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Portside

2 Waterfront Road | South Hill, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 3-434 3400
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Overview
  • Excellent50%
  • Very good39%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“steak” (25 reviews)
“seafood platter” (10 reviews)
“pea risotto” (5 reviews)
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CUISINES
Bar, Seafood, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
2 Waterfront Road | South Hill, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Messaged in advance to ask if vegans were catered for. Told there were three choices on the dinner menu, so booked. I ordered a meal. It was inedible as it was so acidic it was impossible to eat. The vinegar was running out of it....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank smashing74
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice staff and good view, though all we saw was waves splashing onto the bank in the bad weather! Good seafood broth with great garlic bread! Excellent location as it is just next to the Penguin site!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank winielai
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ate dinner here before the Blue Penguin visit. Got here at 5:00pm. There were a bunch of reserved tables, but a few open tables for us to sit at. We were the first group here at 5:00pm, and only a few people came in during...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank DrWasabi
Reviewed 7 November 2018

This restaurant is a place for great food and views .We come here as it is very accessible for our family.We have two members that are in wheelchairs and this is easily accessible from the car parking which is important for them.The meals are amazing...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Judy And Bruce W
Reviewed 22 October 2018

Went here for dinner before the penguin show. Service was good and there were a number of items on the menu that sounded good. We ended up sharing the slow cooked lamb shoulder for two. All items on the plate were excellent, except the lamb...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Winster71
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

What a laugh this place is! Got told by locals that this is a good place for a business dinner. On walking into the place on a Saturday night it was busy but there were 3 tables free and 2 bar leaners free. On approaching...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank ScottyMack2016
Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

Great location for lunch. This is along the way from Tekapo to Dunedin. Lovely place with a great view of the sea. The dishes were all pretty big and quite yummy. Garlic bread - huge plate of bread, not bad Mushroom with bacon soup -...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank GinaSeh
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

Well what can I say. Slow service. An Asian gent walked out without touching his meal and my pork belly was extremely tough and greasy. Not impressed when compared to other restaurants in town. Don't bother taking the time.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 1960WarrenW
Reviewed 23 September 2018

We all enjoyed our meals and the service was excellent. As is the norm $12 bottles of wine sell for $45 which always rankles a bit. We had a $45 sharing platter to start with which was beautiful, but I think it was supposed to...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank wattys4
Reviewed 25 July 2018

Had a fabulous lunch here. Everything was great, the food, the service and the awesome location. Will be back again!

Date of visit: July 2018
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Waterfront Road | South Hill, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Oamaru
  • Phone Number: +64 3-434 3400
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