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Catlins Cafe

$$ - $$$
European, Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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3 Main Road, Owaka 9535, New Zealand
09:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Kind of an attempt at fusion food. The chicken pasta bake was acceptable but the rest of the mains had some kind of sweet (Thai?) sauce that didn't go down quite well. We had wanted to dine at the nearby Lumberjack Cafe but they were booked for a private event that evening.

Thank TanSH04
Timaru, New Zealand
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Our family stopped for lunch on Saturday of a busy holiday weekend. The staff were friendly and helpful. Good varied choice of food on the menu and we were told our food would be ready in 20 minutes, which it was, freshly cooked and piping hot. Reasonable prices and generous sized portions.

Thank Peter L
Corindi, Australia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Great service. Got the yummy seafood chowder which was reasonably priced. Variety of desserts on display. Perfect stop over in the Catlins, get a cake and relax by the fire.

Thank Ellen T
1 review
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

The food wasn't bad but too pricey for the portions. Waited 20 minutes for a coffee and 40 minutes for wedges and nachos

Thank Grace K
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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197 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

We were travelling from Invercargill to Dunedin and this cafe provided us with a delicious lunch. My husband and I both decided on the Angus beef and cheese pie which was delicious. They have toilets available for customers.

Thank Vanessa M
1 review
Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Visited the place for lunch and was blown away by the food. I tried the pork roast and fish and fries and they were heavenly. Desserts were great as well!

Thank Howie521
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 September 2016

Was in a hurry and staff very helpful in making suggestions for a quick meal. Well presented although the quiche a little crusty.

Thank Judith H
Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Great service and an enjoyable meal...loved the salad. Wonderful ambiance and enjoyed the lovely "real" fire burning away.

Thank Ngaire N
Owaka, New Zealand
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Stopped into Catlins Cafe for lunch while showing friends around. Service was super friendly, food service quick, meal tasty

Thank GAM1965
Owaka, New Zealand
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Food was fantastic a real surprise. warm atmosphere plenty of space. Waitress needs a little more training Enjoyable evening

Thank 79robynb

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 14 - USD 28
European, Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
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Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 Main Road, Owaka 9535, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Owaka
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

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