Cuisine: Cafe, Casual Dining, New Zealand
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+

A Dunedin institution since 1995, Nova is a spacious light filled 80 plus seat café by day and restaurant by night.

Our coffee, provided by Allpress, another institution, has been with us since the beginning. A product that has been around for 30 years and another reason why our customers keep coming back.

We are open 7 days a week so whether you are dining in or if you are just popping in for a takeaway coffee and something from our well stocked cabinet, you will not be disappointed.

Come and experience the reinvigorated team and our refreshed menu by our outstanding Head Chef, Mat Lewis.

If you are after a Friday or Saturday night reservation booking is a must!

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Nova
29 The Octagon
Dunedin

Open Hours:
Monday - Friday 7am - late
Saturday 8.30am - late
Sunday 8.30am - late

Phone: 03 479 0808
Website: novadunedin.co.nz

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Nova
Location: Dunedin Central
Cuisine: Cafe, Casual Dining, New Zealand
Mains: $25 - $35+

Reviews

Maad Youhanna

Service was excellent. We had the salted squid for entree, and pork cheeks and the chicken dish for mains and the dark chocolate cherry cake for dessert. Everything tasted amazing and was beautifully presented.

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Danielle Reid

Great food! Loved it all, the salt and pepper squid was our favourite and the nova cone and injectable donut were such fun! Our waiter was lovely and very friendly and mocktails were nice. 5/5 favourite food place in Dunedin

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Nicole Seaton

First time having a meal at nova, normally go for the well know injectable donuts, which are amazing.
When we first arrived all the waiters were so lovely and welcoming, seated straight away, and the waitress was so friendly and kind. The meals where just Devine. Very filling and looked amazing. Would recommend for a nice meal out.

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Tania Richards

Thank you for a superb dining experience. Service was, as always, fantastic and food was just lovely. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Nova for evening dining. A wonderful night out. Thank you!

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Maad Youhanna

Service was excellent. We had the salted squid for entree, and pork cheeks and the chicken dish for mains and the dark chocolate cherry cake for dessert. Everything tasted amazing and was beautifully presented.

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Kath Croy

We enjoyed our meal and the service very much, thank you

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Beautiful meal and wonderful staff.

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Maryn Cameron

Scrumptious meal, slick service, tasty coffee and cake. Will be back!

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My friend and I are all about wanting to try lots of flavours and so opted for sharing all our choices. The staff were really accomodating and provided extra plates for sharing. We started with two entrees: baked caprice gnocchi and pea and ricotta fritters. Both were truly delicious with lots of punchy flavours and already we were delighted with our selection. Next we shared a seared tuna main which was good. Finally we choose two cakes from the cabinet: a chocolate cherry gateaux with rich ganache and a lemon ricotta cake. Both were heavenly. The service was attentive and engaging. Hard to believe that with the First Table 50% discount we only paid $20.62!! As we left we discussed that it almost seemed wrong that we’d had so much tasty food for such economical price. Throughly recommend both Nova and First Table. Already we’re planning our next experience.

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Yaoyao McLeod

The food is really really good. Thank you.

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Yuxin Luo

I like donuts with chocolate, it was so delicious!!!

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Joseph Gannon

The food was amazing. I had the beef fillet and it was very tender and very tasty. Would definitely recommend.

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Delicious food, great value for money with 50% off, would definitely dine here again

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Danielle Reid

Great food! Loved it all, the salt and pepper squid was our favourite and the nova cone and injectable donut were such fun! Our waiter was lovely and very friendly and mocktails were nice. 5/5 favourite food place in Dunedin

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Nicole Seaton

First time having a meal at nova, normally go for the well know injectable donuts, which are amazing.
When we first arrived all the waiters were so lovely and welcoming, seated straight away, and the waitress was so friendly and kind. The meals where just Devine. Very filling and looked amazing. Would recommend for a nice meal out.

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janine dalliessi

Great steak great cake, great service. Highly recommend

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Shahmeer Ahmed

Great dining experience

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Tania Richards

Thank you for a superb dining experience. Service was, as always, fantastic and food was just lovely. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Nova for evening dining. A wonderful night out. Thank you!

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Steve Wykes

First time we've eaten here, very nice place. Food very tasty, I had the steak. Service excellent. Thanks

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Catharine Kan

Had a wonderful eveing as a family of 4 at Nova. Food was excellent, portion sizes great, Love the sparkling water when seated and continously topped up.
Amazing waiter Adam. Attentive and friendly, patient with elderly folk. Overall a fantastic experience.

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Clare Noakes

Delicious food, steak was perfect the risotto was great and I don't usually like risotto.

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Elissa Eastwood

We thought Nova was excellent, the special of the day was amazing, and I was particularly impressed that the fish was grilled with the kids meals. It was the service we received that made the evening really great, the waitress was fantastic and lovely, we’ll definitely make the a regular dining spot when we come to Dunedin.
Thank you

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The food was delicious and the service was excellent.

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Jen Gapuz

Delicious food! Superb staff. We will Absolutely going back to Nova!

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Kath Croy

Very pleasant and attentive staff and the meal was delicious thank you.

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Despite being very busy at this early dining hour the staff and service were very attentive, helpful and prompt in their delivery.
The menu was well explained, and the food was both of good quantity and top quality - all meals were very tasteful and well presented.

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Craig Allan

Tasty cuisine, friendly service.

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Awesome service, food & atmosphere - thanks heaps Nova!

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Wonderful food and a great time had by all- highly recommend Nova

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Really enjoyable night at Nova! Really yummy food and great service! The Nova Cone was amazing! We will be back for sure.

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Alexandra McBain

Great waiters and waitresses. Asked us about our experience and how we found first table. Lovely meal and beautiful desserts. Would dine again.

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janine dalliessi

Great steak and mash. Beautiful raspberry and pear cake to finish. Great staff.

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Raeleen Hamilton

Loved the vegetarian meals but wish there were more options. Wait staff were lovely

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Food and service 5 stars as always!!! Attemtive staff and wonderful food..

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Exceptional food made with heart and soul! Could not fault a thing and can’t wait to come back to Dunedin again to taste Nova’s menu again. Very friendly staff too.

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Rochell Fox

Lovely food and the head of house was very personable but professional.

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Excellent entrees and desserts here. Desserts are the best, containing both classics and creative dishes. Food and drinks came out very quickly, even though the restaurant was full before a show at the Regent Theatre. Water refills were somewhat slow though. Ideal location in the Octagon

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Had a lovely evening together!

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Susan Roker

Great service and food was delicious.Recommend the Japaese pancake and the fish and chips with slaw . Staff were attentive and nothing was an issue for dietary requirements .

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Wonderful food and wonderful service, best place in Dunedin we have tried so far by a mile!

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Average main food ; good Nova cone dessert . Nice staff.

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Candyce Dalliessi

Amazing!!

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janine dalliessi

Another great meal. Perfect steak and mash. The the pear and raspberry cake was amazing. Great service. Most highly recommend

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Geeny Moon

Had a fabulous evening at Nova- such a cosy evening in the middle of a cold Dunedin week! Had the fish of the day and the steak and both were absolutely phenomenal. The fish dish was one of the best I have had all year. Finished with the famous Nova cone and a classic, Creme Brûlée. Both were delicious. 100% would recommend, the deal is insane. Basically getting a free dessert and a cheap main but top quality food and service- thank you First Table!!!

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Stephanie Trickey

Had a great meal, perfect for the family with kids menu.
And huge donuts for dessert.

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Yuxin Luo

The salted caramel donut is good. There are several flavours you can choose. The restaurant is in a good location, you’ll find it easily in the Highly recommended.

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Julie Smith

fabulous service, exceptional food...would highly recommend anyone going here...and definitely will go back

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Marilou Scott

We ordered the Beef Fillet with Smokey Mashed Potatoes, Mushroom Duxelle roll, jus, medium rare. It was very delicious and we were very happy with the quality of the ingredients that they used. It was just the right amount. The service was excellent. Nothing was a bother. We were seated in the table which had a plaque dedicated to J.M.S. who has been a customer for 30 years according to the information we gathered. Nice ambience, 5 STARS!

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Great dining experience thank you - friendly staff and delicious food!!

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Lulu Sugiharto

Good food but we have to wait approx 20-30 minutes for the food. I ordered beef steak for medium rare but it turned out almost medium well (but it tastes good so yeah), while my friends ordered burger and lamb chops. We ordered the injected donuts dessert and they were really good. Overall good experience and would love to eat in nova again.

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Lovely meal and great service. We had a really good evening out and will definitely be back - the staff are friendly and very helpful

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Angela Anderson

Excellent food and service

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Ashleigh Johns

Excellent food, the chicken katsu burger was great! Good quality food and brilliant service.

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Molyka Nop

The service was amazing.

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