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Best Cafe

30 Stuart Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
+64 3-477 8059
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good25%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“oysters” (54 reviews)
“coleslaw” (23 reviews)
Diner, Cafe, Seafood, Fast Food, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
30 Stuart Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Best Cafe
1. Fresh Bluff Oysters
"If you love fresh oysters this is definitely where you should eat "
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2. Whitebait Patties
"This is the best place I have had whitebait fritters."
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3. Local Blue Cod
"cooked to perfection, the Blue Cod is melt in your mouth fresh!"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Classic fish n chip cafe with vinyl table cloths, Formica table and chair settings. But the food is brilliant too. Forget everywhere else in Dunedin and get down to Best Cafe for cod, chips and yummy Bluff oysters. Remember bread and butter on the side?...More

Thank stephen b
Restaurant's Favorite
Reviewed November 14, 2017

Absolutely outstanding! A walk back in time to a simple era where the food was sourced down the road, cooked fresh and delivered with a smile!! The fish was coated in a light tempura style batter and cooked to perfection, the Blue Cod is melt...More

Thank Live_it_every_Day
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here the first time and I’m blown away by the quality of the fish. It’s so fresh it’s moist inside and the batter is just light and not oily! Also for the chips! IMO best fish n chips on dunedin. Is a bit pricy...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The wife and I came in, desperately in need of a fish and chip fix, and having found our usual place closed, she remembered walking past this place. I am over the moon that the usual was closed so that we could come here, the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was trying to find a restaurant that served oysters during a recent trip to Dunedin. I thought I'd have to pay through the nose at a high end restaurant but I was directed to the Best Cafe by a local. It's a step back...More

Thank Kerre W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Couldn’t decide which fish to order for my fish and chips, so ordered the cod and another type of fish. OMG.....it was a mountain of food. When I finished eating, you could hardly tell I’d had anything, there was so much food. The crispy coating...More

Thank exskygoddess
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our flight from Wellington was delayed so it was dark when we arrived in Dunedin. Needing dinner we went to Best Café, it was so busy we wondered if there would be a for two free. There was and we ordered our Fish & Chips...More

Thank Kathleen E
Reviewed April 16, 2018

A fun place to go and have cooked oysters and chips. If you don't like oysters you can have other dishes including blue cod.Meals are served with slices of white and brown bread cut in triangles with butter. Beer and glasses of wine are available....More

Thank 116craig
Reviewed April 9, 2018

We had dinner here and it was not bad - everything was well cooked and the fish and chills weren’t greasy at all, but definitely not the best I’ve ever had.

Thank Patatas7
Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

I came across many good reviews about Best Cafe and decided to try it out in Dunedin. It was very near to Dunedin Railway Station and approximately 3 minutes walk from the station. The portion was good for the price paid and the fish was...More

Thank travelwithting
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Questions & Answers
July 17, 2017|
Response from bestcafe1932 | Property representative |
Hi Lu, yes we have a Gluten Free batter option for our fish and oysters, however if you are celiac we don't recommend as it is cooked in the same fryer as our flour batter. We have many Gluten Free customers though who can... More
February 16, 2017|
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Response from Susannah Y | Property representative |
Hi Helen, lovely to receive your message. Yes we would absolutely love to see you back in the restaurant so please introduce yourself when you do! I'm imagining you had the sole, which we certainly have on the menu! As the... More
Kristine C
March 6, 2015|
Response from Marc Y | Property representative |
Sorry that we didn't respond to your message on time, I was unaware of this message until today. Hope you were able to get in. Cheers Marc
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$6 - $25
Diner, Cafe, Seafood, Fast Food, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30 Stuart Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Dunedin
  • Phone Number: +64 3-477 8059
  • E-mail
Established in 1932 the Best Cafe is a Dunedin icon. It has been through World War II and the Great Depression and has changed very little over the last 85 years it has been trading. I am very lucky to be running a restaurant that was originally started by my great-grandfather and then passed down to his son and family through until the 1980's. The following proprietors kept the traditions alive to maintain the Best Cafe's great reputation. As the proud owner of our old family restaurant my aim is to provide a truly unique dining experience, one where we can provide old fashioned, friendly service alongside a delicious plate of fresh, local seafood, golden hand cut chips and the best Bluff Oysters in New Zealand. If you want to take a trip down Nostalgia Lane and taste some traditional New Zealand fare then this is the place to visit. We are open the hours specified but we advise you to call to check if we are open for public holidays as these can vary according to time of year.
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