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Plato has made its quirky home in a former hostel for seafarers from around the world. With an ever-changing menu that delights in the local abundance of all things seafood, this place is a firm favourite of locals. Plato also showcases a wide range of local beverages, and every visit should include a sampling of their very own house beers made onsite at Birch St Brewery.

2 Birch St

Carey's Bay Hotel

Established in 1874, the Carey's Bay Historic Hotel has stood the test of time. Situated next to the township of Port Chalmers on the banks of the beautiful Otago Harbour, 15 minutes easy drive from the centre of the city, this truly Victorian pub has an excellent reputation for fresh seafood meals and friendly old fashioned hospitality.

17 Macandrew Rd, Carey's Bay

Best Café

While Best Café may not do anything especially out of the ordinary, what it does do is exemplify the old saying that simple food done well is the best food. The fish is fresh, the chips are hand cut, and the bluff oysters are sensational. And for an ode to your childhood, think shrimp cocktails and whitebait fritters, and ice cream sundaes with pink wafer biscuits and chocolate fish.

30 (Lower) Stuart St

Harbourside Grill

Situated in the historical former Dunedin Customhouse, the Harbourside Grill has outdoor courtyards with gas fireplaces, fantastic Otago Harbour views, a warm maritime, industrial feel and fresh produce prepared with care. Open Tuesday to Sunday, the menu is strong on fish and shellfish, meat and plant-based options including both vegetarian and vegan offers. It sources fresh produce and proteins as close to home as possible.

18 Fryatt Street