Top 10 restaurants in Balclutha, New Zealand

July 27, 2017 Misti Hsu

Discover the best restaurant in Balclutha, New Zealand including Raj Indian Restaurant, Highway Diner, Peggydale, Captain's Cafe, Clutha Fish Supply, Rusticus, Cafe 55 Balclutha, The Gate Cafe, Canton Takeaways, Heart and Soul Cafe
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1. Raj Indian Restaurant

2 George Street, Balclutha 9230, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +64 3-418 2199
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 63 reviews

Raj Indian Restaurant

It's the only place for a decent dinner in town...

Reviewed By lovesthesun-7 - Stittsville, Ontario

On an overnight stay in Balclutha in early October, our motel manager recommended Raj Indian Restaurant to us, so we walked into town and found ourselves having dinner there. It was an excellent recommendation - very friendly staff, and the food was very, very good. We started with a shared plate of onion bhaji's (huge portion - we couldn't finish them!), then moved on to saag chicken, lamb roganjosh, rice and garlic naan. We brought a bottle of wine with us, but ended up ordering one from the menu as the prices were so reasonable. The restaurant wasn't at all overly busy when we were there, but they do a booming take away business. Would definitely recommend!

2. Highway Diner

190 Clyde Street, Balclutha 9230, New Zealand Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Diner, Fast Food Breakfast +64 3-418 1670
Excellent
14%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
14%
Terrible
44%
Overall Ratings

2.5 based on 14 reviews

One of the great things about touring in New Zealand is the great quality of the breakfasts. Fresh eggs, well-cooked bacon, good coffee etc.The Highway Diner in Balclutha is the exception that proves the rule.The array of deep fried foods under the glass counter is impressive; they may even be good.But bacon and eggs was a disaster. Eggs over-cooked; bacon watery, toast from wafer thin bread, coffee very poor. A great pity.

Reviewed By 973julieanne - Dunedin, New Zealand

It has to be the worst place that I have ever got a take-a-way coffee. Burnt, over hot , and just a shocker.while the staff member was polite, there needs to be some basic training in coffee making!

3. Peggydale

State Highway 1, Balclutha, New Zealand Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Parking Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, New Zealand Breakfast, Lunch HK$47 - HK$110 +64 3-418 2345
Excellent
20%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
16%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 43 reviews

Peggydale

Our huge shop specialises in NZ made merino and merino/possum garments plus also stocking a huge range of quality NZ souvenirs and gifts suitable as momentos of our beautiful country. Super helpful, experienced, and loyal staff ready to help. We offer a postage service to our customers without charging any packaging or handling fees.Our licensed cafe which is also open EVERY day of the year serves NZ style foods; breakfast, lunches, morning and afternoon teas plus NZ beers and wines.We offer a high quality service focusing on tour groups and locals alike.

Reviewed By OVERSZ - South Island, New Zealand

It well worth waiting until you get just south of Balclutha. This is a large stop with lots of buses pulling in here. Guess that means fresh food

4. Captain's Cafe

13 Clyde Street | Hotel South Otago, Balclutha 9230, New Zealand Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Bar, New Zealand, Cafe, Pub Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +64 3-418 2100
Excellent
2%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
13%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 36 reviews

Captain's Cafe

Reviewed By ElvisInvercargill - Invercargill

Tired looking venue. Very basic and no frills. Environment could do with a freshen up. Service was adequate. Meals similarly. It was generally honest food although the chowder was marginal for quantity of fish. Not a dining out experience but adequate when you are on the road or really hungry.

5. Clutha Fish Supply

82 Clyde Street, Balclutha 9230, New Zealand Chinese, Seafood +64 3-418 1156
Excellent
11%
Good
89%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Clutha Fish Supply

Reviewed By BallsofThunder - Isla Vista, California

Intrigued by the sign on side on side of building advertising "Chinese, Fried Fish, and Burgers". Place is a Fried food mecca, with extensive fish selection, hot dogs (battered like corn dogs in America), spring rolls, and even delicacies like donuts. Family had beef burger, a cod burger (breaded fish sticks on buns with garnish), and chicken chow mein. Great value as lunch for 4 of us was under $40NZ. The fried food was excellent. Portions were huge. Great place to stop if you are rolling through Balclutha. Note, there is no Seating at the restaruant, take away only.

6. Rusticus

Shop 8 1 John Street, Balclutha 9230, New Zealand Takeout, Parking Available, Street Parking, Digital Payments, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Pizza, Fast Food, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +64 3-418 0932
Excellent
80%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 20 reviews

Rusticus

Reviewed By John T - Balclutha, New Zealand

I have to confess I love pizza from Rusticus. Whilst they have a regular menus their gourmet pizza changes on a regular basis. They even have a desert pizza. The service is friendly and fast too.

7. Cafe 55 Balclutha

55 Clyde Street, Balclutha 9230, New Zealand Accepts Visa, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$55 - HK$110 +64 3-418 2156
Excellent
53%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 57 reviews

Cafe 55 Balclutha

Cafe 55 has been serving darn good coffee for over 10 years, a long with a large selection of slices, cakes and brunch options. Our menu changes seasonally to keep things interesting and we offer gluten free savoury and sweet options. We look forward to seeing you enjoying our cosy atmosphere next time you are in Balclutha. Cheers

Reviewed By Craig W

Called in here on a big road trip definitely a highlight. All the food was delicious but the guac on the nachos was the best we've ever tasted. Doesnt look much from the street but the food and the service are top notch!The nachos are a new addition to the menu, glad it's a hit. Thank you and we will see you next time

8. The Gate Cafe

47 Clyde Street, Balclutha 9230, New Zealand Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 274 139 233
Excellent
32%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 34 reviews

The Gate Cafe

Reviewed By Rme48 - Oamaru, New Zealand

Pleasant atmosphere and roomy so that you are not sitting close to other diners. Everything was fine and wouldn't take much to lift the decor, serving style and presentation of food to a very good standard. Perhaps to visit cafes outside the area could give some good ideas for this. Lots of potential for it to be a buzzing cafe.

9. Canton Takeaways

182 Clyde Street, Balclutha 9230, New Zealand Chinese, Asian, New Zealand +64 3-418 1128
Excellent
56%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
0%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Canton Takeaways

Reviewed By Zavija - Otago Region, New Zealand

Best Fish & Chips (flavour & value) in Balclutha. Come on in and get there fish of the day or Blue Cod and delicious crinkle cut chips. Take them down to the Clutha Bridge and sit in the river side reserve or drive down to Kaka Point Beach in the Catlins and have them on the beach. Great in all weathers, all year round.

10. Heart and Soul Cafe

46 Clyde Street, Balclutha 9230, New Zealand Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch +64 3-418 4144
Excellent
15%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 20 reviews

Heart and Soul Cafe

Reviewed By Rme48 - Oamaru, New Zealand

Wouldn't take too much to rev up the environment - lil tired looking around, especially mirror/stone corner. Advised staff no toilet paper, curtly told they knew - hand drying paper towels thrown all over this area. Tables not cleared, seemed like good number of staff on duty & not that busy at this time, although obviously popular! Pastie sitting in warmer over long, pasta salad bland - but on a positive note these were the loveliest sandwiches. Very tasty filling of chicken, cranberry etc - generous fillings! I wish them well as could be a great stopover.

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