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Zest Cafe

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22 Peel Street, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
+64 6-867 5787
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127 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here as passing through Gisborne. Had good GF & vegetarian options for us. Staff were very friendly and accommodating. Coffee was strong and lovely. Highly recommend.

Thank 23KSA
Manchester England
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111 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I were staying in a nearby hotel whose breakfast offering was a disgrace. For the remainder of our stay in Gisborne we found this cafe a few minutes walk away. The menu choice was enormous and the breakfast portions were likewise. The staff were extremely friendly and the meals helped to set us up for our daily... More 

Thank Humphrey_Wright
Lahaina, Hawaii
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

Waking around Gisborne trying to figure out what we wanted to eat. And found this cafe. It looked interesting so we decided to try it. We had the Nacho special and a pie. I love pies but the nachos were great. Best ones that I have had in along time. Being from the US.

Thank ekim60286
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Quick service, friendly staff and fantastic food. Great start to the day. Big group, Had all the menu and all good.

Thank Malcolm P
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

this cafe is right in the city and opens at 6am. the coffee and breakfast we had was good and filling.

Thank arnold1aaron
Gisborne, New Zealand
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Zest is a reliable spot and I have been there often. The food is always delicious and hits the spot as the portions are large while keeping the price low. Food and coffee come out almost instantly! The owner and long-term workers are great but my only qualm can be with the other FOH - most but not all are... More 

Thank Stal6
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Coffee was perfect and it was soy so go you guys. Fussy gluten free and dairy free diner here and the breakfast was perfect :-) Eggs on point, beautiful mushrooms and the best hash cake I've ever had, best value for money, 11/10. Friendly staff. Easy and laid back. Good location.

Thank Kiri-Stephenson
Christchurch, New Zealand
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Went for breakfast on the 29th. Completely unaware there was a music festival... got there and it was BUSY. By the time we ordered the cue was out the door with young festival goers. The staff were amazing and the coffees fantastic. Meal came relatively quickly considering. You get very good as I ordered a big breakfast and you left... More 

Thank Cairy T
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

We always get big breakfasts from cafes we go to. This one was okay....mushrooms were a bit bland, bacon hard to cut, only option for eggs is fried and they wouldn't budge on giving us poached eggs. Four small sausages which were a little bland also. Coffee ok. Was nice sitting outside in the sun eating our food. Overall, was... More 

Thank Rose C
Iloilo City, Philippines
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68 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

The breakfast dishes were large portion. Delicious. The crews were helpful. Fast service. Prices were easy on the budget.

Thank bebeth m

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand, European, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22 Peel Street, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Gisborne Region  >  Gisborne
  • Phone Number: +64 6-867 5787

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