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The Brown Trout Cafe

1158 Athol-Garston Highway | Southland, Athol 9749, New Zealand
+64 3-248 8847
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“lunch” (12 reviews)
“pies” (7 reviews)
“burger” (8 reviews)
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Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
1158 Athol-Garston Highway | Southland, Athol 9749, New Zealand
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Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

Stopped here for the first time with a group, for some light lunch and coffee. Service was great and the staff are a nice happy group. Coffee was good as was the gold old fashioned ham and cheese toastie. Will stop here again for sure.

Thank IJArchibald
Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

While most ordered burgers or fish and chips, I had seafood chowder and slow roast pork. Seafood chowder because of google review recommendation and it was totally spot on. Theres many 'goodies' in it just like what the host mentioned and even the complimentary toasted...More

Thank feilee
BeauBuck, Owner at The Brown Trout Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

Hi there Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We remember you as we were worried you would not be able to eat it all : ) So glad you enjoyed the chowder and pork belly . Thank you again for such a great...More

Reviewed 15 April 2018

Fishing in the area, we dropped in to top up our "fly" supply. Ended up in conversation with others around the fireplace in cosy chairs. Nibbled on good nachos with wine and later a fabulous hamburger and delicious chowder...also exotic carrot cake to die for....More

Thank brizchick01
Reviewed 31 March 2018

My partner and I came from South and were heading towards Queenstown when we decided to have lunch here. We were studying the menu asking for the menu of the day when my partner asked for the toilet. The person behind the counter (the owner?)...More

Thank Estelle S
BeauBuck, Owner at The Brown Trout Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

I am not sure what went wrong here? Our toilet (we only have one) is available for USE for ALL our customers and to say you were studying the menu you would definitely be classed as a customer. So this should never have been an...More

Reviewed 31 March 2018

I rarely write reviews but for this place I had to. You see, I'm a bit of a burger connoisseur and I've eaten burgers all over the world, looking for the perfect burger. Who would have thought I would find it in a place like...More

Thank SailorJ85
BeauBuck, Owner at The Brown Trout Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

WOW!! You are so kind. What a compliment! We are so glad you called in and enjoyed our Athol Burger! Thank you so much for your review! We get a lot of great feed back on it but we think YOUR REVIEW IS THE BEST...More

Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

Have dined here a few times and every time the food has been delicious. Athol Burger including the bacon and egg, yummy! There is a group of locals who seem to congregate here most nights some of the language can be a little colourful but...More

Thank Gingerules
BeauBuck, Owner at The Brown Trout Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2018

Thank you so much for your review! So glad you enjoyed your Athol Burger. We are sorry about the locals language. We are trying to address this by having the RED light on in the bar area and reminding them we have customers in the...More

Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

Lovely restaurant. Superb food. Awesome service. So much more than expected as there are limited options between Queenstown and Te Anau. My husband had the burger - raves about it. I had the fish - Perfect. And I had the best local fig/honey ice cream....More

Thank jdfranco
Reviewed 12 March 2018

So much character, lovely food and super nice hosts in Jane and Rob. Rob is very knowledgeable about fishing and hunting in the region and Jane is just the nicest person you'll meet. We had the fish and chips and everything was just right. Being...More

Thank Noggyoz
BeauBuck, Owner at The Brown Trout Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

Well thank you very much for such a wonderful review We really appreciate customers feedback. Especially saying how nice the food and we are ! : ) Thank you hope you call in again

Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

We were ready for a lunch break after several hours on the road and decided to give The Brown Trout Cafe a try. Great decision. Staff was friendly, the vibe was chill and the food was super satisfying. I had a beautifully-dressed burger - my...More

2  Thank franco1
BeauBuck, Owner at The Brown Trout Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2018

Wow! Thank you so much for such an awesome review ! We are so glad you stopped in and enjoyed our food and hospitality. We have actually linked it onto our Facebook page. Reviews like yours encourage us that we are doing the right thing....More

Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

This place was recommended as a stopping point on the journey from Queenstown to Te Anau and we were not disappointed. The corn fritters were so good we had to call again two days later on our way back. Admittedly it’s a bit rustic but...More

Thank alanjamesg2017
BeauBuck, Manager at The Brown Trout Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

Thank you so much for your review! So glad you enjoyed our home made corn fritters. They are nice and wholesome for many of our customers. So glad you called back in Safe travels : )

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$21
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1158 Athol-Garston Highway | Southland, Athol 9749, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Southland Region  >  Athol
  • Phone Number: +64 3-248 8847
Simple home made foods.
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