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“Great views and friendly service” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Luna Bar and Restaurant

Luna Bar and Restaurant
Ranked #64 of 325 Restaurants in Dunedin
Cuisines: New Zealand, European, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Hong kong
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great views and friendly service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

We arrived about 2pm for a late lunch and were pleased to see it in full swing.
Service was fast and friendly and the lady was happy to make reccomendstions throughout.
We had a range of foods including the chicken parmagiana which is huge so make sure you're hungry! The mussels which were done in a laksa type broth which was unique and the chicken burger which was delicious juicy and tender.

A solid 7.5 out of ten for lunch/late lunch.

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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Little River, New Zealand
1 review
“Just made our day ...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2014

Went to Dunedin for rugby test and prebooked Luna for late lunch. The day was sunny which made for a spectacular view of the harbour and city, could even see the stadium. The staff welcomed us on our arrival with a smile, they were amazing couldn't fault the service and the meal just topped it off, tender Chicken Parmigiana went down very well with a bubbly. Great wine list. The others at our table of 7 were of the same opinion as myself. The transport organisation to and from the stadium went without a hitch. Fully recommend this fantastic venue, thanks Keri and Terry.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank BernadetteCecilia
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“I should have know better!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2014

We have been travelling around the South Island and have used Trip Advisor to chose where we dined each night. The Town House, Westport [reviewed by me], Alice May, Franz Joseph, The Rocks Cafe, Invercragill [reviewed by me] and Etrusco at the Savoy, Dunedin were all every bit as good as their ratings and reviews by others on Trip Advisor.

Tonight though we departed from the norm and chose the Luna Bar and Restaurant at Roslyn, Dunedin because it looked busy and friends had dinned there and were happy.

I should have know better and trusted Trip Advsor because the rating of 31st of all Dunedin Restaurants says it all.

Firstly the wine list offers only a choice of "one" if you want a Chardonnay, a Riesling, a Cab Sav, a Pinot Noir or a Shiraz etc. Take it or leave it, as there is not a second choice.

My wife ordered the Pork Belly and specifically asked if it came with crackling and was assured that it did. When the dish arrived the piece of pork did not in anyway resemble what one expects for pork belly and there was no crackling in sight. Quite honestly it was the poorest example of pork belly that could be imagined and was left virtually untouched on the plate. [Cost $35.00]

I ordered the sirloin steak with a fried egg, hand cut chips and salad. Theoretically an old fashioned version of steak, eggs and chips which is just what I felt like! What they served me would hardly have been acceptable 40 years ago [ when anything went] let alone today. The steak couldn't have been thinner if they tried [although it was perfectly cooked - not hard to do with minute steak] and the chips were soggy. Cost $37.00

In summary it is fair to say that the drinks were grossly over priced [Knappstein Shiraz $12.30 & Roaring Meg Pinot Noir $11.00] and the food 1960/70's quality at 2014 prices.

I should have listened to Trip Advisor and accepted the rating of 31's as that is obviously were they fit in the Dunedin food scene!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Paremata2
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m00nbuggy, Manager at Luna Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review, June 8, 2014
Hi Darryl
I'm so sorry you left with having such an unhappy time at our restaurant, and that your wife's expectation of our pork belly wasn't to her liking. We did however try our best at the time to correct this and Sarah your waitress did see if she could have her try another dish, but she did decline our every effort to fix the situation. Your meal, however was checked by Sarah and you did not tell her any of what you have written in the above. We would have been more than happy to exchange your rib eye (not sirloin - minute steak) for the
Hereford beef fillet, which comes with roast garlic mash, roasted tomato, Evansdale blue cheese, wine jus-lie.
That was on the menu and it was most likely more to your 2014 liking, instead of the 1960/1970's ribeye steak. which I may say is one of our most popular dishes, which you did choose to order.
Your comment of our wine prices, we would love to lower and have a cheaper price, but you are drinking a very nice wine sitting in a restaurant with a fabulous view.
I do thank you for your high rating for our service, I think that does go to show we did make every effort to make your time at luna enjoyable, I'm just sorry the food wasn't to your liking.
I hope your next dining out experience where ever that may be is a fantastic one.
Enjoy the rest of your travels around the South Island, if you haven't yet been to Queenstown, I do suggest you try Botswana Butchery - Paula Denton is a good friend of mine and will certainly look after you.
Thanks

Keri
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great food Awesome views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2014

This restaurant is situated up from the Octagon in Dunedin and is well worth a visit. The menu is varied and meals delicious. Lunches are good but evening meals great - the view is also great during the day but evening dining gives the opportunity to enjoy the changes as the daylight gives way to a sparkling city scape

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank FrancesGaye
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Orbost, Australia
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great lunch.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2014

Had a very well prepared lunch served by excellent staff. Good menu and wine list. We had a window table with a magnificent view of the city, harbour and the Otago Peninsular. Will definitely be back when next in Dunedin.

Visited March 2014
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Thank Elsdal_12
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