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The Brown Trout Cafe Restaurant

Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly
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1158 Athol-Garston Highway | Southland, Athol 9749, New Zealand
+64 3-248 8847
10:00 - 20:00
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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304 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped by to have our brunch on our journey from Te Anau to Wanaka. Friendly owner, great food, great ice-cream, great set up of the cafe and even the toilet.

Thank DorothyCheong
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On our trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound we stopped here for a cup of coffee. We saw all of the delicious meals being served to other customers and decided we had to stop here on our way back. We enjoyed a delicious french toast and eggs Benedict with some of the best coffee we've had in New Zealand! Added... More 

Thank Sammi C
Marlborough Region, New Zealand
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75 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

We were looking for somewhere to stop for lunch en route from Queenstown to Invercargill & were thinking that we were not going to find anything when we nearly missed this amazing cafe at Athol. Had a job deciding what to order as everything looked very tempting We ordered the corn fritters & were not disappointed. Serving was larger than... More 

1 Thank JayannMarlborough
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

En route from Queenstown to Southland this is s great place to stop -coffee is really good & the best toasted ham & cheese on Ciabatta! Staff are also very helpful & friendly

1 Thank Merrilyn C
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Friendly owners and great food. Delightful patio area to sit and check out wifi. The coffe is great too.

2 Thank adaLincolnshire
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Stopped here for a lunch break on journey from Wanaka to Te Anau on a cold rainy day. Lovely minestrone soup and very welcome wood burner. Didn't want to leave.

2 Thank PaTh1422
Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

We arrived in Athol on bicycles and although they had a function on that evening they were able to provide us with take away dinners. These were THE BEST take away meals we have ever had!! Thank you so much for being so flexible.

2 Thank MargOL44
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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83 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Stopped here with friends on our way from Queenstown to Te Anau. Lots of things of interest to look at, interesting décor, great coffee, great service, friendly staff. When we pass this way again will call in for a break.

1 Thank Robert L
Myrtleford, Australia
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84 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Stopped here for lunch. Half way between Te Anau and Queenstown. We both enjoyed our lunch. I enjoyed a nice lamb roast. Was a nice home cooked meal. My friend did not enjoy her coffee though. We were in the middle of nowhere... so you can't really expect Melbourne quality.

1 Thank kimlb1976
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

What a great spot to eat. Surprised at the quality from a cafe in such a small town. I had the cauliflower and blue cheese soup, probably the best soup I've had. I highly recommend it with friendly staff and a homely feel.

2 Thank Richard M

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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$6 - US$21
Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?