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All 36 Oamaru Restaurants

Northstar Restaurant

495a Thames Highway, Oamaru 4900, New Zealand
03 437 1190
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Ranked #2 of 36 Restaurants in Oamaru
Price range: $9 - $29
Cuisines: Argentinean, European, Vegetarian
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
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  • English first
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English first
Kakanui, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Living in Kakanui, just 10km from Oamaru, one of fans tipped us off about the North Star as it has a dedicated kids playroom. So off we went to check it out and I can honestly say we had one of the best meals we've ever had in a restaurant. Great food, brilliant desserts and the playroom is perfect for... More

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somany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

On a quick day trip from Wanaka, we stopped at Northstar for an early dinner. The outside is totally unassuming....let me say plain on the outside, so good on the inside. It was around 6pm and we were the first party in. We were asked to pick our table promptly upon arrival. The decor is simple and elegant. After studying... More

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Oamaru, New Zealand
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I always enjoy going to the Northstar, it is rare to find a restaurant that makes its own pasta, which is just mouthwatering. The staff are excellent and very obliging.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Great food and excellent selection of food and well priced for most wallets. Great staff. I could not fault this restaraunt

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

It's a shame about the lack of atmosphere at Northstar- everything is grey or beige (though comfy) and there are two inexplicable televisions playing sports on mute as you eat, mounted to the walls. If you go when the head chef, Pablo is cooking, the food will be undoubtably be excellent: on a recent visit I had the pork belly,... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

We stopped at the motel, but it was full. The manager, Cathy, called all other hotels in the city to help us find lodging. She finally found us a backpacking room just north of town, but she didn't stop there. She insisted on sending us with mugs and coffee for the morning. Then she decided to have the restaurant make... More

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

I would highly recommend this restaurant. This has all of the qualities of fine dining food but in a casual atmosphere. We took the teenagers out which worried me a bit but there was something for everyone. The steak meal was fantastic. My 16 year old raved about it and he is not easy to please, my daughter had the... More

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Dunedin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

I wish I could visit this place more often the food is amazing, handcrafted Pastas locally sourced ingredients and beautiful food made from scratch. What really stands out about The Northstar is its wonderful staff, I'm always made to feel welcome and nothing is ever an issue for them. Last time I visited I was seated near an older gentleman... More

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Mt Cook
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013 via mobile

We stopped at the motel after booking it online... Not sure what to expect. Arrived and found a very helpful receptionist... Great first impressions. The building is fairly big standard hotel looking. BUT... Rooms are approaching 5 stars... Very nice indeed. BUT... The restaurant is better than that even. A GREAT, meal... Very unassuming looking place. One of be better... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

You can't judge a book by its cover, because this unassuming place had some of the best food we have had on this trip. The service was wonderful. Can't go wrong with a meal here, and you will be very glad you did.

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