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Catlins Cafe

€€ - €€€European, Cafe,
3 Main Road, Owaka 9535, New Zealand
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good43%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
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“salad” (7 reviews)
“chowder” (3 reviews)
Open Now
09:00 - 21:00All hours
European, Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
3 Main Road, Owaka 9535, New Zealand
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21 - 30 of 133 reviews

Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

The beef was generous and reasonably tender, and it looked good. However, the dish had far too much soya sauce thrown at it, and had a weird taste I couldn't work out (maybe very old ginger powder).

Thank classicchch
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

If you like to wait 25 mins for a mediocre coffee, you're right here. Hopelessly understaffed or overstrained.

Thank npg f
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Love the outside murals on the building. Arrived to see it was a busy wee place. We sat over by the window as it was really hot and stuffy there. Only to find you couldn't open a window and no air conditioning. The staff were...More

Thank Ongeliqu
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Speedy and pleasant service with a very nice seafood chowder, those that had the milkshakes were pleased with them. Would happily return.

Thank Zak1100
Reviewed 26 December 2016

Came here for lunch on our first day in Catlins. Has a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. We found they had a variety of drinks including alcoholic. Had a range of different lunch items including cabinet food to suit different budgets. Menu food was a...More

Thank Stephen P
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Kind of an attempt at fusion food. The chicken pasta bake was acceptable but the rest of the mains had some kind of sweet (Thai?) sauce that didn't go down quite well. We had wanted to dine at the nearby Lumberjack Cafe but they were...More

Thank TanSH04
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Our family stopped for lunch on Saturday of a busy holiday weekend. The staff were friendly and helpful. Good varied choice of food on the menu and we were told our food would be ready in 20 minutes, which it was, freshly cooked and piping...More

Thank Peter L
Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Great service. Got the yummy seafood chowder which was reasonably priced. Variety of desserts on display. Perfect stop over in the Catlins, get a cake and relax by the fire.

Thank Ellen T
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

The food wasn't bad but too pricey for the portions. Waited 20 minutes for a coffee and 40 minutes for wedges and nachos

Thank Grace K
Reviewed 2 October 2016

We were travelling from Invercargill to Dunedin and this cafe provided us with a delicious lunch. My husband and I both decided on the Angus beef and cheese pie which was delicious. They have toilets available for customers.

Thank Vanessa M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$27
European, Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 Main Road, Owaka 9535, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Owaka
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A warm and friendly dining experience. We offer breakfast, lunch and dinner using the freshest ingredients, home style cooking and generous servings. For those wanting a quick option we also offer traditional NZ Takeaways including Fish, Chips and Burgers
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