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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 31 January 2024

We popped in for breakfast and coffee when staying at a nearby motel and really enjoyed our avocado toast and poached egg dish. The accompanying flat whites were great and we thought the meal was value for money and service great. We'd certainly return...

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 3 January 2024

10 of us had brunch for my Mother's 93rd birthday and we had a wonderful time. The food was excellent and the service really good. Highly recommend this lovely cafe

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 22 January 2023 via mobile

Nice service with a smile. Generous portions, and tasty food. Great value for money. Lovely open eating area with nice views whether it’s sunny or cold outside.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 18 March 2022

Came to Oaken to do some study and get a coffee with friends, however, there was no wifi. Would expect to have Wifi in a cafe in a student heavy town. Staff were also quite rude. Coffee tasted very watery.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 16 December 2021 via mobile

Coffee was good and service was friendly. Although it lacked vegan options and cleanliness could definitely be improved.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 11 June 2021

We called into Oaken on Sunday morning. We were not greeted as we walked in there by two girls even with me saying Good morning. We asked the woman behind the counter where the breakfast menu was, she pointed and said nothing. We looked at...each other and were shocked by the response and walked out.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 23 May 2021

Just awful. Tried to order and couldn’t even hear ourselves think as the music was so loud. Told the lady out order which was a reg hot choc and a reg single shot latte, was then told they had no syrups. When we collected our...coffee I got a cappuccino instead of a latte??? It was burnt as well and just disgusting. Possibly the worst experience I have ever been to in a cafe in my entire life.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 20 February 2021 via mobile

Yes -we know you were extra busy today-but the woman on the counter taking orders could have been more pleasant & courteous. We found her very ‘snippy’ -not a good look for out of town visitors. Be grateful that you were busy in these times....Our cabinet food arrived after we had finished our coffees and they weren’t heated. Not sure if we will return after this experience.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 24 October 2020

My first visit to Oaken. Service is downstairs but most seating is upstairs. The staff were friendly, coffee excellent and food was delicious.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 14 September 2020 via mobile

Truly excellent coffee! Loved the porridge, good size serving. Seating outside, downstairs, upstairs (which is deceptively large with pleasant views)

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 5 July 2020

My wife and I went to the restaurant for lunch on Thursday. The upper tables were all occupied, but the ones by the entrance were free. We were very well received, and comfortably accommodated by the door. We ordered two dishes, “Roast Beef Sandwich with...horseradish, mayo, pickled red cabbage, chips & gravy” and “Spicy braised Chinese-style pork in flat bread” - see photos. And to drink we asked for sparkling water and coffee. The steak sandwich was good, the meat was very tender. The chips were excellent. But the highlight was the second dish: the pork was wonderful - with that "real" taste of Chinese food that is only found in Szechuan, fantastic. The bread (home made) was divine. If the dish had come with the same chips as the aforementioned one, it would have been paradise! Congratulations to chef Sophie! The coffee was also excellent and well presented - congratulations to the barista, Chloe, too! In short, a more than satisfactory experience, which deserves to be repeated more often. I strongly recommend!More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 29 June 2020 via mobile

My mum and I chose to go to Oaken as it was close to where we stayed and was on the way out of Dunedin towards Oamaru. We shared a big breakfast, it was delicious and the coffee was good too. Friendly service. Thank you.

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed 23 June 2020

The food and drink was excellent, but it has to be said they were very busy which, in turn, made the food a bit slow to come out. However when it did come it was really good and I would return.

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed 17 May 2020

We stayed at the motel next door, so this cafe was a convenient stop for us. We had lunch here on our first day in Dunedin and liked it so much we returned again the next two days for takeaway sandwiches, bakery, etc. Their soup...and sandwich specials were delicious, as were their desserts. The staff was very friendly, even waving when they saw us in the motel parking lot! We loved the food and the personal touch.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 20 February 2020 via mobile

There were many options to eat breakfast that morning but I purposely chose one which was closer to University of Otago. This cafe was one street away from St David's Complex which houses lecture theatre, seminar rooms, a cafe and University Union... which was not...there when I went back to Malaysia in the year 2000. I chose this cafe before it was within walking distance, and its proximity to University of Otago - I parked my car at our accommodation and walked towards the cafe before continuing to the university campus. First impression was very good - the cafe boasts floor-to-ceiling glass allowing maximum natural lighting to light up the whole place. Friendly staffs made our visit welcomed and in no time the breakfast items were served in front of us. All of which tasted freshly made and perhaps it was the cold winter morning that got us famished. Eggs Benedict, bacon, eggs and even wraps were those that we'd ordered.. and we could not find fault with all of the food. In the end, we walked out of the cafe happily and continued to my Alma mater.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Oaken is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5