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Catlins Cafe

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European, Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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3 Main Road, Owaka 9535, New Zealand
09:00 - 21:00
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Timaru, New Zealand
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautifully clean cafe with variety of cabinet food, takeaways and menu items. We had lovely fresh muffins and coffee for a light lunch. Staff were very friendly and service was quick. Plenty of outside seating down steps top a lawn or cafe and restaurant type seating inside.

Thank Fran1628
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ordered eggs and bacon with tomato. Didn't get bacon. Hair in eggs. The waitress had her pants hanging off her butt, so I got a view of her crack as I ate. She was also spraying Pledge on the tables, which added a nice lemon tint to my food. Asked for a to go cup for my coffee, then got... More 

Thank Ashley G
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Eggs benedict was great but the Mrs vegetarian fry up was avg, the hash browns are deep fried in animal fat which she noticed straight away and handed them to me, I couldn't stomach them they were awful. Coffees were very disappointing also tasted burnt and tart with not much milk. $45 breakfast probly not value for money. We won't... More 

Thank alangI1424QU
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Cute cafe with good range on menu. I like sweet chilli sauce but having it plastered all over our garlic bread (along with pesto $&@?) and nachos spoilt them.

Thank Trina K
Te Anau
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212 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

Stopped for lunch while cycle touring from Papatowai to Pounawea. Good menu options at a reasonable price. Helpful staff and free WIFI; overall a good experience.

Thank Bikehikers
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Great lunch and service. All smiles . Healthy menu and top service. Hot coffee with home made cakes. Great location. Easy walk to all amenities

Thank Maryna R
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Food and service ok but nothing spectacular get a pass but only just . Our food came out in good time nothing flash pretty basic compared to other places we had meals at was the worst we had wouldn't go back

Thank destinationohau
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37 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We stopped in for a couple of meals when we were at jacks bay also had takeaway. I felt the menu a bit small but the food yum! Quick prompt service and friendly staff. Most of all they were open and there isn't much choice in owaka :)

Thank jorgmummyrox
Tel Aviv District, Israel
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

We came to eat small lunch and to drink coffee. We had potetoes that were o.k but a little bit expensive ....the coffee was tasty and strong

Thank batid
Christchurch, New Zealand
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Comfortable family restaurant. Well priced and fast service. Seafood chowder very tasty but disappointed that imitation crab sticks were used (kamaboko made from starch and pulverized white fish.) Despite this all of our party were very satisfied.

Thank ColHenderson

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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$ 14 - US$ 28
European, Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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
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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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?