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Cafe 51

51 Main Street, Oxford 7430, New Zealand
+64 3-312 1751
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good49%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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New Zealand, Cafe, International, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
51 Main Street, Oxford 7430, New Zealand
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11 - 20 of 98 reviews

Reviewed January 18, 2017

For New Year's Eve, a friend and I visited this lovely place for a gorgeous lunch. The service was excellent and friendly. It was nice to actually have a staff member take the time to listen to your order and give a welcoming smile. As...More

Thank Tracey1902
Reviewed January 10, 2017 via mobile

Many disappointments unfortunately. Very poor table service, had to request that the tables be cleared on sitting after watching the waiter return to the kitchen 3x with an empty tray. Zero smiles throughout. The food was terribly slow and very disappointing. Haloumi burger was dry,...More

Thank Kat F
Reviewed January 9, 2017 via mobile

Went for a wedding anniversary dinner, had not been here for some time and were just as happy with the experience as previous occasions. Prompt service, great food, a real Oxford gem.

Thank Petehilux
Reviewed January 4, 2017

Gorgeous old villa complete with antique door opens into a clean cafe. The rooms converted into the dining areas. Cold day but the place was lovely and warm. Nice artwork offered for sale. Greeted by a friendly face and left with a coffee and white...More

Thank Darryl-Jo
Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

The food is good and the price is reasonable. You will not regret stopping there to eat. This place give you the best food in Oxford

Thank Joseph Y
Reviewed November 11, 2016

Travelling around Canterbury heard that Oxford was worth a visit. Arrived in time for coffee at spotted Café 51. Lovely old house that has been turned into a café/restaurant. Lovely having the different rooms to set in. The coffee was strong and hot, also had...More

Thank wilko630
Reviewed November 10, 2016 via mobile

Friendly smiles, excellent coffee, great tasting food. Greeted with smiles all round coffees came out fast hot and totally delicious. The food was excellent my only gripe was that they substituted something and didn't ask us if it was okay to do that, it's not...More

Thank Marlaina C
Reviewed November 4, 2016

I like the fact that they have carpet and curtains - it makes the place quieter! There is space outside for dogs and children . If you ring prior to going they can open the gate into the garden for wheelchair access.

Thank cdnz1235
Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Went to this place today. Nice relaxing cafe. Had yummy lunch. Good value and friendly staff. Was busy. My friend had pasta and I had tomato soup. Also fries. Yummy. 😊

Thank funchick37
Reviewed October 18, 2016

I have been there several times and have liked this café particularly for it nice heritage interior and the weatherboard building which looks so inviting. But now I will not visit anymore. Either the owner or chef/baker has changed - or whatever. Anyway, the last...More

Thank SuzyQ8082
cafe51nz, Owner at Cafe 51, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2016

Hi , I'm really sorry to read you didn't have a enjoyable visit last time , yes we have changed our muffins , for the last couple years we were buying them from a bakery , most recently we have been making them ourselves ,...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$11 - $44
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Parking Available
Good for
Kids, 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: +64 3-312 1751
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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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