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Cafe 51

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$$ - $$$
New Zealand, Cafe, International
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51 Main Street, Oxford 7430, New Zealand
10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Fri - Sat 18:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food is good and the price is reasonable. You will not regret stopping there to eat. This place give you the best food in Oxford

Thank Joseph Y
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Travelling around Canterbury heard that Oxford was worth a visit. Arrived in time for coffee at spotted Café 51. Lovely old house that has been turned into a café/restaurant. Lovely having the different rooms to set in. The coffee was strong and hot, also had a beautiful lemon curd muffin - delicious. Young girl serving us was delightful.

Thank wilko630
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192 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly smiles, excellent coffee, great tasting food. Greeted with smiles all round coffees came out fast hot and totally delicious. The food was excellent my only gripe was that they substituted something and didn't ask us if it was okay to do that, it's not of course, and that's quite unusual. However due to the high taste of the food... More 

Thank Marlaina C
Oxford, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I like the fact that they have carpet and curtains - it makes the place quieter! There is space outside for dogs and children . If you ring prior to going they can open the gate into the garden for wheelchair access.

Thank cdnz1235
Christchurch, New Zealand
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96 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Went to this place today. Nice relaxing cafe. Had yummy lunch. Good value and friendly staff. Was busy. My friend had pasta and I had tomato soup. Also fries. Yummy. 😊

Thank funchick37
Lyttelton, New Zealand
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

I have been there several times and have liked this café particularly for it nice heritage interior and the weatherboard building which looks so inviting. But now I will not visit anymore. Either the owner or chef/baker has changed - or whatever. Anyway, the last offerings we had were dreadful, particularly my raspberry chocolate muffin. I didn't think you can... More 

Thank SuzyQ8082
cafe51nz, Owner at Cafe 51, responded to this review

Hi , I'm really sorry to read you didn't have a enjoyable visit last time , yes we have changed our muffins , for the last couple years we were buying them from a bakery , most recently we have been making them ourselves , unfortunately it seems we don't always get them right ,we do appreciate your feedback as... More 

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62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Stoped in for lunch on route to Hanmer Springs after reading the reviews. Our meals were all freshly cooked and nicley presented. Under 6s mini hot dogs were gr8 value at $5 and the half seafood chowder for $11 was really yummy if you wanted a starter or for anyone not hungry, certainly had food envy after tasting it. Lambs... More 

Thank Wendy R
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122 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

We've been here a number of times now and the atmosphere is nice with good food although it does lack a bit of flair. Everything is 'good' - the staff, the food, the atmosphere, but no one thing is anything to write home about.

Thank Karen C
South Island, New Zealand
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253 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Stop here for a good hot drink. Muffin was nice too. Wish it had been lunch time. Could have spent longer here sitting in the sun outside

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19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

We dined for lunch. Yummy food at a reasonable price. Good service and was nice and quiet even with quite a few other people there. Nice outdoor area in summertime, which is great if you have kids

Thank emmarV1222JC

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$43
New Zealand, Cafe, International
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Parking Available
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Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 51 Main Street, Oxford 7430, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: 6433121751
Award winning chef, Anthony Cross and his team of friendly and passionate kitchen and wait staff look forward to providing you with a warm, relaxed atmosphere and delicious, restaurant-quality meals unrivaled in terms of quality and consistency. Our lunch menu and coffees are a great break in a day out exploring North Canterbury or try our exceptional mains presented with our dinner service - for which we've had 11 New Zealand Beef & Lamb Excellence Awards.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?