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Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar

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Bar, Cafe, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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29 Rewcastle Road, Chaslands Highway | Chaslands, On the Southern Scenic Route, 9586, New Zealand
+64 3-415 8338
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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! 👌

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Thank Kayla M
Invercargill
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6 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the scenic Catlins with our niece and two lovely grandchildren the Saturday of Easter weekend - cute Easter carrot cakes, nice meals, good service. Look forward to our next visit to this beautiful area.

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Thank Joanne F
Paul B, Owner at Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

The carrot cakes were very popular with the kids that's for sure. Our baker did such a nice job with them. Thanks for appreciating all her hard work. More 

Level Contributor
10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tried the 'home made' pizzas and they were superb. I'd heard it was the best place in the area to eat and wasn't disappointed.

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Thank Brad A
Wellington, New Zealand
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here on Easter Monday, the wait time was long, we spent nearly 45 minutes to get 2 coffees and 1 hot chocolate, when we finally got our order the coffee wasn't good, bitter, watery and as if they had left the shot in for too long, the milk was ok though, but after we left the cafe both... More 

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Thank wrighttimo
Paul B, Owner at Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

Sorry for the wait, but you didn't mention the cafe was packed for the Easter Holiday and times do get a bit extended sometimes when we get everyone arrive at once. We are remote, that's for sure and unfortunately our 15% surcharge doesn't come close to paying for all the holiday pay and time in lieu that we have to... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting the Catlins we popped into Whistling Frog Cafe. Had the most delicious Blue Cod. Perfectly cooked with a delicious beer batter . Twice or thrice cooked chips - super crunchy and a yummy fresh salad with a lovely house dressing and tartar sauce. Washed down with their own brewed lager and Ale which was light and refreshing . If... More 

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Thank Alison M
Paul B, Owner at Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

Thanks Alison, will pass it on to the Chef team. Nice to hear you enjoyed your visit. More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

This has to be the most expensive stop for a coffee in nz. We paid $ 6.25 for a coffee with a long wait for it to be served.

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Thank dedicatedtraveller14
Paul B, Owner at Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

The price you are quoting is for a lot of add-ons, so not a fair indication. We do the best we can, but honestly we have had coffee in town and we are way faster. Good coffee does take a while to make and it is also in a "first come, first served", line-up, as other guests get served as... More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
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57 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Food was absolutely delicious! Nice vegetarian options that aren't just pasta. I had the Rainforest Burger and it was excellent. Husband had the beef pie and said it was delicious too. Good service and nice atmosphere.

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Thank Jess_Saffa
Paul B, Owner at Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

Yes, our vegetarian options are much appreciated, sold out of Risotto again yesterday. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

We stopped here as recommended by a family member. We were greeted by a warm, friendly smile and quickly taken to a table in the large courtyard. The weather was a little drizzly, not cold, but looking at the courtyard I could see it catered to the elements as it is covered, & has a large outdoor fire. The food... More 

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Thank Tasha F
Paul B, Owner at Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

Wow, great review. Thanks for letting us know you appreciated our efforts, it means a lot. More 

Blenheim, New Zealand
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58 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Fabulous restaraunt. Plenty of choices of eras to sit,inside, slightly outside, or smokers area outside . Food was great. I had buffalo wings six was plenty with hot chips and georgous black garlic aoli .yum yum hubby had a chicken sandwich with lots in it. the staff were very attentive and all with wonderful smiles. Would recommend to hungry travellers.... More 

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Thank Bronwyny52
Paul B, Owner at Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to appreciate our efforts. More 

Bubenreuth, Germany
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105 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

I stopped here after my visit to the McLean Falls and had a great lunch with a delicious chicken burger. Only small drawback was that it took quite a while for it to get prepared.

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Thank Meike V
Paul B, Owner at Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

Yes, we prepare from scratch so does take a little longer, but as you say it is a great chicken burger. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 24
Cuisine
Bar, Cafe, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Validated Parking
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?