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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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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 21
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  • 14
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  • 11
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  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average experience

Had a evening meal with a party of nine. Service was really poor the restaurant and bar was certainly not busy but it took about 10 minutes before our drink order was taken and another 20 before they and the menus arrived. 45 minutes later most of our orders were delivered but one of our party... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Stolid
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Methven, New Zealand
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Methven, New Zealand
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56 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had a evening meal with a party of nine. Service was really poor the restaurant and bar was certainly not busy but it took about 10 minutes before our drink order was taken and another 20 before they and the menus arrived. 45 minutes later most of our orders were delivered but one of our party still had to wait... More 

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Thank Stolid
Blenheim, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Couldn't believe we would be served such a fantastic dinner at 9 pm on a Sunday night in Ashburton!!

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1 Thank Lucy T
Ashburton, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Was disappointed last night that we were told by staff "we won't make any more cocktails as we called last drinks two minutes ago because they make too much mess but you can have any other drink". This was 10.30pm on a Saturday night!! It would have been nice for staff to have let us know personally or give us... More 

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Thank Abbey R
Christchurch, New Zealand
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

We went for lunch and stayed on until dinner. We absolutely loved it. Wine list showcases New Zealands best. The steak I had for lunch was not only generously portioned but perfectly cooked as ordered. Then for dinner our table of three were delighted by the chef's special beef fillet, seafood paella, and pork belly. The new hosts personally checked... More 

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1 Thank bexwolfreys
Christchurch, New Zealand
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

The waitress mentioned it was under new management. She was very efficient and great. Was a reunion of ladies for a lovely lunch. I Ordered the Monk fish dish with rice and a salsa, was delicious and freshly prepared. I like that idea. At the bottom of the menu it mentioned that your meal could take 30 to 45 minutes... More 

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Thank Delightful2014
Timaru, New Zealand
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Had a Xmas reunion here on a Sunday. 13 of us for lunch. Managed to fit around 1 table that was great. Had never been here before and it is a cross between a stand alone restaurant and a café style, Attached to a Monteiths Bar. The food choices were varied and everyone seemed to enjoy their choice. Monteiths on... More 

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Thank Grant H
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

Cannot think of a better place to dine/drink in Ashburton. Recently under new management this place has a new breath of life! Love the fact there is still some friendly faces among the staff. Would recommend booking at this time of year :)

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Thank lynley2884
Brisbane, Australia
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

The pasta was very yummy and freshly flavoured with lots of lemon. Not heavy like so many pasta dishes often are. My family enjoyed their meals too.

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4 Thank Professional_Taster
Ashburton, New Zealand
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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

Yesterday I decided to lunch at the Braided Rivers as I had heard it was under new ownership. It was really great. The building is fabulous and has received some long needed maintenance and sprucing up. The service was personal and friendly. The food was delicious, the portions were generous, and the staff attentive. I would recommend this restaurant to... More 

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3 Thank JexAllison
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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105 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

This place is trying way too hard to be something that it is not. Consequently the meals are average, the prices are high and the service is very ordinary. It's trying to be a flash auckland restaurant and charging like one but failing to provide sophisticated service or even waitresses that know about the menu and it fails on the... More 

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Thank Mike P

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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 10 - 18

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?