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115 Thames Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 3-433 0480
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Central Oregon, Oregon
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174 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It seems mostly hotel guests eat here. We had numerous choices for dinner and it seemed one could not go wrong with any of them. I had the pork croquettes, chicken corn frittata, and apple cake, all excellent. We also tried halloumi and nectarine, fish & chips, and cinnamon churros, also very good. We also had buffet breakfast here with... More 

Thank walkalot4ever
Oamaru, New Zealand
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 4, 2017

When we would like a quiet relaxing meal the T-Bar is the place, good food, sevice and atmosphere a place to relax with a drink and talk.

Thank Lin637
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

Had a pleasant quiet dinner. Food was good and server was very sweet. A little pricey but probably just felt that way because we ate in the pub surroundings.

Thank Greenygreeny15
Nelson, New Zealand
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed November 26, 2016

Relaxing environment to sit in comfortable seats and watch the the world go by, so to speak, great window seats. Coffee and cake deal is great value, the carrot cake is best in Oamaru. Friendly and courteous staff

Thank tinavj65
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62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed May 16, 2016

I stayed here for one night en route to Christchurch. The location can't be beaten and the staff are so friendly and helpful. The hotel itself could do with a makeover, it is rather dated but it is clean. I think the parking at the back of the hotel looks a bit scruffy and i wouldn't like to park my... More 

Thank BelChch
Brydone H, Manager at T-Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at the Totara Bar and thank you for your kind words. The car parking is at the hotel is very safe and secure but thank you for your comments. We hope to see you again in the future. More 

Sydney, Australia
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed April 28, 2016

Visited this place several times and the food was great, the staff allways friendly and willing to help

Thank Alex M
Brydone H, General Manager at T-Bar, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your time at the Totara Bar. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed your meal with us and have a number of times. We hope to see you again soon. More 

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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed March 25, 2016

This was in a great location and was an old place but the rooms were nice and updated. Has a parking lot. Can walk to the Victorian District and the Blue Penguin Colony. The lady at the front desk was not very welcoming or friendly when we arrived but was helpful when asked questions. The younger young lady the next... More 

Thank Nolagirl2
Dunedin, New Zealand
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed March 25, 2016

lovely restaurant in a beautiful old building, the staff were friendly. The menu is good, not too much choice which can be overwhelming. Dessert menu was fantastic. Food had so much flavour and was cooked to perfection. Portions were generous. Will definitely eat here again

Thank LouieRPS
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64 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed March 6, 2016

The room was good, the bed was comfy and certainly clean. That is pretty much what you want in a Hotel room but beware that the plumbing is loud. I could hear every shower, tap and tiolet in the rooms next door:(

Thank jhbSydney
Oamaru, New Zealand
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2016

If you want a coffee and cake or coffee and scone combo, this place is the cheapest in town. The scones are devine and some of the cakes are delicious. And the coffees pretty good as well. Around $6.00.

Thank Pat E

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$4 - $25
Bar, International, European, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 115 Thames Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Oamaru
  • Phone Number: +64 3-433 0480
  • This restaurant is at Brydone Hotel Oamaru
The Totara Bar Public Bar and Dining Room is located in The Brydone Hotel in the heart of Oamaru. Our award winning kitchen offers a number of beautiful dishes from breakfast to dinner.

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