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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
All hours
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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61 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The reviews seemed a bit mixed but I had a coffee here when visiting the art gallery next door and the atmosphere seemed pleasant so booked and returned in the evening. They were quite busy but the service was attentive and prompt. Good beer, ample sharing platter and two main courses. 104 dollars. NZ is expensive coming from the UK... More 

Thank Jolyon O
new zealand
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662 reviews
259 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had the Nova full breakfast which was all fine, the apple sausage was good as was the bacon, no complaints. The other dish was poached eggs and bacon which was also fine. Coffee was good. The cafe is situated between the cinema and the art gallery. There can be a rush of patrons through the cafe dependant on start and... More 

Thank thesmdm
Taos, New Mexico
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped for a quick brunch on our way to our hotel in the Dunedin City Center. It was packed with locals - usually a good sign when you have just arrived in a new city. The menu had the usual brunch items along with some other options. The risotto with mushrooms and chorizo was excellent, paired with a local Otago... More 

Thank Bob A
Wanaka, New Zealand
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been to Nova many times and love this place, however my most recent visit was extremely disappointing. The restaurant was half full, but we were told that the school prize giving had just finished and they were anticipating to be very busy. Despite telling the maitre d we were only wanting dessert she seemed reluctant to seat our... More 

Thank leighccohen
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I decide to pop in an have some lunch. Arrived at the matrie desk and was pointed to the table at the bottom of the steps. Worst possible table espically in a not even half full restaurant. Then pointed to another table and asked if we could have that. Was meet with the most disgusting, Yes if... More 

3 Thank Antony M
Dunedin, New Zealand
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

We have been disappointed with Nova service several times. We must be suckers for punishment as we kept going back. However today they really got it right. Very friendly waitress explained all the injectable donut options and was accommodating and pleasant. The donuts were brought out promptly and were fresh and delicious. Well done Nova

1 Thank SouthernDuo
Dunedin, New Zealand
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

Great atmosphere, attentive staff, love the free sparkling water. Great desserts and coffee. Very handy central location.

Thank B D
Dunedin, New Zealand
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364 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

I really like this place and its location has to be the best in town, adjacent to Dunedin's stunning Art Gallery in the Octagon. Yesterday it was busy, a little reminiscent of an austrian Kaffeehaus - perhaps the style of furniture, people fighting with the newspapers, generally relaxed atmosphere, rain outside... So the atmosphere is nice, the tables clean, water... More 

1 Thank samandhenry
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

This is a great place for a good coffee. The selection of pastries and cakes was great. We ordered some pastries which were fresh and delicious. We appreciated the water provided and topped up twice during our time there.

1 Thank eleonore3422
Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

I called into Nova for a quick dinner after work and before an evening meeting. The service was good but the food was awful. I order a salad and the ingredients, especially the browning lettuce, were ancient. It tasted bitter and I felt a bit unwell afterwards. I would have sent it back but there wasn't time. I won't eat... More 

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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, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?