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Catlins Cafe

$$ - $$$
European, Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary
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3 Main Road, Owaka 9535, New Zealand
09:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
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12 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Cute cafe with good range on menu. I like sweet chilli sauce but having it plastered all over our garlic bread (along with pesto $&@?) and nachos spoilt them.

Thank Trina K
Te Anau
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212 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped for lunch while cycle touring from Papatowai to Pounawea. Good menu options at a reasonable price. Helpful staff and free WIFI; overall a good experience.

Thank Bikehikers
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great lunch and service. All smiles . Healthy menu and top service. Hot coffee with home made cakes. Great location. Easy walk to all amenities

Thank Maryna R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food and service ok but nothing spectacular get a pass but only just . Our food came out in good time nothing flash pretty basic compared to other places we had meals at was the worst we had wouldn't go back

Thank destinationohau
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in for a couple of meals when we were at jacks bay also had takeaway. I felt the menu a bit small but the food yum! Quick prompt service and friendly staff. Most of all they were open and there isn't much choice in owaka :)

Thank jorgmummyrox
Tel Aviv District, Israel
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We came to eat small lunch and to drink coffee. We had potetoes that were o.k but a little bit expensive ....the coffee was tasty and strong

Thank batid
Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Comfortable family restaurant. Well priced and fast service. Seafood chowder very tasty but disappointed that imitation crab sticks were used (kamaboko made from starch and pulverized white fish.) Despite this all of our party were very satisfied.

Thank ColHenderson
Milton, New Zealand
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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Nice dinner. Chowder was yum and the reports on the roast were very favorable. Lemon tart and chocolate brownie were tip top.

Thank nai2017
Christchurch, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

The beef was generous and reasonably tender, and it looked good. However, the dish had far too much soya sauce thrown at it, and had a weird taste I couldn't work out (maybe very old ginger powder).

Thank classicchch
Zurich, Switzerland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

If you like to wait 25 mins for a mediocre coffee, you're right here. Hopelessly understaffed or overstrained.

Thank npg f

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$29
European, Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
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Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 Main Road, Owaka 9535, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Owaka
A warm and friendly dining experience. We offer breakfast, lunch and dinner using the freshest ingredients, home style cooking and generous servings. For those wanting a quick option we also offer traditional NZ Takeaways including Fish, Chips and Burgers

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?