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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Stationhouse Café

    $$$ | Eclectic

    You can come to beautiful Lake Brunner on a day drive from Greymouth, as part of a round-the-lake trip, or stop off the TranzAlpine train for...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. 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

  • 17. The Bay House

    $$$ | New Zealand

    Tucked among flax bushes beside the wild, foaming surf beach at Tauranga Bay, this busy little restaurant serves as fine a menu as you'll get...Read More

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. The Mussel Pot

    $$$ | Seafood

    Outside, giant, green fiberglass mussels play on the roof; inside, the real things are steamed for three minutes in the whole shell or grilled...Read More

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