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1908 Cafe Restaurant

7 Harington Point Rd, Portobello, Dunedin, New Zealand
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“lamb shank” (60 reviews)
“seafood chowder” (23 reviews)
“salmon” (14 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
European, New Zealand, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
7 Harington Point Rd, Portobello, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Was my birthday and my wife had told them in advance. We wanted a special dinner. Online menu looked great and lots of good reviews-they must have eaten somewhere else. Ambience very nice. Waitress a sourpuss with us, but very friendly with everyone else. The...More

Thank K L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the 1908 because there are no other restaurants in the area. The waitress was very officious, and seemed to be telling us off when we chose our seats, and when I tried to move out of her way so she could lean...More

Thank Joey2040
Pauline L, Owner at 1908 Cafe Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I also find this review very disappointing when people are moving around as a waitress we try to make your stay as pleasant as possible and sometimes when your having such close contact with people you try to make everyone more comfortable with conversation. We...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The ambience and decor are very nice, clean and tidy place, the people are friendly, the food is fresh and very good, we had the fish and chips, and the salmon both delicious, the kids had chicken nuggets, I did not try them, but they...More

Thank schatzg
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was running late for the Royal Albatross colony on Otago Peninsula so decided to bale out and instead have a meal at 1908 Cafe. The tussock red venison with pumpkin mash and roasted beetroots was cooked to perfection. Pauline's friendly efficient service was greatly...More

Thank Norman Borge B
Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

Came here after watching the blue penguins return to their nests from the sea after sunset. Very charming place, service fantastic-go with the recommendations for both food and wine and beer, our server/host was spot on. Food good.

Thank RdV88
Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

Walking in you are instantly struck by how you could be walking into a time capsule with the stunning wood panelled walls and chandeliers. The service is reminiscent of a similar era and the helpings more than generous. A great wee gem out on the...More

Thank JoR2213
Reviewed 10 July 2018

I was there for an extended period so worked my way through the menu. Was never let down and many times pleasantly surprised. Service was friendly and nothing was too much truouble

Thank markfenwick
Reviewed 25 May 2018 via mobile

Decided to try 1908 while on the peninsula, and wow! I didn’t expect it to be so good. We came on a quiet, rainy night; the place was nearly empty. The service was excellent and very friendly. 1908 seemed the sort of place where everyone...More

Thank blackfox360
Reviewed 23 May 2018

We had dinner here on two occasions while staying across the road at the Portobello Motel. The atmosphere is warm and cosy and we loved sitting near the open fire. The owner is very friendly and has a great dry sense of humour. We thoroughly...More

Thank Benaroon
Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed a very pleasant lunch last week at 1908. The lamb shanks were top pick by our diners and the ambience of the cafe was very suitable for our group. Nice decor and roomy with heaters on for warmth. Worth a visit to try...More

Thank Robyne S
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4 October 2018|
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Response from Pauline L | Property representative |
Hello yes they are we have out door seating and as long as they are on a lead thats fine. Regards
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Harington Point Rd, Portobello, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Dunedin  >  Portobello
  • Phone Number: 478-0801
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