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Casablanca Cafe

4 star rating 38 reviews

Telephone 09 426 6818

336 Hibiscus Coast Highway
Orewa
Rodney

Cuisine:
Mediterranean, Turkish, Moroccan, Tapas/Small Plates
Hours:
Mon - Fri 10am - late
Sat - Sun 9am - late
Provided by business

Overview

Inspired by travelling across Eastern Mediterranean and North African parts of the world, Casablanca Cafe Orewa is the stylish new eatery where you can come join us for brunch or lunch; dinner or dessert; meze to share or coffee to takeaway. Enjoy a space that seems to effortlessly embody the essence of east Mediterranean styles, while also appealing to the NZ desire for a comfort-zone. Followers may recognise the style of Casablanca’s creators – those of “Caravanserai Tea House” and “Café Tasca” fame, and now, following the success of the Casablanca eatery at Sylvia Park, Orewa has its very own taste of the East. The atmosphere is contemporary ethnic, making it inviting for daytime or evening dining; and once the lights are dimmed, the colourful ambience is turned up; tastebuds ignite as exotic creations begin to emerge out of the kitchen heat.

Photos

Photo of Casablanca Cafe
Sandwich Wrap - with felafel, chicken or lamb!
Chocolate & Caramel Cake
Brunch: Izmir Eggs
Dolma - perfect as a quick bite, or to share... Stuffed with rice, currants, pine nuts and herbs, served with tomato salsa and labneh yoghurt.

More Information

Categories:
Bar & Brasseries, Bistros, Restaurants, Cafes
Takeaways:
Yes
Parking:
Free On-Street
Price Range:
Moderate, $15 - $25
Attire:
Smart casual
Good For Groups:
Yes
Good For Children:
Yes
WI-FI:
Free
Alcohol:
Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
BYO/Corkage:
No BYO
Takes Reservations:
Yes
Dietary Restrictions:
Gluten-free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, Dairy-free, Soy-free
Meals Served:
Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Dessert, Lunch, Dinner
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
Outdoor Seating:
Yes

Reviews for Casablanca Cafe

5 star rating
by Justine
13th June 2014

Had a fabulous evening here last Saturday. Wonderful decor and atmosphere. Service was friendly and prompt and food was without fault….. just yum!!! Found the idea of ‘sittings’ a bit strange…but it’s worth it. We’ll be back again for sure.

5 star rating
by Olwyn H.
5th June 2014

Had a meal there with 3 friends recently and we all had a beautiful meal, love the flavours, service was good and drinks were very good. I would recommend Casablanca Orewa for a very tasty and enjoyable meal. I love the decor too.

3 star rating
by Geena P.
21st May 2014

Was super excited to go here as I’ve heard so many people talk about it and heard good reviews. Went there with my boyfriend and two friends. Service was pretty good. I’m not sure if I ordered wrong but my meal was very average, I had the lamb kebab with yoghurt, tomato and thyme sauce. Tasted pretty much like going to the kebab places at the mall- expect I’d probably
Prefer that. Overwhelming amount of yoghurt and the lamb was quite overdone and bad quality given the price. My boyfriend had the large sized squid rings which he said was okay, but couldn’t understand the excellent reviews.. He was also charged for a tiny serving of aioli which I personally think should be free as most places don’t charge for sauce. Both boys that dined with us left hungry and weren’t overly impressed. Was a tad disappointed after all the build up.

3 star rating
by Sarah W.
9th May 2014

Third time eating here. First two times were reasonable – nothing wrong, good standard fare. As an almost weekly diner of Caravanserai during the 90′s, I was eagerly anticipating Casablanca’s arrival in our neighbourhood. The taramasalata and felafels were as good as I remembered. This last time though, one of our meals was cold and no waiters to catch our eye, even though we tried signalling for 10 mins. My husband ended up eating the warm and lukewarm outside part and finished the rest of my passable tagine. When we finally did catch someone’s eye and let them know we were finished, they offered us a free dessert (which we didn’t want as we were pretty full after starters and mains), but really, I didn’t think they should’ve charged us for the cold main.

Casablanca is generally an average trusty restaurant for a good time out with friends. It still disappoints me, however, to compare the $120 meal that we had at Casablanca with the outstanding $140 meal that we enjoyed at Ponsonby Bistro 2 nights earlier. The value is so much better further afield.

5 star rating
by Carolyn D.
30th April 2014

I have been to Casablanca a few times. Fantastic staff,food,prices and atmosphere. We are so grateful to have a restaurant in Orewa that we can return to knowing every time will be 100%. I have tried the Tangine, Platter and also been for brunch having the Eggs. I had family over from Oz recently and they thought it was fantastic too. Keep up the good work it is appreciated.

4 star rating
by Jake H.
16th April 2014

Thank the lord, there is a great place to dine in Orewa at last!

Went here for a birthday dinner last night, thought I better share my experience because this place is doing so well all-round.

Environment:
Walking through the door you notice the rustic Mediterranean décor of this place is exquisite! It was classy and attractive (tick). It was getting dark out side when we arrived and the lights were nicely lit to make a cozy glow. All the glassware and cutlery was of a reasonable fine quality (tick) – a special note about the water jugs, tables and chairs they are choice! The younger food runners/waitresses were well presented, looked like they were dolled up for a night out which was quite groovy. The kitchen was open, and easily viewed from the floor, all the cooking noises and 73.9ft high flames added to the excitement. The chefs were in spotless whites (tick). The environment is very hard to fault, it was buzzing! It was so busy and buzzing you could only hear little half second patches of the neat themed music – sorry where? in Orewa on a Tuesday night!

Food/Beverage:
Very Mediterranean menu (tick) which was great to see. Was full of dishes I have never seen or heard about, the descriptions helped a lot! There was a great variety to choose from – guessing 20-30 dishes all up. If you wanted to have a full tapa’s type meal you could, the menu was split in to small dishes and large dishes, so you could have the entrée & mains dining experience also. The food was served in a great timely fashion, I think we did not wait longer than 20 minutes (tick) and it all came out together (tick). I ordered a kebab… thing…

Now… the taste, the chefs here know what they are doing the dishes were superb with a great depth of flavor (tick). A lot of time and effort has been taken in to prep because this is not your average, its good food! Well done chefs, kudos. I dug my fork in to a few of everybody else’s dishes to make sure it wasn’t just mine that was so good, no no, it was all good with a lot of well matched flavors and components. I will be back another time to try deserts as we had a B-Day cake (with no cakeage fee by the way).

Alcoholic drinks menu was ‘okay’, I think they could put a bit more effort into it. You see the locals… we love to drink up here on the Hibiscus Coast, we are like hobbits – we are passionate about food and drink. I would like to see more beers and craft beers. Also an expansion on the wine, you may be playing it too safe.

Service:
The maître d’/senior waiter lady greeted us within 10sec’s of walking through the door (tick) and took us to the table, and then asked if we would like a drink and small plates well we wait for the others (tick). Wait’s between drinks were acceptable. We all felt quite looked after the whole night, there were a few times where my vessel was empty for about 5 minutes before our waiter had asked if we would like another round – I’m just saying, they could have probably got another 6 beers out of us before we left ($50). Also, serving beer in a bottle is okay at a pub not at a restaurant, there is room for improvement with serving beer, if the customer wants it in a bottle he gets it in a bottle, but serving beer in a glass allows the aroma to enter your nose and improve enjoyment, it is just more classier – simple. There was one young waitresses who must learn to smile more.

They dimmed the lights when we sung happy birthday and they delivered the cake it was bloody awesome that they made a little fuss for us. Things like this are really cool.

Great place to go for dinner whether its just with your petal, or the family or a gathering of grand epicness. This place is doing very well, it is setting a new standard for Orewa. Hopefully others will follow suit and help create the little destination I know Orewa can be.

I loved it
I will return
I would recommend to my closest friends and family!
Next time, I’m getting the steak!

5 star rating
by Victoria B.
31st March 2014

Awesome local restaurant with fantastic service. Very friendly staff. The food was amazing. We tried the lamb & chicken tagine… very tasty and really good portion sizes. We were very full. Really nice atmosphere. We will definately be back.

4 star rating
by Mupps
19th February 2014

Visited for a drink after work with friends, shared a couple of small plates. Great service, very friendly, professional and prompt, though waters could do with topping up more often and drinks prompted. Got to say the Falafels we had were a tad tasteless, compared with other med meals I have had in the past… seemed a busy, lively and a well liked place by the locals, I’ll be back sometime soon for a full meal, as I work locally and often come to Orewa for social occasions too.

5 star rating
by Garth N.
8th February 2014

My wife and I have been twice over the past week or so and both times received really good service and the atmosphere great. The food was absolutely WOW on both occasions!! Mouthwatering and well presented. Keep it up Casablanca!!

5 star rating
by Leeanne W.
6th February 2014

We are local here in Orewa and booked for a party of 25 for a 40th birthday! We had the Mezze Menu which was perfect for such a large group! The food was beautiful and there was plenty to go around! (we even left with what we couldn’t finish) The staff were friendly and extremely helpful and done an amazing job catering to such a large group! (they even sang Happy Birthday too) Our guests who travelled from all over were very impressed with Casablanca and had nothing but positive comments! Thank you to all at Casablanca for making our night so enjoyable! Look forward to dining there again!

5 star rating
by Tracey L.
5th February 2014

Booked a party of 7 for a 21st birthday family meal. We were early and the team apologized as the table wasn’t ready. Despite it being a packed night our food came quickly, we were all served together which sometimes doesn’t happen with a bigger group. The fare was tasty and excellent with heaps of choice. The staff were attentive without being overbearing and even checked to see if the ingredients were available for a cocktail my son wanted.
My recommendation is to book for a busy night as the place was packed! Slightly hard for conversation but it became easier as the amount of guests lessened.
Am looking forward to my next meal!

5 star rating
by June W.
31st January 2014

Excellent as always, what a huge asset for Orewa and very much needed. I have been many times since opening and have never been disappointed. The unfailingly pleasant staff and committed owner ensure a relaxing enjoyable experience every time.

5 star rating
by Cherrie E.
27th January 2014

Lunch has been a wonderful experience once again. Food, atmosphere and service could not be faulted.
Casablanca is a restaurant we are proud to take our visitors to.
Right across from the beautiful Orewa beach so who needs to go to downtown Auckland

4 star rating
by Mike E.
27th January 2014

Our third visit and again a great experience, trying different dishes each time. Very attentive waiters who show a good knowledge of the various options. Each time we have taken different guests and all have been suitably impressed. The place is always so busy, (but they do take reservations and the table is always ready for you,) but the service is always quick and cheerful. A great addition to Orewa’s food scene.

5 star rating
by Ange G.
16th January 2014

I have been to Casablanca a number of times with various family and friends. Absolutely love the place – it’s my fave! Pretty close to perfect every time. Have had no problems with been greeted, seated, waited on etc. Our orders were always correct and usually didn’t take long to arrive. Very friendly staff. Have enjoyed my food – only one dish wasn’t too fussed on, it was just a bit too spicey for me. It’s been great trying different food. Just love the buzz there. Can’t wait to go back!

5 star rating
by Liz H.
12th January 2014

Had a lovely night here. We experienced impeccable service we were seated quickly, had a wonderful waitress who checked on us regularly. The food was great! This is just the kind of establishment Orewa needs. We will be back of sure

4 star rating
by Annie S.
10th January 2014

Have been to Casablanca on a number of occasions.
I have only great things to say about the staff and the food is lovely. My main reason for not giving it 5 star was my last experience when I decided to take my dinner to eat on the beach. The restaurant was not overly busy at 5pm I wanted wraps but could only choose from the dinner menu, the Hummus with Fulfil took over 20min and the $29 was expensive considering the serving size of the dishes in question. I will be back however as overall I love the food, the staff and the spot so keep working at it.

2 star rating
by Sue
9th January 2014

We had been waiting for an opportunity to visit this restaurant as the reviews were good and talk around Orewa was that it was the best place to eat in Orewa. We couldn’t get a booking before Christmas so waited for my birthday after the new year to book. We were looking forward to it but we’re really disappointed. We never really got to taste the food as our order got mixed up. We waited more than an hour and a quarter for our mains dish, as they had forgotten our order. People arriving after us were leaving before we got our mains. We waited and meals kept being delivered to others as we watched the kitchen staff argue over who should have been making our dishes, it was like something you see on tv. We ended up walking out and they let us have our drinks for free for the inconvenience. The atmosphere was good but at times could hear everyone’s conversations. It was hot and sticky too all in all not a pleasant experience. It will be quite a while before we book again!

Comment from Murat A. of Casablanca Cafe 9/01/2014   
Hi Sue, We’re very sorry to hear of your experience. Your…    More »
3 star rating
by Emma
8th January 2014

My partner and I had been looking forward to dining at Casblanca Cafe since first opening and finally found an opportunity to do so.
The service was very good, the waiter wanted to take our main meal orders whilst taking our entree order and asked us to hurry along which we ignored as when we dine out we like to take our time and enjoy the experience. The waiter soon got the hint when we said no we are wanting a bottle of wine while we have our entree – after that he was cool and said take your time! Restaurant is fully licensed so cheapest bottle of wine is $38.00 – this may prove a struggle considering so many BYOW restaurants on the coast.
Food was average. I ordered the Black Sea Chicken dish – tasted like the chicken had been covered in coat n cook and then served on rice which was super hot!!! The menu did not describe the dish as having chilli in it or of being hot it described it as a roast almond paprika rice pilaf.
I was expecting a lot more for the price and the popularity of the place, however i will go again and try a different dish and see how that goes as i usually love Mediterranean cuisine.

3 star rating
by Gus
6th January 2014

We visited Casablanca Cafe on a Monday evening and it was bustling. We had no reservation but managed to get a table. The wait staff were perfectly fine, one drink was missed on our order but this was rectified promptly. I ordered the chicken tagine, which was disappointingly not temperature hot probably indicating that the dish had been prepared well in advance. The other dinners ate chicken fattush which was okay and a generous size and the pilaf which she found a bit too chilli hot (and she likes chilli). All in all a solid effort and clearly popular out at the beach but it seemed to lack flavour for me and it was hard to get excited over my tepid offering .

Comment from Murat A. of Casablanca Cafe 7/01/2014   
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5 star rating
by Radhika L.
5th January 2014

Thank you Casablanca Cafe for investing in Orewa! That block of shops/cafes needed a serious facelift-which thanks to you has started happening!

Service: fantastic! Attentive staff who did everything just right. Having a hospitality background myself I recognised that it wasn’t over the top as to be annoying, but attentive enough to feel very welcome and looked after.

Food: fabulous! Love it! Need I say more?!?!

Atmosphere: fabulous! The only thing I would suggest is to incorporate some music which diners sitting outside could enjoy also.

Well done! And thanks!

4 star rating
by Robin H.
4th December 2013

Second visit. Just as impressed as first one. Good service, superb food delivered quickly.
A bit noisy – can be easily fixed by putting up some lovely oriental wall rugs to absorb the noise- would be a five if you do this.

5 star rating
by Debbie M.
1st December 2013

At last. A decent restaurant in Orewa. The service is friendly and attentive. Seating is interesting. I love all the cushions. The only negatives are:
1. it is already so popular bookings are essential
2. it is hard to choose from the menu because everything sounds yummy
The highlight for me was the street food which you could eat with your fingers. Will definitely be returning for the third time.

5 star rating
by Michael D.
26th November 2013

I had dinner at Casablanca Orewa with 3 others this past Sunday evening and have to say, what a wonderful (and overdue) addition to Orewa! Upon arriving, we were promptly greeted by friendly wait staff. Unknown to us, you really need to book ahead to guarantee getting a table. After a brief reshuffle of reserved tables, we were accommodated and shown to our table.

The entire experience was delightful from the food to the service and the interesting, intricately decorated environment.

The portion sizes were more than generous and priced reasonably also. The biggest difficulty of the night was choosing what to have, as they offer a very extensive menu.

What a busy place! Really inspiring to see an eatery doing so well in Orewa. Keep it up Casablanca! We’ll definitely be back!

4 star rating
by Terry
21st November 2013

Have been there four times since it opened and each time it has been a very pleasant experience. The staff are friendly, charming and well trained (well most of them). Food is excellent and portions more than adequate. My wife and I will certainly be regulars there.

2 star rating
by Letitia
20th November 2013

Unfortunately our experience at Casablanca Orewa was not one that would make me go back.

The staff are friendly and the food is very nice but on the down side our particular waitress did not know anything about the food on the menu, the wait time to both be served and revive our meals was far too long.

The meals are overpriced as the portion sizes are less than adequate.

They are trying to serve more people than the staff and kitchen can cope with, and on this note our table was no where near large enough for the five people in our group, regardless that we made a booking.

Comment from Murat A. of Casablanca Cafe 23/11/2013   
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2 star rating
by Jared E.
18th November 2013

We booked a table for five, upon arrival we were shown to our seats by friendly and helpful staff. The table was far too small for five of us and the neighbouring table was so close I needed to get up for the occupants of the other table to enter and exit.

The wait time was fifty five minutes from sit down to getting our mains, we didn’t order any entries. The food on the whole was delicious, but the portions were small and left all of us still hungry. Considering the portion size, the food was over priced.
While we waited for our orders, one of the chairs collapsed that a gentleman who was dining outside was seated on.

We all decided to try desert given that we were still unsatisfied from the main portions we received. To our disappointment, the desert did not live up to the culinary expectations we had envisioned on account of our mains. Three of the five deserts were served , with the remaining two served close to ten minutes after, at which point the first three had almost finished. The customer service oriented wait staff promptly recognised the mistake and offered for the last two deserts to be removed from the bill when it was brought to their attention.

This restaurant earned two stars because of the service its wait staff provided with a warm demeanor and a smile even under high pressure conditions with a lot of tables to wait, along with the superb preparation and presentation of the meals. Unfortunately, Casablanca in Orewa fails on all other counts.

2 star rating
by Brenda
10th November 2013

We visited Casablanca Orewa last night – this was the second time we had been, first time was for lunch on Labour Weekend. Very disappointed both times with the service, it was terrible – both times waited over an hour for mains and when they did arrive I was told what I had ordered they had ran out of !! So once again I had to wait for another main to be cooked while the rest of our party ate there mains. Will not be going back for a long long time – very poor – shame really as the food is good and the restaurant is very nice

Comment from Murat A. of Casablanca Cafe 23/11/2013   
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4 star rating
by Ron K.
6th November 2013

We visited Casablanca Cafe in Orewa for the first time this week for brunch and were greeted by a friendly, smiling and professional waitress with dark hair, this was a great start as no other cafe in this are area provides this kind of approach towards any of their (including prospective) customers. This lady continued to gave us some excellent advice on our food choice and was consistent in giving us further excellent service. The food and coffee took a bit longer than expected to arrive, which was disappointing, also another waitress who was not aware of what we had ordered served us the food and unfortunately her overall mannerism of servicing us was not to our liking, inadvertently this resulted in us being overcharged. The overall quality of the food was superb and we will definitely be back again with other friends again soon to give this cafe another visit in the hope to be served by the same waitress again

4 star rating
by Karl
4th November 2013

Took my wife there for lunch for her birthday and found the food and service very good.

Very much looking forward to going there for dinner in the near future.

4 star rating
by Stacey
4th November 2013

Excellent food in a nice setting.
Service was average, although I think this will improve as staff get settled in.
They were nice and friendly, just a little confused as to who was looking after which table leading to a bit of a wait for us.
Look forward to visiting again soon.

2 star rating
by Eddie C.
21st October 2013

Tuned up and waited 20 minutes to be offered a menu. Sitting outside.

Ordered two special coffees, 30 minutes later cold coffees came out. I complained, another 15 minutes later our coffees came out.

Rubbish service, and $10.50 for a special coffee is a little expensive.

5 star rating
by Pete B.
16th October 2013

My wife and I went to Casablanca Cafe in Orewa on a whim essentially. We arrived without a booking and were greeted by a friendly helpful staff member who got us seated and comfortable while we waited a few minutes for a table. The atmosphere was busy and vibrant, with pleasant decor adding to the ambiance.
The food was soon on the table, 18 minutes from ordering to it being in front of us, delivered by very friendly and professional staff. An excellent experience so far. It only got better as we ate our mains. They were both delicious and of more than adequate size. Desert was just as good and we were struggling to finish by the end. As we were finishing desert we saw friends leaving and of course asked how they’d enjoyed it. They were really impressed by the whole experience and agreed with us that Casablanca could become our favourite place to eat on the coast.
All in all a definite five stars from us and we’d recommend it to others without hesitation. Well done Casablanca!

5 star rating
by Maree M.
15th October 2013

Last night we went to Casablanca to celebrate our wedding anniversary congratulations to the chef the food was amazing well presented and the service could not be faulted.
It was a Monday night and the place was buzzing. A special thank you to Lala for looking after us so well – we had a really enjoyable evening and will be back again as we live just down the road.

5 star rating
by Steve B.
10th October 2013

Went to Casablanca for my wife’s 40th on Sunday evening. The restaurant was busy, however the staff were very attentive and took care of us. The food was fantastic, including the 3 kids meals we ordered.
Early that day I dropped off a surprise cake for my wife and they kindly brought it out to her for our dessert.
My wife had heard about the fig mousse so chose to give it a try and it tasted magnificent.
Will definitely be going back again.

5 star rating
by Jeanine M.
5th October 2013

Had a girls night out, and it was amazing, the interior is beautifully exotic and there are very helpful wait staff. We were tossing up whether to have a meal each or the mezze. So while downing some rather salubrious wine, the lovely waitress told us she could bring us ‘share plates’ as well as our meals. We put a little of our meals on these plates and had a mouthful of each others. Really delicious, but my calamari was not for sharing after that, just a hint of chilli made it perfect. The Turkish delight was ….delightful, definitely going back. In fact we have booked for next Saturday with friends. Can’t wait.

5 star rating
by cassandrah
1st October 2013

Wifey and I was there for the opening day last Wednesday and I must say.. the food was absolutely divine!!! Had Casa Fish and Chips and French Toast ..simply delicious !! I must congratulate the chefs for providing us with our meal as we loved every single bite. I had a Perfectly cooked Fish which was very succulent with a lot of flavours. We enjoyed our meal very much indeed ,well worth the price. Presentation of our meals was very well presented. Had a nice young chap serve us , had all our needs well taken care of. Well done son. Atmosphere is very relaxing and fresh. There’s no doubt this café/ restaurant will quickly become the hottest reservation in town. Will definitely recommend this place to family and friends. you will no doubt tire at serving this old man haha

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