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Bar, Seafood, Pub, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful place to eat near the Katiki Point Lighthouse and the Moeraki Boulders. It was pretty quiet when we stopped in for a late lunch around 3pm. The staff were so friendly and helped us navigate the menu to find something for my husband...who is a picky eater. The open faced steak sandwich and battered Blue Cod with chips were both delicious! Free Wi-Fi, lots of indoor and outdoor seating, and a large parking lot. Bathrooms were clean and spacious and even had nice changing tables for families. Not only a great spot for tourists on a road trip, but also the favorite restaurant of our AirBnB hosts in Oamaru.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 14 March 2024 via mobile

Had a fish and chips lunch here which was very good beer also very good. Very helpful and friendly staff who helped us out on what to see and do. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 13 February 2024

The Moeraki Tavern has amazing views along the Otago coastline back to Oamaru, great spot to break your journey. We had fish and couldn't fault it. Staff were friendly, prices were normal.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 29 December 2023

Standard pub fare on offer with local seafood, especially the Blue Cod being the main attraction - the restaurant, being the only place in Moeraki for meals is quite busy - however, service was quick and efficient.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 22 December 2023

Got orders wrong. Staff have no customer skills. Poor all round experience. Would not recommend. Far better places in Oamaru at much more reasonable prices and better quality food and service.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 12 September 2023 via mobile

Fabulous service and delicious blue cod lunch! Nice view as well. Great little spot to stop on the way to visit boulders for a wine/beer and a bite.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 10 September 2023

Great food, great atmosphere and lovely staff. Had relaxing lunch sitting outside in the sunshine. Awesome gluten free blue cod!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 23 August 2023

Visited with my parents and my two young kids on a Monday afternoon for lunch. Hit a quiet sweet spot just after the lunch rush which was perfect after a visit to the Boulders. Ordered the blue cod, open steak sandwich and the pizza for...the kids. All went down very nicely. Had a great range of local alcoholic and non-al drinks up at the bar. Colouring for the kids and a warm fireplace completed a perfect late lunch! Thank you!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 17 June 2023

We had dinner at the tavern on a friday evening on a weekend away for my wife's birthday. My wife had the blue cod and I had the roast chicken. Both meals were excellent. The cod fillets were super fresh as you'd expect in Moeraki...and the chicken was super tender and juicy. The staff were magnificent, very friendly and attentive but not over the top and in your face and the service was fast and efficient. Tip, the meals are large so you probably won't need an appetiser and a main. And if you want to go on a Friday night or over the weekend it would pay to book a table. As well as catering for locals, lots of day trippers come from all over the region to enjoy the excellent food in an idyllic seaside settingMore

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 14 May 2023

Great food and service. Saturday night and this place was packed. It was very busy at lunch time too. What was great, was the number of staff. I counted 7 and there would have been a couple of chefs as well. All very friendly. This...meant you didn't have to wait long for your meals. Would highly recommend.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 1 April 2023 via mobile

Visited here for dinner. Very disappointed, but to be honest, I shouldn't be as I am finding so many pubs and restaurants short changing us customers. Very mediocre food, the starters were straight out of the freezer of the poor quality expected from paknsave. Restaurants...need to do better or they deserve to lose trade.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 25 February 2023

When we left the Boulders we skipped the cafe as my wife wanted to try the tavern. Great choice. It was a busy lunch hour when we got there but there were tables available. The service was excellent which seems prevalent throughout the South Island....Food and portions were large. Chips (french fries to us) are excellent and you frequently see large bowls of chips with the table sharing them. Also, in New Zealand, they generally are served with aioli which is sort of mayo with garlic added. For us Americans, they always have some ketchup to make us feel at home. Very pleasant lunch and a good day to sit on the deck. There is even a resident cat who does not bother anyone and was a delight for the youngsters at the next table. Definitely a recommendMore

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 25 January 2023 via mobile

The food was beautiful and very well priced and delicious, staff were friendly and even though quite busy the food came out in a very good time frame. Great to sit on the deck and enjoy the view. Well worth the visit.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 4 January 2023

Wonderful location with a view across the beautiful bay and plenty of parking. Delicious food in generous portion sizes. The fish is fresh & has gf df options available. Available in small & large portions - but even small is very generous! The staff are...friendly and welcoming and also very efficient. The easy-going music was welcomed by my Gen X ears. Friendly, inclusive atmosphere amongst the customers too.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 30 December 2022 via mobile

We have been twice now and loved it both times. Food is good and very quick! Service is lovely and friendly, and it is busy with a nice atmosphere without feeling rowdy or too loud. Would definitely recommend.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Moeraki Tavern is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4