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Reviews for Mecca Stonehouse Cafe
23rd June 2014
Go there time and time again, Coffee is 11 out of 10, consistently the best around. We feel like valued customers even though at times they are incredibly busy. All the staff are friendly and the food is great.
16th June 2014
Had 2 steaks personally from this place in one sitting due to the steaks seriously not being very big at all!!! Way too expensive, serious lack of service, and for some strange reason, both of my steaks had completely different vegetables than everyone else’s. They all had lovely beans and I had broccoli.
Just a bit strange. Maybe need to re-look at your chef.
by Tanzida A.
16th June 2014
We had our group booking over the weekend. Service and food was very good. I will say good for family, kids can play around and we can enjoy our time as well.
Staff were very helpful
by Rahal K.
16th June 2014
If I could give this place and their staff negative (-5) star rating I would definitely do that. We went with two other families who have kids around the ages of 3-12 hence thought this might be a better location – but we were so incorrect! One of the kids actually mentioned how rude the staff was when asking them to order from the menu. It was more of “what do you want, hurry up!” When I requested if there was an omelette available, I was point blank refused! however, when my friend sitting right beside me asked the same question, the waitress checked with the kitchen and came back saying yes, we can do a basic one. I overheard her say that and questioned, can you now arrange for the same? and the waitress slightly aloof said…oh yeah! do you want an omelette now? I said “don’t worry, about it” it sounded like too much trouble. She didn’t bother much, just turned around and left! one of the kids menu item was missing something and we had to order the item for about 5 times to various waitresses and it finally arrived. Finally after ordering over $220.00 worth of breakfast at this cafe, my friend and I wanted to finish off with a pot of tea, however, we weren’t interested in ordering two pots as we only wanted half a cup each. We ordered one pot and asked the waitress specifically to bring two cups, the waitress arrived and sneaked two pots on our table, when we asked her to check if the order was for one or two pots, she first denied to come to our table and sent her owner who then created a scene by shouting at us to say, these are only $4 and No sharing is allowed.
IT was more of how they created a scene for $4 coffee when the table had spent over $200 in their cafe, and instead of checking with us if we were OK to order two pots the waitress just sneaked in two pots on our table. Terrible service, horrible and rude staff. The irony is that we only drank one pot and left the other on the table as it was too much! “obviously paid for it too”.
The owner has no etiquette for servicing her customers, the waitress kept giving us a rude stare that she would come over and pick a fight any minute, it was an average breakfast, the food was not good! and despite spending so much money we were shouted at and scene created for $4 tea pot!
Missionbay is full of cafes, this business and their attitude will not survive for long. I highly recommend DO NOT use them!
by Yusoff K.
13th June 2014
A great location for brunch and lunch by the beach. If only the interior set-up are as appealing as how it look like from the outside.
A serious make-over required. People are now paying not only for the food but also for the ambiance.
On the bright side: the food is well presented and taste really good. Very impressed.
The promotion is appealing and straight forward which is a thumbs-up!
We do receive a good service but waited approximately 5min in front of the paying counter where there is no staff…we could have just leave and nobody know.
Overall, its a great experience. Will definitely make a trip again for the good food.
by Helen G.
18th May 2014
Mecca Stonehouse is a faded star. Brunch/Lunch menu is lacking any sense of creativity or imagination and is well over-priced for the quality of food that you receive. While the portions are quite big it still doesn’t justify the price and the food is like pub grub, no love.
Service was a bit unorganised, but the food did come out quite quickly.
Menu overhaul is required asap!!! There is so much competition in Auckland you would think they would put a bit more effort into their food.
by Michael B.
14th May 2014
Excellent service. Even though we said the party would be 6, then we said 7 and the table was reset. The team took it well in their stride when we eventually turned up with 8 and the table had to be reset again. Excellent beach side location. Food was great. The building is pretty old, especially for Auckland which made for a special night out. An easy, relaxed choice with handy parking.
by Adam E.
17th April 2014
I’ve been to a few of the Mecca Cafes in Auckland and Mecca Stonehouse is a huge let down compared with the others.
We found the service and quality of the food to be very poor considering you are paying fairly high prices. Being a Mecca franchise we expected a great dining experience and unfortunately this fell short. Both waitresses were quite rude, didn’t seem to know the menu too well and when we asked for things such as a glass of water, extra spoon etc there was often a very very long wait or it just didn’t come at all.
The overall feedback from our group was that the food was quite bland and not very flavorsome, small portion sizes and the service was comparable to a fast food joint.
I would say to go to one of the other restaurants in the area instead of here, however, they may have sorted some stuff out based on the fact the last few reviews are pretty good.
by Matt M.
14th April 2014
I recently had a party at Mecca Stonehouse and they were phenomenal in their organisation and dedication in ensuring that it all went according to plan! The staff there contacted me a few times to confirm arrangements and were also very accommodating towards requests like bringing in my own furniture into their spacious marquee for the party.
by Fran W.
12th April 2014
We had decided to book the Mecca Stone-house Cafe for a very special birthday party and we were not disappointed.We were a party of 40 plus people, and we had the stone house venue all to ourselves, which was the main reason for choosing to have our party there, as it gave us privacy for speeches and songs etc. We found the tables beautifully set up with linen tablecloths and serviettes, and we finished the look with floral decorations and plenty of candles.
When our guests arrived at 6.30pm they were greeted with a glass of Champagne and a selection of 3 Canapes.
We had ordered the Mecca Stone-house Special Dinner Menu which consisted of a choice of 3 entrees, and 4 different choices of Mains. For the dessert we also had 3 choices.
The staff were very efficient in taking the orders from each guest. We had 3 children at the party and they each received exactly what they wanted.
While waiting for the food to arrive we had ample time for speeches and to show a “This is your life” DVD.
The food was just lovely, very tasty and very well presented.
We had only very positive feedback from our guests for the whole evening, and we would like to give special thanks to Chek and her staff for managing the evening, and to the Chef for the very tasty food which we could not fault.
by Ataur R.
7th April 2014
Last Saturday night I entertained the High Commissioner for Bangladesh to NZ at this restaurant. We were delighted with our dinner (lamb shanks) which was delicious. The atmosphere was pleasant & buzzing, the service was superb. I will be back with friends. Well done the management & staff
by Janeen A.
3rd March 2014
Mecca Stonehouse was the perfect venue for our wedding day. We had the ceremony outside in their lovely courtyard and the reception in the actual stone house. While we didn’t have a formal sit down dinner we had substantial canapes served throughout the night and we had lots of complimentary comments from our guests about how much they enjoyed the night – particularly around the quality of food. My husband and I were also impressed with the quality and timing of it all, the canape rounds came out at appropriate times and no one was left hungry. The mini fish n chips and caramel slice canapés were highlights! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to host a function.
1st March 2014
I came here with a group of friends to have lunch. The staff were friendly, the food tasted great and we enjoyed our time there. Although the pricing seemed a bit expensive, it is still a good restaurant to go to.
by Julie H.
21st February 2014
My daughter and I had a lovely meal here last Sunday evening. We both chose the chicken meal as she has had it on two previous occasions. Tender and tasty and one vegetable plate to share was more than enough to satisfy. We will definitely be having a mother/daughter night out again there soon.
by Swapnil B.
3rd February 2014
I used this restaurant for my wedding reception on 21/01/2014 it was outstanding. The way it was managed was superb, food was delicious and all guests were completely satisfied, service was brilliant and the staff never rushed us and gave our own time. Special thanks to their Manager ‘Sum’ who looked after event as a family member. Me and my wife had the most awesome time of our here and we highly recommended others
28th January 2014
We went for dinner tonight and the food was awful. The seafood platter was $45 and had the blandest and most boring seafood I’ve ever had. The salmon was simply fried – no seasoning or flavours. The oysters had been washed so tasted watery. A soy and a chili dip, but a plain salad with no mayo or dressing. I will never go there again and most certainly do not recommend it. There are plenty of other wonderful, cheaper places to eat in Mission Bay, and with much better food.
by Virgie I.
24th January 2014
What a wonderful experience. Today was our first time to visit Mecca Stonehouse. Service was awesome. Food was awesome, especially the spicy scotch fillet (perfectly done!) and the raspberry cheesecake. Coffee was great too. We’d love to come back here again soon.
by Jane G.
16th January 2014
So disappointing! Went to Mecca Stonehouse for dinner this evening – how terrible! The service was fine, the food however was so below average it’s awful to think we paid almost $200 for two plates of scallop and pawn linguine, 2 x kids dinners, 2 x cold chocolates, a beer, two wines, two kids desserts and one adult dessert. The kids meal was a couple of dried up pieces of breaded chicken “cutlets” with a handful of chips, a cut up tomato, three slices of cucumber and two slices of carrot. No sauces offered – the kids had to go ask for the tomato sauce. The linguine was salty with scallops that had been cooked from frozen – so obviously not fresh – neither were the prawns and it was a very small dish too, so couldn’t even say at least it was filling! AND it was priced at $36 – that would indicate it has to be a kick-arse pasta – but sadly no! As for the dessert – well the kids had gelato – probably can’t go too wrong with a sweet sickly mess for kids… !? The Plum Crumble Pie at $14.90 was seriously only about two fingers wide – come warmed up straight out of the microwave – with some runny red sauce – not sure what flavour it was meant to be – the menu says plum couli… with a small squirt of “zizzee” cream – Ha – it only needed a small squirt of cream as the pie piece was SO tiny. This place needs a major make-over – the location is outstanding – but it’s all very tired and well just felt a little bit grim, I’m sure the menu’s not changed since I was here several years ago. I’ll be sure to tell everyone do not go to this place. And to add insult to injury they charge 2% to pay by credit card!
by Laurie W.
13th January 2014
On Friday evening a friend and I went to the Stonehouse. We had previously been there (MANY years ago), and had been seriously underwhelmed by the experience, so had not been tempted to return. We were encouraged by some recent positive reports, so decided to give it another try.
Everything was good. We dined sort of “al fresco”. It was pretty breezy, so they had lowered the plastic sheets/walls, which kept out the weather, without restricting the view.
The service was attentive, without being intrusive, and all the staff were friendly.
The food was excellent. I had the venison, which was tender and cooked to perfection (medium rare). My friend had a chicken dish.
The winelist, while not extensive, was adequate, with a number of quality choices that could tempt me.
I used an Entertainment Book discount, which was cheerfully accepted by the Maitre d’ (Andrew). One thing that did irk a bit (and I raised this with Andrew) was that I could find no reference on their website stating whether they were solely “fully licensed”, or whether they also accepted BYOW.
All in all, it was an experience that I would happily repeat.
10th January 2014
My husband and I dined at the Stonehouse on the Wed 8th Jan 2013. It was a wonderful evening of dining and watching a wedding reception take place in the marquee next to our table. The setting of the restaurant is just lovely right near the beach,with a relaxed feel about it. The food was superb and cooked perfectly. It was presented delectably with spices and flavors that were delicious. To top it off we had the most wonderful waiter Shajib. He has not been in NZ very long and was the most friendly, attentive waiter we have had in a long time. He truely is a credit to his employer. Overall it was a great experience.
by Phil D.
24th December 2013
Dined at Mecca last night and really enjoyed the experience overall. This was our first night in Auckland and wanted a casual relaxed meal… And we were not disappointed. Andrew looked after us superbly , however his team perhaps need to be a bit more attentive and the kitchen need to be a bit more organised.. Fortunately this did not detract from well presented and tasty food, when it did arrive..
by Monica C.
21st December 2013
Nice location and lovely to eat outside on a nice day. However would say the service is average, the food quality and taste is pretty average for the price paid so an overall slightly better than average experience.
18th December 2013
Service ok but horrible food.
2 mains ordered and 1 beer: $70.
Fish and chips: fish partially burnt on some spots, chips tasteless… soft and white and salad leaves far too old.
Seafood spaghettis: boring tomato sauce, overcooked spaghettis and one bad mussel. Saying on the menu ‘with grated parmesan’ but had to ask to have it.
Ordered a bottle of Stella Artois and was served in a glass with no bottle. No surprise, it was a Macs Gold. Still charged the price of the Stella.
The location is brilliant but the setting looking very cheap and not really pleasant, specially for a $30 to $40 per mains restaurant.
Boring wine list and overpriced.
Went in the past for breakfast and had a better experience (nothing crazy but ok).
To be strongly avoided for dinner.
by Laura G.
15th December 2013
Four of us went for brunch after reading some good reviews about Mecca Stonehouse but were severely disappointed.
The honey baked French toast came drowned in syrup, with a slice of apple that had obviously had a rotten spot cut out, and how are you meant to eat quarter of an orange with the skin on?? The eggs Benedict was average, I watched my mother re-construct it on her plate before she could eat it.
The Salt & Pepper squid had NO sign of salt OR pepper and my partner struggled to eat it with the squid skin still in tack. It came with a boring plain salad which was mostly white cabbage. An easy Asian slaw wouldn’t go a miss here…
The service was great at least, but it could pay to replace the light bulbs in the women’s toilets…
by Lenneke v.
30th November 2013
Can not explain what an amazing meal and service we experienced! Have been here once before and tried venison for the first time I have never loved something more, it was cooked to absolute perfection (medium rare) ever since I have not been able to enjoy a meal as much always referring back to this one experience so we went back again tonight and blow me away it was exactly how I imagined if not better same meal venison altered with kumara mash as it is my weakness and I can not fault it! (If there was one picky suggestion maybe a few more behest as I only had 2 pieces of broccoli) but honestly I would not complain!! My partner and I said if we had to have a last meal or our utter most favourite dinner would be it would be Mecca Stonehouse. We would like to say a special massive thank you to Andrew, Sajib and Jeff for your extremely fantastic friendly caring service who always went out of there way to make sure we had the best dining experience in comfort and taste. I recommend this restaurant to everyone and we will definitely become regulars Thank you again so very much!
by Joy L.
26th November 2013
We had our wedding at Mecca Stonehouse and since booking a year ago have enjoyed many meals there both with deal vouchers and off the normal menu.
We would like to say that the dealings we have had with Mecca staff has been of a high standard especially Chek and Andrew who both offered us very helpful advice.
Andrew made us feel very welcome each time we came for dinner over the last year, shows how many times we came as he remembered what we drank.
Each time we had a meal the quality never changed which is a credit to the chefs.
Chek was very easy and helpful to deal with and did a fabulous job on decorating the restaurant on the day. Everything was how we imagined it would be and we were very comfortable in knowing that Chek understood what we were trying to achieve.
The feedback from our Guests has been wonderful with all commenting that it was the best wedding they had attended and on the high standard of the meals and the staff on the night. We also had International guests who were very impressed.
Two of the guests in particular owned a function venue and said it was the best wedding they have been involved/attended and congratulated us on choosing such beautiful wines,meals, entertainment and the decoration of the room.
Please pass on our thanks to your staff, you have a wonderful team there.
We will definitely be over for a meal in the New Year.
by Lisa R.
21st November 2013
Had a terrible dinner. The chicken was so dry, the sauce was split, mash ok and randomly cut broccoli just thrown in there for some greenery I’m guessing. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was just apprentices in the kitchen. I took my mother out for what was meant to be a fun night but we were both totally shocked at how bad the food was especially paying $30+ for each main.Apart from the food the wine selection was good and service great. With a decent head chef hopefully things will change for the better.
by Susan C.
21st November 2013
We went to Mecca Stonehouse for dinner and we had a very enjoyable meal at this restaurant and what we noticed was that the service was excellent by the staff with the manager Andrew leading the way. We will definitely come back again, friendly staff and excellent food.
by Nicole V.
6th October 2013
I went to Mecca Stonehouse with my partner a couple of days ago, and had a very positive experience! We were wandering around Mission Bay on a beautiful sunny day, hungry after a nice walk on the beach, we walked in the beautiful building Mecca Stonehouse is. The staff that welcomed us was very friendly and helpful!
I ordered the snapper for mains, my partner the venison, both very very tasty! For dessert we both ordered the home made crumble pie, and as a dessert lover I must admid I couldn’t make a better one myself.
Very positive overall experience, we will definitely come back!
by May W.
31st July 2013
We had the voucher deal for a 5 course meal at Mecca. When we made the booking a couple weeks before, the person taking our reservation failed to tell us that every Tuesday, the function room (the stone house) is booked out. We were sat in the marquee with poor lighting and patio-style chairs.
The tomato & pumpkin soup was oddly seasoned and was borderline uncomfortably spicy (they failed to tell us this). For the main, I ordered the salmon on risotto. The salmon was well cooked however I would barely call the “risotto” anything more than seasoned jasmine rice (not even short grain!). Borderline inedible. Partner ordered steak with mash potato that was covered in an over-buttered bearnaise sauce and the meat was 30% or so chewy fat.
To complete the experience, the women’s bathroom was clean but there was an exposed toilet brush just casually laying on the floor with details I care not to describe.
Needless to say, we will not be returning.
by Chand K.
29th July 2013
Always looked at Mecca Stone House from the outside especially at night it looks stunning. So as my anniversary was coming up I thought what better opportunity to dine there. Went there last night and never again would I go there again or recommend it to anyone. We arrived early got served at the entrance told we had a reservation at 7pm, man seemed to be annoyed that we had arrived early telling us three times that you are early (usually even if customers are early you get seated at around a waiting area while they clear tables) so another man had seated as right way. It wasn’t exactly all that busy with only a couple dining, so not sure why the man had made a ‘fuss’ about being early.
Ordered our drinks waiter didn’t even write down my order despite having a pen and paper and came back couple minutes later asking what it was I had ordered? And when the drinks came back they were exceptionally strong. Atmosphere wasn’t great. Very dim lightening had a so called musician it was quite distracting. Better to have music just played in the background. Food was below average the soup of the day was just broth really, the dessert – chocolate mud cake was dry. Overall was not impressed.
by Vivian C.
30th June 2013
Food was ok, serving sizes were small. The staff didn’t clear the extra wine glasses and cutlery after we ordered, we were given a dessert spoon to have our soup with and a milkshake spoon was given for our dessert. The cutlery on the table wasn’t set correctly. The “chicken” soup was merely just stock in a bowl… The staff were friendly enough but clearly need a lot of training to get back to their previous standard prior to the change of ownership.
by John H.
30th April 2013
I have thought of going to Mecca at Mission Bay many times as the location is great & a walk by the beach after dinner always nice. So last night we went. As lovers of seafood my partner & I chose the seafood platter for 2 & a greek salad as a side. What a huge dissappointment. The platter looked & tasted like the ‘chef’ had puchased the ingredients from the frozen section of the local supermarket. The portion was small, we were still hungry when finished. There were no Oysters (the platter menu stated Oysters were included) & on pointing this out, the waiter did not apologise & returned with a plate of 3 of the most pathetic looking excuse for oysters I have ever seen. The greek salad was average with little feta. NZ has some of the most fantastic seafood in the world, thank god I didn’t have an international guest with me. After dinner I went to the gents – there were broken tiles behind the toilet, a graffitti message on the wall & the handdryer did not work. The Manager explained that it was getting fixed tomorrow. I explained to the Manager that this was simply not good enough & we would not be returning. There are so many wonderful restaurants in Auckland & my experience at other Mecca outlets has been quite satisfactory. This one is an embarrassment and needs to tidy its act up big time.
by Greg G.
1st April 2013
We went as five adults who are very picky. Our experience was excellent, the food was excellent, service excellent and environment excellent. One area to improve would be remove the ice cream cabinet however this is a small criticism for an excellent meal and evening.
by Brittany R.
25th March 2013
Awesome food and drinks! Staff were very polite and helpful. They had food to die for. Was so yummy, I went to Mecca for my 18th Birthday dinner and the service was just incredible. Will definitely go back and will recommend to all of my friends and family.
19th March 2013
Came here to use the deal dinner voucher. We had the bread and dips, and seafood spaghetti and snapper dishes. All dishes were nice enough, though not particularly special or flavoursome, especially given the high prices ($34 spaghetti, $39 fish). I guess they are charging for the premium location and tourist market, though there’s no view from the dining hall in the old Stonehouse. It’s a lovely room all the same, but the amateur artworks and large screen running a slideshow promoting wedding set ups were not only distracting but lower the tone. Ditto the large plastic bag screwed up next to the screen! The lighting was also distracting. Very dim when we entered, the waiter asked if we wanted it turned up to look at the menus, a pattern that was repeated with each new table of guests resulting in the lighting being constantly dimmed and undimmed. Very odd. In short, despite friendly staff and attentive service, the decor and food simply don’t justify the prices even with a voucher. I wouldn’t rule out trying brunch or lunch in the marquee, but based on this experience, won’t be returning for dinner.
2nd January 2013
We went here for Christmas breakfast, costumer service, food, and venue are very good, we will go back here.
by Ben D.
30th December 2012
So disappointing! The web site showed the inside of the Stonehouse but when we arrived there was a private function on and we were shown into a shabby marquee, we were not informed about this when booking. The table was wobbly and there cobwebs on the heater and light fittings, unfortunately this was just the start of an unpleasant dinning experience, the menus were filthy and very low quality and the staff grubby and tried to use language to impress (epic fail). We ordered a glass of wine that was well under half when delivered and I had a Corona served warm, I had Venison some of the vegetables where inedible and I complained and the manager said he would ask the chef, he never came back with an answer even when paying the bill (he served us and asked us if everything was ok).
22nd December 2012
Great location! we were celebrating my husband’s 40th birthday … there were 13 of us and we all thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, the food and the great service! Fantastic setting for a family get together. An awesome night.
by Lorna A.
13th December 2012
Recently I joined friends and family for a lunch at the Mecca Stonehouse Cafe in Mission Bay. The service was excellent and friendly too. The food was just wonderful. I enjoyed the eggs Benedict and chose the salmon. This was beautifully presented and most enjoyed. My friends also enjoyed their meals. I highly recommend this venue for good service, good food and a nice relaxing atmosphere.
by Mike C.
3rd December 2012
We just had our wedding in the Stonehouse restaurant in the old historic building.
Great location. Great staff.
We had a few things for the set menus that we wanted changing. I suggest if you are having a party and the set menus you test them and do the same (because of course its your wedding and you will have your own ideas) . The food was great, just needed a bit of tweaking for us. I have a restaurant here in Auckland so am a bit particular about presentation and well, having it just how we wanted it. They did everything we asked and the end result was a great meal for all and exactly to our taste. We had a few last minute cancellations so will use the credit to return and eat what we totally enjoyed on our wedding night.
Service was excellent, and the team really made everything run smoothly. They clearly have a culture of ensuring the client is happy and good attention to the detail of their specific needs. Of course I will be living happily married ever after, but if I was to ever arrange another wedding it would be with this team at this venue.
Well done guys.
by Liv W.
30th November 2012
Seriously beautiful location. I enjoyed a table bathed in sunshine, but completely sheltered from the high-winds coming off the beach during my lunch here today. (There’s a high-ceilinged clear-plastic conservatory that looks a bit uninviting from the outside, but once you’re inside, it’s very nice, comfortable, and I could stare out through the pinetrees to the sea and Rangitoto in the distance. Nice :))
I had a hankering for some mediterranean style lunch, so found this place online with their “Mini Mezze – A selection of sigara boregi, salt and pepper squid, Salmon skewer, smoked chicken, harissa beef skewer, Marinated olives and hummus, served with grilled Turkish bread” which was perfect for me. ($18.90, it was on the Lunch entree menu.)
Particularly delicious was the delicately cooked salmon on a skewer, and the beef on a skewer too. Melt-in-your-mouth. The hummous seemed freshly prepped from scratch, and was delicious with two small slices of warm turkish bread.
My only recommendation would be to heat the potato-filled cigar filo item for a bit longer. It was warm inside, but not searingly hot as would’ve I liked it to be.
The staff were very attentive. Particularly the young asian gentleman – who was managing the conservatory area where I was seated. And also the lady I spoke to on the phone beforehand was very friendly and helpful.
The prices on the menu are definitely leaning towards the spendy, but I think that’s what you’d have to charge for a set-up like this right on the beachfront.
I like that there’s a completely separate area (also with windshields) for family groups, complete with kids’ playhouse – so I didn’t have to contend with the joyous noises of playful littlies while I was trying to have some relaxing downtime in the ‘grown-ups’ area.
Definitely recommend this place.
by Theresa M.
6th November 2012
Well this was so disappointing. The food was expensive and nice enough but we were there last Saturday night, we had things to celebrate. They rushed us along. When I said I would like to wait to order dessert and coffee they said you can’t we are shutting the kitchen at 9.30 (!) and then they turned off the fire and nearly all the lights and so we were virtually sitting in the dark. How rude is that? When we paid our bill (I was all for just walking out) my friend asked them why the early finish and they said not enough customers. No apology, no discount. Don’t go there plenty of other places along Tamaki that let you have your coffee without turning out the lights at 9.30 and much better value.
by barry o.
28th October 2012
Went to Mecca last night and reading some of the other good reviews I must have been at a different place.
I got a deal through one of the buy a deal sites for 4 of us, and the food was a let down, overpriced, and not even average.
We skipped entree’s and just had mains.
The fish and chips, and the Squid rings were like something I would normally get from the local fish and chip shop, but obviously a lot cheaper and better tasting.
I had the Fillet steak, and while it was cooked well, all I got with it was a small piece of Broccoli and mashed potato.
Because of the price of everything, we were reluctant to order deserts, but the wives did, and all it appeared to be was microwaved frozen deserts. Very disappointing. Will not be going back, or recommending it.
by Sonrisa B.
25th October 2012
Very tasty food and friendly service. Right at the beach and part of the restaurant is in an old beautiful stone building. A bit pricey, but wonderful for a special evening out.
by Caitlin F.
19th September 2012
My time at Mecca Stonehouse Cafe was well spent as the food was exquisite, the staff were polite efficient and helpful. Andrew and his staff are first class. My mother and I shall certainly spread the word of our fine dinning experience and we will definitely welcome a repeat vist.
31st August 2012
My partner and I spend a lot of time in Mission Bay and we recently decided to try out the Mecca Stonehouse as it was the one of the few places we had yet to try- I have to say we were not disappointed at all. Andrew and his staff were friendly, efficient and gave excellent service which added to the the awesome experience we had. We got a table right by the fireplace which was a bonus! I had the baked chicken and my partner had the prawn and scallop fettuccine; both were cooked to perfection and were decent sized portions. The only thing we were bummed about was that we hadn’t come here sooner! Couldn’t fault this place on anything. Thanks again to Andrew and the team for a wonderful dinner.
by Jordan A.
24th August 2012
Suburb setting by the sea…went for breakfast and wow … I can see why it made metro’s best in suburb. the salmon eggs Benedict was amazing. the bread was hearty and toasted perfectly. The salmon a sizable portion and the presentation was perfect. Matched with mocha which perfect for sitting in the early morning sun by the sea, feeling warm in their indoor but outdoor dining space. Staff were friendly and attentive without being overbearing which has become so come with wait staff these days…now that I have finally found this gem right on my door step I will certainly be back soon! Cannot wait
by Julie C.
8th August 2012
We had a lovely dinner last night. The food was exceptional and the service first class. We started with a delicious scallop salad and followed with melt in the mouth veal cutlets and so so tender salt and pepper squid. The chippies and aoli made for a yummy accompliment. The delicious food was washed down with a well priced roaring meg Mt difficulty pinot noir. Andrew and his team did a wonderful job of unexpectedly making a quick meal after work a real treat.
4th August 2012
We had a 70th Birthday function at the Mecca Stonehouse. We were a group of 26.
Yanni did us very proud, she is amazing, the set up was wonderful, the food first class and delicious and well presented. We had a choice of starters, mains and of course desserts and we did not have to wait too long for the food to be served.
The waiter alas I cannot recall his name but he was so lovely and so caring and most helpful. My guests were very impressed by the service, the food, the set up. I could not have asked for better. We all had a wonderful time. It is an occasion I shall never forget. I would recommend Mecca Stonehouse to all who are thinking about organizing an event.
by Rebecca W.
27th July 2012
We held a function at Mecca Stonehouse and had a wonderful time. The food (sharing platter for starter and a choice of mains) was really good. The staff, especially Yanni and Andrew did everything they could to make sure our evening went well. They were really accommodating and were very patient with last minute change of plans. The room where we held the function was great and every guest had an excellent evening.
This was the fourth time we have held a function at Mecca Stonehouse and will be back again next year. Thank you very much.
by Graeme T.
25th June 2012
After a fantastic experience last time I visited, I was severely disappointed tonight.
A meeze platter with over cooked beef skewers, and overcooked salmon kebabs, smoked chicken obviously from a supermarket, not an ideal start to a meal, but it did have surprisingly good salt and pepper squid…
Mains of a scotch fillet which according to the menu a shiraz glaze… Came out with pan juices with no hint of wine flavour at all… and a singular piece of broccoli, smothered in bearnaise… And lumpy, luke-warm mashed potato…
The staff seemed to not be able to answer questions about the menu (like what the sauce on the steak was meant to be) or recommend a wine with a meal, and were incredibly vague with any answers they did give.
Dessert: plum crumble… Tasty, yet the topping was incredibly dense, and the hazelnuts were incredibly overpowering, not what I expected from a plum crumble.
I’m glad we had a voucher, there is no way I would have been happy paying full price for such a disappointing experience at a restaurant where in the past I had been so impressed.
by Ameer K.
5th June 2012
One of my business client came from Sydney for a day long business meeting. He was staying with Sky city. I went to pick him up in the morning and started our meeting at Mecca Stone House. We had our lunch with Lamb rap and some green salad. We both liked it. But most importantly we like the environment. Wine and dine during lunch time beside the sea was great success for our business discussion.
We liked it so much that we decide to go again for dinner.
For business or personal intimate lunch or dinner, Mecca Stone house at Mission bay is a great place.
by Michelle L.
26th May 2012
My husband and I had dinner at your restaurant tonight.
I would like to thank you and your staff for a fantastic night. We bought a deal voucher the other night and enjoyed your set menu.
The entree was perfect assortment to get your taste buds going.
The main menu ( Scotch Fillet ) was perfectly cooked.
The desert (Plum Crumble Pie ) was most defiantly heavenly.
The service was impeccable and defiantly the best I have experienced.
Thank you so much for a wonderful night.
by Lyndsay M.
10th April 2012
Decided to visit for a relaxing snack at Mecca after seeing a deal online.
Service was great, with friendly and prompt staff.
The platter however was disappointing. All items seemed to be strewn on the plate, with our sauces and dips being mixed together and the meat skewers juice ending up under our bread and mixing with our salmon.
All in all not a bad place, but not one where I would spend $39 on a very average platter..
by Mrs H.
6th April 2012
Very disappointed. Been there a few times in the past years and it was A LOT better. I would assume Mecca has changed management/owner since last year.
I ordered Fish & Chips ($27.90) on the day. First thing I saw when the plate arrived was BROWN battered fish, which was apparently over-deep-fried. Tempura beer battered fish should’ve been moist and with a soft crispy outer layer. Instead, the fish we got was BITTER, dry and rock crispy. In addition, the whole plate was absolutely bland (except the taste of bitterness due to the burnt batter). I had to season them with salt and pepper. Funny thing was the fries on the other hand was under-cooked. They weren’t raw or cold but they were in very pale yellow colour, even lighter than the frozen chips you get from supermarket.
The owner/manager came to ask how was everything, we just nodded and said ok. It was not because we weren’t dare to confront him but it was more of me thinking “what do you think? Can’t you see the battered fish was brown in colour? Did you even need to ask? Before you served, shouldn’t you put in your initiative and ask the chef to re-do the fish?”
I enjoy food and I do not mind paying big money for good food. Yes close to $30 for Fish & Chips was very expensive but if it was good, I would be more than happy to pay for that. Just like I paid $25.50 for the same dish at another waterfront cafe a week ago. But truth is the fish & chips I had there were worse than the $10 ones from takeaway shop! Mega disappointment when all you wanted was a relaxing day with a good brunch/meal + coffee at a nice cafe. I wouldnt say I won’t go back for sure but most absolutely not until we’re ready to forgive this disappointing experience. Perhaps will give them another chance next year.
by margaret b.
29th March 2012
We feel that Mecca Stonehouse promises a lot but delivers little. We were seated near the reception area in the ‘add-on’ part and felt quite temporary and rather rushed as a result. Food was very average and service not really up to scratch for a restaurant that seems to pride itself on excellence in its publicity. The stunning views it talks about are really not there for most of the clientele! I guess the bottom line is we won’t be dining there again as we can do much better in Auckland for similar price, better service and better location.
25th March 2012
Went there recently for my mother’s birthday dinner – it was a wet and windy night yet there were gaps in the canopy which they had not zipped up so we moved tables as it was cold. I think that rather than customers having to ask for the heaters to be turned on that they should already be on when you enter, it adds to the atmosphere anyway. I found the fake candles a bit much, for such a pricy restaurant surely they can extend to real fairy tealights.
I also was shocked by the number of spelling mistakes in the menu – never a good sign for what is trying to market as a fancy restaurant. My vietnamese salad resembled nothing of vietnam, the eggplant dish was very bland but thankfully my mum enjoyed her snapper.
Filtered tap water would have been great – the water tasted just awful.
Service was great but I wouldn’t be going back – maybe breakfast and lunch is better?
24th March 2012
My partner and I came to your restaurant to celebrate our anniversary and had such an amazing meal I just wanted to say thank you also for the incredible service we received
All the waiters were extremely professional and helpful the whole time we were there
The food was outstanding and really tasty as well as brun good value for money
Thanks for a great experience Mecca mission bay
by Paige C.
19th March 2012
My experience with Mecca Stonehouse was absolutely impeccable. I organised my friends 21st birthday dinner to be here and the staff that I engaged with were absolutely wonderful. Not only did they cater to all 20 of us but they also helped me out a lot while we were at the restaurant. Being seated in the Anglican Mission House, we were amazed to see a row of tables all pre set up for us in an amazing environment. The staff allowed us enough time to ensure all guests had arrived and then to make decisions regarding our meals. They promptly took our orders (which was very difficult given that there were 20 of us), drinks were bought out immediately after. I couldn’t believe the speed in which they got all of our meals out. With three of our guests arriving late, they still got all of our meals out at the same time. All 20 of us agreed that the food was impeccable so compliments to the chef. They were helpful in taking group photos and also organising the birthday cake (which had to be lit and relit about three times due to people deciding they wanted to contribute to the speeches- but the staff handled this with grace and patience which was greatly appreciated). I would recommend Mecca Stonehouse to all who were organising a dinner for a large group or simply as a place to go to for dinner. I really don’t believe that you will be let down and myself along with the 20 other people who attended will be sure to return
A big thanks to the staff at Mecca!
14th March 2012
Excellent locatin and setup. Had breakfast with a few friends couple of weeks ago. I have dined here before and thought the place was ok but our recent experience was not very good.
Although the service was good the breakfast was a real let down. I do not mind paying good money for good food but when you skimp on spinach! It is no no. I will still come here for the atmosphere but maybe for something else besides the breakfast menu.
by Christian D.
19th February 2012
Why cant you leave zero stars?
Why do restaraunts or cafes located in beautiful locations fail so badly on the quality of food and overall provide average service. Do they forget they are a supplier of food not a tourist attraction?
My wife and 3 children had a voucher to Mecca and decided to take the kids for breakfast and then to the fantastic Mission Bay childrens play area. The play was great but the food was terrible. Do not come here for eggs benedict and if you cant afford $15 for a childs bacon and eggs on toast dont even look at this place (bacon is extra and sneekily placed below, eggs on toast is $10).
Mecca here are some tips -
1. Eggs Benedict is Eggs with either bacon or salmon or variation on theme with some hollandaise sauce. It is not hollandaise sauce with some bacon or salmon.
2. Poached eggs went pre-cooked and reheated by dropping back in boiling water, go cold pretty quickly.
3. Leave spinach sitting on toast for more than 30 secs before you serve will turn the toast soggy.
4. Smoked Salmon is usually more tasty served as smoked, not smoked then cooked by swimming in sauce.
5. Point 4 would suggest the dish was served hot, it was not.
6. A good cafe will serve chilled water on a hot day, especially with the number of staff present.
7. Just because you are near a play area do not think that parents would’nt mind a photocopied piece of paper and a box of cheap crayons to keep the children happy. Run they might but draw they will always.
8. If you have a chidrens playhouse, place outside, not in a corner that no child could access or parent could see from anywhere but being sat beside.
9. Because I want to make it to 10, I will remind you of $15 for a childrens bacon and eggs, wow.
10. For the lovely girl who was extremely friendly and welcoming when we arrived, I hope you take the most of the service charges, a bright star in a dull sky.
Mecca, don’t rest on your location and it being easy for a group of cyclists to lean their 15 bikes against the wall to make a living, get your act together. Another online voucher wont get me back.
by lorna-mae r.
9th February 2012
I took my mother to mecca stonehouse for her birthday.I will admit i am the ultimate food critic but i could not fault this restaurant for anything.The service was amazing,but most of all the food was to die for!! Full of flavour.Yummy will be back tomorrow night to be exact
4th December 2011
I ate at the stonehouse for a catered wedding. I had the misfortune out ordering the “cajun chicken” which arrived absolutely stone cold. It wasn’t just me either, everyone at the table got the same disgustingly cold chicken. I would also say that the chicken was entirely devoid of flavour but that might have been because of the cold. Don’t be deceived by the nice location, Mecca Stonehouse is not a place you want to cater a large group.
18th October 2011
I had been here a couple of times last year. In my memory it was a good one. This year, I found a good deal of this cafe on one of those voucher sites so I thought I should try it again. I liked the food and friendly service but lady’s room need to be cleaned more often. It is value for money if you use a voucher. A bit overpriced.
25th July 2011
Took a drive to Mission Bay one night,(was on holiday from Australia in April) we found this Resturant and thought we would give it a go, quite night, there was another couple and us there, so service was good lol, I ordered a Thai Beef salad and it was lovely,we also ordered takeaway Mocha’s and they were lovely also, all in all very nice for gatherings and special occasions, would recommend to family and friends, will be back when next in town.
by Michelle C.
8th July 2011
Mecca Stonehouse has been a favorite of ours for a while but of late the standards have slipped. The place needs a general clean up / tidy up & hot water for washing hands in the toilets would be welcomed. I agree with other reviewers the food just isn’t that fresh & could be significantly improved.
by R S.
21st June 2011
Dinner for 2 – wedding anniversary.
Best part: Food – it was interesting & full of flavour.
Worst: Service by waiter (Amind?). He has been poorly trained (if at all). Tries to hard; tells you what he is going to do before he does it (“I will clear your plates now”) just like he wants praise for doing it – VERY annoying. First time I have ever asked for a change in waiter. Manager did take over SOME of the waiting at outr table but unwanted waiter continued to do some even after our request for a change of waiter. He twice got our orders incorrect – food & wine. Asked for 2 glasses of different Pinot Gris & received one Pinot Gris & a Pinot Noir!
Inside at night is pleasant & warm in winter. Toilets are OUTSIDE in the cold!
Also extremely annoying to hear Windows log-in chimes playing through the music system at full volume at least 4 times as they tried to reboot their electronic ordering system! WHY did they not turn volume down or disconnect the connecting cable before the re-boot?
This is an expensive restaurant ($38 mains) with pretensions to be 5 star but is really only 3.5 – 4 star at best overall. Disappointing is the best I could say.
by Morgan B.
1st June 2011
My girlfriend & I dined there on Sunday evening and found it to be a 3 star at best. The paint was peeling on two walls, the tables were too close together and the decor was a bit out dated. The toilets were an absolute mess also. The food how ever was delicious yet i think were over priced. The service was below average for a restaurant i had heard high praises about. overall we had an average night, though we found more excitement at a lil hut type Spanish bar on the beach front. cocktails and Spanish theme awesome. If only i could remember the name of it id rate it a 5!
9th May 2011
I took my family on Mothers Day, as we have had good food there before, terribly disappointing. Cold soggy chips the kids didn’t want to eat, withered salad, I had an eggs Ben, it looked like the eggs had been poached in the morning the dish was not appetizing at all. Overall a terrible meal on a special day, not cheap either.
Won’t be going there again mc donalds would have been better.we were at table 25 at around 2.30 pm.
by Maggie H.
27th April 2011
Like Sam, I’m questioning how this place can be rated as five stars??!
I went there on a gorgeous autumn day last week. We really enjoyed our walk along the beach. Thinking of making the day perfect, we went to Mecca, which ended up with a bad decision. The chips were not fresh and appeared to be recooked. The coffee did not look like from a cafe at all. They did not have a sense of food presentation. They charged high price for the food but delivered a low standard customer service.
It will be my last visit to that place.Comment from bashir a. of Mecca Stonehouse Cafe 27/04/2011
by Aaron Y.
23rd February 2011
I was invited by the owner to try the food at the place. I had calamari rings, bread with dips and garlic bread as an entree. The pesto dipping is exceptionally good. We had a steak and salmon for our mains. Staff is really helpful and kind. Overall, a good dinner.
7th January 2011
I booked at the Stonehouse for lunch and was disappointed from the start when we were shown to the cafe/tent. Although we were offered the choice to go to the Stonehouse it appeared a rather reluctant offer. We were also only offered a brunch menu although there was no mention that was all they had on their website.
While it could be a great place to wander up from the beach for a meal it is a very tired and somewhat grubby cafe to bring guests to especially when you were expecting something better.
I had researched most Mission Bay restaurants and this appeared through reviews to be fairly good but I wonder how many of these are friends writing them.
My wife and our mothers ordered the Tempura battered fish and chips and I ordered the crispy salt and pepper squid.
The fish while fresh and tasty was covered in a fairly heavy batter not at all like tempura batter we have had before while the squid while crispy lacked any seasoning and I need to salt and pepper it myself.
The chips were just run of the mill precooked and frozen and the salad very ordinary.
The meals were definitely not value for money and we had far better fish and beer battered chips at The Patriot Bar in Devonport for $10.00 less. The chips there were hand done, chunky and tasty.
Service at Stonehouse was okay, friendly but not exceptional and as mentioned before this place has seen better days.
When reading about the place I was thinking of using this for our next company dinner as the Stonehouse is about the right size but after having a meal there I will definitely give it a miss.
21st October 2010
How this place came by a five star rating is beyond me – or perhaps it used to be a lot better??
My husband & I dined there on Sunday evening and found it more 3 star at best. The decor is tired, with damp patches on the plaster and peeling paint on two walls, despite the charm of the building. Two wait staff were looking after half a dozen tables and we were asked by both how our meals were, which is annoying the first time round let alone twice. I found both of them to be lacking in genuine warmth of service, affecting a smarmy approach which we both found irritating. One of them checked a text message after his phone beeped, and then stood with his back to us while he tapped out a response which I found lacking in professionalism. Both of them failed to see a used cocktail/juice glass that sat on a low windowsill across the room from our table the entire length of our visit, and despite taking our orders the waiter didn’t set our table (we requested one that had not been reset by the fireplace) so had to go and find cutlery after he brought our meals to the table. The food was pleasant enough (steak and a lamb shank) and was the best thing about the visit. The female toilets were disgusting – faeces smeared on the floor in one cubical, and generally less than clean. Disappointing as we had heard good things of this restaurant – we won’t be back.
by Kerry a.
13th July 2010
Went for dinner to celebrate our 6 month anniversary.
Service was great! Anish our waiter went the extra mile to make sure we were comfortable, happy and elated with our dining experience.
Not only was the service great but the food was impeccable as well. Good sized portions, hot and very tasty.
Just wanted to add as well, I had Pan Fried Snapper for my main and was enjoying it but had forgotten to request no coriander as I don’t agree with it. Anish checked with me after I had eaten almost half of it and insisted on replacing the whole dish without coriander for me. Talk about going the extra mile when it was not even his mistake!!
Thank you so much Mecca Stonehouse staff and management for a wonderful evening. We will be BACK!
Highly Recommended! AAAAAA++++++
10th July 2010
Love this place! Had many a breakfasts with a friend at the Mecca Stonehouse Cafe. Lovely atmosphere, food and location. Wonderful eating outside when the sun is shining.
19th May 2010
Everything was great! Service, atmosphere and food. We’ll certainly be back.
* I came back here for a pre organised meal with a ‘large ish’ group to celebrate my sisters birthday. They had LOST our booking and we’re sounding like we we’re out of luck for a table and meal…until my sisters husband pulled out his phone and showed them the emailed booking confirmation. To be fair they then went out of their way to fit us in. Meals were slow to come but tasted wonderful. Shame there was such a damper put on my sisters celebration though.
I think I’d still give them another shot… mistakes happen.
21st March 2010
We LOVE Mecca Stone house. We are regulars and love the food, friendly staff and easy access to Mission Bay waterfront and swings for the kids. We Especially love the Egss Benedict and find it to be the best in Auckland – we infact were in Melbourne and our host advised us that a certain place had the best eggs bene, we went but we beleive Mecca Stone house is way better!
-Mark and Des
by Dorothy M.
11th February 2010
On arrival – welcoming and enticing atmosphere – elegant and warm.
Service was impeccable – our waiter was extremely helpful with both wine and food. Food was absolutely perfect – delicious, tender and tasty.
Awesome evening…than you all so very much
17th December 2009
I visited Mecca Stone House restaurant with my family,and we enjoyed our time there. It is indeed a fantastic place to go with your family.The environment is excellent.The best part of Mecca Stone house is its Food. The menus are great. we enjoyed the Salmon , beef steak,Stay chicken was really fantastic! My son like The beef steak, and I liked the Salmon. Excellent food we have ever tested before.coffee of Mecca stone house is great! I just love their cappuccino!Its really a great ambiguous and unique place to go.we would love to visit Mecca Stone house Restaurant again and again!!
16th June 2009
I took my family about two weeks ago on weekend morning for brunch. Four different foods and one kid’s menu food was ordered. Very good food. Excellent coffee and view. Reasonably priced. Very busy but attentive service. Undoubtedly one of the best in Auckland. We will try dinner next time.
8th June 2009
We went along one Thursday evening 2 weeks after opening to discover a lovely welcoming atmosphere from friendly staff in a funky and comfortable environment.
Not knowing what to drink was solved by a helpful suggestion from the capable bartender for a delicious cocktail which was delicate yet well balanced and refreshing…perfect for our ambivalence about whether to drink alcohol or not.
The staff were very knowledgeable about the menu and helpful without being intrusive and there was never a moment when we didn’t have what we needed. The food was delicious and nicely presented and I cant really say any more other than the worst part of the evening was having to leave at the end of it. We will definitely be back!
27th May 2009
ME and my group of friends went for dinner–I will say this was one of the best experience we had-fantastic food-great taste,excellent service.Location best in Auckland-Everybody was so happy some of them again booked for there different occasion.So I am coming again and recommend others must try.
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