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29 The Octagon, Dunedin 9001, New Zealand (Formerly Nova Cafe)
03 479 0808
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Today
8:00 am - 12:00 am
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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
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Coffee & Tea, Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 119
    Excellent
  • 92
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great staff, pity it is so noisy

I have had Many many years of appreciating Nova, but...it is noisy, the staff are 99% great, sparkling water a nice touch, but oh! The noise, It is so central I will return but never during the lunch period, great for the young but mature persons eat after 2 pm.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
margaretinnz
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Dunedin, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
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English first
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

On a busy graduation weekend managed to get a table for lunch just before it got busy. The staff was nice and helpful and the food came very quickly. My partner had a ceasar salad which was badly presented and wasn't tasty at all, just some pieces of lettuce, croutons, bacon and an egg pouche put on top,very badly executed...... More 

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Bath
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181 reviews 181 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We found Nova for breakfast and we were not disappointed after sampling excellent porridge and fruits we waited for the donuts. This is an experience and not to be missed as the donut you order comes with a syringe to fill the donut with the filling of your choice from salted caramel, berries, chocolate etc, suggest you share as they... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I have had Many many years of appreciating Nova, but...it is noisy, the staff are 99% great, sparkling water a nice touch, but oh! The noise, It is so central I will return but never during the lunch period, great for the young but mature persons eat after 2 pm.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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54 reviews 54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Considering the hype surrounding this eatery I was actually looking forward to lunch here. I could not be more disappointed. Wait staff were not as attentive as I would like, and as a solo diner I felt marginalized when being seated - I appreciate they were busy, but I got the impression that a solo diner isn't their ideal customer.... More 

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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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54 reviews 54 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Great dessert selection. I only come for the dessert. Yet to try the main. But really average service. Often they look like they don't want to be there.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I asked my taxi driver to recommend a café in central Dunedin and he dropped me at Nova. He must have known something because I really enjoyed it. Professional friendly service, great food and great hot chocolate. It was very busy which suggests its popularity has been earned. I had morning tea there and then went back with a friend... More 

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Alexandra, New Zealand
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Often busy cafe in central location, This place offer good choice for Branch and Lunch. Comfortable seating with good "serious" service. ( the staff can smile more). Overall this is not the first time we visited, we will be coming back again.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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146 reviews 146 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We sat in the sun looking out over the Octagon, bustling and beautiful on a weekday morning. Delicious coffee, just as we love it brought steaming to our table. Lovely service with a true southern smile! Food followed. Hubby happily munched through his generous sized muffin, I started to unfurl my huge, warm, grogeous looking cinnamon scroll, wisely served with... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We have been to Nova several times over the last 15 years and always loved it. this morning we took our grandson there for the first time and had another great experience. Service was prompt friendly and helpful. No problems with youngest asking for changes to the Nova breakfast or for my request for one egg in the Eggs Floentine,... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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141 reviews 141 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This time we were just stopping for coffee although I've eaten here before and agree with the favourable reviews on the food front - but this time I just want to commend the friendly and helpful staff who work fast and furiously when the place is busy - but who remain pleasant, charming and really helpful - well done all... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 29 The Octagon, Dunedin 9001, New Zealand (Formerly Nova Cafe)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Dunedin
  • Phone Number: 03 479 0808

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 28
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Bakeries, European, New Zealand

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
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

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