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“A very pleasant dining experience not to be missed. Worth the little extra drive.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of 1908 Cafe Restaurant

1908 Cafe Restaurant
7 Harington Point Rd, Portobello, Dunedin, New Zealand
478-0801
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Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Portobello
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Continental
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
“A very pleasant dining experience not to be missed. Worth the little extra drive.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

We enjoyed the fish of the day and the lanb shanks. Both were excellent. Service wss great. Music was very pleasant background music and quiet enough to enjoy but not intrude. If anything could be improved it would be the comfort of the chairs but that was very minor.
The restaurant is a beautifully and rastefully restored 1908 building (hence its name).
Do this as a reward sfter a hard slog around the penguin colonies. But drivers, stay with the Brancott Estate low alcohol wine if you want to successfully negotiate the windy roads either over the mountain or round the coast. Don't miss this one while you're in Dunedin.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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18 restaurant reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Awesome food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Excellent service (lovely waitress), food and wine - good value, nice old building placed close to an inlet.

Visited January 2013
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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“ok”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

very slow service and very expense food,nice view though and friendly staff,cut back the pricing and can get more people in to dine

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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Not the place we expected.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013 via mobile

We went to this establishment on the recommendation of our hotel. The service was blunt and particularly so on arrival. The food was ok but nothing special. The establishment could have been cleaner with the twilight lighting up the cobwebs and dust on things. We were going to go to the pub nearby and I wish we had.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Early supper option”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We stopped in to the 1908 Cafe at about 5pm and were happy to learn of the early supper option for a less expensive meal (and the portion size was just right!). The fish & chips were delicious and the atmosphere was perfectly charming -- and it was a weekday in early December so we had the place to ourselves!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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