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Reviewed 19 February 2023 via mobile

This is not Louie’s any longer- you need to update your listings for Invercargill thru are hopelessly out of date - where is Meld????

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 22 April 2022 via mobile

Always great food and the surroundings are cosy and convivial. Great place to meet friends for a drink and a meal. The food is consistently good as is the friendly service.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 9 August 2021

First time writing a review on trip advisor, this place is nice and welcoming and the food is really tasty. The lamb dish cooked just as I like it and the service was friendly

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 18 July 2021

We had a 7.30 booking on a Saturday night - the busiest time for a restaurant. It was packed and our table was one of two at the end of the bar area. Perhaps not ideal for us as it was noisy but some of...the louder people left the bar area after a while so we did manage to hear one another over dinner! The menu has entrees that can also be sharing plates and has individual main course options. We opted for the Salt & Horopito Pepper Squid and Tamarind & Ginger Glazed Chicken Wings - the latter being a big highlight! Our mains were Roasted Lamb Rump and Stewart Island Salmon which had black rice, cauliflower and an orange & miso reduction - both delicious. We skipped dessert but had 2 Espresso Martinis instead - which were really well made! The restaurant has a good range of wines and plenty of options by the glass. And the staff were very nice and service was pretty prompt. I like the atmosphere of this place and would definitely come back - and either have a drink at the bar - which is small but very cosy. The only thing I would ask the restaurant to consider is that when taking bookings, if the table is going to be in the bar area, to warn guests. It may not be an issue for some people, but one of us has a hearing impairment so it wasn't the ideal location - but fortunately for us, as mentioned the noisy people at the bar left.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 18 July 2021

Our table was a tucked in close to the bar which made it quite noisy but service was good and food was good. The chicken wings were really tasty and the squid - although a little chewy - was also very tasty. Nice cocktails and...also a wine list with lots of good by the glass options.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 1 June 2021 via mobile

Excellent food and very good service. Tapas were all excellent, the desserts were divine and it was all very economical! One of our favourite restaurants in Invercargill, we will be back soon.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 29 May 2021 via mobile

This used to be my favourite restaurant in town. The food was delicious, however the customer service experience was lacking to say the least. It started from attempting three times over the course of a few days to make a reservation, leaving a message each...time. They say they will call you back, but they won't. And when I finally have the man on the line, he is rude and doesn't confirm anything? Great start. When we arrive the same man from the phone greets us and seems uninterested and obnoxious. We didn't feel welcome as we have in the past. The food was the redeeming factor, but we won't rush back how we used to. There used to be a very friendly blond man who worked the FOH. He was an absolute star. Maybe it was his day off or maybe he's left? A shame if so as he was an asset to the restaurant.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 22 May 2021

Genuinely obnoxious staff. I had the bar manager push me roughly while near the bar, then cop a huge attitude when called out i it. I approached the owner and he showed no interest in the matter. This isn’t a bar I’d go bank to.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 15 March 2021

Great food really buzzy atmosphere. The staff were very helpful. Best meal we had in trip to Invercargill.

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 24 February 2021 via mobile

OMG the lamb ribs are the best thing I’ve ever eaten - the bones slid out from the meat like a satin sheet and the flavours were amazing - slightly Asia spice cut through the lamb flavour perfectly - the lamb was followed closely by...the pate which was light and fluffy - everything I’ve seen coming out of this kitchen looks amazing and the reviews back that up - wine list is very reasonable and they took a walk up single person and popped me at the bar as they were clearly fully booked - very popular with the locals and I can see why. I’m not sure who is in the kitchen but whoever it is (the owners son I believe) they are an accomplished chef - Portions for tapas are also very good - two tapas equals one main for one person - I’m stuffedMore

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 20 February 2021

The menu is to die for- you can’t go past the venison tataki, I never would have dreamed it would exist. Very friendly staff and so cool to see the manager so involved in the all around running of the bar and restaurant. Highly recommended...to anyone going to Invercargill- don’t go anywhere else!More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 19 February 2021 via mobile

Back on another Invercargill visit. And this place remains outstanding. The staff, ambiance, food are just brilliant. Marcel and his team are friendly efficient and show how it should be done. Treat yourself and go. Prices all reasonable and appropriate

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 5 February 2021 via mobile

We were recommended Louies by the host of the B&B we were staying at and it was a great recommendation! Had we been walking along the street we would have walked right by as there isn’t anything on the outside to suggest that there is...a great restaurant and bar hidden behind the door! Marcel the manager was very friendly and the other staff were also professional and courteous. We shared two entrees and two mains and everything was very tasty. Each dish was elegantly presented and felt generous in size. The pork belly was very tender. There was a good wine menu, tasty cocktails and beer on tap. If you are looking for a great meal out in Invercargill this is a must visit!More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 30 January 2021

We were invited to join a couple we hadn’t met before and this restaurant was the perfect setting, the food was quality and value for money. As a keen cook i am always reluctant to pay for food i could cook. This was certainly in...that category . Intermittent seating arrangements and as i have hearing aids and find conversation difficult in some restaurants this wasn’t the case. So thumbs up to staff and chefsMore

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 29 January 2021

Wonderful food, great bar and awesome staff. The atmosphere here is just perfect. Truly a place I love to bring visiting friends and family!

Date of visit: January 2021
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LOUIES CAFE & TAPAS BAR, Invercargill - Restaurant Reviews, Phone Number & Photos

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Louies Cafe & Tapas Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5