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29 The Octagon, Dunedin 9001, New Zealand (Formerly Nova Cafe)
03 479 0808
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Ranked #28 of 214 Restaurants in Dunedin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $28
Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Bakery, European, Café, New Zealand
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Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Auckland, New Zealand
Top Contributor
185 reviews 185 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

We visited this place on a Wednesday night around 7pm, or just a little later actually ;) . Place was packed but we got the last table, through no skill of my own. Menu looked exotic. Food came out fast, almost a little 2 fast if I was to be honest. We were after a dining experience after all. My... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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309 reviews 309 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

I have been to this place for coffee and brunch a number of times over the past few years and on the whole it has been okay But the $24 laksa must go down as the most expensive and worst version of this dish that I have ever had - DO NOT ORDER The $20 croquettes were very oily -... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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80 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Nova is always reliable and a great place to grab a meal whilst in town for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Or just a wine and dessert. Right in the Octagon, so very convenient. Had lunch there today and the food, always good, was better. Haloumi, hash and tomatoes was so well presented and the fish and chips were light and... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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68 reviews 68 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Recent visit confirmed Nova still best breakfast in town for service, quality and nice quirky pieces on plate. Nova breakfast on menu selection great , but party was withtried most things and all scrummy..great coffee too and nice spacious restaurant.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Fantastic service nice and relaxing. Not made to feel rushed even tho they are extremely busy. Best service I've had in years!

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Wanaka
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Great food, coffee and service 4 of us had brunch with a good variety of meals and all enjoyed it. Great position being central

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Dunedin
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I went to Nova for a meal. the food was well served, and beautifully cooked. It is located right in the Octagon, the Art Gallery, picture theatres, bus stops, the Town Hall etc so is convenient to reach. The only aspect I didn't enjoy was the noise. With no carpets and plenty of windows to look out on the street... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

My younger daughter (15 years) and I visited Nova Cafe a couple of times, whilst holidaying in New Zealand in September & October 2014. We came upon Nova as it's near the Art Gallery, and perfectly positioned in the centre of town. The food - lunch, dinner and coffee, was most enjoyable, and reasonably priced. We would recommend Nova for... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Visited Nova on a busy Sunday night and it's busy for a couple of reasons: its location in the middle of the city, and its food. The food was really nice, but I have to admit that it was quite expensive for what it was. Service was average with the worst part being the waitresses reaching across the others at... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Love the atmosphere here! Always a pleasurable experience, and once again tonight. Surprised locals don't understand the cafe protocol of waiting to be seated! Best service, pleasant staff, quick turn around before we went to the movies, and once again great food and very reasonably priced.

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Additional Information about Nova

Address: 29 The Octagon, Dunedin 9001, New Zealand (Formerly Nova Cafe)
Phone Number: 03 479 0808
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Dunedin
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 3 - 28
Cuisine: Bakery, European, Café, New Zealand

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