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Best Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, Seafood, New Zealand
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30 Stuart Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
+64 3-477 8059
17:00 - 20:00
11:30 - 14:30
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 17:00 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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349 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

From the outside this cafe looks like a cheap, tasteless place to eat. But once inside eating - what a great place! The staff were very pleasant and the fish and chips were awesome!

Thank Jennie W
Dunedin, New Zealand
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sorry, I know everyone raves about this place, but I really don't know why! Fish was nice but very expensive and small pieces, and chips weren't anything to get excited about. People with allergies should also be aware that their batter is NOT dairy free.

Thank sari72014
Woodford, Australia
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We also found this café by chance after walking past many coffee shops offering standard fare. The lunch special on a chalkboard outside & looked appealing so in we went for a look. Seeing a lot of locals in there as well as tourists was good to see. There was a special on 6 Bluff oysters and we had 3... More 

Thank Margaret W
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for Gluten Free Fish and Chips. However, It was prepared in the same oil as the regular battered fish. Served with homemade french fries that were very good. Quick service. Nothing fancy in the way of atmosphere but glad that we came for lunch.

Thank Lori N
Melbourne, Australia
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

What a great find this was, there wasn't too much choice near my hotel, but I am so glad I chose it. Quick and friendly service, enjoyed GF Blue Cod. Best fish and chips I have had in years.

Thank Lindazed57
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81 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Came on this place by chance after passing by a lot of noisy places around the Octagon. It looks simple from the outside but offered oysters so thought it worth a look. The range of fish offered was impressive and proved delicious for the basis of fish and chips. Moist fish, light crispy batter. Chips a bit chewy perhaps. Staff... More 

Thank Jolyon O
Otago Peninsula, NZ
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40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

I went in for an evening meal, hoping for seafood chowder, but this wasn't available. As moki was on the menu, I chose 2 fillets of that as I love and cook moki at home. While the batter was perfect - crisp and golden - the fish was disappointing, as it had that tang of fish that's a few days... More 

Thank kiwique
Melbourne, Australia
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40 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

This is a basic looking cafe, but don't let that deceive you. We came in at lunch time and the service was faultless and the fish and chips were really delicious. We came in later the next day, close to closing time and the service and food were not as good, but still very good, I think the staff wanted... More 

Thank Avntheothers
Wellington, New Zealand
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

This Dunedin identity delivered as always. Classic blue cod fish and chips, moist and delicious, with slaw, accompanied by bread and butter. It's like stepping back to my 1950s childhood, and great value for money. Don't miss it.

Thank Janet B
Brisbane, Australia
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19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

This is the best place I have had whitebait fritters. Served with bread and butter and a lovely cold drink. So yummy. Worth the trip from Australia to taste. Well done Best Cafe. Great value for money. Considering we had tried this iconic dish at Auckland ackoroa and Wellington too.

Thank 007Rosie007

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 32
Cafe, Seafood, New Zealand
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 20:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 20:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 20:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 20:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
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
Established in 1932 the "Best Cafe" has become a Dunedin icon. It has been through world war II and the great depression and has changed very little over the last 80 years it has been trading.My wife and I are privileged to be its third owners and have fell in love with a piece of Dunedin history. Our aim is to supply a great range of local fresh fish with our hand cut chips, also maintain our reputation as the Best oysters in New Zealand. If you remember the days when you used to get bread and rolled butter at the table as soon as you walked in, with feeds that never left you hungry then you will remember the "Best Cafe"

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?