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Criterion Hotel

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Certificate of Excellence

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner


Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bar, Pub

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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bar, Pub
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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All reviews steak ribs fries salad potatoes light meal falling off the bone pub food old victorian historic area very friendly service great pub excellent food a late lunch great meal blue cod criteria
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Reviewed 12 November 2018

Lovely hotel for relaxing on a Saturday afternoon. If you are driving coffees are available while your mates can have a beer or wine. Friendly service. Snack menu available.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank AnchorAK2015
Reviewed 21 October 2018

In winter, the glowing fireplace nicely warms you as you settle in for an evening of fabulously indulgent Kiwi pub food. But this is no ordinary pub tucker offering. This is pretty special. Meals to satisfy the heartiest appetite, with a creative twist that will...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Fergus P
Reviewed 18 August 2018

I came in for a light meal but there's not too much on offer to get the taste buds going. My roast vegetable salad was heavy on potatoes and pumpkin and at $18, I thought it expensive. Likewise the house wine at $9. But what...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank gqueen8
Reviewed 15 July 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at this hotel. Even though I chose a light meal there was plenty of it. It was great to be in the historic area of Oamaru too.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Hawean
Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

Great friendly bar service but food was a bit "eh", although we were late. Pumpkin and feta risotto overpriced, hardly any feta and very bland, consistency of baby food. Blue cod average, chips tasted like cooking oil needs changing. Good portion sizes and drinks well...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Antarisha
Reviewed 22 May 2018 via mobile

Wow, went to cri for a drink wine was $9 for a house wine lady at bar Jesse was lovely, sat down we could clearly see reflection of kitchen inthe glass door, lady was using bare hands to put food on plates playing with her...More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed 15 May 2018

Mum and I arrived at the Criterion just after 12.30pm, I asked the counter staff if it was any problem to cater for two for lunch without a booking and that was no problem. We were given an option of a table in the bar...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank r0versreturn
Reviewed 30 April 2018

Had an excellent meal of blue cold, salad and fries. Dined in the small room with the fire. Sat on the old leather couches while we waited. Just a place with ambience and charm and excellent food.

Date of visit: April 2018
Reviewed 25 April 2018

I have been on two occasions and have been disapointed with the meal. I was part of a large group, and we were not even bought a desert menu or asked if we wanted a tea or coffee. The ambiance is nice in the lounge,...More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank HeatherC3418
Reviewed 22 April 2018

Visiting Oamaru we went out for dinner with a local couple who had not been to The Criterion for dinner. We booked and were told they would put us in the snug. We were so impressed...it was actually our own room with 2 2 seater...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Catherine F
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