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Rustic Cafe and Restaurant

$$ - $$$Cafe, , Steakhouse
38 Irk Street Gore, Gore 9710, New Zealand
+64 3-208 0127
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good15%
  • Average15%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible11%
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“ribs” (2 reviews)
“steak” (4 reviews)
“salad” (4 reviews)
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8:00 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
Cafe, New Zealand, Steakhouse, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
38 Irk Street Gore, Gore 9710, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Picture with single plate taken in November. Second picture with two plates taken in March. We strive to support local businesses and have frequented the restaurant since their opening. We have always ordered the chicken schnitzel because it was so good. Size of schnitzel clearly...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank TrottingBunny
DavidV6464, Owner at Rustic Cafe and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Trotting Bunny, So sorry, you had a small piece of chicken breast (200-250 g fresh breast the norm), and it wasn't up to your standard, for the mushroom sauce we actually do not use flour at all only cream and mushrooms.But very happy you...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to dinner when a friend was recommended by some people, which I now think might have to get there heads checked. Ordered a garlic bread which was a identical to why Pizza Hut has, the thing was $11!!!! Asked the server who happened to...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank crystalhascats
DavidV6464, Owner at Rustic Cafe and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Like I have replied to your friends earlier review.....Please read that and maybe Rustic is not the right fit for you as our customers reviews on Google and Facebook reflect. Maybe you should stick to Pizza Hut. Our Lemon Lime and bitters actually gets made...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came in with a friend, as i had previously been to rustic and was settled with the service and food. We like to dine and thought we would support Rustic as it is semi new, even though i havent heard the best reviews. Drinks were...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Stay61616856974
DavidV6464, Owner at Rustic Cafe and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Sorry to read your review, maybe if future when you want a $3 garlic bread and a fat crust pizza special you should go to the appropriate place like Pizza hut! for the size of the Cold beverage(standard in restaurant industry) you are referring to,...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Staff were all very friendly and helpful. Food was to die for. Maybe not the cheapest place in town but definitely worth a visit

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank av0nman
DavidV6464, Owner at Rustic Cafe and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the great review, I will pass it on to the team. David

Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

Really enjoyed our meals. The combo meals steak and ribs, surf and turf definitely value for money. Pork Belly and lamb rack also delicious. Friendly staff and great service. Would definitely go back to this lovely restaurant.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank sue_rudduck
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

My partner and I have been here twice now. Absolutely hands down the best food in Gore! Outstanding sizes!! Beautiful sauces that just kick off every taste on the plate. Amazing service!!! And big massive chairs that hug you!! What more could you want?? Everything...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 1990J
David V, Owner at Rustic Cafe and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2018

Thank you so much for your review, that's what Rustic is all about. Thanks again, The team at Rustic

Reviewed 30 August 2018

Maybe the small town locals will settle for anything because I can't imagine this place staying afloat for too long. Staff were low energy. Probably expected as they seem to hire bored/disinterested high school aged children to do all the work. The food was cold...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank bivvy24
David V, Owner at Rustic Cafe and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2018

Dear Customer, I was quite shocked to hear your comments: 1. We don't employ school kids. 2. The owner of the business is in her 50s and she is the front of house manager and on the floor and had no complaints. 3. The Fish...More

Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

Third time visiting this establishment and every time has been a pleasure. Great food, the dinners come in large portions which is a nice change from paying an arm and leg and getting a mouse size feed. The staff and owner are always lovely, and...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Sam M
Reviewed 7 June 2018

Celebrated our eldest grand-daughter's 20th birthday at Rustic. I chose the Pork Spare Ribs (half) as my main. A very good sized portion, glad I didnt order the full sized meal. Came with delicious, crispy shoe string fries & a salad. Ribs were tender, falling...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank SouthernFoody1957
Reviewed 21 April 2018

Visited Easter Saturday with 3 overseas friends. Rustic Cafe and Restaurant was one of the few places open in town but did not appear busy. The first warning sign was the two listless girls behind the counter who we had to engage, rather than the...More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$4 - US$59
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 38 Irk Street Gore, Gore 9710, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Southland Region  >  Gore
  • Phone Number: +64 3-208 0127
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Rustic Cafe and Restaurant is a licensed independent family owned cafe and restaurant in Gore, Southland with a great selection of Cabinet food and a very tasty Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner menu. We also have a selection of vegan, gluten free and sugar free options. Come check out our dedicated juice bar with a range of very healthy Juices, Smoothies and Salads. Make sure to try out our signature milkshakes.At Rustic we have a great selection of New Zealand and imported wines which caters for all tastes.
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