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“Great dinner spot”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Lumber Jack

Lumber Jack
Ranked #1 of 3 Coffee & Tea in Owaka
Cuisines: New Zealand, Cafe
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Auckland, New Zealand
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98 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great dinner spot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2014

Owaka is a little little town with just 2 dining options. Nevertheless they do know how to cook and how to look after guests. We had to wait for a little while as the restaurant was very busy (felt like the entire village was there that night) but it was worth it. Service attentive and the dinner was very good. If we'd ever pass through the Catlins again we would most certainly stop here for dinner!

  • Visited April 2014
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“Avoid lumberjacks”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2014

A lovely meal when it eventually arrived but without a doubt the worst service iv ever experienced in resturant. Poor show

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Gareth J
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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“Great food, service - worth every cent.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2014

We stayed in the Catlins for 1 night (on a Tuesday) and hadn't really planned dinner, so we drove back into Owaka as we'd seen a few places offering meals and just hoped they would be open.
The Lumber Jack was open and had a menu both me and partner could eat from (he's a pescatarian and I'm fussy) so we thought we would give it a try.
It was quite busy inside for a Tuesday, we were greeted by a friendly lady, we later found out was Janice and our waitress, Honey, was very attentive all evening.
The food was out of this world, we'd been in New Zealand 8 weeks and my partner commented it was the best meal he'd had in New Zealand and the best Salmon for a number of years, his only comment was he would have liked more vegetables, but from experience I tend to find fish dishes are smaller than others. I had pasta (starter but as a main) which was super yummy and quite big for what I was expecting to be starter size. We don't normally have deserts, but as the mains were so nice, we just had to try them, and they didn't disappoint. I had the hot boysenberries with ice cream and my partner had the Cheescake.
All the dishes were presented really well and tasted fantastic - Darrel the chef is excellent.
Personally, we felt the prices were very reasonable (compared with other parts of NZ), and great value for money when we saw and tasted the food. I have included the prices on the photographs I took on the evening.

  • Visited April 2014
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 reviews
“Expensive For A Reason”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2014

The prices may be on the high side but the meals we had were delicious. The atmosphere is wonderful also.

Visited April 2014
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Thank AMPSmith
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Disappointed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2014

The Lumberjack Restaurant is a particularly lovely setting with the open fire place and the finely crafted wood in the interior . It seems to have had a good reputation however we were not impressed with the food on the night we visited . All the ingredients for a good meal were there and seemed fresh and of a good quality but the cooking and presentation was not of "chef standard " which should be expected relative to the menu offered
The waitress was a bit "giggly inexperienced" but thats OK .She was only young and I guess she wasnew at what she was doing .
Overall we were certainly not "looking for the Ritz" but really the Lumberjack didn't cut it for us
We spent a week along the Catlins coast and had excellent meals in other locations smaller than Owaka so it can be done

  • Visited February 2014
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