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Cafe 51

Certificate of Excellence
New Zealand, Cafe, International, European
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51 Main Street, Oxford 7430, New Zealand
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Brisbane, Australia
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226 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This cafe has excellent food, but is quite expensive. We have eaten there once and were not disappointed as the menu was extensive.

Thank Denstrip
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83 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

Needed warming up and the hot chocolate and muffin was great. Good service and atmosphere. Cute spot on the main street with gumboots at the door.

Thank michelleaChch
Christchurch, New Zealand
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

We went out as a couple to celebrate and use our entertainment card. We were told how they had won awards on steaks so we ordered them medium rare. A family came during our starters and their child came directly behind our table to play in the toy cabinet for the whole starters, he was loud and very disruptive. Once... More 

Thank JessChCh1
cafe51nz, Owner at Cafe 51, responded to this review

Hi Jess I'm really sorry to read you and your partner didn't have a good experience at café 51. I'm sure you can understand children in restaurants is a hard one, putting our staff in a difficult position at times. We always try to provide a relaxed and comfortable setting, unfortunately, some things are out of our control. The music... More 

Oxford, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

Just love this place, whether for coffee and a very indulgent slice or lunch with plenty of choices and sizeable servings, this is a great place to go.

Thank KirstyandWakefield
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

Excellent service Great seafood chowder Good menu Reasonable prices Open most days for lunch Fully licensed An unexpected gem in a country location I would reccommend

Thank 150matthew
Christchurch, New Zealand
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

Visited for lunch with family. Service was a bit slow but friendly enough. Homemade lemon lime and bitters tasted a bit strange and when mentioned to our waitress the reply was 'oh does it?'.. Anyway, food was fantastic we had 3 chilli chicken and lime open sandwiches. Not one complaint there! Chicken was moist and full of flavour. Chips were... More 

Thank rose_tintedglasses
Singleton, Australia
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

A great find in the Main Street of Oxford. My husband and I enjoyed a delicious lunch in the relaxed atmosphere of Cafe 51. An excellent menu offers a great variety of choices. The food is fresh and well presented by friendly staff. Their coffee was beautiful! I would happily return to this lovely cafe.

Thank Isabella B
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

Went out for lunch. Good food, with plentiful servings. Layout means relatively quiet too. Nice outdoor seating area on a nice sunny day.

Thank emmarV1222JC
Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

Had lunch here today, despite being fairly quite the staff seemed unsure if they had any tables available. We took menus and found a good table to sit at. We were served water then told we could not order till the next lot of food went out but we could order drinks these came out promptly, 10 mins went by... More 

Thank sarnia4789
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174 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

Dropped into Oxford and needing lunch chose to stop at the Cafe 51. This Eatery is located in a converted Bungalow of indeterminate age and there is an extensive garden, well make that a lawn, where food can be taken outside. We ordered a Coffee and the Sea Food Chowder to fuel us up for our impending back road bike... More 

Thank Ralph777051

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$11 - $44
New Zealand, Cafe, International, European
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 51 Main Street, Oxford 7430, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: 6433121751
Award winning chef, Anthony Cross and his team of friendly and passionate kitchen and wait staff look forward to providing you with a warm, relaxed atmosphere and delicious, restaurant-quality meals unrivaled in terms of quality and consistency. Our lunch menu and coffees are a great break in a day out exploring North Canterbury or try our exceptional mains presented with our dinner service - for which we've had 11 New Zealand Beef & Lamb Excellence Awards.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?