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1908 Cafe Restaurant

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Certificate of Excellence

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Certificate of Excellence2014 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, European, New Zealand, International, Vegetarian Friendly
Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Large groups, Business meetings

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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
European, New Zealand, International
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Thoroughly excellent all round. My parents amd I went out for a special occasion celebration dinner and really enjoyed everything. The service was friendly and accommodating while the food was superb. Thank you 1908 Cafe!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank A B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed a wonderful antipasto for two and a fresh cooked fish dish. Service was excellent and the atmosphere from the last century full of history.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Regula M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I went for dinner after the tour at the penguin place. We got there just before 8 pm. The people there were so nice. The food was wonderful. My husband had venison medallions in a sauce. He asked to make substitutions for...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 979IrisR
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

As a proud local I was keen to try our local Restaurant again after years of neglect. Sorry to say it really disappointed me. I eat out frequently and the meal I had lacked imagination & flair except for the price. No wonder you’ll have...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank toddytom
Reviewed 26 October 2018

Enjoy a fantastic dinner in this spectacularly restored building built in 1908. Great choice of menu and the service was very friendly and efficient.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 58jnapper
Reviewed 12 October 2018

Was my birthday and my wife had told them in advance. We wanted a special dinner. Online menu looked great and lots of good reviews-they must have eaten somewhere else. Ambience very nice. Waitress a sourpuss with us, but very friendly with everyone else. The...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank K L
Reviewed 5 October 2018

We went to the 1908 because there are no other restaurants in the area. The waitress was very officious, and seemed to be telling us off when we chose our seats, and when I tried to move out of her way so she could lean...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Joey2040
Pauline L, Owner at 1908 Cafe Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2018

I also find this review very disappointing when people are moving around as a waitress we try to make your stay as pleasant as possible and sometimes when your having such close contact with people you try to make everyone more comfortable with conversation. We...More

Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

The ambience and decor are very nice, clean and tidy place, the people are friendly, the food is fresh and very good, we had the fish and chips, and the salmon both delicious, the kids had chicken nuggets, I did not try them, but they...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank schatzg
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

I was running late for the Royal Albatross colony on Otago Peninsula so decided to bale out and instead have a meal at 1908 Cafe. The tussock red venison with pumpkin mash and roasted beetroots was cooked to perfection. Pauline's friendly efficient service was greatly...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Norman Borge B
Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

Came here after watching the blue penguins return to their nests from the sea after sunset. Very charming place, service fantastic-go with the recommendations for both food and wine and beer, our server/host was spot on. Food good.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank RdV88
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4 October 2018|
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Response from Pauline L | Property representative |
Hello yes they are we have out door seating and as long as they are on a lead thats fine. Regards
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