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Catlins Cafe

₹₹ - ₹₹₹European, Cafe,
3 Main Road, Owaka 9535, New Zealand
+64 3-415 8040
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good39%
  • Average16%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“tomato soup” (2 reviews)
“fries” (6 reviews)
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
European, Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
3 Main Road, Owaka 9535, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This café is easy to access on the main highway and the coffee and food were average, but it is in the middle of nowhere so expectations shouldn’t be too high. The service was friendly and décor pleasant.

Thank Tennille S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A place once well known for its seafood chowder. Ownership changed and so the kitchen staff I assume. Otherwise the drop in quality could not be explained. Seafood chowder is usually a solid, safe choice here in the Deep South. Youvhave to be very unlucky...More

Thank Schminkyyy
Reviewed 12 September 2018

If you want to eat in Owaka, this is just about it! Right on the highway, and with car parking available. The café takes up the two front rooms of a converted old house, and has a ‘rough and ready’ appearance. The sheets of hardboard...More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

Generous meals and well presented. Fair price. Excellent coffee and very pleasant surroundings. Would happily return

Thank LeeC4341
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

I asked for muffin with butter please, muffin arrived with great dollops of margarine, reminded waitress I asked for butter, muffin come back with margarine residue where it had been scraped off but soaked into warmed muffin and some butter added.... Coffee.... I asked for...More

Thank JaneeceC2
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

Family of four on a lunch stop. Beef pie with chilli came full of beans and almost no beef. Fish and chips for $20 and overpriced - especially when you’re expected to fetch your own cutlery and water etc, after ordering at the counter. Chips...More

Thank SouthernDuo
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

Over priced and average food $20 for fish 1 (elephant) and chips with mediocre salad example of overprice, daughter had burger meat full of beans... rest family also not to impressed ... was only option on Sunday in Owaka will not be back

Thank Rijacnz
Reviewed 21 July 2018

I returned to this cafe after very good food there3 years ago. It changed hands in March 2018. This was possibly the worst burger I have ever had. It was supposed to be 100% angus(did not taste anything resembling angus) The meat patty was pale,...More

Thank VeryFussyChick
Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

Price is way too high for what you get. Food was very dissapointing. Service was terrible. Over all I'm shattered we went there.

Thank Rachelle S
Reviewed 2 July 2018

Our group of eight was served promptly on a rainy day. Nearly all of us went for the homemade tomato soup - great choice! Really nice soup. Lovely crusty bread. The fries were awesome. Best this trip!

Thank Anderst04
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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
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 Main Road, Owaka 9535, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Owaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-415 8040
  • E-mail
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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