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Northstar Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
European, Contemporary, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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495a Thames Highway, Oamaru 4900, New Zealand
+64 3-437 1190
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Perhaps in a unusual manner, we choose to stay overnight in Oamaru if traveling between Christchurch and Invercargill, in the full knowledge that we can be assured of a very good dinner at Northstar at a reasonable price. We have dined there three times, and on each occasion have been very pleasantly surprised at the standard of the food, and... More 

Thank Belfort19
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

We dine here when travelling from Dunedin to Timaru. The restaurant decor is nice & contemporary. Beautifully clean bathroom facilities. Fantastic meal as always. Great quality, fantastic presentation. Most definitely not a 'pub meal' Most definitely would recommend!

1 Thank Michelle B
Oamaru, New Zealand
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

We really like Northstar for a large family group or just two, Children friendly which is a plus, staff attentive, meals always well presented and always enjoyed.

Thank Lin637
Timaru, New Zealand
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61 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

All of our family were very impressed with the food - i had a main of pork bellie, scallops with hummus and carrot and apple slaw with bread which was the best meal i have had in a long time. My partner had fast cured pork chop with mash and slaw which he was also very impressed with. The presentation... More 

2 Thank DonellaTimaruNZ
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

We visited as a larger group with out a booking on a busy Saturday evening. The lovely waitress seated us in the lounge and fetched us all drinks while a table was prepared for our group. The kids were all really excited when they were served their build your own sundaes (after dinner) and as parents we were really impressed... More 

Thank O8175EPalexl
Oamaru, New Zealand
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199 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

We checked this restaurant out for a family get together to be held later in the year but were so disappointed we won't be returning for the event here. The service was very amateurish - maybe a really new staff person - she barely spoke. The meal was average. The area for relaxing looked great and is a nice extra... More 

Thank Rme48
Queenstown, New Zealand
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48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

We had a dinner with starter, mains and desserts. First arrived, 3 staff at the counter looked at us but no one greeting or bringing us to table. We had to greet them and one of them just told and point us from where she is (behind the counter) "you can sit there!" I felt like she is a bit... More 

Thank enungkhao
Timaru, New Zealand
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

Found the menu very average and the resturant lacks atmosphere.The carpet in the lounge area is dirty and the whole dining and lounge is very cold,not a resturant I would recommend.

Thank Frankroy
Oamaru, New Zealand
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016

This restaurant was chosen for a visit because it is wheel chair friendly, which some restaurants aren't. One of us ordered the Pork Belly, the other the Steak with Mushroom sauce. The meals were ready without waiting, as suggested in other reviews, and were absolutely delicious. It is a tastefully decorated place to eat in, along the presence of soft... More 

Thank 9495me
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52 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

The most beautiful lunch. Fresh fish, freshly made tartare sauce small salad with beautifully balanced dressing. All at 13.45 when everywhere else is closed for lunch. Will remain a favorite stop. Staff efficient and friendly.

1 Thank Qualityexpectation

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$9 - $29
European, Contemporary, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 495a Thames Highway, Oamaru 4900, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Oamaru
  • Phone Number: +64 3-437 1190
  • This restaurant is at Northstar

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