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. Hopgoods

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    Nationally recognized chef Kevin Hopgood focuses on local produce and regularly wins national restaurant awards for his cooking. Try the Pure...Read More

  • 2. Beechwoods Cafe

    $$ | Café

    Lots of wholesome breakfast and lunch options, hot snacks, and sweet treats are offered here. Some popular choices include the snapper (fish...Read More

  • 3. Blue Ice Café

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    The decor isn't amazing, however the two levels here can carry you from an early dinner through the wee hours. Go downstairs for a fine meal...Read More

  • 4. Café Affair

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    This busy city restaurant is a favorite with both locals and travelers looking for a quick-but-substantial meal. Morning options range from...Read More

  • 5. Denniston Dog

    $$$ | Café

    This old bank building, complete with a vault, is loaded with local character in its new guise as a cheerful pub and gathering spot. If the...Read More

  • 6. DP1 Cafe

    $$ | Café

    Homey hospitality in this colorful, retro-style spot comes with house-cooked breakfasts (scrambled eggs are as good as you'll find anywhere...Read More

  • 7. Harrys

    $$$ | Asian

    Asian cuisine is the focus at this local favorite, with an accent on Thai. Chilli-salt squid served with herb and sprout salad is a popular...Read More

  • 8. Le Café

    $$$ | Café

    Sitting outside Le Café on the waterfront you can look right down Queen Charlotte Sound and watch the local boats and the big Cook Strait ferries...Read More

  • 9. Mussel Inn

    $$$ | New Zealand

    Swing by for a quintessential slice of Golden Bay life, music, and craft beer. Locals come for the live music (usually several evenings a week...Read More

  • 10. Pancake Rocks Cafe

    $$ | Café

    Not surprisingly, a pancake stack (edible) is the signature menu item at this busy little café and shop, directly opposite the Pancake Rocks...Read More

  • 11. Pelorus Bridge Café

    $ | Café

    One of the better on-the-road cafés in the area (actually one of the few) serves great breakfasts and wholesome, homemade lunches to both passersby...Read More

  • 12. PortSide Bistro & Bar

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    They’re proud of their signature fish-and-chips on Friday. The fish is delivered straight off the boat, and there’s also a huge range of other...Read More

  • 13. Raupo

    $$$ | New Zealand

    An imposing structure of glass, wood, and river stone sits beautifully on a small bend in the Taylor River, and is named for the nearby bulrushes...Read More

  • 14. Scotch Wine Bar

    $$$ | Eclectic

    If you want a break from winery restaurants, this contemporary black-booth and brick-decor main street favorite should fit the bill—there's...Read More

  • 15. Slip Inn

    $$$ | Café

    Down at the marina, and overlooking the main boat ramp and working port area, this is a sunny spot to stop for a coffee, light lunch, or dinner...Read More

  • 16. The Brigand

    $$$ | New Zealand

    This day/night bar and café is in a lovely old house on Takaka's main street and has a sunny courtyard, impressive handmade furniture, plenty...Read More

  • 17. The Irish Picton

    $$ | Irish

    Even though the menu is all about pizza (good ones) this place definitely has the Irish bar vibe. Irish locals confirm they pour a good Guinness...Read More

  • 18. The Store at Kekerengu

    $$$ | Café

    This big, indoor/outdoor café/restaurant overlooking a rolling surf beach on State Highway 1 makes one of the best road stops in the area, well...Read More

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