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Best Cafe

30 Stuart Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
+64 3-477 8059
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good25%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“oysters” (58 reviews)
“coleslaw” (24 reviews)
“fish n chips” (11 reviews)
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Diner, Cafe, Seafood, Fast food, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
30 Stuart Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Best Cafe
1. Fresh Bluff Oysters
"If you love fresh oysters this is definitely where you should eat "
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2. Whitebait Patties
"This is the best place I have had whitebait fritters."
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3. Local Blue Cod
"cooked to perfection, the Blue Cod is melt in your mouth fresh!"
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1 - 10 of 359 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Family dinner here a week or so ago. Mother in law is gluten free & celiac disease which the staff made sure everything was cooked separately & safely. She had gluten free battered oysters which she adored she was extremely happy. She gave it 5...More

Thank MichelleDeeCasey
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 15 November 2017

Absolutely outstanding! A walk back in time to a simple era where the food was sourced down the road, cooked fresh and delivered with a smile!! The fish was coated in a light tempura style batter and cooked to perfection, the Blue Cod is melt...More

1  Thank Live_it_every_Day
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

And the best fresh and cooked seafood. No need to look elsewhere.i always try and get here when in town and they never fail to deliver.

Thank 993reidm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

superb blue cod that melt in ur mouth, munchy bluff oylsters, very lovely service. This is the Best Cafe I have met in New Zealand!

Thank Mikey K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stepping back in time to the 1970s with good fresh food done well tasty fresh fish with colsaw and beetroot! A kiwi must, and huge oysters with local wines, very relaxed friendly atmosphere very nice.

Thank Storyteller6819
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

Recommended as best fish n chips in Dunedin. Nice but nothing to write home about. In fact a bit pricey for fish n chips. You are better off going to a suburban fish n chips shop..

Thank Brian S
Reviewed 18 September 2018

This cafe went back in time when sliced bread and butter were served on the table ! It served very fresh fish, oysters and chips, and was inexpensive. We had a good dinner in a cold winter night !

Thank feipo
Reviewed 18 September 2018

One of the benefits of travelling from the Far North of New Zealand to Dunedin in winter is the availability down south of Bluff Oysters. I like mine deep fried in batter, and Best Cafe cooked them just perfectly. I made two visits while I...More

Thank Sparky81
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

Used the TripAdvisor recommendation and had dinner here while in Dunedin for business. Had the Groper crumbed. Absolutely delicious. Friendly service and will definitely be back. I heard another review where someone hadn’t enjoyed their meal. All I can say is it must have been...More

Thank born2travelNZ
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

Fish n chips has always been my favourite takeaway but have been left disappointed by the many I’ve tried around New Zealand until I discovered the Best Cafe in Dunedin. I purchased takeaways to bring home for Dads birthday - also a lover of good...More

Thank Anj35
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Questions & Answers
18 July 2017|
Response from bestcafe1932 | Property representative |
Hi Lu, yes we have a Gluten Free batter option for our fish and oysters, however if you are celiac we don't recommend as it is cooked in the same fryer as our flour batter. We have many Gluten Free customers though who can... More
16 February 2017|
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Response from Susannah Y | Property representative |
Hi Helen, lovely to receive your message. Yes we would absolutely love to see you back in the restaurant so please introduce yourself when you do! I'm imagining you had the sole, which we certainly have on the menu! As the... More
Kristine C
7 March 2015|
Response from Marc Y | Property representative |
Sorry that we didn't respond to your message on time, I was unaware of this message until today. Hope you were able to get in. Cheers Marc
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$24
Diner, Cafe, Seafood, Fast food, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30 Stuart Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Dunedin
  • Phone Number: +64 3-477 8059
  • E-mail
Established in 1932 the Best Cafe is a Dunedin icon. It has been through World War II and the Great Depression and has changed very little over the last 85 years it has been trading. I am very lucky to be running a restaurant that was originally started by my great-grandfather and then passed down to his son and family through until the 1980's. The following proprietors kept the traditions alive to maintain the Best Cafe's great reputation. As the proud owner of our old family restaurant my aim is to provide a truly unique dining experience, one where we can provide old fashioned, friendly service alongside a delicious plate of fresh, local seafood, golden hand cut chips and the best Bluff Oysters in New Zealand. If you want to take a trip down Nostalgia Lane and taste some traditional New Zealand fare then this is the place to visit. We are open the hours specified but we advise you to call to check if we are open for public holidays as these can vary according to time of year.
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