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Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
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Reviewed 8 February 2024 via mobile

Had brunch here and everytime I come it is always so good. I love the location right by the ocean. The staff are friendly and helpful. All the food and drinks were delicious!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 11 January 2024 via mobile

The best mushroom on toast I've ever tasted! Lots of halloumi, pesto and hummus, all combined beautifully. Also tried the salmon eggs benedict which was equally delicious. Hoping to visit again to try the cinnamon rolls. Coffee and service excellent too

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 5 November 2023

We had a fantastic dinner here ... I can't understand why the place isn't rated 5 stars. The small plates like the chicken roti and skinny fries were very good, but the mains were just amazing. We had the pork belly and the beef cheek...plates, both decent-sized meals and both full of flavour. The lemon tart was fresh and truly delicious. Our taste buds were singing all the way home. It looks like a humble cafe and bar but provided some of the best food we have ever eaten. The atmosphere was also nice - casual but smart - and the service was relaxed and genuine.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 13 August 2023 via mobile

Every time I come here it is amazing. Staff are friendly and the location is great. I always enjoy my food. Everything I have tried on the menu has been delicious! Love coming here.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 6 August 2023 via mobile

Highly recommend starfish, seasonal menu with a great range and fusion of flavours - a reason why they’re poplar amongst locals/people visiting dunners - new dinner menu has something for everyone too. As a regular here, I highly reccommend the okonomiyaki Pancake or chicken Roti...and the Dumplings on the dinner menu. Can’t go wrong with Supreme Coffee, and a nicely stocked cabinet of slices/etc. Great service too.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 6 August 2023

Utterly dismal. The service was atrocious. The guy that runs it actually told me I shouldn’t have ordered if I didn’t have time to wait when I simply enquired “do you know when I’ll get my coffee”? We had waited 55 minutes and he could...not have been ruder. This guy deserves his cafe to run into the ground and I will celebrate his demise. The cafe next door was fabulous. Go there. This guys awful.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Mat Nicolson, Owner at Starfish Cafe and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2023

That’s not how it went down- We were simply appalled by your abusive Manor/behaviour yelling at our Barista/Staff today demanding to make your takeaway coffees before everyone else whom had ordered before you- simply because you “had to get on the road to Queenstown”. You...More

Reviewed 11 July 2023

Excellent service. Japanese Pancake was nicley seasoned, fresh as well. Can tell the chefs put effort and love into the food, along with the amazing foh staff. If your in dunedin, come here!

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 28 May 2023

40 min wait for food. When it finally came it there were gaps between individual meals being served and the food wasn’t overly hot. The room upstairs was cold, people were sat around with jackets on - heatpump not switched on. We’ve been here before,...maybe a couple of years ago and was surprised with the current poor service, ambience and smaller portion sizes. Will not be returning anytime soon.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 9 May 2023

Dreadful service with meals coming out 15 minutes after others. The food was ok but dreadful service

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 11 April 2023 via mobile

Absolutely delicious meal!! Went for brunch to one of my favourite restaurants in Dunedin. Had the chicken burger which was so good! Staff are always friendly and lovely to sit outside on a nice day.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 21 March 2023 via mobile

Ordered an entree of garlic lemon butter prawns and meal of fish and chips. Entrees came out after the mains. Prawn dish was weird. No garlic taste. Strange accompaniments. Fish was two very small pieces of monkfish. Chips and salad were nice but overall not...worth $32. Service was good.More

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

Great service from a young team, filling brunch and the best banana smoothie, with real bananas. Great Sunday brunch team, on a warm sunny busy day. Nga mihi, thankyou

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 2 November 2022

We've been here many times before, Had coffee and a light brunch this time (eggs and mushrooms on ciabatta), both of which were very nice. The service was ok but they seemed a little understaffed, rushing and had no time to do the little things...like wiping down tables or interacting with customers as they left, which detracted from our overall experience.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 14 September 2022 via mobile

Wow just wow.. Awesome food Excellent portions Friendly service Great atmosphere Scenic 💯 Recommend this for meals 13/09/22

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 24 August 2022 via mobile

We visited for a birthday meal after having many meals at Starfish over the last few years. This one was disappointing to say the least. My twice cooked pork belly was served in one huge piece which proved very difficult to cut. The other meals...were okay. Our biggest disappointment was the desserts. Sticky Date Pudding was a dry muffin in a small spoon of sauce and a very small spoon of ice cream. There wasn’t enough liquid to soak into the muffin - we couldn’t eat it. My husband had the Nutella waffle which again had no sauce or any type so the whole thing had to be eaten dry. Would have chosen the cheesecake, but they were all out. Wouldn’t recommend this restaurant unfortunately.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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STARFISH CAFE AND BAR, Dunedin - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Yes, Starfish Cafe and Bar offers takeaway services.

Starfish Cafe and Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4