Cuisine: A La Carte, Grill, International
Price Point: Mains from $20 - $35+

Nestled in tranquil gardens at the Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge, just a stone’s throw from Dunedin Botanic Gardens, McGavins Restaurant serves international cuisine of outstanding quality.

Offering an à la carte menu and impressive wine list to match, McGavins is the perfect place to enjoy fine dining in a relaxed setting. Their kitchen serves a fusion of New Zealand and international dishes, from entrees of green lipped mussels to Asian bao buns with five spice pork. For your main dig into the Cardrona merino lamb cutlets or try . Gluten-free and vegetarian dishes are available.

Proud to have a team of professional and friendly staff, McGavins ensures every aspect of your dining experience is enjoyable. Located within the acclaimed Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge hotel, within walking distance of Otago University.

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McGavins Restaurant
30 Duke Street, North Dunedin
Dunedin 9016

Open Hours:
Daily 6pm - 9pm

Phone: +64 3 477 5360
Website: www.dunedinleisurelodge.co.nz/dining.html

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McGavins Restaurant
Location: Dunedin Central
Cuisine: A La Carte, Grill, International
Mains: $20 - $35+
McGavins Restaurant accepts American Express

Reviews

Fantastic food and service. Had fish and chips, which I think is one of the best I had; it was very moist in the inside and crispy on outside - which is how I think deep-fried fish should be. My partner had the twice cooked pork belly, and we thought it didn’t disappoint. We had the dessert cheeseboard as appetiser, and we thought it was a nice starter, but it filled us too soon, and after the mains, we didn’t have room for dessert. Maybe next time we could go for mains + dessert and not the other way around, as we really wanted to try the cheesecake and chocolate fondant. I would go there again and would highly recommend this restaurant to others!

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This is the first time I have been to McGavins but it definitely won't be the last. From the friendly staff to the amazing food it was a great night. Would certainly recommend it to friends and family.

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Michael Edie

Wonderful friendly service. The atmosphere of the restaurant was lovely, the food came out within a timely manner and was very tasty. Cindy our server for the evening was a delight, very personable and nothing was an issue. Had all 3 courses and was impressed with the flavoursome food. The whipped feta with rosemary that came with the breads and dips was an absolute winner. We would definitely recommend.

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Absolutely amazing. Food was excellent. Service was great. We will definitely be coming back and dining here again!

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Beautiful food and excellent service even when there was a very large group in. Salmon was so delicious and beautifully presented. Would recommend McGavins anytime.

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McGavins had an excellent choice of food and every meal was tasty and of a good size. We especially loved the blue cod fish in beer batter and the deserts were decadent and beautifully presented. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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What a wonderful evening my wife and I spent with our friend at McGavins Restaurant. The moment we walk into the establishment we were greeted by a friendly staff member and were escorted to the lounge where drinks were served and then into the dinning area. The meal was top class and served by a very competent member of staff. We will certainly return again. Thank you.

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Bex Rodger

Highly recommend to all ..... great food, great service and lovely surrounds.......this hidden secret is a real find. Special mention for the pork bao buns...yum! The smoked salmon was a winner and the Vietnamese pork and noodle salad hard to beat. Finished off with a rhubarb brulee and expresso sticky date pud.....you won't regret dining out here. Thanks for a great evening!

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The food at McGavins restaurant was superb! - I had the blue cod, and my husband had the salmon. Both were divine, and cooked to perfection. The blue cod was moist and fell apart easily. I am happy to say that it was the best blue cod I have ever tasted! The portions were spot on, and the service excellent! Would definitely recommend the restaurant to family and friends. We walked away from this experience with our bellies full and satisfied!

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Jason Sutton

Excellent service and pretty good food.

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Airini Kyne

Waiting staff very attentive! Very quite though! Only our group of 4 and another group of 2! Food was lovely’ The blue cod f&c was a hit as was the salt pepper squidThank you

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Fantastic food and service. Had fish and chips, which I think is one of the best I had; it was very moist in the inside and crispy on outside - which is how I think deep-fried fish should be. My partner had the twice cooked pork belly, and we thought it didn’t disappoint. We had the dessert cheeseboard as appetiser, and we thought it was a nice starter, but it filled us too soon, and after the mains, we didn’t have room for dessert. Maybe next time we could go for mains + dessert and not the other way around, as we really wanted to try the cheesecake and chocolate fondant. I would go there again and would highly recommend this restaurant to others!

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This is the first time I have been to McGavins but it definitely won't be the last. From the friendly staff to the amazing food it was a great night. Would certainly recommend it to friends and family.

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Good food, friendly service

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Our family dinner for four was a hit. The restaurant has a nice ambience and outlook. The menu had a good selection of offerings and everything was beautifully cooked. Three of us had the pork belly and all agreed it was delicious, while my husband (who is a fisherman and knows his fish) was very happy with his fish and chips. The portions were generous and I had to persuade the others to try dessert. Glad I did. We shared the chocolate pudding and trio of ice creams and they were first rate. Service was friendly and efficient. All in all a great meal, and, with the fist table discount, an absolute steal.

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Bex Rodger

Great family friendly restaurant. The Japanese chicken salad was a highlight for me and the kids enjoyed the standard fare off their menu. The risotto was nice, but the addition of curry was a different combination and I'm not sure it completely worked....... The Eton Mess dessert had a twist with whipped coconut cream . The grounds and gardens are lovely and the service attentive and friendly. All in all a great night out.

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Good staff, good food.

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Enjoyable dinner out with family. Staff were lovely and friendly. The food was presented very well and generous portions.

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Wendy Voon

Great food and atmosphere.

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Michael Edie

Wonderful friendly service. The atmosphere of the restaurant was lovely, the food came out within a timely manner and was very tasty. Cindy our server for the evening was a delight, very personable and nothing was an issue. Had all 3 courses and was impressed with the flavoursome food. The whipped feta with rosemary that came with the breads and dips was an absolute winner. We would definitely recommend.

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Absolutely amazing. Food was excellent. Service was great. We will definitely be coming back and dining here again!

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Another nice meal here. Great mains and beautiful desserts. Was actually also nice to dine somewhere where their was no music - could actually talk to each other without having to shout over the top of music as seems to be the case in a lot of other restaurants/cafes around Dunedin.

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Nice meal and service enjoyed. Only critic was a bit long waiting for meal.

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Very enjoyable evening. Great atmosphere. Staff attentive.

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Beautiful evening and we decided to also stay at the Mercure executive suite as well fr our wedding anniversary as thats were we had our wedding too.thnx first table fab time and we look forward to booking our next first table treat !
Regards gaye mcminn

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Keith Patterson

Fantastic experience , service, food and ambience made it a most enjoyable evening ,

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Murray Neilson

Nice quite atmosphere, great service and excellent food! Will definitely come again.

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Beautiful food and excellent service even when there was a very large group in. Salmon was so delicious and beautifully presented. Would recommend McGavins anytime.

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Really disappointed with the food. If I were paying full price, I would have complained. We had the fish and chips and risotto, the first of which you could tell was cooked from frozen because the food was very watery overall. The second was edible, nice concept however was clumpy and one consistency and more moosh the risotto. Paired with the average service I would not recommend this restaurant

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An enjoyable evening. The food was average although dessert was excellent. Service was very good.

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My first experience booking on first table & my first time to eat @ McGavins. From the minute we arrived the staff were so welcoming & friendly, the food tasty & unfaultable with great presentation. Would very much recommend dining @ McGavins anytime.

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Lyndon Cleaver

Difficulty finding the restaurant as it was part of a Hotel complex. Service was very good and the food was great.

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Karen Woods

Food was good, Was a nice night. worth getting the voucher to try it.

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Matt O'Neill

Nice meal. Very tidy environment

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We were impressed with the quality of food - all our dishes were cooked to perfection and the service was superb. The restaurant has a lovely quiet atmosphere and the staff are attentive but not intrusive. This was our third visit and it will not be our last!

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From the moment we came into the restaurant, there was a warm atmosphere, as in the tempature both around and in the greetings from the waitress. The meal presented good to look at, and even better to eat. Excellent service all around, and left there feeling we had been well looked after. We'll done McGavins.

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Was a great meal would recommend to all

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McGavins had an excellent choice of food and every meal was tasty and of a good size. We especially loved the blue cod fish in beer batter and the deserts were decadent and beautifully presented. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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Donna Hoera

Great place Nice food Friendly staff Good atmosphere Highly recommend it

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Sarah Bayne

Food was nice, served in good time. Pleasant surroundings. I think they were a little short staffed as it took a long time to have our plates cleared after mains and be offered dessert.

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3 people dined and had chicken, blue cod and steak meals. We were all very happy with the quality and quantity

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Ashleigh Johns

Excellent food and great service! I would definitely recommend coming here, can’t fault the food a bit. Absolutely beautiful!

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Lecyl Wong

Nice atmosphere. Waitresses were attentive. Steak was huge and juicy...

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Michelle Adcock

Was a great night. fantastic service and food was AAA+++

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Not great. Calamari and pork belly dried out. Dessert tart nothing flash, and with tinned cherries and purchased chocolate decoration.
Service erratic and peppered with phrases ‘would you’s like....’

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We thoroughly enjoyed dining at McGavins Restaurant on 19 September 2019. The first thing we noticed was the ambience,provided by the beautiful garden setting. The meals were delicious and the service was excellent. The staff were very efficient but at the same time, pleasant and smiling. Your endeavors are very much appreciated and we'd love to come again...

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Amazing food and excellent service

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Great service and lovely meal.

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Sarah Moreton

Very pleasant. Lovely atmosphere

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Clare Noakes

We always enjoy dining at McGavins, the food is always delicious and the staff are warm and welcoming.

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Sarah Fitzgerald

Delicious food and professional service, we had everything we needed and I will certainly be going back.

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Sal Paul

Front of house very welcoming. Our waitress spilt red wine down the side of my husband's glass and abit on the table. An apology was given but not cleaned nor glass replaced, leaving him with a super sticky hand all evening. Starter's came quickly and was delicious. Our waitress could see we weren't finished but asked if we'd like it cleared and were we ready for mains. Felt rather rushed. My main was ok, butchers steak with fries and garlic butter. My steak was a cheap cut, resulting in a tough finish. Hubby ordered entree Squid for his main. They were nice. We shared a Pineapple, Coconut & Banana Mess for dessert. All our meals were nothing to look at. As I eat with my eyes first, I wasn't impressed. No edible decorations added to anything which is super surprising considering this hotel is worldwide. No color, just exactly what you order is what you get. Rather dissatisfied overall. I'm glad we only paid half price instead of full! What a savior First Table.

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We were greeted by a friendly staff member who gave us the option of having a drink in the lounge or at our table. The food and service was excellent and the staff were able to answer our questions without hesitation.
I would recommend McGavins to all our friends.

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Amelia Lovell

It was a bit different dining at a restaurant in a hotel, but we will definitely be back! The flavours in the main meals were absolutely delicious, especially the jus that accompanied the lamb! The staff were very lovely too. Can’t wait to go back!

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Isabel Bongers

Very nice overall, staff very accommodating, food met expectations & exceeded it most of the time. Thumbs up for this venue.

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What a wonderful evening my wife and I spent with our friend at McGavins Restaurant. The moment we walk into the establishment we were greeted by a friendly staff member and were escorted to the lounge where drinks were served and then into the dinning area. The meal was top class and served by a very competent member of staff. We will certainly return again. Thank you.

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Craig Allan

Beautiful delicious cuisine. Loved my Ribeye steak .. Cooked to perfection. Friendly service.

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Mary Storey

Good food

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We had a nice meal and the service was reasonably fast, which was what we were after as we had an event to go to. McGavins is well worth a visit.

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