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Oamaru's oldest cafe & restaurant serving beautiful home cooked meals from fresh local blue cod, our famous seafood chowder, hearty lamb shanks, to rarely found lambs fry, chicken enchiladas and everything yummy in between. Decorated with comfort in mind with a stunning open fire and space for family tables. It's our pleasure to cater to special dietary requirements right from entreé to dessert and even something to drink. Come on in, we'd love to meet and feed you !
PRICE RANGE
$12 - $67
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
European, Soups, New Zealand
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Buffet, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Family style, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food was nice, although it arrived quite late. Good sized servings and nice for a family. Prices were pretty good. Staff were friendly and helpful.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 11 March 2024 via mobile

Gorgeous find , recommended by the local fabric shop lady. Gorgeous food , we had the blue cod and it was delicious Thankyou !!! Most definitely recommend this place and the staff were lovely xxx

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 March 2024 via mobile

Super meal in this restaurant, very tasty, large portions and great value for money. I would recommend booking though as many people were being turned away due to it being fully booked. If you're on the area give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 12 February 2024 via mobile

Just read the last review, and I would have to disagree with their comments. My husband and I were in for a meal on the evening of the 11th of February and never saw or experienced any of the aledged racism claimed. The restaurant was...completely packed out, and the majority of patrons were Asian and seated throughout the restaurant. The staff were warm and engaging with all diners without a hint of bias towards anyone. Perhaps the day in question, the tables may have already been reserved? My husband and I will definitely be backMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 30 January 2024 via mobile

This is a rude and racist restaurant. They put all the Asians in a small room with only four tables and no sunlight. When I entered the restaurant and tried to sit by the sunny window, the staff refused. Even though there were more than...8 non-reserved tables left, the staff led us to a room with no sunlight where Asians were already eating at 2 tables. Surprisingly, the three white families who entered after us were all ushered into the sunny main hall, which was a cramped space where four other white families were already eating. It was only after the tables in the main hall were full that white people were ushered into a corner room. To God, the main hall was noisy while I was eating, while all three Asian tables were quiet. Even though the staff did not give us any detailed explanation of the various options, they apologized to the white family for leading them to a corner room and explained all the menu options, even though we were right next to them and listening. It was my first experience of racial discrimination in New Zealand.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 28 January 2024 via mobile

Surprising very good service & good quality of food for Sunday lunch. We ordered the Sunday roast pork & Cod & it was well prepared.The staff were very friendly & efficient

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 16 January 2024

Lovely meals and staff did an awesome job with accommodating Mr. Fussy with a created meal from the menu.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 27 December 2023

Waited half an hour after my dinner plate and drink was removed as I wanted dessert but didn't get served, when I went to pay I said I had wanted dessert and was told I should have waved the waitress down, as she never came...near me anyway I couldn't do this and if I needed to wave for service I think they need to tell us this instead of just leaving me waiting at an empty table.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 6 December 2023

casual dining in comfortable clean restaurant in Oamaru's heritage district was a treat for us- knowledgeable servers- delicious fresh food - veritable FRESH blue cod pan fried especially notable dish as was wine list featured regional matching choices. Priced fairly given QUALITY. Recommended

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 27 November 2023

We had a lovely meal on a Monday afternoon in Oamaru. We had the tomato soup, fish and chips, and creamy tomato chicken pasta. Everything was delicious and affordable and the waitress very friendly and welcoming. The place has a nice atmosphere with a wall...covered with wedding photos from weddings that held their reception at the restaurantMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 19 November 2023

Last night, we visited the Star and Garter and enjoyed best fish and chips any of us have had EVER! It was the most terrific meal in a delightful, relaxed restaurant and excellent value for money. Temeka served us and was gracious and helpful. Definitely...going back! I couldn't recommend it more highly!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 6 October 2023

Do not order the roast unless you like raw uncooked vegetables and a gross pile of ham. Amateur presentation, half of which was almost inedible.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 17 May 2023

Best dining experience we've had in a long while. We shared the salmon with roasties and pasta salad, and rib eye steak with mushroom sauce, and salad and chips. Awesomely morsesome! Beautifully plated, perfectly cooked, generous servings, and so so tasty. Great friendly service. All...round Quality.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 5 May 2023

Nice welcome although felt a bit superficial. Lovely building & ambience. but an eclectic mix of diners.. Beautifully cooked salmon & lamb shanks meals. The glasses of wine were surprisingly small for the price - perhaps measured out to proprietor's instructions. Basically a pleasant evening...meal and can recommend a visit.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 16 April 2023

This is a great little resturant that serves great New Zealand food that is well cooked and presented

Date of visit: April 2023
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Star and Garter is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4