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“Great food”
Review of Catlins Cafe

Catlins Cafe
Ranked #2 of 2 Coffee & Tea in Owaka
Price range: $15 - $29
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: A warm and friendly dining experience. We offer breakfast, lunch and dinner using the freshest ingredients, home style cooking and generous servings. For those wanting a quick option we also offer traditional NZ Takeaways including Fish, Chips and Burgers
Wallacetown
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great food”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

Stopped here for a late lunch after a lovely drive through the Catlins. The food was prompt and very tasty. The service could have been better in the way of friendliness. A lot of visitors travel through this scenic route and I would like to think that they receive a warmer welcome. It doesn't take much to put a smile on your face when greeting your customer. Would visit again.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Susan C
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OwakaSteve, Owner at Catlins Cafe, responded to this review, April 5, 2013
Gidday, I'm sorry to hear we weren't on our best form for your visit but glad to hear you enjoyed your meals. Thanks for the feedback.

Cheers,
Steve
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Irish in Australia
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Best food in the Catlins!!”
Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

I didn't have high hopes of finding a gem like this in the Catlins but WOW!!! My meal was one if the best if not the best of our entire South Island trip - all local ingredients organic, perfectly combined, freshly cooked with love & care. They apologized my chicken would take longer than expected as the chef wasn't happy with how it turned out, a lesser establishment would have served it. If we were staying in the area this is the only place we would have eaten - thank you.

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Thank AoifeBr
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OwakaSteve, Owner at Catlins Cafe, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
Thank you for your comments. I have also passed on your comments to the chef as well! Glad you enjoyed your experience with us.

Cheers,

Steve
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Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Southern Hospitality”
Reviewed March 4, 2013 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch on our way to Dunedin and were fed to bursting. Simple food plenty of it and very reasonably priced. We liked it that much we went back the next day for breakfast and had lovely French toast with bacon and the best iced mocha ever.
Great value and very friendly.

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Thank Withnail_19
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OwakaSteve, Owner at Catlins Cafe, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Glad to hear we looked after you. Southern hospitality means leaving satisfied!

Cheers
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Warsaw
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Worth stopping by!”
Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

Owaka isn't exactly on top of the "favorite places to stay" list, but when done with amazing views of the The Catlins and heading north to Otago or east to Dunedin, The Catlins Cafe is definitely worth visiting. Coffee is very good, ladies behind the counter - super friendly, full breakfast - generous. The interior is nice, with simple tables and comfortable sofas. They also have live music once in a while. Additionally, when ordering for over 10$, you get the Internet connection for free. There is a supermarket on the other side of the street (with ATM accepting local cards only), so you may want to use the opportunity and resupply.

Helpful?
Thank MarcinPWarsaw
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OwakaSteve, Owner at Catlins Cafe, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Again thank you. We are very proud of the folk who work with us to make everyone's visit a pleasure.
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Opua, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A worthwhile stop.”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

We stopped here for breakfast and were not disappointed. Service was prompt and friendly and the food was very good. The staff were very helpful on giving hints on the best things to do in the area and the various walks available. Free internet was available for anyone spending more than NZ $10. Stop in here and experience real Catlin hospitality.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank SVPromise
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OwakaSteve, Owner at Catlins Cafe, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Thank you, you are very kind.
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