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Zookeepers Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, Soups, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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50 Tay St, Invercargill 9501, New Zealand
+64 3-218 3373
07:30 - 17:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 07:30 - 17:00
Mon 07:30 - 20:00
Tue - Sat 07:30 - 22:00
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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Paul the owner is at the top of his game in this busy cafe,never anything but the best quality and service,coffee to die foor as well.

Thank ph0072014
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful food unusual menu of many dishes made lovingly with great attention to detail. Very friendly and helpful about attractions and tourism in the area highly recommended for delicious and leisurely dining

Thank cynthia m
Christchurch, New Zealand
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I come here for breakfast, and, like last time, the service is awesome, the food is tasty and the prices are reasonable. What more could you want. I'll be back again and again.

Thank TheBismarck
Invercargill, New Zealand
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a fantastic place! Great food and service and perfect for our 3 year old with the special kids meals (that toddlers actually eat!!) all of the animal statues and pictures etc, even a parrot to have a chat to if you're inclined 😀 Would recommend the smoothies and the pork belly burger 🍔. But all the food has been... More 

Thank Robyn P
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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195 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recommended by a friend. We arrived, and went upstairs. After quite some time, so much I was thinking, time to leave, the lady remembered that we were in the building. She was polite and came up quickly. I ordered Wheat Toast and Marmalade. I checked if they had Marmalade, and 'oh Yes" was the answer. I guess I was thinking... More 

Thank Gary N
Townsville, Australia
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77 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When in Invercargill we always check out the Zookeepers Cafe. Still enjoyable - has a relaxing atmosphere. Gluten-free food options and coffee were still great. The Cafe is still the same on the surface but needs a good spruce up with the paint brush in some areas.

Thank AussieRalph
Invercargill, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

i always like to have hot chocolate in this restaurant. The quality is very good and mainly the interior is awesome.Very good customer service.

Thank spp1494
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Meet with friends on a regular basis for dinner at Zookeepers. Beer battered fries are the best in Invercargill. Food well presented however menu is a little tired and could do with updating. Good selection of teas but would benefit from some proper tea cups / saucers. Dislike drinking tea from a chunky coffee mug. Decor is interesting but really... More 

Thank fionamT4500CY
Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pleasant enough cafe, kooky decor and hipster-esque menu but utterly rude staff. Threw menus at us, didn't invite us in, snapped at us when we were ordering and walked away without response whenever we'd finished paying. The wifi password is "come back again"...which gets nothing more than an eye roll from us.

Thank MissSRG
Southland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Great service, good food & affordable. Always enjoy coming here. Environment is relaxing and certainly not conservative. Wish there was more room!

Thank Bionickate2016

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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
Cafe, Soups, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 20:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 Tay St, Invercargill 9501, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Southland Region  >  Invercargill
  • Phone Number: +64 3-218 3373

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