Alfresco Eats and summer treats
Epic Dog – New
So very new – this gourmet hotdog venue opened in the last week of October 2019 with a motto – ‘Be brave, be loyal, be epic’. Their food presentation is colourful and fresh, and every option is named after a favourite type of hound – check out Chow Chow with kimchi and Pomchi with pineapple or the Great Dane with avocado. They have lots of vegan options and classic New York style ‘dogs, largely built from locally supplied ingredients. Seat yourself in their sunny, front of house outdoor couches and watch the world go by.
472 George Street
Gelato Junkies – New
It’s the story of a trained chef learning the gelato trade in Italy and choosing to share her skills with those strolling in Dunedin’s Octagon. We’re all for it. Take the time to sample this new tour for your taste buds.
8 The Octagon
Catalyst Kitchen – New
Grab coffee and a slice, head upstairs and find the secluded courtyard, which offers glimpses of Deco and Greco-Roman style buildings across the street. Providing a space for mindful eating and conscious consuming, this new eatery has fitted out their Princes Street space with heritage in mind, uncovering original features from the Victorian age.
286 Princes Street
Déjà vu Eats – New
“You are my favourite day dream” is lit up in neon as you walk into this, imaginatively illuminated Asian street food restaurant. The visual feast of neon and mural art provides the setting for delicious street food bites, many with a seafood zing. The menu includes Malaysian pancakes, tasty waffle fries, plus spicy, sweet and sizzling options with tropical fruits liberally infused throughout the menu. This story has a sweet ending: desserts such as the Black sesame tart and Gulab Jamun cardamom honey ice cream. Another experience altogether awaits in the Continental Room private dining space downstairs, which is inspired by the John Wick films. Open Tuesday-Saturday.
115 Stuart Street
Legendary purveyors of ice-cream for over 30 years, the Rob Roy Dairy is Dunedin's destination dairy for all things cool and creamy. With a mind-boggling selection of frozen deserts, shakes and smoothies, every day is a good day to indulge.
500 George Street
This garden bar’s line up of food and entertainment has the funky ‘Eurasian’ vibe of its brewery’s label design. This is the cool kid on the block when it comes to seriously tasty and often surprising craft beer and general atmosphere, paired with morsels from Dunedin’s culinary masters and innovators. The blossoming range of New New New fermented beverages is distinctive and completely unique. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 3-8pm.
218 Crawford Street
The sunny frontage of this pristine eatery is an excellent spot for idly watching passers-by over a delicious, fresh and healthy meal accompanied by your selection of its range of teas, fermented brews and locally roasted coffee. Being situated between the student campus and the central shopping area, and just across the road from the gothic Victorian Knox Church, the Market Kitchen has a varied and entertaining view of so much that is cool about Dunedin.
472 George Street
Feel the Mediterranean chic of the rustic courtyard at this perfect spot for summer lunches, afternoon drinks and evening dining. Salsa evenings and live music mix beautifully with the extensive range of craft beers, select wines, and menus to fit every taste.
10 Clarendon Street
Ocean waves, merry swimmers, adventurous surfers and boulevard walkers can be spotted from this café at the southern end of the white-sand St Clair Beach. Sitting at the entrance to St Clair Hot Salt Water Pool, Long Dog is your opportunity to breath in the fresh briny air and sunny vibes while enjoying the delicious wholesome goods made by real people sourcing local fare.
1 Second Beach
There’s a cheery yellow cottage café beckoning you to Brighton. Bright, airy and so relaxing, the emphasis at Brighton Beach Café is on fresh, fresh food. Weekly specials keep the menu on its toes, with dishes showing an exciting, globe-trotting influence. Praises for its seafood chowder glow as brightly as the café itself. Everyone’s sweet tooth will be catered for in the array of slices and cakes, which you can take away to savour at the beach across the road.
1034 Brighton Road
This bustling rural café and eatery is run by people who take real pride in their fulfilling fare. Right in the heart of Outram village on the Taieri Plain, it’s a great day trip from Dunedin, in fact the house coffee blend is called ‘Sunday Drive’. It’s also snap for grabbing a tasty snack as you drive towards Middlemarch. The front courtyard opens to the heart of Outram Village so you can watch life go by like a local. At the weekend you’ll find plenty of leisure cyclists resting there after a ride from Dunedin city, fortifying themselves for their journey home with fresh food and excellent beverages.
17 Holyhead Street, Outram
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 Friday and weekends. Our menu is strong on fish and shellfish, meat and plant-based options including both vegetarian and vegan offers. We source fresh produce and proteins as close to home as possible.
18 Fryatt Street
This gorgeous dining destination is found in a lovely chalet surrounded by a lush woodland public garden. The restaurant’s porch seating gives you views over this four-season, north-facing garden hideaway, which benefits from the microclimate in this Otago Peninsula nook. The chalet provides fresh local artisan dining created by an award-winning chef.
430 Portobello Road, Macandrew Bay, Dunedin
Found in the heart of Dunedin, right in the Octagon, this Asian fusion restaurant’s alfresco seating allows you to people-watch to your heart’s content. A spot for lazy daytime snacking as well as night-time feasting and fun.
21 The Octagon
Karitane is the perfect example of a sleepy seaside fishing village with modest holiday homes and an extensive white sand beach. At its heart sits Salt and Sugar General Store. It’s the local dairy, post store and gas station, as well as being the source of really good Italian style pizzas, antipasti platters and lasagnes. It’s also the site of the Old Storage Room Restaurant, with its thoughtful selection of wine and beer. Outdoor seating allows you to soak in the relaxed atmosphere. There’s a park across the road if you want to take your pizza there, or wander eastward to gaze out to sea. Just 25 minutes’ drive north of Dunedin.
130 Stornoway Street, Karitane
Horopito Café complements the sustainability ethos of its Orokonui Ecosanctuary site. Both the indoor and outdoor seating gives you fine views of the rejuvenating native forest in this protected native wildlife reserve, beckoning you to explore further. The café composts, uses UV treated rainwater and solar heated hot water. Located in a stunningly designed, modern eco-building, Horopito Cafe also uses the finest locally sourced organic vegetables and native spices.
Rapid No. 600 Blueskin Road, Waitati
This is one happy restaurant, with downstairs seating on the deck overlooking its organic garden, featuring the herbs and greens used in their kitchen. The great coffee, amazing baking, and delicious dinners are paired with interesting wines for you to enjoy in the sun.
7 Balmacewan Road
The Lone Star in George Street brings another dimension to dining out in Dunedin. Serving up urban takes on classic Kiwi fare since 1988, this venue has outdoor seating from which you can enjoy the student city vibe in sophisticated surroundings. Very popular with locals who keep coming back for its fulfilling meals.
483 George Street
If you like a sheltered courtyard surrounded by colourful murals and flavoured with vibrant easy café fare, then this is your kind of space. The caring staff help squeeze whole lot of goodness into this corner of the buzzing Warehouse Precinct.
Corner Vogel and Jetty Streets
Ever the popular seaside haunt, Starfish really comes into its own in the summer months, when St Clair Beach is awash with sunseekers and holiday-makers taking a leisurely stroll. You can’t go wrong with the dazzlingly fresh and tasty menu and huge selection of counter food, washed down with a crisp glass of New Zealand wine.
The latest addition to the growing legion of food trucks in Dunedin, Patti’s and Cream will ensnare you with the cinnamon scent of hand-made waffle cones and the rich aroma of fresh patties on the grill. With imaginative flavours such as cheese and pear, organic apple pie, bacon infusions and beer, the ice cream is made in five litre batches, hand-added, hand-rolled featuring locally-sourced special guest ingredients such hazelnuts from Cromwell and honey from Central Otago. The burgers are simple and oh so good, served in soft milk buns to capture all the juiciness.