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Food and restaurants in Oamaru

Top restaurants

Brewery
“Delicious woodfired pizza, great beer selection. Wine available also. They do great coffee and tea also and are open from 11am - 10pm most days. Try the spit roasted bbq ribs!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Rustic restaurant serving locally sourced, market-fresh seafood & wine in a waterside setting at the old jetty. Hours: Wed-Sun 10AM to 9PM. Phone: 03 4394480. Take a breath absorb the sea air and relax. The most delicious menu of fresh seafood in Otago. Family friendly with helpful and professional service. You will need to pre-book especially on holiday weekends.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
“Open for lunch and dinner, whether you want a drink and a snack or a full on meal its all available here. Quiz nights on Wednesdays.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Portside Restaurant takes in the views of Oamaru Harbour and the Pacific ocean. Sit outside on the deck and enjoy the sunshine, or inside and watch a moody storm in all it’s glory Open 11am to 9 pm daily. Closed Wednesdays. Dine all day The doors are open from 11am till late at Portside (closed Wednesday) so come down and relax anytime of day with friends or for a bit of me time. Lunch There is plenty on offer with our lunch menu (10:30am till 2:30pm) from a light snack, finger foods, platters to share, or the best locally sourced dishes. Dinner The Dinner menu starts at 5:30pm and is filled with choices to fully satisfy your appetite and palette. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Argentinian/Italian style restaurant, showcasing locally produced food. Owner/chef Pablo is a 2019 Beef and Lamb Ambassador and the Cucina Restaurant made it into the Cuisine Magazine top 100 restaurants in NZ. A lovely restaurant for a special occasion with attention to detail and service. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Pub
“3 Tyne Street, Oamaru 03-434 6247 Built in 1877, in the heart of the Victorian precinct, fully renovated. Soak up the atmosphere in the bar, with live music, great food, friendly service and enjoy the company of others. Or stay a night in the restored hotel accommodation – the Criterion can cater to everyone! ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Go meet Dave and Tania a family run business with ten pin bowling fun for everyone”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
“One of the Waitaki Valley's best wine producers, with a tasting/sales room and light meals available.”
  • 2 locals recommend

Cafes

Café
“World famous and you need to see them, fascinating natural formation and great walk along the beach”
  • 13 locals recommend
Café
“Breakfast and lunch cafe beside the Cucina Restaurant. Good coffee, menu and cabinet food. Set in a lovely old building”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
“Located beside Friendly Bay on the Esplanade, The Galley is a Steam Punk style cafe offering food from the cabinet or menu. This is where the Alps to Ocean cycle trail finishes”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
“One of the Waitaki Valley's best wine producers, with a tasting/sales room and light meals available.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
“Vanessa's Cottage Cafe has the award winning pies, lovely bake goodies and wonderful coffee. Great place to catch up with friends or just relax enjoying the moment.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
“If you take the coastal road on your way to or from the Moeraki Boulders don´t miss the Coast Cafe! Great takeaway Fish and Chips, fresh blue cod. Enjoy a coffee with delicious homemade cakes, while taking in the stunning sea views. Delish! Open ONLY Thursday-Sunday”
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
“A cool relaxed style cafe for coffee and casual dining set in the Victorian Precinct. Indoor playground out the back of the restaurant”
  • 2 locals recommend

Bakeries

Bakery
“Selling both European-style bread and pastries and Kiwi meat pies, this Dutch bakery covers its bases well. Grab an outdoor seat and watch Oamaru's heritage streetlife scroll past like an old-time movie”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bakery
“Traditional breads, cakes and delicious baked goods. German-style hot lunches daily.”
  • 2 locals recommend