Top Restaurants in Dunedin

Eat Your Way Through Dunedin: Dunedin’s Top 14 Eateries 

I remember one time I was so desperate to try a new restaurant that had just opened up in Dunedin that I ended up camping outside the night before its grand opening just to be the first customer.

Yes, you read that right. I was in a tent under the stars, all in the name of good food. A little extreme? Maybe. Worth it? Absolutely.

If you’re the type who’d do this too, here’s the good news: you no longer need to do it because I already have! In fact, I’ve put together a list of the top restaurants in Dunedin that you absolutely must try—no camping required.

1. ADJO

ADJO

Address: 333 George Street, Central Dunedin, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Monday to Friday – 8 AM to 3 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday – 9 AM to 3 PM

Phone: +64221075490

If you’re in Dunedin and looking for top-notch feed, you’ve got to swing by ADJO. This joint serves up some seriously scrummy dishes.

They’re bringing a little slice of Denmark right to our doorstep, and honestly? We’re absolutely here for it. Specifically, give their koldskal a whirl. This traditional Danish dish is a creamy buttermilk dessert that hits the sweet spot every time.

Pro Tip: Get in early for lunch, especially on the weekends. Order their Danish meatballs. They’re little bite-sized pieces of heaven, and they’ve got that home-cooked flavour down pat.

2. Titi

Titi

Address: 24 Esplanade, St Clair, Dunedin 9012, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Monday & Tuesday – 5 PM to 9 PM
  • Wednesday to Saturday – 11:30 AM to 9 PM

Phone: +6434663610

You can’t call yourself a true Dunedinite until you’ve had a meal at this gem. Titi is serving up some of the best Kiwi-Asian fusion in town.

You’ve got to try the crispy squid. It’s light, it’s crunchy, and it’s downright addictive. It’s the kind of dish that’ll have you saying ‘just one more bite’ until, whoops, you’ve polished off the whole lot.

Or you can try the char siu pork. It’s packed with flavour, and it’s tender. And for dessert, the raspberry rhubarb is a must.

Pro Tip: If you’re dining at Titi on a Friday or Saturday night, make sure you book a table. This place is popular with the locals, and it gets packed quicker than you can say crispy squid.

3. Bracken

Address: 95 Filleul Street, Central Dunedin, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday – 6 PM to 9 PM

Phone: +6434779779

Bracken knows how to serve up a mean feed. The Haggis Burger—now, we know what you’re thinking, haggis, really—but trust us on this one, it’s rich and hearty.

If you want something different, give their asparagus with pork coppa a try. The pork coppa adds a salty kick that’s just right.

Pro Tip: If you’ve got a special occasion coming up, ask for a table by the window. The view is stunning, and it adds a little something extra to your dining experience.

4. The Jitsu

The Jitsu

Address: 133 Stuart Street, Central Dunedin, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

Hours: Monday to Sunday – 12 PM to 2:30 PM & 5 PM to 8 PM

Phone: +6434701155

This joint is a home run for all you sushi lovers out there. It’s serving up some of the best Japanese grub in town, and let us tell you, it’s worth every single bite.

First off, you’ve got to get your hands on their onigiri. These little rice balls are stuffed full of flavour, and they’re the perfect light bite.

The sashimi is also a total winner. The fish is fresh, the cuts are generous, and the flavour? Unreal.

Pro Tip: Don’t forget to try their nigiri. The rice is perfectly seasoned, the fish is fresh, and the presentation is spot on.

5. Salt Bar & Restaurant

Salt Bar & Restaurant

Address: 240 Forbury Road, St Clair, Dunedin 9012, New Zealand

Hours: Monday to Sunday – 10 AM to 9 PM

Phone: +6434551077

Salt Bar & Restaurant has the goods. Their karage chicken burger is a total taste explosion and one you don’t want to miss.

Their salt bowls are the perfect shareable dish. It’s the perfect dish for those of us who like a bit of everything.

Pro Tip: If you’re going with a group, make a group booking online before you go!

6. Filadelfio’s

Filadelfio’s

Address: The Gardens Corner 3 North Road, North East Valley, Dunedin 9010, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Wednesday to Friday – 12 PM to 9 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday – 11 AM to 9 PM

Phone: +6434736232

Filadelfio’s is an absolute must for all you pizza and pasta lovers out there. Their pizzas are loaded with toppings, the crust has just the right amount of crunch, and the flavor? Out of this world. 

Whether you’re a meat lover or a veggie enthusiast, there’s something for everyone. And their pastas are a force to be reckoned with. 

Pro Tip:  Get the boysenberry scream. This dessert pizza is a game-changer. The sweet boysenberries, creamy mascarpone, and crispy base will have you coming back for more slices.

7. Good Good

Good Good

Address: 22 Vogel Street, Central Dunedin, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Tuesday to Thursday – 11:30 AM to 2 PM & 5 PM to 8 PM
  • Friday & Saturday – 11:30 AM to 2 PM & 5 PM to 8:30 PM

Phone: +64224904767

We’ve got to talk about Good Good because this spot is a true local’s favourite. Their fishburger is perfectly seasoned and fried to golden perfection—it’s an absolute must-try!

Their cheeseburger is all about simplicity done right. It’s a classic, done the Good Good way. And you’ve got to try their hot buffalo chicken. It’s finger-licking good, and it packs a punch.

Pro Tip: Ask for the candied bacon. Sweet, salty, and crispy—it’s everything you want in bacon.

8. Luna Bar & Restaurant

Luna Bar & Restaurant

Address: 314 Highgate, Roslyn, Dunedin 9010, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Monday to Thursday – 11:30 AM to 10 PM
  • Friday to Sunday – 10 AM to 10 PM

Phone: +6434772227

Luna Bar & Restaurant is a total win for foodies, and trust us, it’s worth every visit. The silver fern lamb rump is a dish you’ve got to try. This lamb is packed with flavours that’ll make your taste buds sing.

The confit duck leg is the kind of dish that’ll have you dreaming about it long after you’ve left the restaurant.

Pro Tip: They’ve got a coffee and kahlua brulee that’s out of this world. The richness of the coffee, the kick of the kahlua, and the creaminess of the brulee are hard to beat.

9. Ombrellos

Ombrellos

Address: 10 Clarendon Street, Dunedin North, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday – 11 AM to 10 PM

Phone: +6434778773

Swing by Ombrellos for their Ombrellos benedict. The eggs are perfectly poached, the hollandaise is creamy and tangy, and the ham? Oh, the ham is simply to die for.

The halloumi salad is the perfect light bite for those days when you’re after something a bit healthier but don’t want to compromise on flavor. But the star of the show? The Ombrello’s burger.

Pro Tip: Seafood lovers should give their cumbed fish of the day a try.

10. Jizo

Jizo

Address: 56 Princes Street, Central Dunedin, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Monday to Friday – 11:30 AM to 9 PM
  • Saturday – 4 PM to 9 PM

Phone: +6434792692

Jizo is the go-to for those of you who are all about authentic Japanese cuisine. You’ve got to try their kushiage tofu. It’s crispy on the outside, silky on the inside, and served with a tangy sauce that’s nothing short of a flavour bomb.

For something more meaty, their yakitori skewers are a complete game-changer. It’s the kind of dish that’ll have you saying oishii (delicious in Japanese) with every single bite.

Pro Tip: Try their bento boxes. It’s like a mini feast that’ll take your taste buds on a trip straight to Japan.

11. Moiety

Moiety

Address: 42 Queens Gardens, Central Dunedin, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

Hours: Wednesday to Saturday – 5 PM to 11 PM

Phone: +6439269770

Moiety is serving up some seriously top-notch grub. Give their duck pate a whirl. It’s rich, it’s creamy, and it packs a flavor punch that is nothing short of mind-blowing.

The chicken wings have a lip-smackingly good flavour that’ll have you reaching for just one more. They’re seriously addictive!

Pro Tip: Ask for the just feed me menu. You’ll get to sample a bit of everything, from their divine starters to their mouth-watering mains and delectable desserts. It’s a foodie’s dream come true.

12. Prohibition Smokehouse

Prohibition Smokehouse

Address: 10 The Octagon, Central Dunedin, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday – 5 PM to 10 PM

Phone: +6434792018

Prohibition Smokehouse is all about that delicious, smoky flavour we all know and love, and let me tell you, they’re nailing it.

Get your hands on their beef tatare. It’s packed with flavour, perfectly seasoned, and it’s got a texture that’s nothing short of a dream. 

And their beef croquettes are out of this world.

Pro Tip: Feeling bougie? Ask for the black-origin wagyu beef. It’s rich, it’s tender, and it’s got a flavour that’s truly out of this world.

13. Vault21

Vault21

Address: 21 The Octagon, Central Dunedin, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Tuesday & Wednesday – 11 AM to 10 PM
  • Thursday – 11 AM to 11 PM
  • Friday & Saturday – 11 AM to 3 AM

Phone: +6434792125

Vault 21 is an absolute treasure trove of tasty treats. Try their wok-fried satay beef. The beef is tender as can be, the satay sauce is packed with flavour, and it’s got just the right amount of kick.

For some seafood, get their cast iron fresh green lip mussels. You’ll be slurping these bad boys up and coming back for more.

Pro Tip: Try the white chocolate chip cookie skillet.

14. Mela Eatery

Mela Eatery

Address: 375 George Street, Central Dunedin, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Saturday & Sunday – 5 PM to 9 PM
  • Tuesday to Friday – 12 PM to 2 PM & 5 PM to 9 PM

Phone: +6434701652

Mela Eatery is dishing out some of the best Indian grub in town. You’ve got to try their pav bhaji. It’s a true taste of Mumbai, right here in Dunedin.

Their lamb palak is also a real winner. The lamb is tender, the palak gravy is creamy and flavorful, and it’s got just the right amount of spice.

And their dal makhani and kadai paneer are comfort food at its finest.

Pro Tip: Ask for their mango lassi. It’s creamy, it’s refreshing, and it’s got a sweet and tangy mango flavour that’s just right.