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Best Cafe

30 Stuart Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
+64 3-477 8059
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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Diner, Cafe, Seafood, Fast food, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
30 Stuart Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Best Cafe
1. Fresh Bluff Oysters
"If you love fresh oysters this is definitely where you should eat "
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2. Whitebait Patties
"This is the best place I have had whitebait fritters."
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3. Local Blue Cod
"cooked to perfection, the Blue Cod is melt in your mouth fresh!"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Must stop here when visiting the area. Open since 1932, and you can see why. Service is sharp and quick, food came out hot and hmmm good. Fresh fish clearly. Make this. Stop when here and we will return.

Thank srimanone
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely outstanding! A walk back in time to a simple era where the food was sourced down the road, cooked fresh and delivered with a smile!! The fish was coated in a light tempura style batter and cooked to perfection, the Blue Cod is melt...More

Thank Live_it_every_Day
Reviewed 6 days ago

Recently visited and enjoyed the Windows looking onto the street while enjoying fish-n-chips and the local drink, L&P (try it!). Just steps from the train station it is a great place to eat while downtown.

Thank Worldismyoyster1070
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Blue cod bites were amazing. For the price we couldn’t believe how much food we got & this was one of the smaller lunches. The Best cafe certainly lived up to its name.

Thank wtammi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Chips were piping hot, crispy outsides and fluffy inside. The blue cod bites were excellent value for money. Service was friendly and professional. We were only there for a day, but were delighted with our choice of venue. We would definitely go back if we...More

Thank dexporter
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were sent here by a local. We found the fish and chips inedible. The the potatoes were very greasy. Do not go.More

Thank BallardPritchett
bestcafe1932, Manager at Best Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Ballard, I was sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your meal. I hope you were aware before ordering that we do indeed fry our fish and chips in fat, which is the traditional way of cooking them. We do have many other fabulous fish...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very plain and simple. Just great fried fish and chips. You can split a 2 filet plate and get 2 different fish. Friendly staff.

Thank mot29
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I were here just for the day. Taxi driver said if you want oysters or fish and chips this is the place. Outstanding food and service for a quirky little cafe. We had 1/2 dozen natural Bluff oysters and 1/2 dozen battered...More

Thank aexcell
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I went for a look due to the good reviews. Yes it’s ok, but I didn’t think it was amazing. 6 oysters and 1 piece of grilled cod with chips and a small salad, 1 small beer and a glass of wine was $65.00. This...More

Thank Dick G
bestcafe1932, Manager at Best Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Dick, Thanks for your feedback and we are sorry you found your meal to be pricey. I do recall in fact serving you and just to clarify your bill was $62.50, which I believe to be fairly reasonable when ordering premium items such as...More

Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

Even though I'm a local, tonight was my first visit to Best Cafe. I has been hanging out for some blue cod for a while now and tonight was the night. I ordered the blue cod in gluten free batter, which was lovely, thin and...More

Thank Lauren C
bestcafe1932, Manager at Best Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Lauren, Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review, great to hear you enjoyed your meal and we look forward to seeing you back again soon! Cheers, Best Cafe

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Questions & Answers
18 July 2017|
Response from bestcafe1932 | Property representative |
Hi Lu, yes we have a Gluten Free batter option for our fish and oysters, however if you are celiac we don't recommend as it is cooked in the same fryer as our flour batter. We have many Gluten Free customers though who can... More
16 February 2017|
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Response from Susannah Y | Property representative |
Hi Helen, lovely to receive your message. Yes we would absolutely love to see you back in the restaurant so please introduce yourself when you do! I'm imagining you had the sole, which we certainly have on the menu! As the... More
Kristine C
7 March 2015|
Response from Marc Y | Property representative |
Sorry that we didn't respond to your message on time, I was unaware of this message until today. Hope you were able to get in. Cheers Marc
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 25
Diner, Cafe, Seafood, Fast food, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30 Stuart Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Dunedin
  • Phone Number: +64 3-477 8059
  • E-mail
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.
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