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Best Cafe

30 Stuart Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
+64 3-477 8059
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“oysters” (54 reviews)
“coleslaw” (22 reviews)
Closed Now
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Hours
Diner, Cafe, Seafood, Fast food, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
30 Stuart Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Best Cafe
1. Fresh Bluff Oysters
"If you love fresh oysters this is definitely where you should eat "
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2. Whitebait Patties
"This is the best place I have had whitebait fritters."
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3. Local Blue Cod
"cooked to perfection, the Blue Cod is melt in your mouth fresh!"
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1 - 10 of 328 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

Our driver on a tour recommended this restaurant and said they have the best blue cod. It certainly was! I generally do not like fish but thought I would try it and it was delicious. The servers were all very pleasant and the restaurant was...More

Thank Jangles181
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 14 November 2017

Absolutely outstanding! A walk back in time to a simple era where the food was sourced down the road, cooked fresh and delivered with a smile!! The fish was coated in a light tempura style batter and cooked to perfection, the Blue Cod is melt...More

Thank Live_it_every_Day
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I did not know this place is recommended by my guidebook at first. But while on my way to the hotel, I passed by it and overheard someone nearby saying to her friends that it is one of their favourite places to eat in Dunedin,...More

Thank A Y
Reviewed 1 week ago

Best Cafe looks a little unloved from the outside, but once you go in it is everything a good fish and chip shop should be. Efficient staff, a wide range of fish and shellfish and excellent food. We had the blue cod and the special...More

Thank Normski1965
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had fish and chips. Oil and fat oozed out of the fish. Chips were horrible. Left a horrible fatty taste in our mouths. They must of had a bad day as we heard so many great reviews. Will not return.

1  Thank rwpalmer164
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Agree with all the other posters that the blue cod fish and chips were excellent. Fish itself was thick and yummy and tasted very fresh. The chips (fries) were among the best I’ve had - crisp and delicious. Service was great too.

Thank Lauri G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Blue Cod Fish and Chips were the best I have had in NZ. The chef really prides himself on this dish and it shows.

Thank Satish425
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great meal- the fish was fresh, not oily and beautifully cooked. The chips was crisp and delicious- is was a very pleasant evening and it is great that this iconic cafe in Dunedin has had a new , healthy and energetic ,’make...More

Thank 85marie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was a little dubious when I walked in and saw how this place was set up to resemble a 60s or 70s cafe with bread and butter on the table along with vinegar and Worcestershire sauce but its the food that does the talking...More

Thank GaryM4
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

some of the best fish and chips we've ever had!! and the service was fantastic!! would definitely recommend. sorry for the lack of a photo but we couldn't hold back haha.

Thank Josh B
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Questions & Answers
17 July 2017|
Response from bestcafe1932 | Property representative |
Hi Lu, yes we have a Gluten Free batter option for our fish and oysters, however if you are celiac we don't recommend as it is cooked in the same fryer as our flour batter. We have many Gluten Free customers though who can... More
16 February 2017|
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Response from Susannah Y | Property representative |
Hi Helen, lovely to receive your message. Yes we would absolutely love to see you back in the restaurant so please introduce yourself when you do! I'm imagining you had the sole, which we certainly have on the menu! As the... More
Kristine C
6 March 2015|
Response from Marc Y | Property representative |
Sorry that we didn't respond to your message on time, I was unaware of this message until today. Hope you were able to get in. Cheers Marc
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$26
Diner, Cafe, Seafood, Fast food, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30 Stuart Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Dunedin
  • Phone Number: +64 3-477 8059
  • E-mail
Established in 1932 the Best Cafe is a Dunedin icon. It has been through World War II and the Great Depression and has changed very little over the last 85 years it has been trading. I am very lucky to be running a restaurant that was originally started by my great-grandfather and then passed down to his son and family through until the 1980's. The following proprietors kept the traditions alive to maintain the Best Cafe's great reputation. As the proud owner of our old family restaurant my aim is to provide a truly unique dining experience, one where we can provide old fashioned, friendly service alongside a delicious plate of fresh, local seafood, golden hand cut chips and the best Bluff Oysters in New Zealand. If you want to take a trip down Nostalgia Lane and taste some traditional New Zealand fare then this is the place to visit.
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