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Braided Rivers Restaurant & Bar

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246 Burnett Street, Ashburton 7740, New Zealand
03 307 2540
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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Oh for a warm steak

Dined with friends on a Friday night sitting on the bar area. Appetisers were fairly standard fare but then waited 45min for mains. Restaurant was not very busy, and most of our party had steak meals. Steak was accompanied by a mesculan salad and fries so only the steak required"cooking". My... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 9, 2015
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  • Late Night
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Albury, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I ate here a while ago with a large group of friends. We arrived before 7pm, ordered about 45 minutes later...quite a long time to take the orders but the food arrived at 9:30pm!!! I was pregnant at the time and totally famished by the time our food arrived. The server did apologize, but it didn't really cut it for... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Dined with friends on a Friday night sitting on the bar area. Appetisers were fairly standard fare but then waited 45min for mains. Restaurant was not very busy, and most of our party had steak meals. Steak was accompanied by a mesculan salad and fries so only the steak required"cooking". My fillet was cooked well and was tender but served... More 

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Establishment looks very up market and you feel your in for a treat. This is where it ends, food was nice but pricey, table was dusty on arrival and the floor was not vacuumed and it was the start of lunch service. Staff stood around talking to each other and we had to interrupt them to get drinks. Over all... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

service was good with the manager on the night who also took our orders providing excellent service, good band ( Reggae ) reasoable priced drinks

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

We were there for a late afternoon lunch (14 of us and no other covers) and one staff member thought it to be hilarious sneezing as loud as she could. We had to keep asking for drinks as no-one thought to come and ask if meals and drinks were fine. Will not go back.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Popped in mid-week looking for a quick quiet meal. Chose the lower-priced bar menu and was not disappointed. It was an interesting presentation and tasty. Possibly not filling enough for a larger appetite. I was on my own and the waitress was pleasantly chatty and offered me a magazine to read as well as bringing a glass of water without... More 

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Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Pre booked and pre ordered a staff Christmas lunch for 21 people on our 1hr lunch break. Ordered food to please be ready at 12, at 12.15pm we had to ask at the bar to see if we were going to be asked/served drinks, at 12.40pm the first meals finally started being delivered with the last one out at 12.50pm.... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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132 reviews 132 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Ashburton eateries were packed full on the Saturday evening when we decided on impulse to break our journey by stopping for a meal. Bookings are obviously required at peak times. Braided Rivers has two sections; a bar where you can get light meals, and a dining room next door in a granite and brushed steel-kind of decor. We had a... More 

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Ashburton, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I love the décor, but have had so many below standard meals, we only call for an occasional drink. I do love the fact the wine is served in great glasses! Our last bar meal included 2 roasts, with the tiniest roast vegetables. The potatoes were too hard to cut! When we mentioned this, they offered a replacement and returned... More 

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Ashburton, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I was not impressed with Braided Rivers, the food has 'fancy' ingredients and names but lacks in flavour and substance. We went home hungry, and it is also expensive.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 246 Burnett Street, Ashburton 7740, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Ashburton
  • Phone Number: 03 307 2540

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 21

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