(Shop 65 Dining Lane, Sylvia Park)
Auckland City 09-573 6272
Casablanca's Monday Night Special of $20 for a…
- Mon – Wed 10am – 9:30pm
- Thurs 9:30am – 10pm
- Fri – Sat 9am – 10:30pm
- Sun 9am – 9:30pm
- Children's Menu
- Private Functions
- Breakfast Meetings
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 70, outside 50
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free Off-Street, Free On-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: Free
Casablanca Cafe at Sylvia Park Dining Lane.
Cafe Casablanca is a busy, colourful, Mediterranean cafe / restaurant with a reputation for tasty food and a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Mediterranean Cuisine, Moroccan, Middle Eastern, Turkish.
60 Reviews for Casablanca Cafe
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I found the presentation to be colourful and inviting. At first glance it was something we both just wanted to dive into (and we did!).
There were two of us eating and we shared this for lunch. In terms of value for money, I think I got what I paid for. We could not finish it all and probably could have had a third person along to have this as a snack.
Service was very good. We walked in and despite the restaurant being somewhat busy, we were approached and taken to a table after no longer than a minute. Menus and water were given to us and after ordering, the food arrived within 10 minutes. The only thing I would change about the menu is the blackboard. Walking in and seeing all the writing is quite overwhelming. I don’t think it’s necessary to list each and every single thing on the board if people are given handheld menus to look at. Just my opinion, though.
I would come back again and recommend people visit but with a warning that prices will add up if several are eating.
Visited February 2014
Visited February 2014
Waitress was helpful, and efficient – only improvement would be to improve menu knowledge – there was just one ingredient in a salad she wasn’t sure of. But no biggie, she made a great recommendation on the lovely variety of the mezze platter.
Nice atmosphere, with Turkish style music. Quite busy on a weekday lunchtime, but still lots of tables to choose from.
Final point would be to make sure you check there’s enough loo paper (none in the one I visited)!
In summary, a delicious food experience in a comfy groovy middle-eastern ethnic style space.
1) Nobody came to take our order, waited around but then had to get their attention. They weren’t even busy.
2) When they took our order we waited for a long time. Then finally they came again and ask if we had been served. Turns out they didn’t take our order the first time. So we had to give it again. All the while others were being served fine.
3) When our order came it was wrong, missing some plates.
Food was good, but we definitely won’t go through the misery of that that kind of service again.
Visited December 2013
just had 2 pieces of Turkish delight both flavors nice, rose the best lemon and a little sour but that makes it nice
5 stars to … Casablanca Cafè
Also the staff at the Sylvia Park cafe are sometimes a little casual and dare I say it, a bit lazy (especially the men waiters). The last three times, we have waited to be offered dessert and coffee but no-one has ever come, so we just paid for our mains and left.
The food is beautifully cooked and usually full of flavour. We like the tagines, which are always delicious plus the fattoush and the chicken dishes which never fail to please.
The coffee is also lovely (if we can get some!) and the dessert options are mouthwatering! All in all a great place for lunch and dinner. We’ve yet to go for breccie to try the Moroccan style dishes.
Visited December 2013
I have been visiting Casablanca for years. It’s always been good, until recently.
I suspect a change of ownership or management.
Portions have reduced in size, quality has reduced, and service has become very slow. Please don’t get me started about the cleanliness of the water glasses, they were filthy.
It’s something I have noticed over my last two visits but the latest visit points to there being something quite rotten happening here. The item as represented on the menu and the meal on the plate were two ( almost ) completely different things. And that’s a great shame because I have had some many delicious meals here with family and friends over the years.
My rating of one star reflects my dismay as much as anything over what has happened to a restaurant that I have enjoyed so much over the years. I hope the operators read this and improve themselves ( because I want to come back ) and not just write some garbage 5 star review in rebuttal just to keep their ratings up!
Without being intrusive, the waiting staff continued to provide us with great service prompting us to remain longer and order desert and coffee. Great place to catch up with a friend, chatting and eating for hours. Highly recommend! xx
Totally love this place. The atmosphere’s great – love the Moroccan settings, soft romantic vipes all around. Service was great no one intruding you every 5mins, and the food was amazing. It is to die for. Must try their Moroccan Meatballs, Moroccan Lamb Tagine.
I’ve recommended this place to a few of my friends and families. Majority of them have been and they love it.
The mezze is a great starter, the spanakopita rivals my grandmothers!! For brunch, I LOVE their Moorish Eggs, and the Izmir Eggs… For lunch, I cant go past the Lunch plate with meatballs or chicken, or the Lamb Fattoush… Dinner is just the best though, and I can happily say everything is fresh, full of flavour and mouthwateringly delicious…
The staff are friendly, the wine selection is excellent, and ending the meal with a Turkish coffee and piece of Baklava or slice of Chocolate Caramel Cake? Nothing better!!!
Casablanca has a special ambiance with a charming and thoughtful host. We have recommended Casablanca to many friends who have enjoyed the same dining experience.
It is one of our favourite cafe/restaurants in Auckland.
I have read a lot of reviews of this place that aren’t too good.
They must have listened, there was not a spare seat when we were there and had a great dining experience.
It’s only good for their Tapa’s menu when shared with friends. Their dinner dishes aren’t worth what you pay for them.
The first time I went I loved it, and every subsequent time has been terrible. We are planning never to go back.
Visited October 2012
Visited December 2012
Visited April 2012
Visited July 2012
Didn’t wait too long. Taste was lovely and fresh. Hint of mint and parsley with the broad beans.
Had to take my leftovers up to the counter although I had been sitting some time with a half empty plate and thought they would have asked how it was. Took it up to the counter and asked for it to be boxed up! Had to wait about 5 minutes while they served other customers.
All in all, food is lovely! Can’t wait to go back and try something different. Service could be friendly but in all, you can’t have everything!
Absolutely divine and delicious. The potatos in the izmir eggs were roasted to perfection, crispy outside fluffy and soft on the inside the whole dish screamed flavour. The coriander in the moorish eggs was abundant and the eggs were baked very nicely (runny yolks and fully cooked white)
The creamy mushrooms were slightly rich and extremely delicious with crunchy grain bread to mop up the sauce, and the calamari was to die for, slightly spicy, seasoned and cooked perfectly, it really was melt in your mouth stuff.
If I had to make any complaints it would only be about the service. A little slow and one of the young ladies seemed to be texting before turning to acknowledge us. Staff also seemed to be a little clueless as to what some of the menu items consisted of. The Chef was more than willing to answer any questions I/we had when we approached him even though he was clearly busy.
Overall service 3 food 5.
I particularly like the mezze platter and the calamari. The lamb shanks and the apricot chicken tagine are pretty mouth-watering too.
The place is always very busy, which speaks for its popularity, and hence like any busy restaurant, there is going to be a short wait. But on average we’ve never had to wait too long and we’ve found the service to be well above average. I read some of the other reviews about the table-service, and while I enjoy table-service, I think it’s fine to use this system as well. It does speed up the service rather than waiting for a waiter to show up to your table. I’ve sat in fancy restaurants and waited a long time before I’ve been able to order. This system makes sure your order gets rolling the moment you’re ready.
As I said, we’ve been to Casablanca many times over and if we weren’t happy with the food, service and system, we wouldn’t have gone back so many times. The fact that we keep going back tells you that it’s a place well visiting many times over.
Lamb Shanks Were Absolutely Awesome, couscous with Yogurt is really good combination. Also Mussels were Pretty amazing as well.
Well Service Side its designed as perfect to dinn-in or lunch. Coffee as really brilliant, who ever makes coffee , knows how to make coffee perfectly.
I have Recommended my Friends and Family about CASABLANCA.
However they rate very low on my meter for service (I believe its the owner, decided to argue with us and tell us off for not reserving for the correct number of patrons, even after we apologised for the confusion). Though the other staff do try to make up for his out right rudeness. Oh he’s like that with all PAYING customers.
We all enjoyed our flavoursome meals, but the service could be improved.
I also think the restaurant would definitely benefit from table service, rather than having to all leave the table, take your menus up to the counter, ask questions (which you are always going to have with this type of cuisine), then finally order and pay. Also, when you want another round of drinks, you have to do the same.
You can view more details on what we ate, including photos of our meals, at http://celestereviews….
Edit: I finally returned to Casablanca and was impressed by the improvement (I initially gave them one star). Service was great and quick and the food lovely. I might come back after all.
We had allowed 2 hours to eat before our movie at Hoyts but ended up having to wolf down our food to make it in time.
Most of the group complained about the smallportions and bland flavour. My fish and chips was overpriced and unappetising but I didn’t have enough time to complain.
I will never eat here again. A real waste of time and money.
my dish was semi cold and warm…think they may have reheated in the microwave??and not heated thru enough??also very salty..salads on the dish was not fresh either.
Would not return and also do not recommend to others.
Atmospher was ok.
Service was poor.
and…the girl who was taking order at the bar hit on my husband!! Shocking!!
We had the Spanakopita and the Black Sea Chicken, as mains. The Spanakopita was quite good, but lacked a little flavour. However the Black Sea Chicken was divine! The pilaf was especially good. Both meals were very large servings, which worked well to share. In retrospect, we would probably have been better to order one main of the Chicken, and a side salad. That would have left more room for the date strudel we ordered for dessert. This was very rich, and too much for one person to tackle – a dessert designed to be shared.
Great menu choices, reasonably priced, fantastic atmosphere, good service. We will certainly be coming back.