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“1960 memories revisited”
Review of Best Cafe

Best Cafe
Ranked #18 of 363 Restaurants in Dunedin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $25
Cuisines: Seafood, New Zealand
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Established in 1932 the Best Cafe is a Dunedin icon. It has been through World War II and the Great Depression and has changed very little over the last 85 years it has been trading. I am very lucky to be running a restaurant that was originally started by my great-grandfather and then passed down to his son and family through until the 1980's. The following proprietors kept the traditions alive to maintain the Best Cafe's great reputation. As the proud owner of our old family restaurant my aim is to provide a truly unique dining experience, one where we can provide old fashioned, friendly service alongside a delicious plate of fresh, local seafood, golden hand cut chips and the best Bluff Oysters in New Zealand. If you want to take a trip down Nostalgia Lane and taste some traditional New Zealand fare then this is the place to visit.
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Oldie Worldie back to the 50's and 60's. Not many places give you bread and butter while waiting on meal to arrive and the black sauce and vinegar is on the plastic tablecloths. The oysters cooked are to die for. They also have reasonably quick takeaway.

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Reviewed June 22, 2013

This place does fish the best of any I've ever tasted. It's their specialty. Their knowledge of fish is vast. The batter on the fish is just right. Not too much like normal.

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Thank Alisa B
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

Seafood is the speciality but the oysters!!! A bit pricey at $42.50 per dozen and the chips and salad could be better but who cares. The oysters (cooked for me, no way I can do raw) are battered (not thickly) and fat and juicy. In the last 3 weeks I have been there 3 times - and am going back tomorrow for lunch. Really nice old fashioned ambience. Great service. They give bread and butter to every table - so old fashioned, I love it!!! Oysters are a go-go.

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Reviewed May 18, 2013

It is the iconic Dunedin seafood restaurant- you will not get better oysters in a more authentic restaurant

Thank Loubie212
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

Very quaint cafe that has been there for ever and is still popular with visitors and locals. Meals come in various sizes so can accomodate both big and small appetites! Bottomless tea and coffee and reasonably priced alcohol.

Thank Jane S
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OleSchool, Owner at Best Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2013

Hi Jane

Thankyou so much for your review, Im glad you enjoyed our old diner.

Cheers

Marc

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