- Dinner: Mon – Sun 6pm – Late
- Brunch / Lunch: Sun 11am – Late
- Private Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Seating for: 80
- BYO/Corkage: BYO, Corkage Charge
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: No
Plato Cafe is a relaxed, retro-themed eatery situated on the waterfront in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Plato Cafe provides good food, matched with good service, in comfortable surroundings.
42 Reviews for Plato Cafe
Service was good, good tap beer selection.
Food was also good. The squid as a starter was really yum and the surf and turf was decent as well. Steak was tender and lots of flavors.
Not sure what Phil M is on about bellow, perhaps its not everyones cup of tea but certainly a cool wee place for a decent meal thats for sure.
From the walking up to the place and being met with a load of junk outside to walking through the doors to the strong smell of pine o clean toilets! to actually entering to be met with an array of even more junk mind you each to there own I know a lot of people think this stuff is a wonderful addition so won’t judge will wait for the food.
Slightly put off all ready with the over whelming different food smells coming from the kitchen and too me not mouth watering smells, still keep looking around at all the junk, wait for the food don’t judge, I found the menu too expansive and too much too choose from and as for the poor waitress having to read and almost book on all the ‘specials ‘ not on the menu. Had the ribeye simply did not like it very fatty piece of meat cooked correctly to what I asked but the flavour of the sauce not at all that inspiring. My husband’s meal also left him disappointed we had been promised by so many of a fantastic meal, the best bit I’m afraid to say was the bottle of wine and complimentary bread! also if you want to be picky and small details I know but if you are selling your self as one of Dunedin’s top restaurants the light over our table the bulb was blown, the waitress did not pour the wine correctly and spilled it and we have had better customer service in a lot more low profile establishments. Such a shame had such high expectations and was disappointing for my 40th birthday celebration
I still managed to finish most of my dessert, the cappucino brulee, which was so satisfyingly coffeeish, that I didn’t feel the need for an after dinner flat white that I would normally have.
Love the retro kitsch decor, hope I get to come back again soon.
Also, if you are booked into the billiards room in winter. Watch out for the heater they use to try to get a little warmth into the room. It is a gas heater designed for use only in well vented spaces like marquees (makes a noise like a little rocket ship – all night). All our group complained of headaches the next day, whether they were drinking or not, I suspect as a result of that poorly ventilated heater.
What I really love is that the menu is tweaked regularly, I assume to keep things interesting. For example, we visited Plato three times within a period of around 6 months and each time the Salmon (my favourite) was served with slightly different garnishes and sauces.
I will also be suggesting Plato to my employer for team work functions.
Keep it up team!
I would just recommend to avoid the brunch on Sunday because there is not much choice and mains are a bit too simple.
honestly i have no bad comments for this place i could eat here everyday and i am pretty shocked with the negative comments i think you are talking to the wrong restaurant.
from the girl that said the table felt like the sea
An understated, yet superb restaurant than Dunedinites should be proud of – and judging by the numbers there on a cool Monday night recently, we are.
Our meals arrives 40 minutes after we ordered,when we made a polite inquirey after 30 minutes we were told the chef was “in a bad mood”.The fish was undercooked and cold!!
My wife wanted a word with the chef and walkes over to the kitchen only to find him texting and was ignored.NEVER AGAIN.
We will return though as this restaurant has been among the best in Dunedin for the past few years. I just hope they’re not starting to rest on their laurels
My husband had the tuna which was really bad. They had some Indian spice on it and he was unable to eat it. I tried it and did not like it as well.
The worst part of the dinner was when I told the hostess ( maybe owner) that our dinner was a disappointment she got very flustered and grabbed the dishes off our table scattering silverware all over the floor. She left in a big huff, practically asked us to leave, and oh yeah…charged us $140 for food we could not eat.
So who ever you are hostess/owner. Try being nice to your customers. We will not be back.
Once we got there the food was very good even thugh two of the menu items advertised were not available on the night. I had the Paua for an entree which was very nice and the steak for a main which was ok? Will we return again? Not to sure!
Food always delicious, generous and atmosphere laid back and warmly welcoming (even for our 4-year-old girl). Nothing too much trouble, staff knowledgeable and friendly and food never too ‘nouvelle’ for my tastes, anyhow.
Top marks, Plato – don’t change a thing.
We had the function room which has a nice atmosphere with the fire going and found the staff to be very freindly and helpfull would recommend to any one as this is a hidden treasure of dunedins.
Service shocking… I have never been spoken to by the chef in my whole life – told me to f*** off as was not satisfied with my meal.
VERY UNIMPRESSED The chef was stating that my fish was cooked correctly – no it wasnt and then told I wax the TYPE who complains about everything! I recommended them in the past but NOT NOW!!! Goodluck to you grumpy chef