Rodney, Auckland 09 426 6818
Casablanca's Monday Night Special of $20 for a beautiful tagine is on every week! Offer is ongoing, but may be subject to change without prior notice in the long term.
- Mon – Fri 10am – late
- Sat – Sun 9am – late
- Business Dining
- Children's Menu
- Scenic View
- Out Catering
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Romantic Dining
- Breakfast Meetings
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free On-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: Free
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.
38 Reviews for Casablanca Cafe
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We each had the calamari main, it was DEVINE! There was so much flavor and an excellent amount of food on the plates. We were super full and I was extremely impressed with how tasty and tender the calamari was.
The staff were all very happy and friendly the whole restaurant was packed, awesome atmosphere!
We also had some off the chocolate, carmel cake the best I have ever had.
I can not wait to go back! Well done guys, keep up the good work and please do not change the calamari meal
Visited May 2014
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.
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.
Visited April 2014
Visited March 2014
Went here for a birthday dinner last night, thought I better share my experience because this place is doing so well all-round.
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!
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 Morefew 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.
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!
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!
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
Visited December 2013
Visited December 2013
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.
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.
Visited December 2013
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!
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.
Visited November 2013
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!
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.
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.
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.
Visited October 2013
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.
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!
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.
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.
Visited September 2013