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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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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 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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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Great service and an enjoyable meal...loved the salad. Wonderful ambiance and enjoyed the lovely "real" fire burning away.

Thank Ngaire N
Owaka, New Zealand
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Stopped into Catlins Cafe for lunch while showing friends around. Service was super friendly, food service quick, meal tasty

Thank GAM1965
Owaka, New Zealand
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Food was fantastic a real surprise. warm atmosphere plenty of space. Waitress needs a little more training Enjoyable evening

Thank 79robynb
Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia
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76 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

We arrived in Owaka early afternoon quite hungry and this was the first place we found, so in we went. The cafe was nice and warm and the people very friendly and welcoming. The lunch menu was good and we had no trouble choosing. The food was good and we left satisfied and even booked for dinner. Dinner was fantastic...the... More 

Thank Narelle S
Blenheim, New Zealand
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112 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

We stopped here overnight and called into Catlins Cafe - the two girls working on the night we eat there were very helpful and kept us informed on the progress of our meals throughout the evening - plus there is lots of other items to buy and check out while you are visiting this cafe in Owaka

Thank Brynkoru
Hamilton, New Zealand
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

Very friendly staff and a cafe with a little bling shop. Not sure about lunch etc but definitely worth dropping in for coffee and a piece of cake.

Thank Annika H
The Woodlands TX
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

My husband and my daughter stopped in for lunch after exploring the area. We were greeted by a women who told us we could order from a limited and more expensive menu if we wanted to dine inside. There is a longer more casual menu for take away. We didn't want to eat in the car but really wanted hamburgers.... More 

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OwakaSteve, Owner at Catlins Cafe, responded to this review

Firstly the takeaway menu is just that "A TAKEAWAY MENU!" Secondly the group of "Backpackers" you saw were customers from The Bottom Bus. The Bottom Bus calls into our cafe every day and we have negotiated a menu for their customers that includes a burger and fries option. Thirdly never assume anything. Fourthly I apologise if your chicken was overcooked,... More 

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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$28
European, Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, 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?