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Located just 45 minutes drive north of Dunedin and 20 minutes south of Oamaru, Moeraki Tavern offers the perfect place to unwind and take in the beauty that the scenic town of Moeraki has to offer. Relax with uninterrupted ocean views while enjoying some of the classic dishes from our restaurant. Our juicy Ribeye steak, Moeraki seafood chowder and blue cod are all crowd favourites. View our menu to see our full range. Interested in a beverage after a long day of exploring Moeraki? We stock an assortment of local and imported beers, as well as wide range of wines and non-alcoholic drinks. Our tavern is family friendly, offers free Wi-Fi and also sells takeaway alcohol. For fresh fish and harbour
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Bar, Seafood, Pub, New Zealand
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, 有泊車位, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I sat on the outdoor area and enjoyed the view, my fresh blue cod, refreshing cool water, and the excellent service of the staff. The staff and atmosphere was inclusive and reflective of a community where everyone knew each other (without feeling exclusive). Very clean...and hygienic.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 19 April 2022 via mobile

Sad ending to a great weekend. Was looking forward to the famous blue cod but bitterly disappointed to be basically shoved out in the car park because we had a dog. Other people said the same and walked away… Food was good but left early...as smokers then took over.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 26 February 2022 via mobile

Phoned from Palmerston told last orders 7.45pm so would need to order promptly.Arrived 7.10pm meals ordered and service was excellent.Meals were generous and well presented and the Restaurant was busy. Newish owners obviously doing a great job.

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 12 February 2022

My partner and I enjoyed another meal at Moeraki Tavern . Both of us ordered Blue Cod and it didn't disappoint.FRESH! Perfectly cooked.Delicious herby batter . It was served with fries , coleslaw and lettuce salad and tartare sauce. It arrived at our table piping...hot which was appreciated. Dessert : beautifully presented. He had pavlova. I had Sago Pudding. I can seriously say that this was the BEST dessert I have eaten in years. Forget those boarding school or nurses homes sago puds ...THIS one was Devine.Cooked in coconut milk and served with pureed mango and a scoop of ice cream.Sublime! Table service was excellent ...all staff were chatty and friendly and made us feel very welcome. Pricing was good for what we had. Highly recommend +++More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 12 February 2022

Wanting something for lunch we called into the tavern and were very pleased we did. We both ordered the seafood chowder - it was excellent. I have had countless chowders and this was one of the best. Certainly recommend the tavern for their chowder.

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 31 January 2022 via mobile

Friendly welcoming staff, excellent food and amazing sea views. Had an evening meal there this week and we could not fault the quality and service provided throughout the evening. The Blue Cod was fresh and cooked to perfection along with a great selection of wines...and beers. Was so impressed we headed back for lunch the following day and were equally impressed. Cat and her husband are doing a great job at Moeraki Tavern. We highly recommend them and respectfully suggest you pay them a visit while in Moeraki Village. You will not be disappointed.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 23 December 2021

We had lunch at the Tavern. My meal of bacon & eggs with onions and mushrooms was absolutely delicious and my partner really enjoyed his cheeseburger & fries. I was impressed that the bar had the local Scott’s beer on tap as well as the...usual range. The woman that served us was very friendly and we were impressed how well she managed the vaccine pass requirement for other patrons. The bar is nicely arranged with great furniture. The framed beer ads provide a touch of humour as well as showcasing great NZ scenery.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 9 December 2021 via mobile

We have dined here previously & again it definitely met expectations. My wife is gluten free & they had flounder as a special. They dipped the flounder in gluten free flour, which they said they had not done before, it was exceptional! So nice to...have chefs that care about the food they serve. The flounder was an unexpected meal & to have it cooked specifically for her was awesome. I had the seafood platter & it was very good also. The staff were all attentive & made sure we had a very enjoyable evening. Thank You!More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 7 December 2021

Warm welcome on a rainy cool day. We took a seat looking out over the carpark and road to the water and watched the rain come down. Good priced drinks and when our food came out it was great. Deep fried sole and blue cod,...both with salad and fries, both generous portions and reasonable prices. Super friendly staff - great place to stop.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 31 October 2021 via mobile

Fantastic place to stop in for a meal with great harbour views. The food was faultless, and staff friendly and attentive. We ordered the Kaik pizza, chips, seafood chowder and fisherman’s basket. Parking is a breeze. A hidden gem!

Date of visit: October 2021
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Yes, Moeraki Tavern offers takeaway services.

Moeraki Tavern is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4