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Best Cafe

) #18 of 278 Restaurants in Dunedin $$ - $$$ , Cafe, Seafood
30 Stuart Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
+64 3-477 8059
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  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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Diner, Cafe, Seafood, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
30 Stuart Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
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Reviewed June 19, 2017

Excellent F & C.Staff friendly and knowledgable on Dunedin & menu. Cental to movies, railway station etc Quick service.

Thank Issie333
Reviewed June 3, 2017

We were here on a family occasion and blown away by the quality of food and service. The new owners have made their mark in an iconic Dunedin restaurant.

Thank Loubie212
Reviewed May 27, 2017

went to lunch for first time in two years. was dying to get back for oysters n blue cod. I ordered 6 oysters n pec blue cod has got slightly over priced one doz oysters are now 48.00 . last was 38.00 it comes with...More

Thank porky460
Reviewed May 22, 2017

After trying for years to find a decent, reliable 'Fish and Chip' shop in Dunedin we are now regular Friday night takeaway patrons of the Best Cafe. They offer a great selection of fresh fish cooked in delicious batter - and the chips are always...More

Thank KiwiPragmatist
Reviewed May 17, 2017 via mobile

Wonderful lunch...How fish and chips should be. Hand cut chips fresh dish great batter and priced right. Great attentive staff..10 out 10.

Thank Mouse71Grilla
Reviewed May 10, 2017 via mobile

Excellent crispy thick chips that were not too greasy. The fish was lovely too. Nice friendly owners and a great cafe three doors up for flat white and old school video games.

1  Thank QQuietroomfan
Reviewed May 7, 2017

I had a meal on Sunday and it was fantastic. The new owners have really made a great effort in making guests feel welcome. Highly recommended.

Thank peterscanlan615
Reviewed May 6, 2017

Good fish and chips here, with a quant historical environment, friendly staff, plenty of options and very busy

1  Thank kenmon19
Reviewed May 1, 2017 via mobile

I was lucky enough to stumble upon this hole in the wall on my first night in Dunedin. I had the special and it was amazing, fresh local fish, perfection. The waitress was lovely and the place def. all about the food. The next night...More

Thank Magstarpie
Reviewed May 1, 2017

Dunedin locals recommended that we go to the Best Cafe for Bluff Oysters, Onion Sausages and fish and chips. We (5 adults) took up their suggested and went there for a sit down meal. The cafe has pretty basic decor but is clean and had...More

1  Thank Geoff M
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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
$7 - $26
Diner, Cafe, Seafood, 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
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:30 am
11:30 am - 2:30 am
11:30 am - 2:30 am
11:30 am - 2:30 am
11:30 am - 2:30 am
11:30 am - 2:30 am
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
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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.
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