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Cafe 51

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51 Main Street, Oxford, New Zealand
03-312-1751
Today
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 16
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
very good local cafe

I visited Café 51, after not been there for a few months. It is very good local venue and the staff and food as good as it gets in Oxford. As it was one of our party's b'day we decided to have coffee and cake which is a very good choice as they serve g.f. food . The size and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
marie j
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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40 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Christchurch, New Zealand
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I visited Café 51, after not been there for a few months. It is very good local venue and the staff and food as good as it gets in Oxford. As it was one of our party's b'day we decided to have coffee and cake which is a very good choice as they serve g.f. food . The size and... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Perfect rare Ribeye , great vegetables and a smashing hot berry sundae.. A very uninspired beer list though .. Needs some serious work on that.. Overall though very good👍

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I regularly used to go to Oxford never stopped into Café 51 A shame. I did today and had lunch. Great food ! . Staff there obviously enjoy there job and hence pass that on to the customers. Was talked into getting a Merlot well done . Also they asked if my dog wanted a bowl for water. Old fashioned... More 

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Oxford, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

Great service, delish food and we keeping going back! Very popular so would recommend booking, enjoy!

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seattle
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162 reviews 162 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Very good food. I stopped in early without a reservation. They were fully booked but since I was alone and early, they served me at an outside table normally not used in the evening. Seafood chowder was rich and flavorful.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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62 reviews 62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Another girls day out, and we headed to Oxford for lunch. The town was busy, but we decided to try our luck for a table at Café 51. Almost full, one table left. The staff were wonderful, and the café really tidy, and such a selection off the menu (healthy at that) to choose from. Am so over the skinny... More 

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Amberley, New Zealand
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92 reviews 92 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

It is a great place to stop off for a coffee and snack. Even though after only a short trip from Leithfield and on our way to Lake Tekapo from and onwards, my wife insists on stopping here. We have always encountered very friendly staff and excellent service, with great tasting food and coffee. A favourite place for a coffee... More 

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Rangiora, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 via mobile

If you're looking for the best seafood chowder, look no further than Cafe 51. Took our Welsh visitors for lunch and we all had the chowder. They admitted it was wonderful!! Atmosphere was great although they needed more umbrella's so we could have sat outside but it was a great atmosphere inside too. Service is cheerful and we didn't have... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We booked a table for a management end of year function. The food we ordered (garlic bread and main meals) came out relatively quickly so no complaints there. While it was tasty, the chicken bore no flavour of either lime nor chili (as the menu promised), and the sauce definitely was not minted yoghurt either, so nothing like the menu... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

My favourite dish is the chili cheese soup with crusty bread it never fails. Very filling and satisfying. However all the meals look good and I have never had a bad meal here. The only problem is that sometimes they get very busy and you can't always get a seat so have to go elsewhere.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 51 Main Street, Oxford, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: 03-312-1751

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: International
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?