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29 The Octagon, Dunedin 9001, New Zealand (Formerly Nova Cafe)
+64 3-479 0808
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything was perfect from the moment we stepped in. The service was great, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was superb!

Thank Elisangela O
Sawyers Bay
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A reliably good cafe with excellent coffee and friendly staff. Fries are excellent. In fact nothing was not good.

Thank Raewyn S
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great selection of wines and you can order some particular wines by the carafe if you're having more than one glass or sharing, which is great. Service is really good and you get the added bonus of sparkling water with no extra cost. The menu is great with lots of options. We had the crab spaghetti and the caesar salad.... More 

Thank 630charlottec
Dunedin, New Zealand
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A quick bite after the movies! Since it was getting a bit late, the 3 of us decided to just have a light meal and decided on the share platter for 2 which they happily made into a platter for 3. The service was very friendly and welcoming and when the good came, it was great too! Everything looked and... More 

Thank Dimple P
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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365 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Situated adjacent to and accessible from the Public Art Gallery, this modern restaurant seems ideal for brunch or lunch. We took the soup of the day and a 'Maple salad', the latter being rocket, toasted walnuts, blue cheese , pear and bacon with a maple dressing. Both were tasty and good value. There's a good ranges of wines by the... More 

Thank 654GregP654
Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While on a ten day camper van holiday to beautiful NZ, myself, my wife & son stopped at ' Nova ' in Denedin for dinner on January 10th. I chose the Crab Linguini. A bad choice. During the night I woke up violently sick. In between short bouts of sleep, this continued up until lunchtime the following day forcing me... More 

Thank Patrick S
Olive T, General Manager at Nova, responded to this review

Hi Patrick, I really am sorry that you were ill during your stay in Dunedin, especially as it caused you to miss seeing some of our great Peninsula. There was a delay on our end emailing you, due to the weekend. But as soon as we were made aware of your complaint myself and the head chef checking all our... More 

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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First of, staff members were very friendly and always had smile on their faces. Caramel and Chocolate infused donuts were to die for. Frappes were very good as well.

Thank Bulaiwit91822
Lismore, Australia
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77 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Popped into Nova for an after dinner dessert. Even though they were busy we were seated promptly and the free water was sparkling not tap. Very pleasant, smiling wait staff who didn't dawdle. The chai creme brûlée was mouthwatering and the chocolate and salted caramel cone was delicious. Well done!

1 Thank U3367QDgarym
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been here several times in the past. But most recently for dessert. Really enjoy being offered complimentary sparkling water at the table. Dessert menu is varied and there are also several large cakes in the cabinet. Went with 2 friends and we all had something different. All were delicious. Staff attentive and helpful. Thanks Nova.

1 Thank patrice g
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

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

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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, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, 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?