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Elixir Cafe

2_half star rating
12 reviews

Cuisine: Cafe, New Zealand, Organic, Vegetarian

117 Devon St East
New Plymouth Central
New Plymouth District
06-769 9020


  • Mon 7am – 4.30pm
  • Tues – Fri 7am – late
  • Sat 7.30am – late
  • Sun 8am – 4pm
  • Facilities/Features:
    • Children's Menu
  • Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
  • Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
  • Liquor License: Full + BYOW
  • Seating for: 50
  • Good For Children: Yes
  • Takes Reservations: Yes
  • Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

BYO – Bottled wine from 6.00pm – requires a minimum spend of $20.00 per person – corkage of $5.00 per bottle

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12 Reviews for Elixir Cafe

22nd November 2013
3 star rating
Have had some good meals here and they do great coffee, but the service can be hit and miss just depends who you get, and when you’re paying for a service and product I’d rather go somewhere with a warm welcome/friendly staff.

Visited October 2013

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6th February 2013
1 star rating
Went today for lunch on Waitangi Day they charged an extra 15% which we expected however what we did not expect was to wait 35 minutes for our food !!! Shocking service Elixir especially considering the lack of customers you had..the room was only half full so you were definitely not busy.

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4th January 2013
3 star rating
The ratings on MenuMania make things difficult – elixir is good, but not very good, but deserves something a bit above average. Some of the food is great (for example, love their muffins, whereas when we ordered toast, we got two slices of commercial white bread), good variety on the menu, but service is a bit variable, prices steep and – our biggest issue – if you sit outside, you can be overwhelmed by smokers, and if you sit inside, you need to be well away from the door, or the smoke drifts back in. Something we out-of-towners are not accustomed to – its a shame when non-smokers can’ t enjoy sitting outdoors.

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Amy P.


20th October 2012
2 star rating
Have been to Elixir before and enjoyed it however I went again tonight to introduce my friends to the great desserts. Well I was ashamed and quite embarrassed to be honest! The service was appalling! The waitresses got the order wrong and when it turned up and I said it was wrong she made me feel like it was my fault and ripped it out of my hand and was quite visibly annoyed. On the return of the correct dessert the girl almost threw it onto the table, didn’t apologize, didn’t look me in the eye or say anything and on leaving didn’t even look at us as we left. Will not be taking any more friends there if we are going to be treated with such disrespect!

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23rd August 2012
5 star rating
It is surprising to see the less favourable reviews. My wife and I have just spent a wonderful few days in Taranaki and went to Elixir because my wife had been there previous while on a business trip. We found not once but twice we visited the cafe to be excellent. The food was wonderful and the service was exceptional. We would definitely recommend the Elixir Cafe. Well done, leaves most Auckland Cafes for dead

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Olga G.


3rd June 2012
4 star rating
went for cake and wine last night. I would recommend their New York cheese cake, you will love it! thinking about coming back for some breakfast one day.

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16th May 2012
1 star rating

Service was horrendous, we were totally forgotten about. Waited ages for our food, no one came to open our wine. The glasses and cutlery were filthy and the food was cold and looked as if a toddler had prepared it.

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15th May 2012
2 star rating
20 minutes waiting time for a takeaway hot chocolate is not acceptable! We ordered two, oddly one was only luke warm while the other was far too hot to drink. Perhaps the girls behind the counter should have ceased their gossiping and got on with their work

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8th February 2012
4 star rating
The food was excellent and the coffee was great. The service was good, staff were relaxed and friendly. The reviews on here are from 2010 and I do not think they are an accurate representation of what Elixir is like. I would definitely come back next time I’m in New Plymouth.

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1st November 2010
4 star rating
Fantastic little find. Food was great, we were warned that it was a busy place so booked well before hand. Time for food to get to the table a bit slow but well worth the wait. We even went back for breakfast the next day. Again food a bit slow to come out but fantastic.

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6th June 2010
1 star rating
What a disappointment our meals turned out to be, after being a regular visitor for lunches and coffee’s. After phoning in our reservation for a table for four, we arrived to be seated at a table that was big enough for two people. After a quite word with one of the waitress they found a half a table and added this to our seating. Thanks! Then we were told that the Steak on the blackboard menu was sold out; this was 7pm! The waitress then went on to tell us that the duck was also unavailable. I ordered the chicken breast this was a very nice meal my partner ordered the red beef and red wine casserole this was dry over cooked and crusty. The service was poor considering I had suggest another table for us!

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1st February 2010
1 star rating
This place is so terrible its not even worth a review.

I was horrified by the shocking service, the cold food and dirty utensils.

The only positive side was it was pretty cheap but if thats the service you get for a cheap meal, id rather have beans on toast.

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