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Special Diets
Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
CUISINES
Cafe, New Zealand
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 5 July 2023

Every time we come here, the food is excellent, the service prompt, great ambience (love the plants) and there is a fantastic selection of gluten free goodies (sweet and savoury). Some standouts for me are the pies, raspberry tea and OMG slice. We will continue...to be loyal customers!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 6 February 2023 via mobile

We had breakfast here two days in a row during our stay in Oamaru. Besides the omelettes and variety of Benedicts, the coffee was good and there were lots of interesting options in the cabinet display. The food is fresh, seasonal, healthy, and nicely presented....The outside seating is enjoyable although, of course, that’s also where smokers sit. Luckily no one was actively smoking (just clutching cigarette packages and lighters) during our breakfasts. Recommend!More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 4 August 2022

I only went here because I was given a voucher, the outside area was very quite and I liked sitting out there. the space is very under utilised by patrons.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 27 June 2022

Interesting food, also healthy . Very busy but staff were efficient. Was very busy while we were there

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 24 February 2022 via mobile

Went here a couple of times during our stay in Oamaru. Coffee was fabulous on both occasions. The food amazing, hubby had beef nachos which he said were the best he had ever eaten in a cafe/restaurant. I had the quiche which was full of...chicken, cheese and flavour. Definitely recommend.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 31 December 2021

Stopped in for breakfast, I had pork belly Benedict and my partner had a big brekkie with two coffees. Absolutely delicious! Good portions, lovely and fresh, perfect poached eggs and the chilli oil is so bloody good. Also meals and coffees arrived within 15-20 mins...despite them being really busy. We’re local and will definitely be returning for more. Cabinet food always looks immense here too!More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 23 December 2021

This place was humming when we arrived but fortunately we got a table.The food was plentiful and delicious - each dish with a few touches that made it different and special. The coffee was good and the staff very friendly. My partner and I both...had a savoury stack - completely different but both delicious. We also enjoyed the light as air Russian Honey Layer Cake and a gf vegan rasperry slice.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 10 December 2021 via mobile

Delicious coffee, patient & helpful staff, Great food. Only dropped in for takeaway but each of the 6 of us bought different things & were all really happy.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 8 May 2021

A nice spot to recharge. Recommend the scones. Frequented by locals so must be good. friendly service

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 1 April 2021

Coffee was good but no space between tables and nachos were not nice, was just chips and cheese basically

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 9 February 2021 via mobile

Excellent coffee and we had the best cheese scones with plenty of butter.. Very nice surroundings and friendly staff

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 21 January 2021 via mobile

I should begin by mentioning that I have had coffee and cabinet food from here numerous times, can’t fault it. Always good service and friendly faces. Was just about to walk in today for coffee when I heard one of the female staff talking to...a man sitting at one of their outside tables. He had bought a coffee and a sandwich from them, however he was told he was not to go inside because he smelled bad. She told him that it is unfair on their customers because he was unclean, she told him he should go home and have a shower, then asked him like you would do a child if he understood. I felt terrible for the man, nobody should be spoken to in this undermining manner whatever the circumstance. It’s inexcusable. It was obvious he didn’t have a lot of money - the $10 or so he would have spent at your cafe would have probably been a big deal for him. Please please show some compassion and empathy to those less fortunate than yourselfMore

Date of visit: January 2021
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Bevan Smith, Owner at Badger and Mackerel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2021

For everybody who lives in a small town like Oamaru they would know that, there is always the local town characters and the man you are describing is one of them. He is very well known in town and has mental disabilities, he has never...More

Reviewed 12 January 2021 via mobile

My husband googled "best coffee in Oamaru" while we were driving through the town on our road trip. Badger and Macker was the first hit. We tried it and it made justice to the search. Great coffee, friendly staff and, although we did not eat...there, the menu read very enticing. Not to mention the cakes and slices on the cabinet, they looked devine! Looking fwd to driving past again and trying their food. Thanks!!!More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 10 November 2020

It was a very good visit. The service was very well presented and friendly. The food was very nice and was very filling. Overall a wonderful first time experience, will definitely visit there again

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 30 July 2020

Went to another cafe in Oamaru, we were totally ignored while the person made coffee. Left and found Badger and Mackerel, what a difference, was spoken to immediatley we arrived. Good food and very nicely presented in their cabinet. Spoke to the owner about our...experience, he said his staff know to acknowledge people when they come in, and it works. Will be back and highly reccommend.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5