonderful staff. I come here as often as I can, with or without friends.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 14 May 2022 via mobile

Really delicious food, a cut above! The bircher muesli was superb 😀. What a way to start the day! If you’re up this way - you’ll save the day!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 21 March 2022

Trip Advisor- all your reviews of this cafe are spot on. Celiac husband loved his hamburger on GF sour dough. Said it was one of the best he’s had - so juicy. And the wedges were tops, too. So happy he’s happy.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 25 September 2021

Amazing staff, amazing restaurant. It's places like this that make eating out worth the time, effort and money

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 6 May 2021 via mobile

At Mona Vale for lunch, I chose Rough & Bare Cafe due to high recommendations on TripAdvisor and found that everything on the menu is Gluten & Sugar free! Perfect for me! I chose Avocado Tartine: avocado on house gluten free sourdough, heirloom cherry tomatoes,...basil pesto, whipped goat's cheese, watercress and sesame seeds plus poached egg; it didn't look big but it was big on flavour with every mouthful bringing a new taste sensation. I'll make sure I lunch here on my next trip to Sydney's northern beaches. Absolutely top notch! Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 6 November 2020

Visited with a disabled lady who walks poorly and we were fortunate to get a park directly outside. The staff were patient and efficient. We all enjoyed the freshness of the food. There is an all day breakfast menu, but we would have appreciated more...menu choices for lunchtime. Perhaps a specials board?More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 7 September 2020 via mobile

It’s very rare that a salad will surprise you. This morning’s beetroot salad was so fresh it felt like I was eating straight from the vege patch. Fabulous!!

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 22 August 2020 via mobile

A lovely brunch of poached eggs on sourdough with a green salad. Side avo expectedly extra cost but extra slice of sourdough was a bit expensive. Given we are in difficult times, I can understand it extra cost but quite pricey.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 5 August 2020

Dang! Awesome food. Pancakes are off the planet! Tucked away but worth the hunt. Excellent food and great, friendly service.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 12 February 2020

Love going here when im in Monavale. Really healthy options. Great place for Brunch. Is a bust spot but worth the wait. Good Coffee too..

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 31 December 2019

I enjoy eating here because I know it’s so damn healthy and good. I regularly buy the slow cooked lamb dishes and the mix of flavours is always excellent. Friendly staff. Well priced.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Anthony M, Owner at Rough & Bare - Mona Vale, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2020

Thanks for reviewing us! Looking forward to seeing you again soon! Much Love & Health Anthony

Reviewed 23 October 2019

Lovely staff. Really healthy and tasty food catering to all food preferences and allergies. Would 100% go again and wish they had this kind of place in the UK!

Date of visit: October 2019
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Anthony M, Owner at Rough & Bare - Mona Vale, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2020

Thanks for the brilliant review! Maybe one day we will come to the UK! See you again soon. Much Love & Health Anthony

Reviewed 9 October 2019

I find it hard to avoid Rough and Bare whenever I’m in Mona Vale. The food is is fresh, delicious and generous, always arrives quickly and exceeds my expectations. The team are always super welcoming and friendly as well. Love this place!

Date of visit: October 2019
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Anthony M, Owner at Rough & Bare - Mona Vale, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2020

Thanks Many for your positive kind comments! Hope to see you in the cafe next time you're in Mona Vale. Much Love & Health Anthony

Reviewed 19 August 2019

This Cafe is Awesome! The food is so fresh, clean & delicious!! As a Ceoliac it was so exciting being able to order anything on the menu & after eating the beautifully presented tasty Choc Plant Cakes (Pancakes) I know anything I choose will be...delicious! I love that the cafe is 100% Gluten Free & Refined Sugar FreeMore

Date of visit: August 2019
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Anthony M, Owner at Rough & Bare - Mona Vale, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2020

Thanks for the awesome review Jonathan! Glad we are meeting you needs for GF food! Much Love & Health Anthony

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We don't take bookings as we are small cafe. Turn around is usually quick and you can always call ahead and the staff will be able to let you know about the best time to come or how long the wait might be.
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Rough & Bare - Mona Vale is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4