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Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar

€€ - €€€, Cafe, Soups
29 Rewcastle Road, Chaslands Highway | Chaslands, On the Southern Scenic Route, 9586, New Zealand
+64 3-415 8338
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Overview
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good26%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“burger” (17 reviews)
“fries” (11 reviews)
“salad” (9 reviews)
Open Now
09:00 - 20:00All hours
CUISINES
Bar, Cafe, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
PRICE
€€ - €€€
RATINGS
Service
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Value
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LOCATION
29 Rewcastle Road, Chaslands Highway | Chaslands, On the Southern Scenic Route, 9586, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 266 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you've ever walked down to the Cathedral Caves you probably got an appetite from the trek. We stopped here for lunch. There was great food (chicken burger pictured) however the only let down was that the lemonade and coke was flat (???) We were...More

Thank mofreeman1
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Very good service, the accommodation was good, although a few more extras like reading lights beside the bed, a can of bug spray would have been appreciated. The still night with the moon shining and no city lights, the birds singing in the morning. Perfect....More

Thank KiwiGranny
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

A lovely cozy place with good food. Nice outside sitting area. Had the cheesecake for dessert and it was amazing. Was slighlty overpriced though, in my opinion. Nice friendly service!

Thank fridaenkvist
Paul B, Owner at Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

As you say quality and service is everything. You forgot to mention the presentation. I have seen those desserts and they can only be described as “edible art”...each one is hand crafted to delight the senses... Glad you enjoyed your cheesecake.

Reviewed 18 October 2017

My Auckland cousins and I had a late lunch at the Whistling Frog on our drive through the Catlins - it was amazing!! I had a chicken burger which came with the best fries ever. The chicken burger was huge and I was too full...More

Thank springtimer
Paul B, Owner at Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

Thank you... Springtimers, so nice to be appreciated. I agree the team does make amazing food. Just put in a new deep fryer, so obviously a good move. Speeds up the cooking time as well. For a wee restaurant in the middle of nowhere, I...More

Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

It was my fourth visit I believe and I was pleased to see that the quality of the food hasn't gone down over the years! My partner and I went there for lunch a week after the opening of the season and the team was...More

Thank Bhzvar
Paul B, Owner at Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

Yay, thanks for that... remember it is called the Whistling Frog... it’s supposed to be fun... We have a great team this year. Tom has a brand new menu as well.

Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

It is a little hard to find on the main Catlins road south of Papatowai. Look for the sign on the left. But what a wonderful place for a leisurely lunch. The two dishes, we had were top quality.More

Thank Gail M
Paul B, Owner at Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

Glad you were able to enjoy our hospitality and the location. Chef Tom and his team are really amazing chefs I must say... we did over 500 meals over Labour weekend and the food was coming up fast and well presented...lots of great comments.... My...More

Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

My mom and I came across The Whistling Frog on our road trip around the south island. We decided to stay in one if the little cabins with 2 twin beds instead of camping for the night. Best decision we made on the trip! Staff...More

Thank Jenna C
Paul B, Owner at Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

Look forward to seeing you both next time. Great that you both had fun...

Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

Called in for lunch. What a beautiful spot. Sat outside listening to the birds. Coffee was amazing, lovely and hot and very tasty. Chips were amazing and the aioli was sooo good. Recommend to anyone.

Thank Karen M
Paul B, Owner at Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

Thanks for taking the time to tell everyone...

Reviewed 23 May 2017

lovely wee cafe on the side of the road near the Mcleans falls lovely food DO have the chicken tenders they are brined and delicious great with aa beer . Well worth the stop

Thank Molzmum
Paul B, Owner at Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

Thanks, will tell Chef Tom...

Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

Went and had lunch at this delightful cafe today! Super delish! Friendly staff in an amazing location! Great choices of food on the menu also! 👌

Thank Kayla M
Paul B, Owner at Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

It is a great stop over thanks for the kudos...

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$7 - US$25
Cuisine
Bar, Cafe, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 20:00
Monday
09:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 20:00
Thursday
09:00 - 20:00
Friday
09:00 - 20:00
Saturday
09:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 29 Rewcastle Road, Chaslands Highway | Chaslands, On the Southern Scenic Route, 9586, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Southland Region
  • Phone Number: +64 3-415 8338
  • E-mail
Description
The Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar is located mid-way around the Catlins portion of the Southern Scenic Route. It is an ideal stopover at the iconic attractions, McLean Falls and Cathedral Caves. There is a broad mix of accommodation and powered sites at this overnight stopover. The food is chef prepared, restaurant style with great coffees and local beers and wines. Prices are fair and the food is fresh. Check out the free app available for download to Hike & Drive your way around the Catlins.
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