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“Best Dinner in Te Anau”
Review of Alpine Centre Cafe

Alpine Centre Cafe
Ranked #24 of 37 Restaurants in Te Anau
Price range: US$0 - US$21
Cuisines: New Zealand
Description: Alpine Centre Cafe is located on the corner of the entrance to Te Anau Township and the road that leads to Milford Sound. We offer hot and cold food to go as well as a delicious cafe menu. Warm and spacious eating area and a large retail section. The best coffee in town and we can assist with information regarding Milford road conditions and activities you can do in the area. Complimentary WIFI with any purchase. We offer clean toilets and showers.
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Description: Alpine Centre Cafe is located on the corner of the entrance to Te Anau Township and the road that leads to Milford Sound. We offer hot and cold food to go as well as a delicious cafe menu. Warm and spacious eating area and a large retail section. The best coffee in town and we can assist with information regarding Milford road conditions and activities you can do in the area. Complimentary WIFI with any purchase. We offer clean toilets and showers.
Reviewed 29 December 2013

On our first day visiting Te Anau, we tried a few of the restaurants on the main street downtown -- with mixed results. So, for our second night, we asked some locals for their recommendations and were referred to the Alpine Centre Cafe. We had a fantastic meal, and friendly service. We suggest you give it a try.

For starters, I had a bowl of fish chowder and my wife had a small salad. The chowder was creamy rather than tomato-based -- what I would call New England style. I found clams, shrimp, and squid. It was excellent.

For mains, we split an order of spare ribs. These were slow-cooked in a beer-baste with some subtle spices and served over a pile of french fries. They were delicious. One order is enough for two people.

We had planned to try some of the intriguing desserts, including fried ice cream, or possibly the creme brulee baked cheesecake. But we were too full to eat a dessert, so the owner prepared a take-out for us.

If you feel turned-off by the tourist vibe of the restaurant row in Te Anau, consider the Alpine Centre Cafe.

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Thank Cap S
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AlpineCentre, Owner at Alpine Centre Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 30 December 2013

Thank you for your kind comments. It was a pleasure to have you dine with us and I hope you enjoy the remainder of your honeymoon in NZ.

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Reviewed 7 December 2013

We dined here recently and were very impressed with the quality of the food, the atmosphere and the friendliness of the staff. Steak was cooked to perfection and the Blue Cod was so good. Would certainly recommend this place for an evening meal or tasty lunch.
You can also book all local trips & attractions from here. Definitely worth stopping here.

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Thank Lili L
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

Being local we decided to pay the Alpine Centre Cafe and Bar a visit one Sunday afternoon with friends for a quiet drink. The Restaurant/Bar has a great feel and an an aptmosphere reminicent of times gone buy. We returned the following week for an evening meal. The food was perfectly cooked and good value for money for locals and visitors to the area. The outdoor seating area was an ideal spot to take in the stunning views. Excellent service from great hosts.

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Thank easystreetteanau
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Reviewed 10 November 2013 via mobile

We are locals of Te Anau & we are hugely impressed with all aspects of the Alpine Centre recently opened in Te Anau. The centre is a real asset for our town as it showcases & advises on the many quality activities & experiences on offer in our region, opportunities that may have been missed by those solely focused on reaching our top destination, Milford Sound. The centre also offers tasty meals & good coffee and a wonderfully cosy bar built to replicate the first bar in Te Anau. We highly recommend the Alpine Centre to all visitors to our region and locals.

Thank Christine W
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

While on a recent holiday in NZ, heading to Milford Sound, we stumbled across an amazing cafe and bar in Te Anau. The bar/cafe was actually along our gps route to Milford Sound on the corner of the main Te Anau road and Sandy Brown road. We decided to stop and go inside for a look.
What we found inside was so much more than just a cafe and bar. This place is also a booking centre for everything in and around town. The staff were all very friendly and helped us with planning our trip to the area.
We had a look at the menu and decided we had to stay for dinner.
The meals were fantastic. We both had steaks which were cooked perfectly and excellent cuts of meat. Very generous meal sizes and great value. Again the staff were very friendly and we were made to feel like locals. We enjoyed our meals so much we came again for a second night; perfect again!
In our travels around the South Island this cafe/bar was one of our highlights of our trip. Great food. Great people.

Thank Grant B
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