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The Galley

€€ - €€€Cafe, , Vegetarian Friendly
1 Esplanade, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 3-434 0475
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good36%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (22 reviews)
“burgers” (10 reviews)
“eggs bene” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
1 Esplanade, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This was our first trip to Oamaru, this place caught our eye as it is right on the waterfront! Stunning views plus it was a lovely relaxing place. The place was humming so at first we thought we'd never get a table but we were...More

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Right next to the beach and steam punk park is perfect for those with kids, nice coffee and typical cafe food and prices.. we stop by or day trip to Oamaru and service is always good.

Thank Yessiryousir
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stunning ambience, with gulls, boats bobbing around, children playing on the sand or swimming. Plenty to look at if your on your own. Always pleasant friendly service, clean and a good cafe choice of food

Thank Heather C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A stunning location overlooking boats bobbing at anchor. So glad I found this. Perfectly positioning at the end of alps to ocean cycleway. Great coffee and bacon buttie.

Thank onerosenz
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Cheerful is the word I would use to describe the atmosphere here. The building is steam punk funky cool and the location is the best. The were many locals eating here and it felt homey. It is very popular so the service time is appropriate....More

Thank Ani S
Reviewed 30 November 2017 via mobile

To be honest,I ranked with 4 the place because of the views. We tried a beef burger and a chicken sandwich that were tasty, but nothing remarkable. However the food was average, the views of the place just in the waterfront were astonishing.

Thank Danpegi
Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

What a beautiful place to come across, amazing food and the views are exquisite. Really helpful staff who gave great directions and menu advice. Highly recommend

Thank Barts23
Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

We visited on a sunny day and had an amazing lunch outdoor with beautiful beach view. Food are worth money and not very expensive.

Thank 772sarathb
Reviewed 14 November 2017

Although it was about 2pm we had no trouble getting lunch here. My burger was very tasty with melt in the mouth bun and lovely flavours. Hubby enjoyed his fish. Lovely setting and atmosphere. We were not sure if it was licenced but were thrilled...More

Thank Christine B
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

We stumbled across this lovely cafe while we were looking for the penguin colony. We ended up letting our little one play on the brilliant playground opposite the Galley cafe then popped in for morning tea. Super service and yummy scones and carrot cake. We...More

Thank fuzz21
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, View, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Esplanade, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Oamaru
  • Phone Number: +64 3-434 0475
We are a busy cafe on the waterfront in Oamaru that serve breakfast from 9.30am until 11am daily, we have a variety of cabinet food and also cook up some amazing gourmet burgers and freshly cooked fish & chips. Friday we are open a little later but longer summer hours will come.
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