Where to eat New Zealand food in Dunedin: The Best Restaurants and Bars

November 10, 2019 Hana Mouser

Best New Zealand restaurants nearby. Discover the best New Zealand food in Dunedin. View Menus, Photos and Reviews for New Zealand restaurants near you.. Rare yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals and the world's only mainland albatross colony share residence in Dunedin, New Zealand's oldest city. When you're not watching wildlife, this South Island Otago Coast town also boasts impressive historic architecture from its days as a gold-rush mecca. Visit the 1906 Flemish Renaissance railway station or the country's largest center of higher learning, which resembles Glasgow University, thanks to the area's early Scottish settlers.
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10. Carey's Bay Historic Hotel

17 Macandrew Road Carey's Bay, Dunedin 9023 New Zealand Bar, Seafood, Pub, New Zealand Drinks, Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected]o.nz 472-8022 http://www.careysbayhotel.co.nz
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4 based on 310 reviews

Carey's Bay Historic Hotel

Reviewed By CL971

A feature for me was the greeting and welcome from our waitress. Impressive service. For lunch, we had an entree of seafood platter. Quite lovely and not too much. A taste sensation. I had fish of the day for my mains. Disappointed. The fish of the day was Monk fish. Meant to be pan-fried but tasted like it had been steamed. Vegetables were the highlight of the plate and roasted potatoes which were overdone but there were no flavours. Fairly basic I thought. Needs a bit of creativity with this dish. Family members ordered fish cakes and they were scummy with sauces. They were delicious and I wished I had ordered that. I watched them eat their dish with envy. Still it was a great place to visit

9. Vogel St Kitchen

76 Vogel Street Warehouse Precinct, Dunedin 9016 New Zealand Cafe, European, New Zealand Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards [email protected] +64 3-477 3623 http://www.facebook.com/Vogel-St-Kitchen-349100235271602
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4 based on 343 reviews

Vogel St Kitchen

Dunedin's coolest destination Cafe in the heart of the historic Warehouse Precinct. Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 7.30 am - 3 pm, Saturday 8.30 am - 4 pm, Sunday 8.30 am - 4 pm.

Reviewed By NZTraveller20

Visited here on a rainy Dunedin morning. The fire was lit and there was a nice ambiance. The place is quite eclectic in it's decor but welcoming. The coffee was great as were our meals - eggs benedict with bacon and mushrooms with rocket, parmesan and thyme butter. The portions were generous and the flavours really good. They also have cabinet food including muffins and huge scones and offer wood fire pizzas in the evening. Would definitely recommend - the meals came out promptly and the service was good

8. The Good Earth Cafe

765 Cumberland Street, Dunedin 9016 New Zealand Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible +64 3-471 8554 http://www.thegoodearthcafe.co.nz/
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4 based on 271 reviews

The Good Earth Cafe

Reviewed By Marque01

I came upon this delightful cafe while out for an early morning walk near the university, on a visit to Dunedin. It has a charming, bright interior and great decor with plenty of comfortable seating. Staff are welcoming and attentive. There is an excellent range of delectable cabinet options, utilising mainly organic foods where possible, and caters very well for those with GF, LF or other specific dietary requirements. The menu offers a superb range of choices to appeal to most palates. The fair trade coffee has excellent flavour and is prepared by a skilled barista.

7. No.7 Balmac

7 Balmacewen Road Maori Hill, Dunedin 9012 New Zealand European, Cafe, Grill, New Zealand Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free Wifi [email protected] +64 3-464 0064 http://www.no7balmac.co.nz/
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4 based on 323 reviews

No.7 Balmac

Dunedin's best kept secret eatery! We a have strong focus on sustainability, have small batch beers on tap, and a wine list of organic and biodynamic local wines. Delicious carefully prepared delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner available 7 days and 6 ni

Reviewed By Shiri_Sh_10

Very nice place with a warm atmosphere. Mashroom soup of the day was very good . Fish of the day was Salmon which was just excellent.

6. Bacchus Wine Bar and Restaurant

12 First Floor The Octagon, Dunedin 9016 New Zealand European, Wine Bar, New Zealand Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +64 3-474 0824 http://www.bacchuswinebarrestaurant.co.nz
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4 based on 263 reviews

Bacchus Wine Bar and Restaurant

Reviewed By Jinny57

What a fabulous experience from the moment we sat down. Staff were professional and knowledgeable. The prawn cocktail was exceptional as was tge tuna tataki but it was the blue cod tgat won me over completely. Cooked to perfection as was the steak. No complaints or criticisms. Bookings are probably a must.

5. Best Cafe

30 Stuart Street, Dunedin 9016 New Zealand Diner, Cafe, Seafood, New Zealand Lunch, Dinner, Drinks Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +64 3-477 8059 http://www.facebook.com/bestcafe1932/
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4 based on 414 reviews

Best Cafe

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 b

Reviewed By Styly_Girl

Got a dozen oysters, fries and coleslaw plus coke for $53. Also served with a slice of bread and butter and homemade. Tartare sauce. The oysters were ok, not juicy but ok. The oysters and fries were quite dry. The housemade coleslaw was oniony. The tartare sauce a bit bland. The oysters are $49.50 per dozen or $29 a half dozen. The place is bright and clean. The service is top notch.

4. 1908 Cafe Restaurant

7 Harington Point Rd, Portobello, Dunedin New Zealand European, New Zealand, International Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] 478-0801 http://www.1908cafe.co.nz/
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4 based on 538 reviews

1908 Cafe Restaurant

Reviewed By Marque01

This delightful cafe restaurant is a worthwhile destination for a pleasant 1/2 hour harbourside drive from central city in Dunedin to Portobello. It has elegant interior decor and ample indoor seating with options for outdoor dining when weather prevails. There is a very good range of menu options. This establishment is licenced and also offers a good selection of beverages. My wife enjoyed her French tarragon and pea soup while I had a most flavoursome thick seafood chowder. The service is very good and we found this a most pleasurable place to dine for lunch.

3. The Perc Cafe

142 Stuart Street Octagon, Dunedin 9016 New Zealand Cafe, New Zealand Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards [email protected] +64 3-477 5462 http://www.perc.co.nz/
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4 based on 497 reviews

The Perc Cafe

Reviewed By Simon_B651

This place manages to be both cool and homely at the same time, with lovely bagels and gorgeous homemade cakes, and in one of the nicer parts of town. Very nice.

2. Ironic Cafe and Bar

9 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin 9016 New Zealand Cafe, European, New Zealand, Contemporary Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Street Parking, Dog Friendly +64 3-477 9988 http://www.ironiccafebar.co.nz
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4 based on 989 reviews

Ironic Cafe and Bar

**WINNER NZ CAFE OF THE YEAR 2014/2015** OUR FOOD IS FRESH, MODERN AND INNOVATIVE. We source most of our ingredients locally and also use our neighbours at the Otago Farmers Market, Evansdale Cheese, Cairnmuir Central Otago olive oil & fresh fruit & veget

Reviewed By RoslynP64

Ironic is a very convenient, centrally located cafe, that has a good menu, and Thursday to Sunday has gluten free savoury scones on offer. They also do a lovely gluten free berry and coconut cake. The coffee is wonderful, as are the staff. It is located opposite the magnificent historic train station and I would definitely recommend a visit here.

Top 10 restaurants in Dunedin, New Zealand

1. Glenfalloch Restaurants

430 Portobello Road Macandrew Bay, Dunedin 9016 New Zealand New Zealand, International, European, Contemporary Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +64 3-476 1006 http://glenfalloch.co.nz
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5 based on 242 reviews

Glenfalloch Restaurants

Dine in one of New Zealand's most beautiful gardens. Enjoy superb cuisine created with fresh local produce from artisan suppliers and imaginatively crafted by an award winning chef. Glenfalloch's menus change regularly to showcase the best of Otago's seas

Reviewed By Ausausaus

What a find this place was. 38 acres of beautiful gardens with a delightful restaurant/cafe. We had the blue cod special and it was melt in the mouth delicious. Service is fast friendly and efficient, gardens are manicured and very colorful and the view over the harbour us spectacular. Thoroughly enjoyed our visitKia ora and thanks for taking the time to write such a lovely review.We really appreciate your fantastic feedback and are so pleased you had such a great experience– Glenfalloch Restaurant is a wonderful place and we are very proud of our team. We love delivering superb cuisine created with fresh local produce from artisan suppliers which has been imaginatively crafted by our award winning chef and hosted by our warm, engaging and professional team.We hope you come back soon to enjoy dining in one of New Zealand’s most beautiful gardens. Glenfalloch’s menus change regularly to showcase the best of Otago’s seasonal ingredients and local delicacies. Guests can trust the chef to deliver a superb experience of creative cuisine, they are in very clever hands. Hannes has a Master’s Degree in Culinary Arts and Kitchen Management from Germany and has worked in five star restaurants both in Germany and New Zealand. Since Hannes and his partner Melanie became business partners of Otago Peninsula Trust for Glenfalloch Restaurant the restaurant has rocketed up the ratings, becoming one of the top places to dine in Dunedin. Hannes describes his style as Fusion Food, experimental but with a solid base; his classical training combines with his fresh thinking and experimenting to create taste explosions with sensational flair. We’re famous for our “Trust the Chef” experience which delights guests with surprising two, three or five course degustations.We are open Wednesday to Sundays 9.30am -3.30pm, plus from 5.30pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for delicious dinners. It’s a good idea to book as we are often fully booked with private celebrations.We are grateful for your support. Otago Peninsula Trust purchased Glenfalloch in 1969 to ensure that this splendid garden remained open for everyone to enjoy. Glenfalloch Garden and Restaurant is managed by Hannes Bareiter and Melanie Hartmann in partnership with the Otago Peninsula Trust to keep the gardens open for everyone to enjoy. We really appreciate your contribution.Hope you some back soon for some more delicious cuisine and warm hospitality!All the bestSophie, Marketing Manager, Otago Peninsula Trust EnterprisesPRESERVING AND ENHANCING OTAGO PENINSULA SINCE 1967

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