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“Friendly atmosphere” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cafe 51

Cafe 51
Ranked #2 of 9 Restaurants in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$11 - US$42
Cuisines: New Zealand, Cafe, International
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Award winning chef, Anthony Cross and his team of friendly and passionate kitchen and wait staff look forward to providing you with a warm, relaxed atmosphere and delicious, restaurant-quality meals unrivaled in terms of quality and consistency. Our lunch menu and coffees are a great break in a day out exploring North Canterbury or try our exceptional mains presented with our dinner service - for which we've had 11 New Zealand Beef & Lamb Excellence Awards.
Christchurch, New Zealand
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Friendly atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

We went on a very quiet Friday night to this restaurant. We had heard very good things. The entrée menu we thought was rather limited. Not fancying smoked salmon pate or the seafood chowder, I opted for the soup, which I don't tend to like doing for an entrée due to it filling me up too much before the main course, but it was a good choice as it was delicious (kumara and pumpkin). My partner was a little disappointed with his mushroom entrée. He thought it was as though it had been quickly zapped in the microwave. He thought the steak was satisfactory enough. The hoisin sauce was a very interesting choice of sauce to accompany venison that I chose and it did work very well. What we did think was exceptionally odd, as did the other diners in the restaurant at the same time, was the placing of toasted "chippies" on top of everyone's main meal! Surely, there is a much more tasteful garnish that could be used than this???
We skipped dessert, as there was nothing to tempt our palates. The option of carrot cake and similar were far too heavy after an evening meal and is best kept for their day time café customers. I do have to praise them on their wine selection. They had wines from local small wineries, which was refreshing to see and at reasonable prices.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank samsonandcleo
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Oxford experience...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

Had a lovely lunch with friends last weekend, well attended to by staff and excellent coffee to finish. Cafe 51 is in the delightful country town of Oxford, a must visit...

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Fiona M
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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101 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Good coffee - pity about the staff”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

My wife and I have been making the trip out to Oxford for over three years now and have usually stopped for coffee at Café 51. It still has a homely, country-style atmosphere, and the coffee is just as good as it ever was. However, the staff member who served us must have been having an 'off' day, as her welcome was anything but gracious - quite off-hand, in fact - and lacking the usual warm reception we have been accustomed to. Rather a take-it-or-leave-it attitude. We would think twice about returning, especially if the same person was serving at the counter. I wonder if she was the same the same lass who rayjenk encountered. If so, the management should give this some attention.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Murray L
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Nelson, New Zealand
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174 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Country Cafe Hospitality”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2014

Called in for an impromptu lunch while traveling south. The delightful period cottage was a welcome relief from the squally showers that were passing through the region. We had hearty soup followed by chilli lime spiced chicken. Servings were large even by country standards!! Service was friendly. Overall worth stopping if passing through Oxford.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank madogvin
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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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77 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Cold day, service a bit slow but lovely food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2014

I guess the fact that we had to sit outside on a cold day detracted from this experience. We probably should have reserved but it was a bit of a spur of the moment trip. People were asking to sit inside but despite there being what seemed like unoccupied tables no one was allowed. The service was slow but we warned of that-noticed that the next table had to go and fetch their menus themselves. I think the waitress was new but she was delightful and fair sprinted outside to swap the orders as she had served one of them to the wrong person.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank DeeDeeArusha
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