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Highway Diner

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190 Clyde Street, Balclutha 9230, New Zealand
+64 3-418 1670
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Balclutha, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

While my vehicle was being serviced I decided to have an early lunch at the Highway Diner. The choice of food was excellent and the staff friendly and helpful. The quality and quantity of the food was first class and the coffee tops. I will definitely be returning.

Thank KP167
Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand
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42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016

The Diner is a good place to stop when you dont want to wait long or go to a bigger shop and the selection of takeaways is reasonable. The prices have gone up over the last couple of years though and isnt as cheap as it once was. Customer Service is average at best and the also of the staff... More 

Thank Jaci F
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2016 via mobile

A good place to take children. Lots of chips and yummy milkshakes. Clean toilets. Free instant coffee or tea with a meal. Typical food: chips chicken hot dogs sandwiches cake. Don't expect anything fancy. The staff are friendly.

Thank Lynda B
Dunedin, New Zealand
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2016

On the way South recently I decided to stop at the Highway Diner for a cup of coffee and a snack. I wasn't expecting too much but I got more that I expected or wanted. I ordered a Mochachino and bought a packaged muffin (i.e sourced from a provider rather than baked on the premises). The lady serving me and... More 

Thank Jeff D
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 28 November 2015 via mobile

Avoid at all costs! Believe me when I say it's best to stay hungry and wait till you get to Dunedin or Gore. A grease pit, tasteless food even your dog would baulk at, and juveniles manning the kitchen.

2 Thank Salil E
Dunedin, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 21 September 2015

We ordered a thick shake and two toasted sandwiches. The orders were completely wrong the food undercooked. The cheese that saturated the bread was scrapped off and I got the same sandwich back with traces of onion still on it. Very disappointing as we weekly commute between Dunedin and Invercargill. The thick shake was like water. The person behind the... More 

Thank honedu59
Dunedin, New Zealand
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2015

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!

Thank 973julieanne
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2015 via mobile

Food was terrible, Dineing room was freezing cold, middle of winter and fire not going. Like other reviews, this place used to be good.

Thank Rick G
Otago Region, New Zealand
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168 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2015

Make sure you do not go during a rush at meal times, as you will wait. Food good value for takeout snacks. Lovely pots of chips.

Thank Zavija
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2014

Just stopped for luch with family took over 20 min to get a toasted sandwich . Rest the good was crap chips cold and greasy pies were microwaved . Staff have no personality and didn't even say sorry for taking so long. That place use to have best meals and staff

2 Thank Kitagianna

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  • Address: 190 Clyde Street, Balclutha 9230, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Balclutha
  • Phone Number: +64 3-418 1670
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.

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