Raupo Riverside Cafe & Restaurant
- Mon – Sun 7.30am – late
- Private Dining Room
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits
- Seating for: 173, outside 60
- Parking: Free On-Street, Pay
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Raupo Cafe Restaurant specialises in fresh innovative cuisine.
We are situated in the heart of Blenheim in a purpose designed sustainable building overlooking the Taylor River.
Raupo was awarded the Michael Guy best cafe award for 2009 in Marlborough
12 Reviews for Raupo Riverside Cafe & Restaurant
I think maybe that the Chef needs to upskill in the area of seafood dishes?
I ordered an ice chocolate that had to be taken back and got a replacement as the first one tasted very strange.
First up was a seafood chowder, which looked more like a seafood soup. Watery and dull, a few feeble mussels to be found after much whisking around the bowl for them.
Then a seafood platter which was THE most confusing dish I have had in my life!
First impression was the bulk of lettuce in the middle of the dish that nearly pushed everything else off! I didn’t even bother touching it as I asked for a seafood platter, not a bowl of lettuce.
A small arrangement of mussels, some prawns that were obviously just out of the packet in the freezer, and definitely not fresh.
Then fanned APPLE?!?!? Along with crackers, pate and a whole bunch of odds n ends that didn’t resemble seafood.
We were literally nearly in hysterics at the table.
Luckily we were saved by a quaint little restaurant the next day in Picton, “Koru”, which gave us the most amazing seafood chowder I have ever tasted.
I have a feeling that maybe if we had tried for something more mainstream we would have gotten a better result.
But that means that the chef should maybe broaden his/her horizons….
Ample seating, wonderful setting/atmosphere, good cafe/lunch food, good service.
Overpriced dinner meals (ie. pay for fresh food when pre-prepared/frozen food is served), lack of flexibility and variety with menu options.
Overall: good building and surroundings, good for lunch, but the few dinner meals on offer are overpriced for what they are.