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“Surprise!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Catlins Cafe

Catlins Cafe
3 Main Road, Owaka, New Zealand
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Ranked #1 of 3 restaurants in Owaka
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Wollongong, Australia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Surprise!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

We stayed in the Café's 2 bedroom apartment, which is a well-kept secret as you have no idea from the front, that there is such a spacious and nice apartment at the back. After our drive to Nugget Point, nearly running out of petrol, we came back just before closing time at 20.45. as we had no energy to cook in the well-appointed kitchen, we ordered hamburgers and chips (fries). The young, enthusiastic chef made these for us and brought them over to the apartment, so we could relax! Great service and a place we can recommend. Wished we could have stayed a week!

Visited February 2013
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OwakaSteve, Owner at Catlins Cafe, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Thank you for your comments. It is a wee home away from home in the unit.
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Date | Rating
  • English first
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Comfortable cafe, shame about the food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

This was our second time visiting Owaka in two years and we hoped the food had improved - sadly it hasn't. I had a very ordinary lasagne reheated in the microwave and served with what tasted like microwave chips. My wife had a quiche that she described as giving quiche a bad name. On the plus side the cafe is friendly and comfortable.

Visited February 2013
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OwakaSteve, Owner at Catlins Cafe, responded to this review, February 10, 2013
Hello Folks,
Thank you for your feedback and I do apologise for your dining experience with us. Please allow me to offer you a complimentary dinner and a nights accommodation with us as part of our apology. We do pride ourselves on producing good quality food at The Catlins Cafe but it would appear we have fallen short on this occasion which concerns me. If you could contact me through our website should you wish to take up my offer.
Again sincere apologies.
Steve Clarke
Catlins Cafe
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Cold Spring, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great little place to eat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

This was the only place open when we were looking for a place to eat dinner. We were very pleasantly suprised by the quality of the food. The service was some of the best that we experienced in New Zealand and prices were good. Very friendly atmosphere.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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OwakaSteve, Owner at Catlins Cafe, responded to this review, January 6, 2013
Thank you for the kind comments and glad we could be of service!
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Singapore, Singapore
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Food was very good!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

The main road of Catlins is pretty much deserted. You can see empty houses and shops. So we didn't have very high hopes for Catlins Cafe.

To our surprise, the food were very good and we went back the second time for our dinner. Owner was very warm and service was excellent.

Cosy atmosphere, family-like.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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OwakaSteve, Owner at Catlins Cafe, responded to this review, December 28, 2012
Wow, what very kind words! Thank you for dining with us and we appreciate the feedback. I hope you enjoyed your stay in Owaka.

Cheers,

Steve
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kent
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Special little cafe with a special lady serving”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

What a great little place this is - one of the best cups of tea I've had outside of england and such friendly ladies who work there - couldn't have been more helpful and friendly.

Visited November 2012
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OwakaSteve, Owner at Catlins Cafe, responded to this review, November 11, 2012
Thank you for your kind words, we do our best to do our best!
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