Our Food

Serving quality European style food with traditional Kiwi flavours. We prioritise fresh and free range local produce from New Zealand’s pastures and gardens, and the seas of the Southland coast.

We take pride in offering an appetising menu with something for everyone. Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, our adaptable menu can cater for most dietary requirements.

To ensure the best quality, we cook fresh to order which may take a little time, but it’s worth the wait. Enjoy your time here by taking in the surroundings, quality wine list and attentive service, making your visit a special occasion

Our History

Only a short distance from the bustle of Dunedin you’ll find incredible food, fabulous local wines & craft beer, and a rare slice of tranquillity at the historic 1908 Restaurant in Portobello.

Originally open as the Wainui Tea Rooms (c.1908), our historic building has seen many different faces over the decades, and for over 30 years has been known as the 1908 in reference to it’s hospitality origin. With a reputation for fine food and service, we offer appetising European/New Zealand fare and flavours, catering for meat-eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike. 

Housing a beautifully restored Edwardian interior with many original features,  the restaurant is light and airy with a warm, friendly and intimate feel. Watch the world of Portobello go at the front by or take a seat with a garden view at the back.

Alternatively, in the warmer months, enjoy the sunshine by taking a table outside in our courtyard garden.

Make a Reservation


Ensure we have a table available for you and make a reservation today.

Please carefully complete all booking details below.
Confirmation of availability is immediate and will be sent to your supplied email address.
Any changes required can then be made using the link in the confirmation email.

For reservations required within the next hour and groups above 12, please call us on 03 478 0801

Contact Us

Address: 7 Harington Point Road, Portobello, Dunedin 9014
Phone: +64 3 478 0801
Email: hello@1908.nz


Open Wednesday – Sunday

Lunch: 12.00 – 2.00pm (Last entry)
Dinner: 5.30 – 8.00pm (Last entry)