Invercargill Dining Guide

We’ve rounded up the seven best places to eat in Invercargill, no matter the occasion.

Words by: Caitlin Brown

Photography by: Nancy Zhou

You’d be doing yourself a disservice not to explore all of the hidden gems within Invercargill’s local food scene. From casual fare to steak and seafood, this Southern city leaves nothing to be desired when it comes to a great experience dining out. From a taste of India to a relaxed tapas bar and bistro, Invercargill manages to strike the perfect balance between great food and ambiance without becoming fussy or over-the-top. 

Close up of a plate of food.

Louies Café & Tapas Bar

142 Dee Street, Invercargill

Louie’s Blue Cod stands out amongst the rest thanks to a light sauce made of pinot gris, caper and lemon cream sauce, served on a bed of roast potatoes and spinach. Right alongside is pickled ginger, fresh coriander and micro greens, adding the perfect touch of colour and brightness to the meal. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu here, though. The tapas menu offers plenty of options for a shared dining experience.

Chef's in the kitchen.

Amigo's Mexican Grill

10 Dee Street, Invercargill

A Mexican food establishment set in the heart of Invercargill, you can’t go wrong with the soft tacos in this cheerful, buzzy spot. From classic flavours like Carne Asada (charred ribeye, salsa verde, fried onion) to inventive options like Calamar y Papas (fried squid, garlic potato, pickled carrot), everyone will find something they love here. If you’re in the right place at the right time, be sure to stop by on Taco Tuesday to pay just $5 a piece for any of their mouth watering taco options.

Close up of curry and rice.

Bombay Palace

68 Forth Street, Invercargill

Feel right at home in this warm and inviting restaurant with fare inspired by Bombay, or as they like to call it, “the gateway to India.” From massive sharing platters to classic curries that suit both omnivores and vegetarians alike, you’ll leave full and well-taken care of. Plus, the spacious dining area and dimly-lit booths make it the perfect spot for a large group.

Flatlay of a platter and fried chicken.

Level One

20 Kelvin Street, Invercargill

This classic spot feels just swanky enough for a special occasion, but still plenty casual if you’re just looking for a great meal after work. They’re particularly famous for their steaks, so make sure to show up hungry and give the 300g ribeye with bacon and beer cheese, steak fries and crispy battered onion rings a try. Other popular favourites are the Southland-sourced blue cod, salmon and venison.

A chef delivering a pizza to a table.

Tuatara Café & Bar

30-32 Dee Street, Invercargill

A downtown Invercargill craft beer bar, brewery and pizzeria, this is the best place to come for a hot slice and a cool brew. The products they don’t make themselves are sourced from suppliers who share their sustainable food ethics, and they offer everything from a classic margherita to an inventive dessert pizza with chocolate sauce, berries, bananas, mascarpone and marshmallows.

Fish and chips on a table.

Ziffs

143 Dunns Road, Invercargill

A go-to spot just outside of the city, this casual eatery feels like a true escape thanks to an inviting wraparound porch surrounded by lush greenery. The Crispy Chicken Salad is the most popular item on the menu, but it’s far from your average, boring salad. This delightful lunch and dinner main features crispy Panko chicken strips, belly bacon, brie, avocado, cashews & tomato on salad greens with aioli.

Pan-fried fish meal.

Emberz

35 East Road, Ascot, Invercargill

The dining room’s traditional, elegant vibe invites you to linger over a long dinner, with menu options made from fresh ingredients grown in the restaurant’s on-site gardens located just a hop, skip and jump away. The chargrilled steaks are a major hit, and taste even better when paired with their thoughtfully chosen “Wine of the Week”.