18 December 2019 | Written by Bachcare Holiday Homes

The best food in Te Anau

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Where to eat in Te Anau!

If you’re holidaying in Te Anau, chances are you will be having some action-packed days full of outdoor adventure. So with a big day out, you and your family have definitely earned a great feed as a reward! Te Anau is actually booming with a quickly growing foodie scene and you’ll be spoilt for choice of where to eat.

To assist in these matters, we’ve put together our list of the top five dining destinations in Te Anau...

1. The Fat Duck ($$)

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If you’re after a big meal, then The Fat Duck is the place for you. Serving huge portions of pasta, meat, burgers, and their homemade pulled pork pie, your tummies will be treated to one of the best experiences you can have in Southland. The service is of the friendly Kiwi standard and the atmosphere has a constant energetic buzz. We highly recommend booking in advance, as the place is popular every day of the week.

Cuisine: European

Price: $9-$40

Opening times: 11AM-10PM daily

Address: 124 Town Centre Southland District, Te Anau

Contact: 03 249 8480

2. La Toscana Pizzeria ($$)

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Photo credit: La Toscana

Let’s be honest, sometimes all you want after a big day of adventure is carbs. And no one does carbs quite like an Italian restaurant. That’s why we highly recommend La Toscana Pizzeria. W reckon they do the best pizza in Southland by a long shot and the value for money is fantastic considering how large the portions are. Whether you go for the pizza or pasta, you MUST finish out the dining experience with their homemade tiramisu.

Cuisine: Italian

Price: $8-$30

Opening times: 5:30PM-9PM  daily

Address: 108 Milford Road, Southland District, Te Anau

Contact: 03 249 7756

3. Redcliff Café ($$$)

where to eat in te anau
Photo credit: Jens Hollander

Friendly service, great food and a large range of local wines and beers – what more could you want from a Southland restaurant?! The Redcliff Café is a favourite amongst locals and tourists alike. Their hero dishes include duck wings, arancini balls and venison skewers and the kid’s menu cater for even the pickiest of eaters. Don’t feel like you need to rush out of the restaurant either, their cosy lounge area with a wood-burning stove is the perfect place for a nightcap.

Cuisine: Contemporary European

Price: $10-$50

Opening times: 11AM-12AM  daily

Address: 12 Mokonui Street, Southland District, Te Anau

Contact: 03 249 7431

4. The Moose Bar & Restaurant ($$)

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Photo credit: The Moose Bar & Restaurant

This British pub is a great place for a casual dining experience that offers stunning views of Lake Te Anau. The ribs and fettuccini are some of their staple dishes and the craft beers are out of this world. It’s also a family-friendly restaurant, with a great lawn space for kids to play on while they wait for their meal.  

Cuisine: Gastropub

Price: $10-$40

Opening times: 11AM-11PM  daily

Address: 84 Lakefront Drive, Southland District, Te Anau

Contact: 03 249 7100

5. The Ranch Bar & Grill ($$)

ranch bar and grill in te anau
Photo credit: Jens Hollander

If you’re searching for classic kiwi cuisine, then this is the restaurant for you! Serving up traditional fish & chips or surf n’ turf, everyone in your family will be satisfied with their range of seafood offerings. To top it off with pudding, the pavlova is by far the best you’ll find anywhere in Southland. It’s a simple, no-fuss meal option to please the whole family after a big day out in the national parks.

Cuisine: Gastropub

Price: $5-$28

Opening times: 8AM-12AM  daily

Address: Town Centre Southland District, Te Anau

Contact: 03 249 8810

Taste-buds salivating already over the hearty meals you can have in Te Anau? Check out our Te Anau holiday homes and start planning here!

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