Elevation Cafe, Waitakere


We spent the New Year in glorious Waitakere, soaking up the sun and views. :) Speaking of views, Elevation Cafe has some of the best in Auckland – it is situated on the Waitakere Ranges, overlooking lush tropical rainforest, the city, and the harbour. The best views are to be had from the deck, however it is not shaded and we were there on a blazing hot day, so we were actually thankful to be seated indoors next to the windows.

When we arrived, we were warned that food would take about 45 minutes to arrive due to the large lunchtime crowd. This was one of the rare times that a restaurant actually underestimates the waiting time – our food arrived in less than 30 minutes. I had the lamb fillet with beetroot and pea puree, which I had mixed feelings about – while the lamb was delicious and cooked to a perfect medium, there was very little of it. The same goes for the SO’s fish, chips, and salad – the fish was tiny and rather dry, although the chips were good.

Despite this, we greatly enjoyed our time there. The service was good and prompt, and while the interior decor was rather dated, I barely noticed it with such lovely views at hand. If we were to return, however, we’d probably just have snacks and coffee/tea, or cheaper and simpler meals. Do make a booking if you plan to arrive during peak periods and want a good seat – I’m glad I did.


Cost: $12 – $20 pp
Food: 3 Stars
Service: 4 Stars
Ambience: 4 Stars
Value for money: 3 Stars


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