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Star and Garter Restaurant

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9 Itchen Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 3-434 5246
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I would recommend the Seafood Chowder. Nice & thick with plenty of fresh seafood & great taste, paired with a Scotts Pale Ale.

Thank Darren H
Pattaya, Thailand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Had to go back, yes visited 2 years ago, it was good then. Yes great again , we were luck to get a reservation as it was the Jazz weekend. The Owner was very nice giving us good idea,s on what to order.Plenty to choose from, watch out, the size of some meals are quite large. I ended up with... More 

Thank Barry-Jang
Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We have never been here before and was organised to go for dinner after riding our mountain bikes 90 kms today. There are 13 of us and everyone had an amazing meal. From fresh (and I mean fresh) blue cod and chips to succulent slow braised lamb shanks and slow roasted beef with home made gravey and roast veg. As... More 

Thank Virginia P
Waikanae, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the second time I have been here. Excellent food and service. Totally enjoyable all round on each visit. Highly recommend if you are in Oamaru

Thank PamInnes-SteveBryant
Queen Charlotte
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Star and Garter occupies an atmospheric old building in the beautiful Victorian sector of Oamaru. Among its many virtues is its practise of staying open late. As a result, if you've been out on a wndy beach getting frozen numb while waiting for yellow-eyed penguins to come ashore, or waited for the pygmy penguins to arrive at their nests,... More 

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Bedfordshire, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were on a tight deadline to visit the nearby penguin colony and called in to the Star and Garter on the off chance of a quick meal. The staff were welcoming and so friendly, the meals were delicious and extremely generous in terms of portion size. Recommend the blue cod - best fish and chips we've tasted. Thanks to... More 

Thank LBuzzard
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our waitress was very friendly and really made the difference in this quirky restaurant. The food was average but no complaints.

Thank Andrea v
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved this place, beautifully cooked, big portions, tasty meals. Great service to. Wonderful seafood chowder.

Thank Stormpipes
Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a late afternoon, early evening meal for 4 prior to visiting the penguins returning home. Food was superb, excellent salmon and great Cod and chips. Child portions available. Excellent service, if a little on the slow side, but we have since learned that this is common place in New Zealand. For some reason most restaurants are very under... More 

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Tel Aviv
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came in at quarter to nine and were told that the kitchen is almost closed (despite the listing on TA saying it closed at 10pm) so that there are only the soup and sea food chowder. We settled for those since this town is a ghost town during those hours. The sea food chowder was fantastic and the tomato... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
British, Soups, New Zealand, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Itchen Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Oamaru
  • Phone Number: +64 3-434 5246

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?