Dunedin has an outstanding range of eateries, cafés and bars from the heights of epicurean excellence through to cheap and cheerful takeaways. A selection of some of the new, notable or perfect for winter are below.
This fabulous new eatery is making a splash for its delicious superfood inspired menu and cool décor. Constantly humming with people, Buster Greens serves up some refreshing new takes on old classics such as the pesto bene and other tasty gems.
The current reigning champions in the Dunedin burger stakes – Good Good have branched out into the breakfast bagel game with stunning results. With slightly astounding combinations such as hummus, mojo verde, parmesan, salted popcorn and avocado chilli oil along with other such delights, it’s well worth a stop, 8am - 2pm.
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.
Rising from the ashes after a fire destroyed the restaurant at the end of last year, this much-lauded Dunedin eatery is serving its sophisticated bistro cuisine and goodies cooked over applewood in the Texan wood grill from the original Maori Hill venue once again, albeit with a new décor make-over.
The first of Speights’ ale houses, this is the ideal winter dining destination with its hearty meals and warm, woody interiors. Think southern fare classics like seafood chowder, blue cod, lamb shanks, steak and venison with a good array of vegetarian options as well. For beer aficionados this is the place to get your fix of special Speights brews, not available elsewhere in the country. All meals are expertly matched to one of our fine tap ales, plus a great range of other beverages.
For a special occasion or culinary treat, Bracken Restaurant's four and eight course degustation menus are something to behold. Honing in on flavour by using the best, seasonal local ingredients the visually stunning dishes are a revelation in taste. One for the winter bucket list.
This French-inspired eatery is another of Dunedin's culinary heavy hitters, serving up an interesting and flavour packed menu of classics along with more contemporary fare. Matched with lovely decor and an impressive wine list, it's a great option for a leisurely mid-winter dinner.
Craig Youngman and Kaz Ansell opened this new and busy restaurant in May 2019 to share their already successful love of good food. With their signature meals entitled, "beef two ways'' and "short shank redemption'' you know you’ll discover tasty plates of fresh fare while enjoying views from Macandrew Bay back towards Dunedin city. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the weekends, and for lunch and dinner Wednesday-Friday, this is a great spot to stop while on a trip around Otago Peninsula’s beautiful attractions.
With a staggering 24 pizza varieties and 13 pasta dishes, Zucchini Brothers is a one-stop-shop for delicious Italian carbohydrates and a huge local favourite. Dessert is equally astounding with all kinds of sweet goodness channeled into the menu. Too good to share!
Nothing beats a classic British-style pub on a cool winter's day and the Duke of Wellington is all that and more. The purveyors of fine ales from around the globe, this rather ornate establishment in the historic Warehouse Precinct of Dunedin has twenty-odd beers on hand at any given time and a cosy, wood panelled interior that lends itself to a few warming pints and a bit of banter.
A classic fixture on the Dunedin bar scene, the Inch Bar is an intimate spot with big character and an excellent range of local and international craft beers. This petite space is just big enough to host a diverse array of live music acts throughout the year, or if you're musically inclined, the open mic nights are always a good time.
It’s not all about the beer at Emersons, but they do a pretty good line in fresh, intriguing brews in addition to the tried and tested favourites. The restaurant is a destination in its own right, especially for lovers of big, bold flavours that match perfectly with beer and possibly the best hot chips in the Southern Hemisphere.
With cold water currents and an endless expanse of ocean on the doorstep, Dunedin has ready access to an abundance of fresh seafood. Plato is the place for seafood lovers to indulge in bounty from the deep but also features a good range of menu items for those that prefer other options.