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Criterion Hotel

3 Tyne Street | Harbour Side, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 3-434 6247
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good42%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (6 reviews)
“soup” (3 reviews)
“fries” (3 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3 Tyne Street | Harbour Side, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
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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

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.

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

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

Thank NatashaK1890
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

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.

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

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

Thank Catherine F
Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

We had a voucher here from the NZ entertainment book a two for one main meal. One of the reasons why we choose this place. The food was fantastic and the lamb was some of the best we had in NZ

Thank Nicjane15
Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Ribs to die for! Perfectly cooked, tender and falling off the bone. Chicken bacon and mushroom pasta also excellent. Great serving sizes and friendly staff. So good we went back the next night too.

Thank PaulM13316
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 Tyne Street | Harbour Side, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Oamaru
  • Phone Number: +64 3-434 6247
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