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Nova

29 The Octagon, Dunedin 9001, New Zealand (Formerly Nova Cafe)
03 479 0808
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Ranked #17 of 196 restaurants in Dunedin
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $3 - $28
Cuisines: Bakery, European, Café, New Zealand
Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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82% Recommend
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English first
Istanbul, Turkey
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

We've been on the road a long time, eating out in many restaurants and cafes. All too often, something is missing. It's rare for a place to offer excellent food, service, and ambience. Nova has it all. No loud, irritating music. No large noisy groups. Our Nova breakfast was superb. Just what we needed, as we were very hungry.

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Twizel
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We had a great breakfast at Nova. Lots of things to choose from and a great kids menu! Kids food came quickly. The Nova hash was yummy. Friendly staff.

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Taupo, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Been here many times and never disappointed from breakfast to dessert they deliver five star quality! Only place to come in Dunedin as offers it all, great food, amazing ambiance and the best service and staff! Caters to all allergies and needs, honestly look no further then Nova!

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Opua, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Both the food and service here are excellent. Also the location in the Octagon (the center of Dunedin) is a must-see!

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

A good place to meet friends for a variety of eating e.g. full meals, cheese platter, coffee and dessert or cake. Can recommend lamb pot pie and stir fried veges with chicken and cashews. It's almost always busy but staff try to fit customers in and I have always found them pleasant and efficient.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

For a lovely setting, the service at Nova is horrific. Expensive prices for average product and when an error is made by the staff, they are arrogant enough not to apologise but to insist you were wrong!! Don't waste your money...

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I enjoy Nova - always friendly but professional, and leave groups to enjoy themselves without fussing and hivering. Coffee is just fine, nice sweet nibbles

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This is one of our favorite places to go for a coffee or maybe lunch on a regular basis. It has a great location and a lovely view out onto the Octagon and the internal spaces of the Art Gallery. It's always good to pop into before or after the movies or to meet up with friends. They are always... More

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

This place was pretty perfect. After a failed attempt at trying to find a place to eat in St Clair, where everywhere was booked and no-one was friendly, Nova was discovered by Dunedin town's list of restaurants. On a whim we turned up to be impressed by the relaxing but classy atmosphere, very friendly staff and extremely exciting menu. While... More

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Olive T, General Manager at Nova, responded to this review

Hi Mackenzie R, Thank you for your lovely review, so glad to hear you had a great time at Nova over the weekend. Hope to see you back for another visit soon! More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

A bit on the posh side but with fairly average fare. Coffee was not that great. They try to do a high class service but they are a bit too stretched to achieve what they are clearly striving for. Prices are high for the food they offer, but the prices match the 'upper class' feel of the place. This place... More

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