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Cafe, New Zealand
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Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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Reviewed 14 August 2023 via mobile

I ordered mushrooms on toasts that were supposed to come with cream and garlic (18 $) with 2 poached eggs( 2 $ each, indeed charged 5 $ !!!). For 23 $ I got a very small quantity of mushroom and a flood of a yellow...cream, very thick with a strange slightly sweet taste. Bread and eggs were OK. When I said it was heavy and not nice, the waiter listened and went away, saying nothing, absolutely no excuse, no proposition to change the dish !!! My partner ordered a big brekky, 25 $, he had more on his plate but unfortunately not tasty !!!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 26 May 2023

Driving through Oamaru around lunchtime so we decided to stop, did a quick search of local cafes and settled on Short Black and we were glad we did! Located in the main street it was a very laid back style cafe that no doubt the...locals know and love. Staff were so lovely, helpful and talked us through some of the options. My partner had a burger and it was massive! He said it was so tasty, and liked that it only came with a smallish side of fries rather than extras he had to waste. I had an amaing salmon dish, with potato fritters, pesto, spinach and poached egg. This is one of those amazing little cafes that serve their locals with amazing food and service and is a rare find for visiting tourists. I would highly recommend a visit if you're in the area!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 1 May 2023

Having travelled around NZ I think this place serves the best decaf coffee in the country! This place has a great food menu and the choices we made were really tasty. The service is so friendly and we were made to feel really welcome. There...is easy free street parking and don't be put off by the tatty bench seating, this place is a real gem.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 30 April 2022

Short Black delivered both breakfasts and lunches to my husband and myself when we were isolating with covid-19 in a motel in Oamaru. The food was delicious and the service seamless. Orders, delivery and payment were all simple and clear. It made our enforced stay...so much easier. Thank you!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 30 December 2020 via mobile

Really nice menu and good choice of cabinet food too. Yummy food & fantastic coffee. Staff were helpful & food was fresh & fast. Great modern cafe.

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 29 September 2020

Met up with a couple of friends for an impromptu late lunch. Super impressed with the gluten free menu and great tasting coffee. Fast service and friendly staff.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 11 June 2020

This is always our stop if driving north of Dunedin. The food is always good, great selection. They know how to make a great cup of coffee.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 19 May 2020

After a wander through the Victorian precinct we were ready for an easy lunch and found it here. We enjoyed sitting outside on a nice summer day. We both had chicken & cheese toasties, and shared the fries.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 16 January 2020

Excellent, strong coffee. Not bitter at all. The best so far anywhere in NZ by a long way. Served promptly by very pleasant staff. Delicious lemon and coconut slice. Would definitely go back.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 29 December 2019 via mobile

We always stop at this cafe when travelling through Oamaru. The coffee is excellent and this time we tried their raspberry double chocolate muffins. Delicious! Highly recommend this cafe both to travellers and locals.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 4 September 2019

lunch. very nice food with gluten free options. great selection of food and cabinet food. Also great for kids meals too

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 25 April 2019 via mobile

Coffee was weak and bitter as was the service. Too much trouble apparently to wipe the table properly.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 25 April 2019

Let me tell you that the portions are generous, the coffee is good, and the pumpkin soup that I had was full of flavour and really had a kick to it. The owners put their heart and soul into making this an experience rather than...just a meal.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 13 April 2019

If you like a good strong cup of rejuvenating coffee then this place should suit you just fine. Nice food choices also.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 16 March 2019

If you like a good coffee, this is not the place for you. The Girl’s hot chocolate and the date scones were decent enough. Pretty off-handish service capped off a mediocre experience. There are better cafes in Oamaru.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Short Black is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4