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29 The Octagon, Dunedin 9001, New Zealand (Formerly Nova Cafe)
+64 3-479 0808
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Just popped in for a coffee. Friendly waitress said this was no problem. Straight away a waiter brought us across a glass of sparkling water. Which he kept refilling. Coffee was good. Menu looked tempting. We will go back for dinner.

Thank 304margaretf304
Dunedin, New Zealand
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196 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great setting, great ambience and the staff are always so friendly. Love the fact that they refill your water regularly to compliment some very fine coffee and a stupendous choice of teas.

Thank steve w
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived in Dunedin for early lunch and selected this place. We were pleased we did. We both enjoyed our meals

Thank Barbara E
Dunedin, New Zealand
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well located and always bustling with people. Always a good meal and reasonable coffee. Great service - friendly and efficient.

Thank John K
Danville, Ca
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131 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were really impressed with the quality of our meal. My wife and I shared a Maple Salad, full of pear, walnut, blue cheese and bacon/ham. The dressing was spectacular. Kiwis tend to do minimal dressing and there were no shredded carrots!! For the Mains we did the rissotto and wok fried vegetables with chicken. Both were excellent. The servings... More 

Thank TomBrodehl
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Conveniently located in the Octagon in central Dunedin,and connected to the Dunedin Public Art Gallery,this cafe has good food and excellent service

Thank Peter M
Perth, Australia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Two nights in busy Dunedin and Nova was packed and buzzing. Yet the friendly and energetic staff found us (family of four) a table and made us feel welcome. The menu has been honed to perfection over the years and there were multiple vegetarian options to please our 12 year old. The big syringe that comes with the doughnut dessert... More 

Thank Pedal-Pusher71
Melbourne, Australia
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491 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

... after many years since our last visit of Dunedin and were again not disappointed: Attentive service, reliable tasteful food of many origins

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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pop into this little cafe to grab a take away coffee whilst wondering through Dunedin. Great coffee and best of all they use AllPress. Staff very friendly & helpful.

Thank Paul F
New Zealand
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86 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For a lunch or coffee in Dunedin's Octagon this is a comfortable and well organised cafe/bistro at the city's art gallery. I think that there's an opportunity to create a more art gallery vibe although the ambience is fine. However, broken seating isn't a good look and suggests a lack of attention to important things or the personal touch that... More 

Thank Stuart D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$3 - $28
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 29 The Octagon, Dunedin 9001, New Zealand (Formerly Nova Cafe)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Dunedin
  • Phone Number: +64 3-479 0808

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