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51 Main Street, Oxford, New Zealand
03-312-1751
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Today
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

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  • 18
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 2
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Accommodated me on busy night

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 5, 2015
dickanddoug
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seattle
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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38 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Christchurch, New Zealand
2 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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92 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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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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14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We've dined here for lunch on several occasions and have always enjoyed the (adult) food, the service and the ambience. Streaky bacon features heavily on the menu (sourced from the local butcher) and is well worth trying. My only complaint is that the Children's Menu is a very poor show compared to the adult menu. Smaller and simpler versions of... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Fabulous muffins. Interesting hot chocolate. Have not been disappointed with a meal here yet - from coffee and treats to lunch and dinner. Dinner menu not vegetarian friendly and could do with more options. Recommend the venison and the seafood chowder is HIGHLY recommended.

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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?