Autumn Eats & Drinks
Find your happy place this autumn and dig into Dunedin’s ever-evolving collection of eateries and bars.
Distinction Private Dining Vaults
Set within the grand surroundings of the Distinction Dunedin Hotel, which enjoyed a previous life as the city’s Chief Post Office, four luxuriously appointed private dining vaults are now available for reservations. The historic Princes Street vaults are accessed through their original thick steel doors but once inside a lavish secret hideaway is revealed. Seating between 2 and 12 guests per vault, they offer the ultimate personalised experience complete with individually controlled temperature and music. Bespoke menus can be created on request.
A new destination brewery has set up shop in the shimmering surrounds of Blueskin Bay, just 18 minutes north of Dunedin. Already a massive hit with the locals, Arc is the latest addition to the blossoming craft beer scene in the city with ultra-fresh brews that sell out on a daily basis. Currently only open on Saturdays and Sundays, the brewery is an awesome spot for a relaxed bevvy accompanied by food truck fare of the day.
Carnivores rejoice, the well-established Prohibition Smokehouse has reinvented itself as an even more sophisticated den of all things delicious in its new and rather sumptuous Octagon location. Open for lunch and dinner, you can feast on a menu of smoky goodness or stop by for a cool drink in the sun.
Bringing some seriously cool credentials to Caversham, Kūkū serves doses of happiness in the form of freshly roasted beans and coffees, all accompanied by a soundtrack of old skool tunes playing on the instore turntables.
Starting out at the Otago Farmers Market selling heavenly sweet treats from a vintage caravan, the Tart Tin is legendary for its delicious wares which regularly sell out in record time. Proprietor Matt Cross is now setting up shop in the trendy Terminus building within the Warehouse Precinct, so that fans can get their tart fix every Wednesday as well.
Housed in the Dunedin Casino, Room 118 is a small and sophisticated new boutique bar, serving expert cocktails and fine New Zealand wines with a strong focus on Otago flavours. A light menu of tapas treats complete the offering, making 118 an excellent choice for a night out with friends or a cosy drink with a significant other.
A beacon of warmth and flavour in the outlying township of Middlemarch, the newly opened Tap ‘n’ Dough has a winning combination of authentic wood-fired pizzas and Emerson’s beer on tap. A rewarding stop-in during a day trip around Dunedin or a destination in its own right.
Already renowned for its range of single-origin craft bean-to-bar chocolate and for running a stylish compact café, Ocho Chocolate production has moved to a larger factory space and has just launched artisan chocolate and tasting tours.
Dunedin has been quietly upping its food truck game over the last few years and hidden amongst the city streets you'll find an impressive array of mobile eateries each with their own unique take on takeaways. A few favourites include Citizens for their flare with bao buns and loaded fries, Hussey & Laredo's mind-boggling bagels, the tasty South American sausage baguettes from Salchicha and the sweet treats from Churro's Ole' and Patti's and Cream.Coming to a street, market or carpark near you!
Tucked into the scenic spot on the Otago Harbour, the Carey’s Bay Hotel is one of the go-to places for all things seafood, serving up hearty pub meals with a focus on fresh locally caught bounty from the deep. The Victorian era pub is full of character and charm and a popular haunt for Dunedinites and visitors alike.
It would be easy to walk right past this little den of dazzling flavour if you didn’t know what you were looking for. But step past the slightly run down exterior and you’ll be welcomed into a secret society of locals that love the tasty fresh Vietnamese cuisine, with the right amount of heat to keep you warm as the Autumn days advance.
You can’t go wrong with a decent burger and the team at Good Good are the masters. Another awesome addition to the Warehouse Precinct, this funky newcomer channels the food truck vibe into an indoor space where a retro caravan come burger servery takes pride of place. It goes without saying that the burgers are good but the sides are not to be underestimated either, need we say more than deep fried potato tots with American cheddar sauce, maple bacon pieces, caramelised onion, sour cream and sweet chilli sauce……
Another strong contender in the ever-evolving Warehouse Precinct, this popular new café takes fresh seasonal food to a whole new level, with a daily-changing menu made from scratch. Perched in amongst rejuvenated heritage buildings, Precinct Food is a mecca of sorts for foodies across the city seeking out a tasty bite.
Not all Japanese restaurants are created equal but if they were handing out awards for authenticity of flavour and value for money, Jitsu would win hands down. With some of the friendliest, most attentive staff in town and a comprehensive menu, you’ll struggle to decide what to try first.
Set in the gorgeous grounds of Glenfalloch Gardens on the Otago Peninsula, Glenfalloch restaurant is a destination in itself. Dining here is multi-sensory experience of fascinating flavours, textures and visual presentation. A regularly changing menu of seasonal and locally sourced cuisine paired with a light airy dining room and sunny outdoor seating area make for an excellent summer dining destination.