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Louies Cafe & Tapas Bar

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142 Dee St, Invercargill 9501, New Zealand
(03) 214 2913
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 51
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  • 23
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best in Town

We've been going to Louies for eight years now and it's still the best place to eat and drink in town. Took my 91 year old father there in January 2016. Booked in advance (essential for Friday & Saturday nights) and asked for the table by the fire because Dad feels the cold. Got a courtesy call... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
CraigScarlett
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Otatara, NZ
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Otatara, NZ
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've been going to Louies for eight years now and it's still the best place to eat and drink in town. Took my 91 year old father there in January 2016. Booked in advance (essential for Friday & Saturday nights) and asked for the table by the fire because Dad feels the cold. Got a courtesy call that day to... More 

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1 Thank CraigScarlett
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

When we arrived without a booking, there was only one other table of about 8 people. The waitress seemed a little flustered and it felt like there was an end to the atmosphere, however we took our seats and waiting for about 5 mins for menu. The one and only menu was on a a large black board that we... More 

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1 Thank Tammy B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

Absolutely delicious, fresh, well presented food. Service excellent. Can't wait to return to try more of the menu. Always extremely busy so definitely book.

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1 Thank Daniellefitz
Invercargill, New Zealand
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291 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

A Christmas function for a small group of us and what a great night at Louies. Nice started pages of nibbles and delicious main meals. The lamb was very good. Generous without being too big. Decent wine list. Service outstanding.

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1 Thank CraigandTania
Invercargill, New Zealand
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Wonderful menu service and atmosphere. Quite intimate dining and great quality dining. Would recommend to anyone for a special night out.

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1 Thank GayeRobyn
Mt Eden
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Dishes are varied tasty and nit yo large or small. Good value. Service was fabulous and nothing was a problem. Highly recommended.

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1 Thank Helen G
Ottawa, Canada
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84 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

This restaurant was recommended by our B&B host and we were not disappointed. From the moment we walked in we felt welcomed and comfortable. The manager greeted us and spent lots of time chatting and make recommendations from the menu. We selected Lamb and it was wonderful. A very pleasant meal in nice little spot.

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1 Thank BPutt
Wellington, New Zealand
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Tapas - in Invercargill. Who would have thought it? And fantastic tapas at that.. Not your traditional grazing plate sized tapas, more decent sized entrees - but OMG great food. The softshell tacos were really great, the Nemesis chocolate cake was to die for.. Or at least worth the early onset diabetes you may get. The service from the bar... More 

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1 Thank AlHwlg
Invercargill, New Zealand
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

We just loved our dining experience here, had such a great vibe and and food was truly awesome. We had the Lambs Liver pate for entrée, hadn't tried this before was so good we had to ask what liver it was. Everything was brilliant. We were particularly impressed with the dessert it wasn't to sweet it was lovely. Sorry to... More 

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2 Thank Memobabe
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

Hadn't been here for years, don't know why because it certainly hasn't lost any of its charm. Great menu choices with fresh local produce and wild game. Interesting wine list and good recommendations. Loved the roaring open fires and smell of woodsmoke. Will definitely be back soon. Had a great night with friends and we were well looked after.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 142 Dee St, Invercargill 9501, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Southland Region  >  Invercargill
  • Phone Number: (03) 214 2913

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  • Cuisine: Spanish

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