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Best Cafe

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30 Stuart Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
+64 3-477 8059
11:30 - 02:30
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After trying for years to find a decent, reliable 'Fish and Chip' shop in Dunedin we are now regular Friday night takeaway patrons of the Best Cafe. They offer a great selection of fresh fish cooked in delicious batter - and the chips are always superb. The service is delivered with a smile and nothing is a problem. I have... More 

Thank KiwiPragmatist
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful lunch...How fish and chips should be. Hand cut chips fresh dish great batter and priced right. Great attentive staff..10 out 10.

Thank Mouse71Grilla
London, United Kingdom
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272 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent crispy thick chips that were not too greasy. The fish was lovely too. Nice friendly owners and a great cafe three doors up for flat white and old school video games.

Thank QQuietroomfan
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a meal on Sunday and it was fantastic. The new owners have really made a great effort in making guests feel welcome. Highly recommended.

Thank peterscanlan615
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21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good fish and chips here, with a quant historical environment, friendly staff, plenty of options and very busy

Thank kenmon19
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was lucky enough to stumble upon this hole in the wall on my first night in Dunedin. I had the special and it was amazing, fresh local fish, perfection. The waitress was lovely and the place def. all about the food. The next night I decided to try the clam chowder and holy smokes what a treat! Maybe because... More 

Thank Magstarpie
Geraldton, Australia
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122 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dunedin locals recommended that we go to the Best Cafe for Bluff Oysters, Onion Sausages and fish and chips. We (5 adults) took up their suggested and went there for a sit down meal. The cafe has pretty basic decor but is clean and had fantastic service from the staff and the meals were just what we needed after a... More 

Thank Geoff M
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been travelling around NZ for about 2 weeks now, ate at various fish and chip places hearing that NZ fish and chips are better then AUS but was disappointed at most places I went to until I came here to 'Best Cafe' . I ordered the special with a side of battered blue cod and from the first... More 

Thank Quang B
Christchurch, New Zealand
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49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There's nothing fancy here, it's all about the food. As soon as you sit down you get a plate of sliced bread and hard to spread butter - just like you were back in the '70's. I ordered the Blue Cod, which has to be one of the best eating fish and it was cooked to perfection. This is a... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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465 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

We had the house seafood chowder, pan fried fish & chips and the paua patties here.. The chowder was creamy and excellent full of prawns, scallops, mussels etc...very wholesome too! The pan fried fish & chip was quite good except that the fish fillet was rather small. The paua patties appears to be a bit tough, sandy and quite tasteless.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$32
Cafe, Seafood, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 02:30
11:30 - 02:30
11:30 - 02:30
11:30 - 02:30
11:30 - 02:30
11:30 - 02:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30 Stuart Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Dunedin
  • Phone Number: +64 3-477 8059
Established in 1932 the Best Cafe is a Dunedin icon. It has been through World War II and the Great Depression and has changed very little over the last 85 years it has been trading. I am very lucky to be running a restaurant that was originally started by my great-grandfather and then passed down to his son and family through until the 1980's. The following proprietors kept the traditions alive to maintain the Best Cafe's great reputation. As the proud owner of our old family restaurant my aim is to provide a truly unique dining experience, one where we can provide old fashioned, friendly service alongside a delicious plate of fresh, local seafood, golden hand cut chips and the best Bluff Oysters in New Zealand. If you want to take a trip down Nostalgia Lane and taste some traditional New Zealand fare then this is the place to visit.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?