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Circadian Rhythm Cafe

5 star rating 16 reviews

Telephone 03 474 9994

72 St Andrew Street
Dunedin Central

Buffet, Cafe, Vegan, Vegetarian
Mon - Sat 9am - 8:30pm
Provided by business


Delicious vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free food in a relaxed atmosphere.


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Vegetarian Lasagne
Chickpea Pie
Pasta Salad
Pakora, Pakora, Pakora!
Brown Rice Salad

More Information

Cafes, Restaurants, Takeaway / Fast Food
Pay & Display
Price Range:
Cheap, Under $15
Wine, Beer, Spirits
Wheelchair Accessible:
Dietary Restrictions:
Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-free
Meals Served:
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Dessert
Payment Types:
Seating For:
Outdoor Seating:

Reviews for Circadian Rhythm Cafe

5 star rating
by Veronica E.
6th June 2014

One of the best spots in Dunedin! I have taken so many friends here that have also fallen in love and become loyal customers. I’m not vegetarian but this place satisfies every craving. Highly recommended. Especially their sweet treats!

5 star rating
by Douglas S.
7th January 2014

I’m a non-veggo and came in here to try it out after eyeing the place up for months. The food was flavoursome, I got some pie out of the deli the staff were all very friendly and the place just had a very calming vibe to it. My girlfriend loved it too because she is on a clean eating diet so cant eat out at many places. I will be making more trips there in the future.

5 star rating
by Erin
1st December 2013

Being a vegetarian, this is probably my favourite restaurant in town, but I know a lot of non-veggos who also love it! They have truly delicious dishes you won’t even realise there’s no meat in them. My favourite is the all you can eat dinner buffet for its great value and flavour! If I’m not ordering the buffet, I always have the hardest time choosing because every item is so good! I always leave very full, happy and satisfied! The staff are so friendly, and I especially love the Friday night jazz band that plays, and the place has a great atmosphere. Thanks for making such awesome food in such a friendly place, Circ Rhythm!

5 star rating
by Annelies
29th October 2013

We went here for dinner last Saturday and it was fantastic. Lovely service, wonderful food, and great atmosphere… quirky and comfortable. We loved it so much we went back yesterday for lunch, and again the food was yummy. Also so refreshing to have so many vegan options, including baking!! I was in heaven :-) The curries are superb by the way, I would definitely recommend having one of those!! Or, all you can eat for under $15… LOVE IT. Such amazing value. Thanks so much Sue and colleagues!

5 star rating
by Petra F.
15th September 2013

Fantastic food, and great value! I am vegetarian and used to automatically choosing the one vegetarian option on the menu, so I must admit I always struggle with having so much choice! I have been with non-vegetarian friends and they all have also enjoyed it. Great vibe too!

4 star rating
by Icarus
19th July 2013

Eaten at Circadian Rhythm a few times now and always impressed by the value, and the gustatory treat the food provides – I’ll admit I’m prejudiced – I *really* like Indian cuisine – but these guys do what I suspect is something akin to Indian home cooking – fresh, inventive, tasty and thoroughly enjoyable. Kind of what all vegetarian cooking should aspire to in general. The environment is simple and very plain, but comfortable and relaxed with that.

5 star rating
by nofam
9th July 2013

I was introduced to Circadian Rhythm by a vegan friend, and I’m always blown away by the quality & value of the food here. There’s an obvious Indian-theme to their meals, but as something of a curry-fiend, I find the flavours excellent and authentic.

And they get huge bonus points for making excellent coffee, which is something that ethnic restaurants usually struggle with.

Simply superb.

5 star rating
by Hannah
25th May 2013

WOW…. stunned… this place may not look like much from the outside but WOW… we just got back from the most amazing dinner I have ever eaten in a Dunedin restaurant and so so cheap too :)
We started with pakora and the sauce was to die for…. I will dream of these tonight… the mains arrived after a short wait…. AMAZING…. we had the vegetable satay on rice, tofu and vegetable on rice and roast vegetable lasagna….. All were absolutely stunning, yummy, delicious…. huge piece of lasagna for $7.50, full of pumpkin, potato, kumara and carrots etc…. just amazing….. :) one happy family…. can not believe I have never been here before… I was missing out… will eat here all the time from now on… the cabinet food looked to die for and the sweets looked amazing also… will some in for coffee and cake and try!!!! :) not to mention the live jazz playing …. how groovy…. what an awesome place…. very casual and homely…. FANTASTIC FANTASTIC FANTASTIC….. :)

4 star rating
by Danielle J.
14th February 2013

I love that I can walk in and know there will be gluten-free things I can eat every time! Lots of variety and healthy stuff as well as a nice range of drinks and teas.

5 star rating
by Margot L.
8th December 2012

Yum yum yum tasty tasty tasty friendly staff. I am usually a big meat eater and really love the food here. Service is grat great variety. Great atmosphere. Don’t come here as much as I could. Introduce a friend and she loved it too. Value for money

5 star rating
by Amber
14th August 2012

This place is so brilliant. I’ve never taken to a particular restaurant before, but this store has stolen my heart. Being a vegetarian makes food pretty difficult, especially when eating out with friends who take you places that have only one of two meat-less options (which often aren’t all that great.) Not the case with Circadian Rhythm, though! When I bring my friends here they’re always full of praise, and the food is so good that they don’t even miss the meat. Despite being a poor student I try come here to eat about once a week, but I don’t feel bad because the it’s not expensive at all, which is very wallet friendly. I’m attempting to try everything on the menu and I haven’t been disappointed once! The curries and wraps and samosas and drinks and desserts are all so good! The servings are filling and delicious and the staff are so friendly. I’m pretty sure Sue and the crew recognise me as a regular now. I’m usually rather antsy in restaurants but the atmosphere is so calming that I prefer to stay and eat rather than take away, which is a first. 5 stars all the way! I recommend everyone in Dunedin to come here at least once, because I know you’ll be back for seconds on your own accord ;D

5 star rating
by FoodLover
4th August 2012

Circadian Rhythm has the best vegan and gluten free food in Dunedin. Their menu is healthy, flavorful and made with high quality ingredients. Everything they make is delicious – especially the desserts. Circadian Rhythm is the place to go for great food at a great price with a casual, relaxed atmosphere.

5 star rating
by Georgina
17th November 2011

Just moved to Dunedin from Wellington and stumbled upon this treasure! I had to write a review. This cafe is without a doubt New Zealand’s finest vegan eatery. Those of an omnivorous bent will also enjoy the delicious cuisine on offer. They have an outstanding selection of fresh juices, coffees, chai, smoothies, a large array of biscuits, cakes & fudges, a buffet table, pizza, savoury scones, curries, salads, pasta, samosas, wraps, sandwiches. 99% of the food is vegan and most menu items offer a gluten-free option also. Circadian Rhythm has a great atmosphere and I saw that they do live performances on some nights. Has become my regular hangout! Who knew Dunedin would have the best vegan cafe/restaurant in NZ???

4 star rating
by Raechel H.
6th October 2011

Went to Circadian Rhythm Cafe for the first time tonight. I enjoyed the food and the relaxed atmosphere. Food was very flavourful and the service was good. A good range of food for everyone not just vegetarians. The nachos were great. Would like to try one of their range of smoothies next time. Will be coming back soon.

5 star rating
by Steph
23rd June 2010

I’m stopping in here more and more frequently. I enjoy the bloody flesh of an animal as much as the next Omnivore, but this is forgotten when I sample the outstanding Vegan foods at Circadian Rhythm.
The Filo rolls are so delicious and full of flavour, and I definitely recommend the range of Smoothies.
The service is probably the friendliest I’ve had in a Dunedin Cafe.
Haven’t been there at the right time for the buffet yet, but next time!

5 star rating
by C &.
1st March 2009

After watching Slumdog Millionaire tonight for some reason I had a desire to eat Indian. Wanted straight out vegetarian so this was it. Despite them being closed by time I got there later on a Sunday night, they still made me up some food which is pretty fantastic service.

Dunedin is blessed with a number of vegetarian eateries, and this place definately counts well among the them. The food is great and pretty good value (I find it hard to go past their buffet), and non-vegetarians will do well with their range of savoury tastes.

I call this a Dunedin cafe rather than just a cafe in Dunedin with it’s down to earth & relaxed atmosphere. You could feel comfortable playing a board game here or reading a book and the notice board is service to it’s patrons. Watch out for the music gigs here which adds to Dunedin’s arts scene well.

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