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**WINNER NZ CAFE OF THE YEAR 2014/2015** OUR FOOD IS FRESH, MODERN AND INNOVATIVE. We source most of our ingredients locally and also use our neighbours at the Otago Farmers Market, Evansdale Cheese, Cairnmuir Central Otago olive oil & fresh fruit & vegetables throughout our changing seasons.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
Cafe, European, Healthy, New Zealand, Contemporary
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Street Parking, Dog Friendly, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small menus, and the meals are small. A large selection of craft beers available. Wait staff very good and helpful. Meal was nice but small which I didn’t mind as had room for dessert. Doughnuts a bit dry, sorry.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Friendly prompt service, great coffee and spicy cheese and bacon scones that were excellent ( and enough as a meal). A great find, thoroughly recommended for a quick bite.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely ambience, dining inside or out in the great courtyard. Wonderful choice of food and great coffee. Family friendly ❤️

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I wanted to share this review with Tripadvisor as I lodged it on Google as well. I was surprised, but so thankful that we were able to book for a party of 30 at Ironic for my daughter's Otago Polytechnic graduation (Nursing Degree) for Friday...15th March 2024. Sue was very obliging and helpful as we navigated this event. The location is fantastic and the ambience is lovely with the light/plants. We also caught the setting sun. The venue also has an outdoor area where we huddled around the outdoor fire for the speech as Dunedin's weather wasn't the greatest! Everyone raved about the food, we had a set menu that catered so well for everyone's tastes. And thankfully there was still room for delicious desserts. The wait staff were so helpful, friendly and efficient. So THANK YOU to everyone at Ironic.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 10 March 2024 via mobile

Excellent meal and service—we had the lamb shoulder dish and appetizers and cold beer. Would definitely recommend this spot!!!One of our best meals in New Zealand.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 5 March 2024

Great coffee and food. Excellent service and nice and warm ambience. Staff happy and helpful. Will be back next time on Dunedin and will recommend.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 26 February 2024

Passing by Dunedin and found Ironic. It looked interesting and it was. More importantly, the food was exceptional. Seafood chowder at the top of the best. Good vibe, friendly and efficient staff.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 25 February 2024

Decent hot chocolate and tidy toilet facilities. Great location near the railway station. Came here for brunch, friendly staff. Would come again!

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

Friendly service, good food, lovely cafe bar. We had steak, pumpkin, burger special and chowder - all went down very well!!

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 14 January 2024

Had a stunning meal of slow cooked lamb shoulder surrounded by a pumpkin mash and topped with kumara strips. My partner enjoyed his large bowl of seafood chowder too.

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

I curse that I haven’t stumbled in here prior. Wonderful atmosphere and menu. Very efficient staff too. Great offerings on the menu. My sort of place!

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 31 December 2023 via mobile

Really enjoy coming here for lunch. Great spot to sit outside. Food is good and they have a large selection to choose from and also cabinet food.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 30 December 2023

The food was very nice and I enjoyed the lamb but unfortunately this place is let down by the poor service from the manager. She would be better off leaving staff to serve customers instead. They were also closing very early despite listing their hours...as "till late" and sent away several customers. It touts itself as the best cafe in NZ but that was awarded 10 years ago and is no longer relevant.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 16 December 2023 via mobile

Amazing dinner and excellent service Couldn’t have faulted anything, service was excellent, were asked if we were happy, food came out hot and promptly. I had 3 courses, while not large servings , was very satisfied and came way full! Steak was cooked perfectly, baked...Alaskan was delicious! All our plates were empty and we were all happy, would definitely recommend and we will be backMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 30 November 2023 via mobile

although the food is very average. The photos are not at all similar. I was served fries with Nil which must have been very very largely had G. The fries are not at all homemade as in the photos I do not recommend at all,...this restaurant although it is rated correctly From the South, service very goodMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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I am sorry we are shut today but our other cafe At touitu settlers museum is open 10-5 thanks sue
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IRONIC CAFE AND BAR, Dunedin - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Yes, Ironic Cafe and Bar offers takeaway services.

Ironic Cafe and Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4