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Nova

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New Zealand, Cafe, European
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29 The Octagon, Dunedin 9001, New Zealand (Formerly Nova Cafe)
03 479 0808
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7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 152
    Excellent
  • 129
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Date night

Dinner before movies, lovely atmosphere and staff and food arrived promptly and was tasty as usual! The pork salad is delicious for lunch and steak for dinner a must make sure you order some fries as they are great! And a lovely glass of Pinot. We come here often for lunch and dinner. On the odd... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Baysider88
via mobile
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94 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I think I have lunch here every time I visit Dunedin. The food is good and the atmosphere relaxing. This time service was bordering on poor. It started when we had water poured - we were not asked if we wanted still or sparkling we were given sparkling. When one of the group asked for still water they were treated... More 

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Thank Rdnkh
Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visit the art museum and right next door is the cafe Nova. Food was very good! Water was even better, tasty as fruit was added.

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Thank pgosler43
Auckland
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Guide at Olverston House recommended Nova. Maple bacon salads were outstanding, big in size and taste. Lambs fry with ginger beer reduction enough to feed a family and excellent. Eggs Benedict with hot smoked salmon was amazing too. Great coffee, great staff

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Thank MoneyPennye
Dunedin, New Zealand
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230 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nova used to exude an air of chic elegance. Sadly not yesterday. It was busy, but staff were frazzled, tables not properly wiped, menus tired and worn and there was an air of general confusion. The food - well, the ingredients for the Nova Burger were thrown together on a plate, and the gumbo while tasting fine was rather muddy... More 

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Thank samandhenry
Rotorua, New Zealand
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98 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They have "injectable donuts" which are amazing! Also the fruit pie was really nice, it's been a long time since I've seen a non-meat pie in New Zealand, so it was a welcomed treat. Loved the service, our cashier is really good at opening bottles.

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1 Thank AmandaPressly
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

That's the one word for me about Nova!! Consistent!! Whether it be the glass of sparkling water as you welcomed and shown to a table through to the Coffee that is served. Then the food, I must have only been for brunch, but to have eggs benedict with bacon served on a English muffin!! Hit the spot there!! Will be... More 

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Thank Metz72
Dunedin, New Zealand
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was a first timer for a takeaway order. I walked up to the front counter and waited. I didn't k ow there was a counter around the side for takeout orders. I waited. And waited. Not one but four staff all made eye contact with me and promptly ignored me. I then had to ask if anyone was serving... More 

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Thank SouthernDuo
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dinner before movies, lovely atmosphere and staff and food arrived promptly and was tasty as usual! The pork salad is delicious for lunch and steak for dinner a must make sure you order some fries as they are great! And a lovely glass of Pinot. We come here often for lunch and dinner. On the odd occasion breakfast where I... More 

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Thank Baysider88
New Zealand
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139 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Dropped in for lunch while visiting the art gallery. The staff were young and fairly random in their approach. The meals were ok the lambs fry had a big hunk of soggy bread under it which was odd in the bowl it was served in. The Laksa vegetables were stringy and the dish was pipping hot and took ages to... More 

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Thank sallysage
Dunedin, New Zealand
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

This restaurant in the heart of Dunedin City attracts a great clientele. The food and service are consistently good no matter if you pop in by yourself, with a friend or a large group. It is usually opening until after the theatre so a good place to have a glass of wine and talk about the latest show. It does... More 

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1 Thank Lynette G

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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: New Zealand, Cafe, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
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?