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1 Tees Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 3-434 5696
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good19%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“ravioli” (13 reviews)
“pork belly” (22 reviews)
“antipasti” (5 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM Hours
South American, International, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1 Tees Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
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Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

Easily the best restaurant in Oamaru. Owned and operated by two friendly South Americans who also own and neighbouring Tees St cafe (also recommended). I have dined here a number of times and have never been disappointed. The type of dining experience you would expect...More

Thank Wand3rlustKiwi
Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

I have read some of the reviews and I think I must have eaten in another restaurant. Yes the food was slow coming out of the kitchen but when you saw what was on the plate of course it would take time. This establishment is...More

1  Thank tomranda
Reviewed 6 April 2018

There was a group of us, had booked a month in advance as we were finishing in Oamaru from doing the Alps to Ocean bike ride. We had heard it was great, sorry, it is far from it, overpriced, poor service, and when one of...More

Thank Lyn A
Yaninamuriel, Owner at Cucina, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2018

Dear Lyn, You made my waitress cry that night! you and the other guy it was with you who stomp very hard the bench in the bar and my waitress got so scared she thought he was going to hit her! I had to calm...More

Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

We went for dinner the restaurant was full but we were offered a table in the connecting cafe, several tables were being used. Staff were friendly even though they were rushed off their feet. We had a pasta dish, lamb meal and a ribeye all...More

Thank Alison B
Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

Based on vg TA reviews we selected Cucina for pre-booked dinner and were not disappointed. We chose the whole flounder special and lamb mains courses, both of which were nicely cooked and interesting. Learning of the owners pedigree we finished off with the Churros deserts,...More

Thank Peter A
Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

I think we caught Cucina on a busy night as I am sure this is one of the best restaurants in Oamaru. Our local AirBnB host highly recommended it to us. The Mussels and Clams in a tomato sauce was just OK but lacked a...More

Thank TheSnakebite
Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

We wanted soup, there is no soup except for winter time For salad there was only green tomatoes.. We had cripsy pork belly and very tender steak, each 36.....Together with the salad plus a bottle of 28 dollar drink. Total cost us over 107...acceptable but...More

Thank EvainHsu
Yaninamuriel, Owner at Cucina, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

Dear EvainHsu, Thank you for review, im pleased you liked our food. Yes we only do seasonal food, so soup is usually a winter thing for us! In Regards of your racist comment. We are not racist, we are all immigrants pretty much in this...More

Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

We have just eaten here tonight and it was amazing. We couldn’t choose what to eat so went with the ‘chefs choice’ option and it was so good! 4 large courses later and we struggled to finish! The courses were well thought out and full...More

Thank spercy
Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

We had a delicious dinner - I went for the ricotta spinach walnut ravioli as a main and my partner chose to eat the lamb . Both were cooked perfectly - the ravioli were still al dente and the portion was perfect. The lamb was...More

Thank Nadedel2014
Reviewed 25 January 2018

We had been looking for a cheaper pub-type meal but wheelchair access meant we ended up at Cucina which turned out just fine. We shared a plate of mussels and they were nice but I find more than four or five mussels in their shell...More

Thank Carolyn136
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18 January 2017|
Response from Yaninamuriel |
Yes we do, plenty of GF options on our menu!
18 January 2017|
Response from Shane_Rees | Reviewed this property |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Tees Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Oamaru
  • Phone Number: +64 3-434 5696
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Situated at the south end of Thames St ( the gateway to the Victorian Precinct ) OPEN Monday - Saturday at 5pm - late ( our kitchen closes normally at 9pm but if it's busy we stay open until later). Here at Cucina, we strive towards creating a consistently comfortable and enjoyable environment, in which you can appreciate Oamaru’s finest fare with your friends and family. We believe in supporting local business, in which incorporates fresh produce. Our intention is to create a restaurant filled with great food, beer and wine, and most importantly, enjoyable times, wherein maintaining a high standard of integrity.
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