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“Always good”
Review of Best Cafe

Best Cafe
Ranked #20 of 332 Restaurants in Dunedin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$31
Cuisines: Cafe, Seafood, New Zealand
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: 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.
Dunedin, New Zealand
2 reviews
“Always good”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

Great seafood and quick service makes it our go to place. Try the blue cod or oysters, you will never be disappointed. Do not miss it

  • Visited May 2014
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great food”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

Worth going to for the best cooked oysters or blue cod in town. The decor might seem a little dated but there is superb food, great service., convenient location and good prices. Highly recommended.if you like seafood. o

Visited May 2014
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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458 reviews
272 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Just Great”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

Went back again to check that I was not dreaming the last time I ate here. It's true, they really are the best. Amazing range of fish, beautiful batter, fresh oysters, fries to die for. No wonder t's such a Dunedin legend. Fast, friendly. Miss at your peril

  • Visited June 2014
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Canberra, Australia
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19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful fish”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

Great fish and great value for money. Quick and friendly service as well. Stopped here just looking for something before going to the cadbury factory, this place was extremely great and well earned name Best Cafe.

Visited May 2014
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Malaysia
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“Excellent place for a good fish & chips meal”
Reviewed 15 May 2014

Simple deco but the food was great. Loved the fish variety, we had blue cod, grouper,flounder,whitebait, and bluff oysters which happen to be in season. The batter was great and not oily. Chips was nice too.
The owner, beingonly the 4th over 82 years chatted with us. He was so honest he even told us where he got his supply. We were then directed to the supplier where we bought so much for dinner that we had to eat for the next two days!
The only thing that was rather disappointing was the bread servings. They were so thinly sliced.

  • Visited May 2014
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