Local Secrets: Ōtaki's Favourite Eateries
Ōtaki and Te Horo offer a variety of eateries including a number of fantastic fish & chip shops that provide the perfect food for a picnic at the beach.
30 Main Street, Otaki
Located in the heart of historic Ōtaki village, the Ōtaki Kitchen is a wonderfully cosy boutique cafe/restaurant serving a delicious range of a la carte and counter food.
Situated in the Family Hotel building, which was completed in 1881, the interior is a modern nod to bygone times while the simple yet clever combinations of flavours and textures make dining here a delight. Courtyard dining next to the recently re-furbished Civic Theatre provides a fabulous way to watch the world pass by.
50 Riverbank Rd, Otaki
With a delicious menu using predominantly local produce and some of the best coffee on the Kāpiti Coast, Gorge Cafe is a great place for brunch, lunch or dinner. Based in Ōtaki, the cafe is the perfect stop as you explore the northern parts of the region! Can't decide from the menu? Check out the amazing cabinet food or mix-and-match from the sides to make your own perfect meal. A great place to soak up the vibes while you try a locally-crafted, award-winning Elemental Cider.
Feeling hot and bothered? Grab a sorbet or gelato to eat in or takeaway. Delicious!
Antonio's Restaurant and Bar
Opposite Otaki Railway Station, Otaki
A little bit of New York, a little bit of Italy, and a lot like home. Antonio's offer pizza, pasta and salad with options for vegetarians and meat lovers as well as special Keto options. For something just a tad luxe, try their authentic Italian-styled gelato.
Eat-in or take-out.
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Main Street Bakery Co.
3 Main Street, Ōtaki
Main Street Bakery Co is a fresh and funky bakery, based in Ōtaki. Here you can get your fill of delicious "world-famous" pies made by Scottie the Pieman, and a fantastic selection of bakery staples. Their scrolls are highly recommended, especially with a Dark Horse Coffee on the side - but get in quick as they sell out fast!
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170 Main Highway , Otaki
A relaxed, friendly cafe with quality home-style food and barista coffee served inside or on the garden deck in the sunshine.
Riverstone Cafe offers a full menu daily from 6.30am till 3pm, as well as cabinet food, fresh scones and muffins baked every day. Gluten-free options and very family-friendly. Their custard slice is a must try!
Ruth Pretty's Garden Room Cafe & Cooking School
41 School Road, Te Horo
Pretty by name and nature, Ruth's place is a foodie's delight. Open Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 4pm, Ruth Pretty's kitchen shop and Garden Room Cafe is locally famous for their coffee and cake deal. Set in a rustic glass-covered outdoor area it is the perfect place to unwind. The locals make a beeline for the Ginger Gems!
You're not a true foodie until you've graduated from one of Ruth's Cooking school classes!
The Winemaker's Daughter
1081 State Highway 1, Te Horo
You'll be surprised by The Winemaker's Daughter! Found down a long drive off State Highway 1, The Winemaker's Daughter is in a beautiful rural setting, with tables under flowering bougainvillea. The delicious menu includes a huge range of vegan options, making the Winemaker's perfect for a delightful dinner for two or an intimate function, luncheon or wedding.