Upper South Island and the West Coast Restaurants

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Upper South Island and the West Coast - browse our top choices for Restaurants during your stay.

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  • 1. Dodson Street Beer Garden

    $$ | New Zealand

    It's not all about wine in Marlborough. Craft beers are a fast-growing trend, and here you get to sample from arguably the largest selection...Read More

  • 2. Hislops Café

    $$$ | Café

    This wholesome foodie café is a local institution, a few minutes' walk north of town and worth the trip. In the morning you'll find tasty free...Read More

  • 3. Theatre Royal Hotel Kumara

    $$$ | New Zealand

    Even though it's a 20-minute drive from either Hokitika or Greymouth, on the main State Highway 73, this popular spot draws locals from both...Read More

  • 4. Cafe Cortado

    $$$ | Café

    With a blend of South American and Mediterranean influences, tapas, seafood, and pizza are paired with top Marlborough wines and craft range...Read More

  • 5. Café Encounter

    $$ | Café

    Here's a bright eatery along the Esplanade, sharing space with the Dolphin and Albatross Encounter operations and a pleasant gallery/shop. The...Read More

  • 6. Cafe Home

    $ | Café

    Pop in for brunch, coffee, or lunch. The breakfast menu runs all day on the weekends, with options like hotcakes or toasted cranberry and orange...Read More

  • 7. Café Neve

    $$$ | New Zealand

    This standout along Fox Glacier's main street sparks up no-nonsense options with fresh local flavors, such as the pizza topped with locally...Read More

  • 8. Courthouse Cafe

    $$ | New Zealand

    In the lovely old former Collingwood Courthouse, on the main crossroads into town, this laid-back and popular café makes good use of local produce...Read More

  • 9. Freddy's

    $$ | Café

    For a bright and breezy café stop, try this downtown favorite. They serve good coffee and all-day breakfast—their free-range eggs and a West...Read More

  • 10. Jester House Cafe

    $$ | Café

    This funky place is as much fun as the name suggests, and is a great spot to bring the kids. The café is built in an eco-friendly style, echoing...Read More

  • 11. Mainline Station Cafe

    $ | Café

    When traveling between Christchurch and Kaikoura, this café at Domett stands out among the slim eating options along the way. Built in the 100...Read More

  • 12. Morri Street

    $$ | Eclectic

    With its pleasant outdoor terrace and open indoor spaces, this upbeat café is a favorite with the locals, and has great coffee. Along with a...Read More

  • 13. Penguino's Cafe

    $ | Café

    A cool source for delicious gelato, like Rosemary & White Chocolate, Blueberry & Guava, Earl Grey, Manuka Honey, or a Mango-Lassie sensation...Read More

  • 14. Red Barn Café

    $$ | Café

    About 10 km (6 miles) north of Murchison this rustic, rural café also has a small farm park with sheep, goats, donkeys, and emus. As cafés go...Read More

  • 15. Rivers Café

    $$ | Café

    Good food and good coffee is served every day in a welcoming, rustic setting. It's hard to find, tucked around a corner, so it's mostly frequented...Read More

  • 16. Riverside Café

    $$$ | Eclectic

    You can chill in this rambling 150-year-old colonial cottage, along the Great Taste Trail cycle path and part of a community for Christian...Read More

  • 17. Speight's Ale House

    $$$ | New Zealand

    This restored heritage building, once known as "The Brick House," indeed has a stately brick facade. It's one of Greymouth's original buildings...Read More

  • 18. Stella Cafe and Cheesery

    $$$ | Café

    A live bee display provides much of the honey used in menu dishes in this friendly spot where owner Rachel says, "a menu is just the start of...Read More

  • 19. The Alice May

    $$$ | New Zealand

    One of those cozy, buzzing places so prevalent on the West Coast serves country fare that is good and plentiful, with a welcome range of light...Read More

  • 20. The Commercial Hotel

    $$$ | New Zealand

    In Murchison's historic hotel you'll find tasty café food during the day and, on the weekends, simple pub-style food (lamb shanks, steak, salmon...Read More

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