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Nova

29 The Octagon, Dunedin 9001, New Zealand (Formerly Nova Cafe)
03 479 0808
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Ranked #22 of 209 restaurants in Dunedin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Tauranga, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

A group of friends and I went to Nova last friday night to get their famous injection donuts. The service was outstanding, we were all so happy with how friendly and attentive the staff were. The donuts were delicious!! Will definitely be back to try the dinner menu. Only critique would be the sparkling water that was offered to us,... More

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dunedin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

Absolutely amazing. A long time customer and continuously impressed by the fabulous coffee, food and above all - service. Recommended for all. Nova knows hospitality like no other. Thanks to the brilliant team!

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Adelaide
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

Great coffee in a lovely warm setting located in the Octagon. Great cakes too. Try the almond and orange cake.

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Queenstown
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I love coffee. Modaks used to send me Havana coffee when I lived overseas back in the mid 90s; I don't know how many friends I converted to coffee, hardly a day goes by when my own kickstart fails, and I succumb to the delicious earthy whiff of coffee (I'm thinking in Dunedin these days that would be Mazagran, Strictly...... More

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Gore, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

After walking in and out of another "loud" restaurant nearby we walked in to Nova in the Octagon. Me being a chef, obviously enter in any food outlet with some expectation. 10 out of 10 in all aspects. Friendly, clean, great ambiance, good menu variety, and fast service, to mention a few. I placed a question about a particular vine... More

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

Cheers Markus! Thanks for the great feedback! Hope to see you again sometime soon. More

Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Called in while family at the chocolate factory to catch up on emails and make a few calls. Table service with smiles and complimentary sparkling water. Great coffees and service, even as it filled up with holidaying children.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Nova is lovely! I went yesterday for brunch with my partner, the lady that welcomed us and seated us was a bit unwelcoming and we didn't like how our conversation was interrupted by them to ask how our food was. But the place was packed and had a lovely atmosphere, not to forget but they served us great food!! I... More

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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Previously been here for a coffee a few times, but this was first dining experience. Meals were top class - well presented, good quantity as well as top quality - venison, duck, beef all perfectly cooked. Save some room for dessert as well - well worth it. Prices reflected the level of quality. Not cheap dining, but certainly worth it.... More

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Hawaii, United States
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We stopped in to have a quick lunch before heading to Christchurch. The servers were friendly, the atmosphere was typical cafe and the food was decent. Nothing amazing but a nice lunch. I had the novo burger and my husband had the seafood stew/soup.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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86 reviews 86 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This restaurant was recommended to us and we walked down the hill to check it out. The menu looked great but it certainly was busy and we didn't have reservations. We decided to see if they had a table for four. It was amazing but one had just opened up. The service was excellent and so was the food. We... More

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