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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 211 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
Oamaru, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I have been to this cafe on a number of occasions and always love the atmosphere. The service was great, unfortunately the choice I made for food was not very exciting, I will not order South American gumbo again. My friend said her choice with hummas was average. I will certainly go here again though, it's position in the centre... More

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Dunedin, New Zealand
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We came to Nova for dinner with a group of 10. The food was great and is very well priced, especially when you consider the location in the Octagon. Some of our group had the donuts & had fun injecting the fillings!

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New York City
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

The food choices were plentiful and delicious. Our server was friendly, efficient, and very knowledgable - her suggestion of a wine checking for dinner was spot on! We all enjoyed eating and drinking here.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I was visiting Dunedin for 5 days and had breakfast and lunch in Nova most of those days. They have a very good range of options on their breakfast menu. I highly recommend their french toast breakfast. Staff are professional and welcoming. The food is in large portions and good value for the money.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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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
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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
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 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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