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Scotia Restaurant & Whisky Bar

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Fusion, New Zealand, European, Scottish
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199 Upper Stuart Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
+64 3-477 7704
17:00 - 23:00
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Tue - Thu 17:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 02:00
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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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89 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Charming room with an excellent staff and an innovative chef. The thick beet root soup was naturally sweet and thick. Delicious. Their lamb dish was perfect, and the prawns in pea purée was clever and excellent. Their selection of scotches and ports was also impressive. It shouldn't be missed!

1 Thank BrickLeb
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I have eaten at this restaurant on two other occasions a couple of years ago and rated it as one of the best. Sadly they dropped the ball on our graduation celebration dinner. Ten of us sat down to a set menu dinner in mid December with great expectations. The main took two hours to come to the table and... More 

Thank Kylough19
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309 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 318 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

There is much to like about Scotia. However, we did encounter an issue or two which impacted our evening. Having said that the restaurant did a very good job of handling the issue and staging a strong "recovery". We ordered 2 entrees rather than an entree and a main, fully expecting the meals to be staged. They weren't and after... More 

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Mui Ne
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Had a dinner for four recently. Entrees were all delicious. Could have eaten them over and over. Mains were overall good. Lamb was undercooked but they quickly sorted that. Sides of vegetables didn't arrive but we were replete regardless. Deserts were yummy too. Wines were great finished off with a small dram. Only niggle was staff clearly wanted us gone... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 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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40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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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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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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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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
Dunedin, New Zealand
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13 reviews
11 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

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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$9 - US$27
Fusion, New Zealand, European, Scottish
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
Business meetings, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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?