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Star and Garter

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 02/10/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 02/10/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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 !
US$7 - US$40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
European, Soups, New Zealand
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 2 weeks ago

Best seafood chowder!, wonderful staff great atmosphere, really affordable, very clean we walked in greeted warmly very attentive staff

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want a restaurant with everything, this place has it in spades. The friendly staff. the varied menu, the ambience and locally brews on tap. I dined with four friends and we all thoroughly enjoyed our meals and drinks. Others had the local blue...cod and home made chips but Ii had a superb meal of lambs fry and bacon with veg with a gravy that was so delicious I had the others on the table licking my plate! Homely desserts to tempt the waistline, its a shame I live in the North Island otherwise I would make it a weekly meal outMore

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On a night in Oamaru when nearly everything was closed we were welcomed early on the condition we were finished early for another booking. We had a fabulous meal, efficient friendly service. Happy Easter 🐣

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 22 February 2022 via mobile

Early dinner here. I had the roast of the day which was pork. Pork was very tasty and melt in the mouth tender. Crunchy crackling, vegetables cooked with a nice gravy. Hubby had steak, cooked well and delicious tasting. The waitress even returned to check...all was well and to make sure steak was cooked as asked. Very nice and well worth a visitMore

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 13 February 2022 via mobile

This was a real treat . Excellent food… nothing fancy but very tasty and well presented . The chowder was one of the best . The service.was first class . Within walking distance of town and harbor side. Dog friendly … outside of course. We...would definitely stop here again next time we pass. Highly recommendMore

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 11 February 2022

Oamaru seems to have a lot of good restaurants and this was yet another. We were enticed by the menu but couldn't go past the whitebait frtters. They are well cooked and would like to have returned for other choices on the menu. A restaurant...to go back to.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 2 January 2022

The food is great. Try the blue cod and roast of the day. The tomato soup is awesome. (I tried everyone's dishes.) :) The staff were friendly, they told us where to find white stone for souvenirs. I would highly recommend a meal here when...you visit Oamaru.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 31 December 2021

Birthday lunch - best beer battered cod around! Service was fast, warm and friendly - beyond expectations. Outside table in the sun watching the world trundle by. Top marks on all counts - highly recommended. Can't wait to visit again!

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 10 November 2021

I took a medium blue cod, simple but good fresh food. Friendly waitress. I recommend for your lunch.

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 4 November 2021

We called in for lunch recently - quick, friendly service and good NZ food at a reasonable price. Plenty of vegetables (full marks for this!) and a good choice of dishes. Would come again.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Yes, Star and Garter is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

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