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Ohau Cafe

4 star rating
14 reviews

Cuisine: Italian, Cafe, A La Carte, Brunch

3 Muhunoa East Rd
06-368 0187


  • Tues – Fri 8.30 – 4pm
  • Sat – Sun 10am – 4pm
  • Public Holidays 10am -3pm
  • Facilities/Features:
    • Business Dining
    • Children's Menu
    • Conference Facilities
    • Out Catering
    • Private Dining Room
    • Private Functions
    • Private Parties
    • Romantic Dining
    • Wedding Functions
    • Breakfast Meetings
  • Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
  • Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits
  • Seating for: 90 plus out door seating
  • BYO/Corkage: BYO, Corkage Charge
  • 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, Halal, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dessert
  • Wi-Fi: Free

Ohau Cafe & Restaurant is situated 10 minutes north of Otaki or 5 minutes south of Levin on State High 1 at the entrance to the Ohau Vinyards, we specailize in Home style baking with all of our food made on location, prompt service from staff that give a damn and food that comes from local producers and suppliers made into colourful creations from our kitchen without any fluffy bits to distract you from what your eating.

14 Reviews for Ohau Cafe

15th April 2014
5 star rating
What a great place, friendly, helpful and go out of their way. We arrived to find a large group of red hat ladies being served and ordered after they had finished their ordering. Our meals duly arrived with apologies from staff for the lateness and an honest explanation. We were then given complimentary slices. Beautiful slices available to purchase afterwards at an amazing price. Our food was lovely, nicely presented and the prices were good. The place was clean and pleasant, lots of room and nice staff. Will definitely recommend this place to friends or anyone wanting a lovely dining experience. (Mrs davem)

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1st August 2013
5 star rating
First time here (we live locally, moved here recently and have been trying every cafĂ© to find a favourite; we think we have found it!) we went for brunch. It was fantastic! I had the best eggs benedict; the eggs cooked perfectly, a generous amount of salmon and the sauce was so moreish,. This was all on delicious grained toast. (I don’t even eat bread but this was too good to leave) I had a lovely pot of tea, exactly as I ordered.
My partner had the “small portion” of bacon and mushroom fettuccini. He is a big man and this was more than ample. He also ordered a side salad (which I ate most of because it too was great!) His flat white, very good and just how he likes it.
So the food is excellent and the thing that sealed it for us was the staff. We received a very warm welcome. They all seemed to like their work and there was a very happy buzz that certainly contributed to making a relaxing experience for us. Too often we have been to places where the food has been good but the staff woefully lacking in people skills and service and for us a big turn off.
We had a word with the chef (may be the owner, not sure) and told him of our great experience and he was equally lovely, humble and gracious. We are definitely going back!
The cafe is not easy to spot even though it is on the main highway. So just know if you are heading towards Wellington it is just out of Levin on the left hand side.

Visited July 2013

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Dave B.


19th October 2012
4 star rating
Went there for breakfast with a workmate. First thing we noticed was the friendly and welcoming nature of the staff. Really made you feel welcome. Fire was going, great on a cold morning. Menu is great, best thing about it is you can get smaller size meal options for those who want the meal but not the size. Had the small size omelet, was great. Looking forward to going back with my better half for lunch.

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17th August 2012
4 star rating
Friendly staff. Clean premises. Art works for sale. The lemon tart was divine. Good coffee. No complaints from me whatsoever. This is a definite must go when I am travelling down that way. Skip stopping off in Levin and just go here, you will not regret it.

Visited February 2012

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22nd May 2012
5 star rating
a group of elderly people dined at your cafe recently.We were all very impressed with everything.The very,very warm welcome made us feel right at home.
The food was delicious,served on hot plates.The service was outstanding and we were treated like royalty.
Thank you,you made us all feel so special. We will definitely be back.

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31st October 2011
4 star rating
Went for breakfast, the owner opened up early for us even though we were only a group of 4 adults & 2 children.
Great menu selection, even for the children. Food was really good, meals were large but we did clean up all our plates as it was so very good.
Wonderful, friendly service…very highly recommend. Would even make the trip from Tauranga just to try the evening menu!
Thanks guys.

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29th October 2011
2 star rating
Have been there a couple of times for dinner. The staff are very pleasant but I think they should look at the food a bit more and stop using the microwave.

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21st August 2011
4 star rating
stopped off here for a family lunch on the way to wellington. we were greeted by the staff and rush of warmth as soon as we walked through the door. we were also delighted by the fact that there were TWO portion sized menus, one being described as ‘petite’, the prices averaging at only $10! we were dubious at the amount of food we were actually going to get at this price, but were pleasantly surprised as when it came out (fast) it was an ample amount. the toilets and tables were clean and the coffee taste! my only complaint would be that it was not so visible when travelling south. will defiantly return to this cafe when travelling past again!

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Bev H.


14th August 2011
5 star rating
I have dined at the Ohau Restaurant several times, and find the service is great, a welcome as soon as I walk in the door, and a great atmosphere, with a log fire burning in the corner, with comfortable lounges and the days paper to read! Service is instant, and coffee is hot and as it should be, have had the pancakes which were the $10 lunch a huge helping with all the trimmings. I would certainly return.

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Paul K.


14th March 2011
5 star rating
We had lunch at the Ohau Cafe last Sunday afternoon. Easy-going atmosphere, and the place was not super-busy, just a good active buzz going around.

I’ve been here before and have a favourite meal – my advice is to just go for the anti-pasto plate for two.

It costs around $30 – and usually has fresh ham, smoked salmon, a few chicken nibble, some pate, tapenade, cream cheese (great with the salmon), slices of pineapple and orange, some sundried tomatoes and gerkins and olives.

You usually get 6 triangles of toast to help sample all this, and that might be my only complaint, as there could be MORE TOAST to handle all the food that comes with this dish.

I you like nibbling on fresh food as I do – then this dish is as good as I’ve found ANYWHERE in New Zealand.

We also had a couple of glasses of the local Ohau vineyard wine, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc … and the total bill for food and drink was just $45.

I’ve never really tried the rest of the menu – the anti-pasto is THAT good. Try it.

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A &.


13th November 2010
2 star rating
We travelled to the Ohau Cafe late this morning for brunch. Having never been there before, we were both looking forward to the experience.
We both came away feeling very disappointed. We both had the Big Fry up.
The food was warm when it arrived at our table, the bread wasn’t toasted as advertised on the menu, the steak was both tough and Luke warm so neither of us ate more than 3 mouth fulls. The Bacon was nice, the egg poached when it was again advertised as fried. The amount of food was good, but on the whole would not go back.

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31st December 2009
4 star rating
We stopped off for lunch on boxing day. The food was nice we shared the antipasto and we barley got through it. Havana coffee in big cups and no surcharge. Nice one guys but the parking needs improving.

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3rd October 2009
3 star rating
Kind of an odd place, it has a bit of an old lady feel to it. I had the Spinach & Feta filo, which started out good, but had so much rosemary in it that I couldn’t really taste anything else by the end of it. The coffee (Havana) started out ok. It too lost its appeal toward the end. I had a delicious lemon meringue tart which was quite lovely and redeemed the other items.
Toilets were clean, and the staff member I dealt with was friendly and professional.
My food came quickly, might go back again if I’m in the area.

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21st September 2009
4 star rating
We came here for lunch on Sunday afternoon and by the look of the car park we thought we would not find a seat. Once we got inside we found the place was huge and there was a large selection of food. I had the pasta which was great and my husband had the big breakfast. Over all the food was good and service was fast I will return on our next trip.

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