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Scotia Restaurant & Whisky Bar

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Fusion, New Zealand, European, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
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199 Upper Stuart Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
+64 3-477 7704
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 02:00
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Wellington, New Zealand
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Scotia never disappoints. On a rainy, chilly Dunedin night, the upstairs Doon bar is cosy and welcoming. My husband enjoyed a couple of drama, particularly appreciating the Old Pulteney 17, while I savoured a deliciously crisp Central Otago dauvigbon blanc. It remains one of our favourite places.

1 Thank Janet B
Dunedin, New Zealand
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33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

We went as a group of friends - to start off with, we were told off (rather rudely) by one of the female waiting staff that we were not to bring cakes without having informed them beforehand (even though we were happy to pay for cake corkage - which was $25, for anyone else out there who is wanting to... More 

1 Thank musica209
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

As a venison lover, I order a venison dish every time I eat out. The waiter didn't ask how well I wanted it to be cooked and it turned out that they brought out a dry and chewy, well-done dish out to me. I have never come across a restaurant who serves a venison well-done as default. A few minutes... More 

2 Thank Edith C
Patrick S, Owner at Scotia Restaurant & Whisky Bar, responded to this review

We apologize that your venison wasn't up to our usual standard, Well done is not the default temperature for anything that leaves our kitchen. Im sure that your waiter would have apologized and offered to get you another dish cooked when you were meal checked. (I have followed this up) You stated that your meal was over cooked but continued... More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We love going to Scotia in the evenings. The bar has a great atmosphere and the staff are always happy and friendly which makes its!

1 Thank GuruGoss
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

This is where i like to go for special occasions. It is quiet, comfortable and refined. It has the best whiskey selection in the city and a great wine list. Last meal i had was the hare in fed wine which was absolutely stunning. Great for special occasions

1 Thank Gary S
Tucson, Arizona
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

A really lovely restaurant. The restaurant is situated on the bottom level with the whiskey(scotch) bar on the top floor. The food was very good. Unfortunately, they were out of lamb when I was there, but I had a delicious Goat Cheese and Mushroom Tartlet that did not disappoint. We were also encourage to try Haggis as an appetizer, which... More 

1 Thank Amy W
Adelaide, Australia
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Had heard so much about Scotia that we were really looking forward to eating here. We rang and were told that it was fully booked,walked in to a nearly empty restaurant and were given a table with no problems.Weird go figure. From there the night went down hill. Haggis for entree was delicious. Main course of vension and smoked beef... More 

2 Thank Mcleans56
Dunedin, New Zealand
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Scotia was re-launched under new ownership in 2015 and the standards are as good as ever. In a city which is steeped in Scottish culture, Scotia is an iconic restaurant with the largest whisky bar in New Zealand and high quality dining at reasonable prices. The restaurant is cosy and friendly with superb ambience. The food is of a very... More 

1 Thank anthony19482014
Guelph, Canada
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

We only went to the whiskey bar, it was a nice atmosphere and the bar tender was very knowledgable. :)

1 Thank EatWell1234
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

I took my husband to Scotia on Friday 16 September for a birthday treat. The atmosphere/ambience is great, the bar upstairs is lovely and cosy, the service in the restaurant was excellent. However, the food was very bland. I had a leek and potato soup as an entree and it was so thick with cream I could not eat it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$27
Fusion, New Zealand, European, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 199 Upper Stuart Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Dunedin
  • Phone Number: +64 3-477 7704
Scotia Restaurant provides a premium dining experience, Our cuisine is Traditional Scottish meets New Zealand Fusion, Come in and enjoy some true southern hospitality & Peruse our single Malt collection

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?