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Catlins Cafe

$$ - $$$
European, Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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3 Main Road, Owaka 9535, New Zealand
09:00 - 21:00
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Love the outside murals on the building. Arrived to see it was a busy wee place. We sat over by the window as it was really hot and stuffy there. Only to find you couldn't open a window and no air conditioning. The staff were friendly and extremely busy! The food was really good. We will call in again

Thank Ongeliqu
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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63 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Speedy and pleasant service with a very nice seafood chowder, those that had the milkshakes were pleased with them. Would happily return.

Thank Zak1100
Dunedin, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

Came here for lunch on our first day in Catlins. Has a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. We found they had a variety of drinks including alcoholic. Had a range of different lunch items including cabinet food to suit different budgets. Menu food was a good size. The Ice coffees were very nice as well. Casual dining, family friendly.

Thank Stephen P
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Kind of an attempt at fusion food. The chicken pasta bake was acceptable but the rest of the mains had some kind of sweet (Thai?) sauce that didn't go down quite well. We had wanted to dine at the nearby Lumberjack Cafe but they were booked for a private event that evening.

Thank TanSH04
Timaru, New Zealand
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Our family stopped for lunch on Saturday of a busy holiday weekend. The staff were friendly and helpful. Good varied choice of food on the menu and we were told our food would be ready in 20 minutes, which it was, freshly cooked and piping hot. Reasonable prices and generous sized portions.

Thank Peter L
Corindi, Australia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Great service. Got the yummy seafood chowder which was reasonably priced. Variety of desserts on display. Perfect stop over in the Catlins, get a cake and relax by the fire.

Thank Ellen T
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

The food wasn't bad but too pricey for the portions. Waited 20 minutes for a coffee and 40 minutes for wedges and nachos

Thank Grace K
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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197 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

We were travelling from Invercargill to Dunedin and this cafe provided us with a delicious lunch. My husband and I both decided on the Angus beef and cheese pie which was delicious. They have toilets available for customers.

Thank Vanessa M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Visited the place for lunch and was blown away by the food. I tried the pork roast and fish and fries and they were heavenly. Desserts were great as well!

Thank Howie521
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Was in a hurry and staff very helpful in making suggestions for a quick meal. Well presented although the quiche a little crusty.

Thank Judith H

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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, Gluten Free Options
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?