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Best Cafe

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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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Melbourne, Australia
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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61 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago NEW

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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38 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 3 weeks ago

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
Dunedin, New Zealand
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364 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Often get great takeaways here but in town between functions decided to get the real fresh. Busy Friday evening, only a couple of small tables not filled. Friendly welcoming staff, quick delivery of the bread and butter (this is the real retro at its best) and fast ordering and food supply. The fish was great (lots of species choice) and... More 

Thank samandhenry
Singapore, Singapore
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This was recommended by our tour guide and we popped in on our first day in dunedin. They serve a variety of fish in terms fish and chips. We tried elephant and blue cod and all tasted great. Prices are friendly on the pocket too. Must try if you are on a budget!

Thank Geneviene G
Christchurch, New Zealand
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

The staff were very pleasant and genuine. However, the food was not to the standard we have normally experienced here. The chips were very tired looking as was the coleslaw. The fish ( blue cod and tarakhi) were both very oily as though the cooking oil was not hot enough. A shame because you can normally rely on good quality... More 

Thank ColHenderson
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

We stumbled upon this place whilst looking for lunch in Dunedin. It doesn't look like much from the outside but do not let appearances put you off. This humble looking place does some of the best fish and chips you are likely to taste. We ordered 2 portions of the blue cod and one smaller 1 fillet portion for our... More 

Thank Stephenmaddison

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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
Seafood, Fast food, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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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