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Cafe 51

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51 Main Street, Oxford, New Zealand
03-312-1751
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice coffee & meal - pleasant rural feel

Cafe 51 is an old house with several rooms, and a pleasant rural feel. Not fine dining, it's more friendly and comfortable. Service for lunch we had was excellent. Coffee was very good (I'm a barista and fussy!). Food was very good too. Overall nice meal, deserves 4 stars, thanks Cafe 51.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 8, 2015
GrahamAK
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Cafe 51 is an old house with several rooms, and a pleasant rural feel. Not fine dining, it's more friendly and comfortable. Service for lunch we had was excellent. Coffee was very good (I'm a barista and fussy!). Food was very good too. Overall nice meal, deserves 4 stars, thanks Cafe 51.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Great coffee but the food looks better than it tastes I had a sausage roll which was very dry. My husband had a savoury scroll that had so much cayenne pepper in it you couldn't stop the burn in your mouth. Given a choice I wouldn't eat here again.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Drove out from Christchurch for lunch Sunday last. Café busy but we had booked. We, both, had the baked hoki which was excellent with a very fresh and varied salad. Staff pleasant and moving quickly with lunch orders. Highly recommend if you fancy a drive out in the country!

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Oxford, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

What a shame that the little touches, which made a memorable night out have gone - gone are the slices of lemon in the drinking water, gone are the small vase of flowers on each table, or the waitress offering you the pepper mill, just to name a few. The menu hasn't been changed for awhile so if you like... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Had the seafood Chowder and rotated tomato soup. Both good. Service was friendly and efficient. Place, though slightly small, was clean and cosy. Great stopover place after a long drive.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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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
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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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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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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?