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Best Cafe

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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
PRICE RANGE
US$6 - US$25
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Diner, Cafe, Seafood, New Zealand
FEATURES
Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 12 July 2021 via mobile

Arrived in Dunedin and walked around the city centre looking for a meal and saw the so called Best Cafe featuring fish meals and other specialities. Our hostess, Jessica, welcomed us and we sat at the table. Not being familiar with New Zealand fish, we...asked for advice and Jessica was very able to assist us. All four of us took the advice to have the cod (not the British type) and it was spectacular. Jessica was attentive to our needs, participated in some friendly banter and the whole experience was wonderful. As it turns out, this cafe has been in business over 80 years and deserves the title of Best Cafe. Well doneMore

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 5 July 2021

Had a delicious oyster meal, partner had the fresh fish, so fresh and delicious. The Best Cafe is such a great place, love the old style furniture, photographs and good ole fashion service.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 5 July 2021

I googled Best fish and chips and The Best cafe came up. We had takeaways the girl that served us was lovely but unfortunately the fish and chips weren’t the same. The fish was greasy and the chips were over cooked not sure why this...cafe comes up as the Best!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 6 June 2021

First time in this establishment tonight. Heard great reviews, but unfortunately I was greatly dissappointed. I had the mixed fish meal with blue cod and groper. Fish was OK. Chips on the side was less than average and the tartare sauce, for wich I had...to ask twice for, was inedible. In fact that had to be the worst sauce I have ever tried. The reason I was given was that the quality depends on who is on the night in the kitchen! Really?! Won't be back in a hurry!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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bestcafe1932, Owner at Best Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2021

Hi Andrew, Thanks for taking the time to review. Sorry to hear your first experience was not what you had hoped for. Our tartare sauce of which you are referring to is an 80 year old recipe that was in fact created by one of...More

Reviewed 15 May 2021

We went tonight for dinner tonight. Beautiful blue cod in a light batter. The fish finger sandwich is so good and great value, not to be underestimated! Highly recommend

Date of visit: May 2021
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bestcafe1932, Owner at Best Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2021

Thanks so much for taking the time to review ! We really appreciate it (:

Reviewed 10 May 2021

This is the Best Fish, Chips and Bluff Oysters I have had in many years. Very well priced. The Staff were very helpful and polite. Meals were all out very quickly. All four of us were very happy.

Date of visit: May 2021
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bestcafe1932, Owner at Best Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2021

Thanks so much for taking the time to review ! Great to hear you enjoyed it (:

Reviewed 4 April 2021 via mobile

Honest amazing food. Fresh blue cod and bluff oysters in batter so light it floats. Friendly, welcoming team, fast service and a low key atmosphere. If you want jumped up, up market, go somewhere else. If you want the best NZ has to offer with...an old NZ, real feel come here. We will be back!More

Date of visit: April 2021
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bestcafe1932, Owner at Best Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2021

Thanks so much for taking the time to review ! So glad you loved it (:

Reviewed 1 April 2021

There's a reason this place is named "Best Cafe" and that's because it is! On a recent visit to Dunedin we dined at the restaurant. The blue cod was divine and so fresh and everything else cooked perfectly. All the front of house staff were...so helpful, friendly and accommodating. Even though they were busy it was no problem to have our fish crumbed (highly recommended) and our eggs cooked to specific preferences. Oh and did I mention the sorbet - it's to die for. No wonder we returned a second time and wished there was opportunity for a third.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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bestcafe1932, Owner at Best Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2021

Thanks so much for taking the time to review ! We hope to see you again one day ! (:

Reviewed 5 March 2021

The fish here is simply amazing. Light fresh crispy batter with fresh fish - what more could you want. Oysters of course - lost of oysters. Cant wait for season to come around again! If you want F&C's in Dunedin this is the place.

Date of visit: January 2021
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bestcafe1932, Owner at Best Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2021

Thank you taking the time to review us ! Much appreciated (:

Reviewed 1 March 2021 via mobile

Absolutely Fantastic. I had the fish finger sandwich made with fresh fish. The best fish finger I have ever had. The decor of this cafe i great as well. Very Old School. A place you must visit.

Date of visit: March 2021
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bestcafe1932, Owner at Best Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2021

Thank you !

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393LuC
18 July 2017|
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Response from bestcafe1932 | Property representative |
We have a great gluten free batter, still light and crispy and every bit as good as our usual batter. We also have a single fryer devoted to gluten free orders so your meal is not cooked in the same fryers as the gluten... More
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462Helen
16 February 2017|
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Response from 923susannahy | 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
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Kristine C
7 March 2015|
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Response from OleSchool | 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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Frequently Asked Questions about Best Cafe

Yes, Best Cafe offers takeaway services.

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