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Cafe 51

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
New Zealand, Cafe, International
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51 Main Street, Oxford 7430, New Zealand
10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Fri - Sat 18:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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4 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Many disappointments unfortunately. Very poor table service, had to request that the tables be cleared on sitting after watching the waiter return to the kitchen 3x with an empty tray. Zero smiles throughout. The food was terribly slow and very disappointing. Haloumi burger was dry, Haloumi well overcooked. Salad served with huge chunks of iceberg with only a smattering of... More 

Thank Kat F
Rangiora, New Zealand
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went for a wedding anniversary dinner, had not been here for some time and were just as happy with the experience as previous occasions. Prompt service, great food, a real Oxford gem.

Thank Petehilux
Ashburton, New Zealand
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56 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Gorgeous old villa complete with antique door opens into a clean cafe. The rooms converted into the dining areas. Cold day but the place was lovely and warm. Nice artwork offered for sale. Greeted by a friendly face and left with a coffee and white choc raspberry muffin. Mmmm tasty.

Thank Darryl-Jo
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

The food is good and the price is reasonable. You will not regret stopping there to eat. This place give you the best food in Oxford

Thank Joseph Y
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Travelling around Canterbury heard that Oxford was worth a visit. Arrived in time for coffee at spotted Café 51. Lovely old house that has been turned into a café/restaurant. Lovely having the different rooms to set in. The coffee was strong and hot, also had a beautiful lemon curd muffin - delicious. Young girl serving us was delightful.

Thank wilko630
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210 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

Friendly smiles, excellent coffee, great tasting food. Greeted with smiles all round coffees came out fast hot and totally delicious. The food was excellent my only gripe was that they substituted something and didn't ask us if it was okay to do that, it's not of course, and that's quite unusual. However due to the high taste of the food... More 

Thank Marlaina C
Oxford, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

I like the fact that they have carpet and curtains - it makes the place quieter! There is space outside for dogs and children . If you ring prior to going they can open the gate into the garden for wheelchair access.

Thank cdnz1235
Christchurch, New Zealand
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99 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Went to this place today. Nice relaxing cafe. Had yummy lunch. Good value and friendly staff. Was busy. My friend had pasta and I had tomato soup. Also fries. Yummy. 😊

Thank funchick37
Lyttelton, New Zealand
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I have been there several times and have liked this café particularly for it nice heritage interior and the weatherboard building which looks so inviting. But now I will not visit anymore. Either the owner or chef/baker has changed - or whatever. Anyway, the last offerings we had were dreadful, particularly my raspberry chocolate muffin. I didn't think you can... More 

Thank SuzyQ8082
cafe51nz, Owner at Cafe 51, responded to this review

Hi , I'm really sorry to read you didn't have a enjoyable visit last time , yes we have changed our muffins , for the last couple years we were buying them from a bakery , most recently we have been making them ourselves , unfortunately it seems we don't always get them right ,we do appreciate your feedback as... More 

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39 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Stoped in for lunch on route to Hanmer Springs after reading the reviews. Our meals were all freshly cooked and nicley presented. Under 6s mini hot dogs were gr8 value at $5 and the half seafood chowder for $11 was really yummy if you wanted a starter or for anyone not hungry, certainly had food envy after tasting it. Lambs... More 

Thank Wendy R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$43
New Zealand, Cafe, International
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff, Parking Available
Good for
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 51 Main Street, Oxford 7430, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: 6433121751
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.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?