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25 of the Best Restaurants in Dunedin

25 of the Best Restaurants in Dunedin

There’s a lot to love in Dunedin – the beautiful architecture, the incredible beaches, and the awesome nature walks. In the same way that Dunedin will take you by surprise with its beauty, you’ll be impressed with how good Dunedin’s dining scene can be. From feel-good burgers to fine dining, you’ll love this collection of some of the best restaurants in Dunedin.

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Tītī

Address: 24 Esplanade, St Clair, Dunedin

Situated next to the stunning St Clair esplanade, Tītī offers outstanding dishes featuring local and seasonal produce. Tītī ‘s five-course ‘trust the chef’ dining experience for dinner is a real winner and something we highly recommend trying when you’re in Dunedin.  If you’re after unpretentious, quality dining with a view over the water, Tītī is the place to be.

The menu at Tītī changes with following the seasons so check out their menu here.

No 7 Balmac

Address: 7 Balmacewen Road, Maori Hill, Dunedin

A gorgeous restaurant that is perfect for any special occasion (we had our wedding anniversary dinner here a few years ago), No 7 Balmac is one of the Dunedin standouts when it comes to dining experiences. Apart from their unforgettable mains, you have to make room for their delicious desserts! I can’t wait to have another bite of their bombe Alaska! Reserve a table here.

Vault 21

Address: 21 The Octagon, Dunedin

A captivating restaurant right in the heart of Dunedin, Vault 21 has a splendid interior and al fresco setting. Vault 21 has an wide selection of food, wines and cocktails. There’s a lot to try – perfect for any excuse to dine out with your family or friends, as we’ve done more times than we can count. I highly recommend the Vault 21 famous sticky beef wontons, and make sure to save room for their white chocolate chip cookie skillet! View the rest of their delectable dishes here.

Bacchus Wine Bar and Restaurant

Address: 1st Floor, 12 The Octagon, Central Dunedin, Dunedin

Bacchus has some of the best views of The Octagon. The beautiful building where it is located matches the delicious food and fantastic wine options. It’s an awesome spot to have a sip of wine and watch the world go by. I suggest you book a table by the window. Contact Bacchus here to reserve a table.

Emerson’s Tap Room

Address: 70 Anzac Avenue, Central Dunedin, Dunedin 

Whether you’re a beer enthusiast or not, Emerson’s is a must-visit when in Dunedin. Known for their incredible array of craft beers, Emerson’s not only has great beer but amazing food to match it!. Emerson’s Taproom has some tasty bistro, gastro pub and Asian-fusion meals. Get ready with a big appetite and savour some of their mouth-watering  dishes from bao buns, to fried chicken burgers and of course, you can’t go wrong with those finger-licking BBQ ribs. Check out the menu here.

I highly recommend to reserve a table if you’re dining here and choose from either the cozy atmosphere indoors or the beautifully-lit outdoor area. Don’t worry, there are blankets and outdoor heating to keep you warm.

Emerson’s also recently opened Emerson’s Brew Bar (Address: 21 The Octagon, Dunedin) right where all the action is – The Octagon. We haven’t been there yet but we’re excited to see what stuff they have. Check out their beer selection and menu here

Two Chefs Bistro

Address: 121 Stuart Street, Central Dunedin, Dunedin 

Located a stone’s throw away from The Octagon, Two Chefs Bistro has a warm and old-world French restaurant vibe. Apart from their extensive selection of wines and cocktails, Two Chef’s Bistro will impress you with their delightful dishes and set menus.

Esplanade Restaurant

Address: 2 Esplanade, St Clair, Dunedin

How do you feel like about enjoying wood fire pizza while watching the waves? At Esplanade Restaurant  you’ll be spoilt with awesome views of the ocean and incredible food. Hands downs some of the best wood-fired pizzas in Dunedin. Grab a seat by the window for the best views. Enjoy the outdoor seats on a sunny day for some ocean views and people watching.

Starfish

Address: 240 Forbury Rd, Saint Clair

Starfish is a great dining spot close to St Clair beach. It’s a stunner on a warm sunny day with great outdoor seating options. From breakfast till dinner, Starfish has delicious food options to enjoy – take a peek here. Also, if you’re like me and have always wondered which restaurant in Dunedin serves mimosas for brunch, rejoice they’ve got them here!

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1908 Restaurant

Address: 7 Harington Point Road, Portobello

There are a lot of reasons to visit the harbourside suburb of Portobello. Apart from the enchanting scenery of the Otago Peninsula and ample chances to spot wildlife, Portobello is home to 1908 Restaurant. 1908 has been around for ages and it’s not surprising — the food is excellent and it’s a great choice after a day of sightseeing on the Otago Peninsula.

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Laneway Cafe, Bar and Tapas

Address: 7 Bath Street, Central Dunedin, Dunedin

Tucked away in quiet Bath Street, Laneway has a wonderful selection of tapas, beers and wines. You’ll enjoy the Spanish-style dining and laid-back atmosphere here. Looking for a cozy place with a fireplace ? Laneway is the place to be!

Etrusco at Savoy

Address: 8 Moray Place, Central Dunedin, Dunedin

One of the more popular places in the Dunedin, Etrusco at Savoy is family-owned Italian restaurant that is well-loved by locals. Etrusco provides a great dining atmosphere and offers an good selection of pizza and pasta as well as an extensive wine selection to pair with it. We celebrated our anniversary a few years a go here and they gave us some complimentary drinks to celebrate – what awesome customer service!

Luna Bar and Restaurant

Address: 314 Highgate, Roslyn, Dunedin

Imagine dining with a stunning view of Dunedin at night. Luna Bar and Restaurant has outstanding food paired with mesmerizing panoramic views of the city. We have dined here a few times and we really love the food as well as the romantic atmosphere. I highly recommend dining around sunset or at night. 

Prohibition Smokehouse

Address: 10 The Octagon, Central Dunedin, Dunedin

Adorned with vibrant modern art deco pieces with covet-worthy velvet furniture, Prohibition Smokehouse is one of our favourite restaurants in Dunedin to enjoy wood-smoked, flame-grilled and charred meats.  Their sides don’t disappoint either! Check out their mouth-watering selections here.

Ombrellos Kitchen and Bar

Address: 10 Clarendon Street, North Dunedin, Dunedin

Whether your craving eggs benedict (on rosti) for lunch or crispy roast pork for dinner, Ombrellos is one of the best places for a meal in North Dunedin.  From their cozy private dining rooms to their outdoor courtyard (with heaters in winter), Ombrellos offers delicious food and a great atmosphere, perfect for socializing.

If you’re into your craft beers, Ombrellos claims to be Dunedin’s premium craft beer restaurant. Check out their selection of craft beers on tap here

Careys Bay Hotel

Address: 17 Macandrew Rd, Careys Bay, Dunedin

Situated next to Otago Harbour, a short drive from Port Chalmers, Careys Bay Hotel is a historic restaurant offering a good range of seafood dishes. If you’re after some fresh seafood with gorgeous views of the water, check out Carey’s Bay Hotel. Apart from fish or seafood platter and chips, their seafood chowder is a definite must-try.

Gaslight Restaurant

Address: 73 Saint Andrew Street, Central Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

Lights, camera, action! Set in a charming brick building, Gaslight Restaurant offers European cuisine by candlelight. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or after a memorable dinner, you can’t go wrong with Gaslight Restaurant. Unfortunately I’ve lost my food photos from Gaslight so I’ll have to update this when I go back.

Jizo

Address: 56 Princes Street, Central Dunedin,

Serving up some of the best Japanese food in Dunedin, Jizo also has a lovely ambiance. I love Japanese food and the ramen, bento boxes, and sushi (and sushi balls) at Jizo are truly unforgettable. You can’t go wrong with their yummy poke bowls too.

Jitsu

Address: 133 Stuart Street, Central Dunedin, Dunedin

Another great Japanese restaurant in the city centre, Jitsu is an awesome spot for freshly rolled sushi and steaming hot ramen. I love the casual atmosphere here and you can even get your own booth for some extra privacy. 

Spirit House

Address: 8 Esplanade, St Clair, Dunedin

This enchanting restaurant will take you and your taste buds to Asia. Spirit House has some of your favourite Asian dishes from pad thai to curries and a lot of fresh, flavourful dishes in between.

Papa Chou’s Yum Cha and Chinese Dining

Address: 8 Stuart Street, Central Dunedin, Dunedin

The closest you can get to authentic yum cha in Dunedin, Papa Chou’s has a huge range of dimsum, mains and Chinese specialty dishes. Gather your crowd and enjoy the variety of food options. A lot of the mains are big enough for sharing but it’s easy to over order as there are heaps of dishes to choose from. 

Comes First Diner

Address: 132 Stuart Street, Central Dunedin, Dunedin

Some claim that Comes First Diner has the best chicken wings in Dunedin and they are delicious (we’ll have to try a few more to back-up that claim though).The chicken burgers here are apparently great too — we’ll let you know when we try them!

Good Good

Address: 22 Vogel Street, Central Dunedin, Dunedin

A unique dining spot situated in Dunedin’s Warehouse Precinct, Good Good is a cool spot with outstanding burgers, craft beers and bar food. We love the vibrant indoor/outdoor atmosphere here. I highly recommend their beef burger (probably the best burger in Dunedin) and buffalo chicken bites. If you visit on a weekend, Good Good sometimes has musicians playing. What more could you ask for from a good (good) night?

We haven’t visited these Dunedin restaurants yet but we’ve heard some great things:

Moeity | Address:42 Queens Gardens, Central Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

Bracken | Address: 95 Filleul Street, Central Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

Glenfalloch Restaurant & Gardens | Address: 430 Portobello Road, Macandrew Bay, Dunedin

Dine Dunedin

If you’re after a unique gastronomical experience, come visit around winter and check out Dine Dunedin – a seasonal celebration of Dunedin’s vibrant local food culture. Restaurants and menus change every year so best to check Dine Dunedin for the latest updates  

Have you been to Dunedin? Which restaurant in Dunedin are you most excited to visit? Let us know in the comments!

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Currently an expat in New Zealand, Gia grew up in Manila, lived in Singapore for three years and travelled the world for nearly two years. From watching sunsets to hiking mountains, she loves the outdoors. She enjoys living in big cities but takes pleasure staying in quaint, small towns. Join Gia as she explores as much of the South Island as I can.