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AJO’S Cafe & Restaurant

4_half star rating
18 reviews

Cuisine: Italian, International, Pizza, Mediterranean

520 Maunganui Rd
(Central Parade Shopping Centre)
Mt Maunganui
07-575 5667
Tues&Wed$10 Pasta or Pizza; Thurs:Buy 1 Large Pizza Get 1 Free!; Friday: Pizza or Pasta $15

Treat your taste buds to a mouth-watering pasta or…


  • Easter hours:
  • Closed Good Friday & Easter Monday
  • Open Saturday and Sunday from 5pm
  • Normal Hours:
  • Mon – Sat from 5pm
  • Facilities/Features:
    • Children's Menu
    • Private Functions
    • Private Parties
  • Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
  • Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
  • BYO/Corkage: BYO, Corkage Charge
  • Good For Groups: Yes
  • Good For Children: Yes
  • Takeaways: Yes
  • Delivers: Yes
  • Takes Reservations: Yes
  • Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Meals: Dinner, Dessert

AJO’S Cafe & Restaurant offers a cafe-style ambience with a full menu specializing in Mediterranean cuisine
our famous gourmet Woodfired Pizzas – hand crafted with a light dough and made to order in the open-view pizza oven.
Tues & Wed $10 Pasta or Pizza Night or
Thursday Buy 1 Large Pizza Get 1 Free

Bookings taken for groups of 10 people or more for times outside our hours.

18 Reviews for AJO’S Cafe & Restaurant

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5th July 2013
5 star rating
My partner and I went there on a Thursday last month. They were the best pizzas we had. The dining experience was excellent, the stuff were friendly and gave good service. We had other nice drinks and dessert too. Will visit again and I think the prices are good value for money. Thank you Ajos for your good work.

Visited June 2013

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24th January 2014
5 star rating
I’ve been here many times for takeaway pizza (Thursday night deals are the best), dining and birthday celebrations.
Always a good time and the lady that runs a place is lovely :)
I love the pizzas!

Visited December 2013

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Deon C.


6th October 2013
2 star rating
We came here due to its 4 stars rating and the idea of ‘wood fired pizzas’ was tempting after a hard days work.

Unfortunately it was very disappointing. The service was average, and extremely casual (“cool” was the response after taking our drinks order).

We ordered the pizza bites, very hungry and excited – they were an extreme disappointment. Spinach and mushroom have little flavor at the best of times… but the taste of Camembert was completely missing. The only flavor was the mountain of sweet chilli sauce it came with.

We ordered 2 x half and half large pizzas ($25 + 2$ each). I cant say I have ever had such tasteless pizzas. We thought by getting four flavors we would hit 1 or 2 good ones, but all of them were bland. On the chicken Caveman pizza all you could taste was the BBQ sauce. It left me wondering if cheap ingredients were used, because the toppings were generous.

We didn’t eat all the pizza and took the other half away, but decided to throw it out as it wasn’t worth keeping.

Improvements can definitely be made in the areas of service and flavor!!

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3rd August 2013
4 star rating
I’ve been here in papamoa/mount maunganui over 7 years and decided to try Ajo’s out due to the fact I’ve driven past hundreds of times… first impression was nice and clean but lacked atmosphere ( needs some background music) staff pleasant but the one who served me was a bit nervous but very cute.
I ordered pasta, plenty on the plate and came hot, my partner ordered pizza, half and half, one chicken one lamb.. very very nice pizza’s with plenty of topping and nice crust, prices are reasonable and good value.
as a local business owner with high standards on eating out, highly recommend AJOs.

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17th July 2013
5 star rating
Just been with my family over from Aussie. Great food at a good price and well organised for children with a kids menu and colouring in pencils and paper. Pizza, Pasta’s and Mains that we had we all brilliant! Thank you to the team, you are an asset to Mt Maunganui!

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24th May 2013
5 star rating
An absolutely yummy experience! Four of us shared 3 large pizzas and were stuffed with plenty to take home. The flavours were delicious and so many to choose from – both classics and quirky. Would fully recommend AJO’s for a low key and satisfying feed.

Visited April 2013

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29th March 2013
4 star rating
My girlfriend and I thouroughly enjoyed our meal last night , beautiful Pizza, nice cold beer and relaxed but professional service. We will be back for sure.

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Sue G.


11th January 2013
5 star rating
Ajo’s was recommended to us by our motel proprietor, when we were on holiday in Mt Maunganui. We ordered two large pizzas, and they were simply the best pizzas we have ever tasted! Better than the pizzas in Italy itself. The crust was light and the toppings were out of this world. The staff were very friendly and the service was excellent. As we drove home to Wellington, we wondered if we can order Ajo’s pizzas to be delivered here, because their pizzas are the best ever!!

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12th December 2012
5 star rating
Best pizza I have ever had! We eat here often and always keen to try other stuff on the menu but the wood-fired pizza is hard to say no to. Can be busy especially on Thursdays as the special is really good value. Service is friendly and easy-going.

Visited November 2012

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8th December 2012
5 star rating
7 of us went for a work function – excellent service, and delicious pizzas. We had pizzas to share, and they were well crafted and all were distinctive. Staff were so friendly and relaxed. A great night. Parking is easy (right out the front) and BYO is a bonus, but their cocktails looked very tempting!

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16th October 2012
5 star rating
Found this restaurant by chance and stopped in for an early dinner with our baby daughter. Staff were helpful with a highchair and the service was prompt and friendly, but the real reason for coming here is the truly fantastic pizza! Quality ingredients, inspired combinations, cooked to perfection and great value – what more can you ask for?

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7th October 2012
4 star rating
We ordered 2 large woodfire pizza’s and was not disappointed. Loved the toppings and the staff was very friendly and welcoming.

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13th September 2012
4 star rating
This is a really lovely little restaurant with a great atmosphere. My boyfriend had a pasta dish while I had a pizza. All delicious and good service from friendly staff.

Visited April 2012

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31st May 2012
2 star rating
Tues/Weds night special for $10 pizza is too small for one. Might make a good snack, although ours were drowned in sauce so we couldn’t taste the pizza itself. Service was quick and friendly though.

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11th May 2012
4 star rating
Our family love the gourmet pizzas at this restaurant. My husband loves your scotch, cooked just right :)
Customer service is excellent, lovely atmosphere and very friendly staff.
Highly recommended to those who love the Mediterranean cuisine and to those who don’t you’re missing out on quite a good range of food. Keep up the good work Ajo’s staff.

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21st April 2012
4 star rating
we go here all the time and the only fault I had was, I went there on a Wednesday and was not able to order a $10 pasta as we were told they had no pasta left seems odd to me when that is your special and we were in there around 530 6 it truly felt like she was lying to us, but the pizza’s are still very yummy and it hasn’t put me off going back

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John R.


12th March 2011
4 star rating
Wasn’t a planned visit. Stopped off on the way back to the hotel. Ordered a pizza. Hit the spot. The owner/waitress was friendly and quite chatty. Nice atmosphere. Pizza was delicious. The bottled water had a funny after taste.

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7th January 2011
5 star rating
Great Pizza with friendly service. Went 3 times during our holiday and recommend to others

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