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Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar

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$$ - $$$
Cafe, European, Soups, New Zealand, Bar, Contemporary, Pub
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29 Rewcastle Road, Chaslands Highway | Chaslands, On the Southern Scenic Route, 9586, New Zealand
+64 3-415 8338
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09:00 - 20:00
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Kaiwaka, New Zealand
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is the most fabulous cafe /restaurant in a very remote and tucked away location- a holiday park at the beginning of the McLean Falls, Catlins. What a surprise, the atmosphere, food service everything about this place is amazing, menu has a great variety - from pizza to homemade burgers to scrumptious mushroom risotto and much more. Also selection of... More 

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Thank Carey M
Perth, Western Australia
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40 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you visit the remote but very scenic Catlin Coast, at the bottom of the South Island, you might find it difficult to find somewhere to stay at night and to get a restaurant meal. The Whistling Frog is at Catlins Kiwi Holiday Park, so you get the best of both worlds at the one place!! It is just before... More 

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Thank DavidJP48
Sydney
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182 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is in the middle of nowhere and we stopped for an early lunch after doing a walk to a nearby waterfall, which is worth the effort, by the way. Super food, huge servings and excellent quality. The triple thickshake and the burgers were amongst the best we had all trip.

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Thank Turkey_Baster
Queenstown, New Zealand
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were at the Whistling Frog last year,we ate there everyday, we were in the Catlins (5 days) This year we went back, and we were so pleasantly surprised at how wonderful the food was again. The service matched the wonderful food.

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Thank Valarie E
Fleming Island, Florida
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304 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here for lunch and were pleasantly surprised. We had the Reuben and it was amazing. The atmosphere is great and the people could not be nicer! Stop if you're in the area.

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Thank JPinkerman
Paul B, Owner at Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

So glad you were able to try the Reuben! Appreciate you taking the time to write such a nice review... More 

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63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place has it all! Yummy food, clean toilets, large indoor and outdoor seating area (both undercover and not). Came for lunch but looks like it would be a great place to have dinner. On the doorstep of McLeans Falls

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Thank Rabbitnom
Paul B, Owner at Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for appreciating all the improvements we have made over the winter....! The new menu is being received very well. Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review. See you in the future. More 

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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The whistling frog has great food and great beer and a welcoming atmosphere. The staff are helpful and friendly

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Thank richard h
Paul B, Owner at Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

Thanks Richard, appreciate your input. More 

Cambridge, New Zealand
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful spot in the Catlins. Delicious fresh slices and cakes. Good quality coffee. Great place after visiting Cathedral Caves or MacLean Falls.

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Thank Jane S
Paul B, Owner at Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

Nice to stop in after all that activity. Glad you enjoyed our venue. More 

Bellevue, Washington
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137 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Stopped for lunch on our way from Invercargill to Dunedin. So glad we did. The restaurant is a hidden gem and delivers awesome food with friendly service. I had a tasty burger ( with all the trimmings) while my husband enjoyed the beef dip. Both meals were tasty, hot and presented beautifully. Do try a desert. We had a slice... More 

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Thank Bliss62
Paul B, Owner at Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

It's great that the locals are discovering us! Our revamped menu, which was developed by my future son-in-law, Chef Tom and my daughter Nikki. It is really hitting all the right notes this season. Our improvements over the winter to upgrade the restaurant and kitchen are paying huge dividends as well. Thanks for the kind words. Means a lot to... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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53 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

We did the 40 minute walk to see Maclean Falls and were in need of lunch. This cafe is at the entrance to the turn off to the falls. An upmarket friendly cafe with free WiFi (ask for the code) and very yummy food. The fries are great!

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Thank JennyC0309

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$25
Cuisine
Cafe, European, Soups, New Zealand, Bar, Contemporary, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 20:00
Monday
09:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 20:00
Thursday
09:00 - 20:00
Friday
09:00 - 20:00
Saturday
09:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 29 Rewcastle Road, Chaslands Highway | Chaslands, On the Southern Scenic Route, 9586, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Southland Region
  • Phone Number: +64 3-415 8338
Description
The Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar is located mid-way around the Catlins portion of the Southern Scenic Route. It is an ideal stopover at the iconic attractions, McLean Falls and Cathedral Caves. There is a broad mix of accommodation and powered sites at this overnight stopover. The food is chef prepared, restaurant style with great coffees and local beers and wines. Prices are fair and the food is fresh. Check out the free app available for download to Hike & Drive your way around the Catlins.

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