Bella M. said: "Fabulous feshly cooked onsite food and very nice surroundings. Good price and great outdoor area which is sadly lacking in Cafe’s in and around Johnsonville." read more »
- Price Range:
- Cheap, Under $15
- Good For Groups:
- Good For Children:
- Beer, Wine
- Wheelchair Accessible:
- Takes Reservations:
- Dietary Restrictions:
- Vegetarian, Gluten-free
- Meals Served:
- Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
- Payment Types:
- EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
- Outdoor Seating:
Reviews for Caffiend
25th April 2013
love visiting this place, great soup and coffee.
the gluten-free choc cake is brilliant. the cabinet always looks tidy, as does the menu blackboards.
great atmosphere and really cool staff too!
by Tom E.
14th April 2013
WEVE JUST STUMBLE ACROSS THIS CAFE IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS,WE HAVE BEEN THERE THREE TIMES IN THE LAST MONT,I WOULD SAY ITS ABOVE AVERAGE,THE FOOD IS NICE ,STAFF PLEASENT,FOOD COMES OUT IN A TIMELY MANNER,VERY GOOD
11th April 2013
Visited this morning. We checked whether the cafe used free range bacon and eggs and it was yes to both. I always make a point of asking and won’t support a cafe that doesn’t. I had the “Eggs Benny” and my partner had the French Toast. We both enjoyed our meals a lot and the coffee was excellent too. The staff were friendly and efficient. Really good!
by Beverley B.
28th March 2013
Recently visited Caffiend while on a visit to Wellington – loved the atmosphere, the food, friendly faces, and the best coffee, ably made by owner Lou, a real expert.
Great place to read the papers, meet friends, or eat outside in the sun and watch the action in Jackson Street. Would definitely recommend it – fantastic value for money and the best Thai Beef Salad I’ve ever eaten. Full marks!
17th March 2013
Visited Caffiend two weeks ago with my partner which was our first visit to this cafe. We decided to get two takeaway coffees and two slices. I waited 15min for someone to serve me eventhough they weren’t very busy. It took two people to process my transaction the first girl took my order then disappeared then another woman who seemed run of her feet and grumpy took my order again and charged me $35. Another girl who handed me my coffee and slices was very bubbly and polite. The food and coffee were great the customer service not so great apart from the girl who handed me coffee who cracked a smile. You’ve got to be nice to customers and create a fantastic experience all the time everytime so that they can come back and spend their money!
by Anna J.
24th November 2012
My friend and I went to Caffiend in Petone a few weeks ago and I had my daughter with me who is 5 months old. It was a weekend so very busy however we managed to secure a table. Just as we were about to sit down an extremely rude staff member came over and asked us how many were eating, we said two and he then told us we could not sit there because my buggy was blocking the path…yeah right!! My buggy didn’t block anything it was purely because the money hungry rude man didn’t want two people sitting at a larger table. This is the problem with busy places…the service just goes out the window because they don’t care, they just think..we are busy anyway so who cares about two people. SO…rather than offering to help us find alternative seating or suggest something else, (like a good place/person would do) I said “OK we will just leave” and he said “yes”!!! I could not believe the terrible service!! You don’t say yes when someone says we will leave!!!! Especially when you promote yourselves as being family friendly!! It made me feel embarrassed for a start as it was in front of a lot of people but also made me feel really uncomfortable as a new mum. We will never ever go back and I certainly would not recommend this place to anyone. I have made sure all the parents in my antenatal group don’t go either as I would hate for anyone else with a baby and a pram be made to feel this way. You should be ashamed!!
by Erica T.
15th August 2012
Impossible to fault. Wanted chowder but had none so the young lad behind the counter made some recommendations, and mentioned corned beef hash and eggs, my reply was corned beef on a cafe menu really?!… He says yeah it’s great and oh my god was it! amble portion, full as! Really tasty holliadaise drizzled over it just the right amount,perfectly cooked egg and a nice bit of cabbage thrown in. Great coffee. Mate am I ever glad I followed your advice. Mint! Keep It up guys love it!
14th July 2012
My family and I attended Caffiend last weekend for a farewell brunch, as most people may know Caffiend does have a good reputation and have been there before and have enjoyed great food, and also this time we had great food . But the customer service by one of their staff a young girl working behind the counter was an attitude of total rudeness, arrogance and everything you would not want on front house, every (yes every item) item ordered was responded with a huff and a puff with little comments throwen in to why we had ordered these items. She had no enthusiasm to be behind the counter (the face of the cafe), she also slammed a few cups of coffee down on table and to top it off threw one of our parties eftpos card back at her. Not a good look.
10th April 2012
Went to Caffiend yesterday and it was pretty busy and applying the 15% surcharge. Went to order and due to many things being unavailable I ended up ordering the pea, mint and haloumi fritters. Sound amazing – they ended up being really stogey and more like a felafel with some peas in it and the haloumi was super rubbery I have always been impressed in the past but think Easter Monday was not a good day for this dish.
5th February 2012
Caffiend Petone has good reviews so I was shocked at the service I received today. Ordered a hot chocolate, after 20 minutes asked where my drink was. Girl shrugs, says cool, walks away, does nothing. After another 10 minutes I get up again and spoke to someone else behind the counter. This person was helpful and organised my hot chocolate right away.
But why oh why did I have to wait this long for a simple hot chocolate. Will not be going back, plenty of good places in Petone.Comment from Lou W. of Caffiend 13/02/2012
by Hayley R.
17th January 2012
I had lunch here with a friend and I was very impressed. The food was well priced and delicious and we didn’t have to wait long at all. I can be quite fussy when it comes to coffee but the one I had here was great. I will definitely return.
28th December 2011
Always good. Service can be slowish when they are busy.
by Grant W.
1st July 2011
Caffiend is my family’s favourite cafes in Petone , it has great food and very friendly staff. I am a regular customer at Caffiend and go in at least once a week with my kids. They have a great main menu and also a kids menu. Their Eggs Benedict is fantastic and the black pudding is also one of my favourites, not to mention their famous sausage rolls!! The drinks menu is also great with a fantastic range of wines, beers, milkshakes, smoothies and coffees. I would definitely recommend this cafe to everyone. Family friendly and always welcoming it is a great place to dine out with friends and family!
30th June 2011
I met some friends at Caffiend on Jackson St, Petone. One of our group had called in last week to ask if they minded us coming with babies and buggies and she was told it was fine. We were seated in a corner and the cafe was not busy (we deliberately timed it around the lunchtime rush) and we certainly weren’t blocking tables or other customers. Our babies were happy and weren’t disturbing other customers at all either. After we had ordered (and paid) and some of our orders had arrived the manager asked us to leave as we were taking up too much space (apparently!). We ended up having to put our food and drinks into take away containers as we didn’t feel welcome to stay and finish eating. When we were getting organised to leave one of the other staff members asked if all was ok and seemed genuinely shocked and apologetic that we had been asked to leave.
I am very disappointed at the service we received and as a result I would not recommend this cafe and certainly do not consider them to be family friendly.
30th June 2011
A member of our mothers group got asked to leave from this cafe for taking up too much space – appauling behaviour. The manager was not empathetic and obviously lacks ethics and moral. They say on MenuMania they have a children’s playground which implies they are family friendly. I rung them and asked if they are family friendly and the manager said “what do you mean?” two mothers and their kids who were sitting in the corner and had well behaved children got asked to leave!!! I will not be going to this cafe and will not recommend them to anyone at all!!!
30th June 2011
Was really sad and very disappointing to have a mothers group be asked to leave with the excuse of them taking up too much room! What was annoying was that:
-They had called prior asking if it was ok to go, and told yes.
- Their babies were well behaved
- They went at a time that wasn’t busy, and sat in a corner out of they way
- And they were asked to leave after they ordered and had to get their food/drink put in takeaway bags!!
I thought this place was supposed to be child and family friendly?? Me thinks NOT. Will definitely not be returning and will be going to Southern Cross from now on…disappointing..
by Calum B.
6th June 2011
First time in Caffiend today. I had The Fiend for breakfast: it was bacon, sausage, has browns, poached eggs on sourdough, grilled tomatoes and sauteed mushrooms (which I left out as I’m not keen on mushrooms).
Very filling and tasty brekkie for only $19.
The poached eggs were perfect!
And they had Fleetwood Mac playing when I was in, so five stars for me!
by Caryn V.
9th April 2011
This is my favourite coffee shop, love the friendly staff, the coffee, the food, the coffee the atmosphere, did I mention the coffee – great. They are open at a convenient time until after school – they do get busy but that has to be a good thing. Menu food & counter food are all great esp the muffins, scones and a Tuna salad they do
by David B.
5th September 2010
The service was aweful! We asked to have our scones heated and served after our meals.
Unfortunately they arrived well before the meals and went totally cold.
Four of us were dinning. Two meals arrived first, the other two meals were delivered at least ten mimutes later.
The late meals were paninies. These were over toasted and almost impossible to cut. They also had very little filling.
On top of this most disappointing experience was the stupid lid on the sugar jar. Most of the lids are simply one piece lids which are fine. This particular lid was a two piece thing like you get on a preserving jar (which I never noticed when I removed it). When I removed it, the centre unfortunately fell out and straight into my coffee.
I can quite honestly say I will never go back!
by petone l.
22nd October 2009
Had dinned here before late last year and think maybe it is under new management because the standard has dropped! If you ladies can’t smile, get a new job!
7th February 2009
This is one of my family’s favourite cafes. It has a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere and a good variety of cafe style food, including specials that change each week. Outdoor dining is available, as is a small children’s play area.
Caffiend is frequently very busy during peak lunch hours, so don’t be surprised to find you must wait in line to place your order or to find a vacant table. Even so, it rarely takes more than 15 minutes before our food is on the table.
The only reason I didn’t give Caffiend five stars in this review is because they took our favourite dish off the menu – “Thai Beef Wrap”. While they have other tasty dishes, we have yet to find any that live up to the flavour of that one.
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