Te Anau Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Te Anau

January 22, 2018 Terina Blouin

A gateway to Fjordland National Park, the quaint and peaceful township of Te Anau is nestled on the edge of a lake of the same name—the perfect site for jetboating or fishing. Embark on one of many day-long or multi-day hiking or walking tracks, then return to town to restore your body with a soak or massage at a spa and a delicious café meal. Nature lovers will marvel at the Te Anau glowworm caves, the Wildlife Park and Ivon Wilson Park, where rare Takahe birds flutter freely.
Things to do in Te Anau

1. Kepler Restaurant

23 Town Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand Takeout, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Spanish, Chilean, South American, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$141 - HK$259 +64 3-249 7909
Excellent
60%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 769 reviews

Kepler Restaurant

Latin American inspired Italian dishes. Pasta, Pizza, Postres. Delicious meals that are sure to tempt your tastebuds. Gluten Free and Vegetarian options available.

Reviewed By graeme54-11 - Stockport, United Kingdom

Very friendly, enthusiastic staff (all of them). Service excellent. Tasty and well presented salmon dish but limited choice for vegetarians (one selection). Tip - make sure that you get there early as things run down soon after 9pm (this seems to be true of all of Te Anau).

2. La Toscana

108 Milford Rd, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9681, New Zealand Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +64 3-249 7756
Excellent
46%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 458 reviews

La Toscana

Reviewed By ElspethSurrey - London, United Kingdom

Came following a recommendation but was a bit disappointed. The staff were very friendly and helpful but pizza had something like barbecue sauce on it. Now looking at the website it was actually mentioned on the menu so can’t complain - just a bit strange. Nonno pasta was tasty.

3. Olive Tree Cafe

52 Town Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Fast Food, Cafe, New Zealand, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$55 - HK$204 +64 3-249 8496
Excellent
36%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
6%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 695 reviews

Olive Tree Cafe

Open daily (except Christmas Day) for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Great coffee. Cabinet of homemade sweet treats. Central Otago wines.Kids Menu. Gluten Free options available. Browse Local artwork. Relax on the couches or out in our sheltered courtyard & let our friendly staff take care of you. Looking for somebody to take care of your outcatering needs? Give us a call.

Reviewed By Glenda P - Shanghai, China

Good tea and generous wifi. A lovely spot to meet friends and plan your day. Take the time to stop over.

4. Redcliff Restaurant & Bar

12 Mokonui Street, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$8 +64 3-249 7431
Excellent
67%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Redcliff Restaurant & Bar

Reviewed By Graham T - Adelaide, Australia

We really enjoyed our night here.
A really interesting decor and a first class menu.
We had venison, perfectly cooked and flavoured and rib eye steak, again done to our taste.
There are not a lot of good restaurants in Te Anau, we reckon this is by far the best.

5. The Ranch Cafe Bar & Grill

Town Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9681, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, British, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night +64 3-249 8801
Excellent
28%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
8%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 907 reviews

The Ranch Cafe Bar & Grill

Successful family owned restaurant operating now for over 20 years. Our team works hard in providing exceptional service, quality food within a great atmosphere.

Reviewed By dskid - Overland Park, Kansas

First of all, Reservations are strongly recommended. We weren't able to get a reservation until much later than we'd hoped for but stopped in after leaving the cinema just to see if something was available and it was. They warned us service would be slow and it was, though not terrible. We had the garlic ribeye. I wanted my medium rare and my wife wanted hers well-done. Both were cooked to order, were very tender and tasty. We got a side of fries and they were just so-so - too limp for my taste. I got the pork belly as a starter and have no complaints with it. The steaks were served with mixed vegetables and a lot of mashed potatoes but no butter or gravy, so pretty bland. We had the Pavlova for desert. It was just marginally okay as it was served with fruit and not berries. I've attached photos to this review.
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6. La Dolce Vita Restaurant

23 Town Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol New Zealand, Italian, Latin, Chilean, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +64 21 251 7809
Excellent
43%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 32 reviews

La Dolce Vita Restaurant

Reviewed By Richo12 - Canberra

On a very wet night we just turned up at this restaurant and were offered a table straightaway.
Great service from the staff.
The menu was good, but I chose the seafood pasta and this was delicious with plenty of prawns and mussels. Loved it. My wife had the lamb rack which was delicious but filling.
Lovely little restaurant in the Main Street.
Highly recommended

7. The Fat Duck

124 Town Centre | Southland District, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards European, Gastropub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$55 - HK$228 +64 3-249 8480
Excellent
38%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

The Fat Duck

Cosy, inviting atmosphere serving great local cuisine, coffee and drinks.

Reviewed By giaff - Boston

Went with a small group of 8 people for dinner. Some had fish and chips others the lamb shank. All was fine. Wine was ok, not great. Service was friendly. Busy tourist place with good food. Not the place for romance or local flavor.

8. Miles Better Pies

Milford Road, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Fast Food, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 3-249 9044
Excellent
64%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 873 reviews

Miles Better Pies

Reviewed By Azgators - Phoenix, AZ

Had a pie for breakfast everyday. Tried a few varieties, I liked the steak and anything else, my wife liked anything with egg. Sorry I couldn't narrow it down more, they are all really good, pastry part very flaky and fresh most importantly.
Bring cash, they don't take credit, though they do take eftos if you even know what that is, we never heard of it.

9. Sandfly Cafe

9 The Lane, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$8 +64 3-249 9529
Excellent
56%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 840 reviews

Sandfly Cafe

Reviewed By SuzieLee71 - Brisbane, Australia

This popular and atmospheric cafe has a very tempting display cabinet full of delicious looking home made goodies. Unfortunately breakfast was included in our accommodation and we were never around at lunchtime so we didn't get to eat anything but we went there a couple of times for coffee. The coffee (Bruno Rossi) was excellent - nice and strong with no bitterness!

10. Bailiez Cafe

Town Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +64 3-249 7526
Excellent
30%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 300 reviews

Bailiez Cafe

Reviewed By SewingSusan-206 - Seattle, Washington

With all the restaurants and bars in town, you'd be better off almost anywhere else.
We are staying at the Distinction Luxmore, where this restaurant is located. At about 7:45, we arrived for a drink and light meal. All the booths and tables were full. That wasn't the problem. We didn't have a reservation (which they don't take).
The problem was that, at least when we arrived, there wasn't a specified person handling the guests waiting. Diners enter the restaurant from two main entrances. The person Seating them, which seemed to be whoever was working at the cash register, is near the entrance opposite where we waited in the bar. That meant that our table was given to others. Out of sight, out of mind.
Finally, I realized what was happening, asked a manager if we could be seated for food service in the bar (yes, we could). He had the recently-emptied table cleared and cleaned, and we were seated.
At first, the service was quite attentive. But then we were delivered the wrong food. (Human error, no big deal.) My food arrived fairly soon, and it was disappointing.
The seared scallops were not very hot. They sat on a bed of salad that was overdressed to the point of sogginess.
We had ordered the bread assortment to be served with the meals, but it came early. It was just toast, nothing very interesting.
Again, until this place is renovated and the process for Seating people is streamlined, try somewhere else!

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