Otago, Invercargill, and Stewart Island Restaurants

Dunedin has the area's highest concentration of good restaurants. Seafood is a big player, in part because of Dunedin's coastal location but also because of its proximity to Bluff, the home of New Zealand's great delicacy, the Bluff oysters. Many of the least-expensive options are café-like Asian restaurants; these tend to close
Dunedin has the area's highest concentration of good restaurants. Seafood is a big player, in part because of Dunedin's coastal location but also because of its proximity to Bluff, the home of New Zealand's great delicacy, the Bluff oysters. Many of the least-expensive
Dunedin has the area's highest concentration of good restaurants. Seafood is a big player, in part because of Dunedin's

Dunedin has the area's highest concentration of good restaurants. Seafood is a big player, in part because of Dunedin's coastal location but also because of its proximity to Bluff, the home of New Zealand's great delicacy, the Bluff oysters. Many of the least-expensive options are café-like Asian restaurants; these tend to close early, around 9 pm. Locals don't usually dress up or make reservations for anything other than the most exclusive establishments.

Invercargill has a more limited selection of mostly moderately priced restaurants. Stewart Island has a reasonable selection considering its location, but in winter some places limit their hours or close.

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  • 1. 1908 Café & Bar

    $$$$ | Eclectic

    There are good views of the harbor from this converted post office "where the high road meets the low road." The interior still feels Edwardian...Read More

  • 2. Bay Café

    $$$ | Café

    In the first settlement you reach on the peninsula, this well-known café has fine views across the harbor. Scallops, prawns, blue cod, and mussels...Read More

  • 3. Bird on a Pear

    $$ | Halfmoon Bay | New Zealand

    Situated right in the thick of things on Halfmoon Bay Wharf, this popular café above the ferry terminal positively bustles from early morning...Read More

  • 4. Cabbage Tree

    $$$ | New Zealand

    A spacious room done in wood and brick offers a super-sized menu with more than 100 dishes. Popular choices are Stewart Island blue cod, lamb...Read More

  • 5. Fleurs Place

    $$$ | Seafood

    If you're feeling a bit hungry after the sea air, pop into this unpretentious place out on the old jetty in Moeraki. Here you can enjoy fish...Read More

  • 6. Kai Kart

    $ | New Zealand

    Come here for good old-fashioned fish-and-chips wrapped in a newspaper. There isn't an ounce of pretense in this cheerful little place between...Read More

  • 7. Kiwi French Cafe

    $$$ | French

    American owner Britt Moore makes coffee, a selection of sweet and savoury crepes, salads, and panfried fish of the day, making this a great...Read More

  • 8. Little India Dunedin

    $$ | Indian

    Influenced by the flavors of northern India (and the kitchen of founder Sukhi's grandmother), this family business began in Dunedin and has...Read More

  • 9. Little India Invercargill

    $$ | Indian

    Influenced by the flavors of northern India (and the kitchen of founder Sukhi's grandmother) this family business began in Dunedin and now has...Read More

  • 10. Riverstone Kitchen

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    The mouthwatering menu focuses on organic, locally grown, seasonal produce, offering regional New Zealand cuisine with a few Asian accents ...Read More

  • 11. Salt Bar Restaurant

    $$$ | New Zealand

    In an iconic art deco building, this is the place to dine in St. Clair's, a leafy seaside neighborhood that follows a spectacular beach. Sate...Read More

  • 12. Sampan Khmer Satay Noodle House

    $ | Asian

    This no-frills noodle bar is crowded with students and serves yummy, filling, and inexpensive soups. ...Read More

  • 13. South Sea Hotel Restaurant

    $$ | New Zealand

    You can have a relaxed meal in the seaside restaurant or an even more relaxed meal in the bar at this popular local spot. Food such as local...Read More

  • 14. Thai Hanoi

    $$$ | Thai

    Thai cuisine with some Vietnamese influences offers such choices as green or red Thai curries and a yellow or jungle (hot) Vietnamese curry...Read More

  • 15. The Ale House Bar & Restaurant

    $$$ | New Zealand

    A rugged interior with heavy wood furniture, old brewing equipment, and a huge schist fireplace makes the Speight's brewery restaurant welcoming...Read More

  • 16. The Kitchen Table Cafe & Bake

    $$ | Café

    Paul is an artisan baker who crafts delicious wholesome food on-site as wife Louise fronts the counter to take your order. Porridge, pancakes...Read More

  • 17. The Rocks Restaurant Bar

    $$$ | Contemporary

    You could easily walk past this stylish place, tucked inside a shopping courtyard. Terra-cotta, brick, and river stone give off an urban-chic...Read More

  • 18. Ziff's Café and Bar

    $$ | New Zealand

    This enormously popular restaurant on the way to Oreti Beach (past the airport) is a local favorite. Ziff's does steak, blue cod, chicken, and...Read More

  • 19. Zookeepers

    $$ | New Zealand

    The slightly wacky animal theme and a loud color scheme have helped give this place a reputation of being fun and bustling. There are good brunch...Read More

  • 20. Apsara

    $ | Asian

    The Asian community in Dunedin includes a Cambodian enclave, which has spawned a few noodle shops. Inexpensive filling soups are available for...Read More

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