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Out in the Styx Cafe

$$ - $$$
New Zealand, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
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2117 Arapuni Road | Te Awamutu RD1, Pukeatua, 3880, New Zealand
+64 7-872 4505
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Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

Hosts Mary and Lance provide not only a wide choice of excellent food, they also provide a friendly home away from home atmosphere. Because it really is out in the sticks,fthe chef Mary has to plan well in advance, and the blackboard menu states"Take it or Leave it" but the choice is so very wide that there is always something... More 

Thank Sue7444
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2015

Thanks Lance and Mary for the hospitality, and letting us share our 40th wedding anniversary, with you, our family and friends, the food was as excellent as per usual Mary.

Thank Packerpete
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2015

Delicious food served in a beautiful setting.A relaxing and comfortable venue serving generous portions of homemade & local fare.Hard to beat! We have enjoyed lunch and dinner here and both were excellent. We look forward to our next visit.

Thank Spudgel
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2015 via mobile

Our family just came from dinner at Out in the Styx. The four course dinner would be hard to match anywhere. We travel extensively and love good food so this fine restaurant pleased us immensely. The beef, the salmon, the yam dish, the homemade ice cream, the wine, the coffee, everything was top notch. We highly recommend this unique place... More 

Thank janet b
Hastings, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2014

We stayed a night after doing the 'Over The Mountain Walk' at Mungatautari, well worth the effort, and enjoyed a relaxing spa afterwards. Lance and Mary were lovely hosts - nothing was a bother and both had great knowledge of the area and it's attractions. The evening meal and breakfast were fabulous lots of lovely fresh and tasty dishes -... More 

Thank elkeef13
Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2014

Wonderful spot to stay with stunning views. Strongly advise that you don't eat much for two days prior to your visit and you will not need food for a day or so afterwards. Mary and Lance are superb hosts, meals are beautifully prepared, there is a great atmosphere with a spa to sit in at any time of the day... More 

Thank sarah5315
Hamilton, New Zealand
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2014

I have just returned from Out In the Styx Lodge and Café and a fantastic Dinner and Breakfast were included in the price of our room! The evening meal consisted of Soup, Main Course, and Dessert, all of which were absolutely delicious. And the breakfast was cereal, fruit, yoghurt, etc. plus toast and jam, and then a Fritata. We were... More 

1 Thank phyllismdrj
Hastings, New Zealand
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2014

This is a destination rural restaurant, about 40 minutes from Hamilton. Menu options are "take it or leave it", but why would you leave it. Delicious variety of soup, mains, salads and deserts. Well stocked bar. Friendly staff

Thank Mike R
New Zealand
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2014

Such a lovely, homely atmosphere.... Friendly personable staff.... Warm log fire.... Just right for a chilly winter's night escape from my own kitchen! The food was wholesome, healthy and mm mmmmm ... scrumptious! We live "out in the sticks" ourselves and so there aren't any decent eateries nearby, so every now and again we make an extra effort and travel... More 

1 Thank WanderingKiwis
Tauranga, New Zealand
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

We took a tour group to this restaurant & relished every morsel! The group was our Sunday Lunch Club, & many of them said it was one of their favourite eateries - and we've been to a few! We had such delights as a couscous, salmon prawn salad flavoured with kaffir lime & lemon grass; beetroot & red cabbage salad... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$39
New Zealand, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2117 Arapuni Road | Te Awamutu RD1, Pukeatua, 3880, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island
  • Phone Number: +64 7-872 4505
We like food, real food, real flavour and a real eating experience - no starched table cloths and silverware just solid wood furniture and the kind of food you would cook for friends coming over, not pretentious but a step up from the everyday. We are slow food advocates - meaning the food doesn't come out of a packet or tin, but is prepared and consumed with pleasure, and with friends, the way it is meant to be. The menu is chosen by Mary, according to whim and weather on the day, and served buffet style so you can have as much as you want. We are fully licensed and smoke-free, with a warm fire in winter and glorious outdoor dining in the summer.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?