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No.31 Restaurant & Bar

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31 Amuri Avenue, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
+64 3-315 7031
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The former "Laurels" Restaurant re-opened its doors in May 2012, as "No.31...
The former "Laurels" Restaurant re-opened its doors in May 2012, as "No.31 Restaurant & Bar", an A la Carte Restaurant specializing in modern European/New Zealand Cuisine. The restaurant is set in a quaint character cottage on the main street of Hanmer Springs. French doors open out to a lovely courtyard for alfresco dining and an outside bar leaner for pre-dinner drinks/cocktails in the warmer months. Inside the restaurant it is very homely, with an open fire, wooden floors and candle-lit tables. Award winning chef/owner, Michael van de Wiel ( previous chef/owner at "The Old Post Office Restaurant", Hanmer Springs, for 12 years). Fully Licensed and NOT BYO. Reservations Recommended.
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  • 33
    Very good
  • 7
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  • 4
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lovely night

We were lucky enough to get the last booking at this restaurant on Anzac weekend. The whole experience was excellent and most enjoyable

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
Dforrest22
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Timaru, New Zealand
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Timaru, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

We were lucky enough to get the last booking at this restaurant on Anzac weekend. The whole experience was excellent and most enjoyable

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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Excellent food. Classy environment. Great for a special celebration or just for a really good meal. Good cocktails and a great menu.

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13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

No 31 lived up to the high recommendations we had been given both personally as well as on TripAdvisor. Great food, lively atmosphere, good service.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

really very good food and acceptable service in pleasant and tasteful surroundings. We were in Hanmer Springs for 3 nights and this was easily the best restaurant we went too. The portion size was appropriate, it was well presented, nicely balanced and very tasty. What more can you ask for?

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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72 reviews 72 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

It took several phone calls over two evenings to get someone to answer the phone and take a booking but I persevered. A sign out the front advertising Bluff oysters which was crossed out had been unchanged for the previous at least 4 nights that we had been passed. Seemed odd that you would advertise that you once had bluff... More 

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N031, Manager at No.31 Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. We do have Bluff Oysters crossed out on our sign as we have had them in sparadoically even though we order them from our supplier daily. As we didn't like to over promise our customers, we crossed it out and inform guests whether they are available on the... More 

Launceston, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We hadn't booked but a table was quickly found. Best to book before hand. Service great and the meal was superb and the wines suggested to us went well with the food. Nice environment to sit back and be waited on. An experience to remember.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This was a fantastic restaurant to visit with our family. Food was heavenly - would definitely recommend the lamb rack! Elegantly presented and so fresh and tasty! Really couldn't fault the food or the service. All staff were very friendly and helpful and we didn't have to wait for ages for the food to come out. We'll be back!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Warm and cozy surrounds, great menu (not too many options about 6 starters, 6 mains) with enough choices. Attention to detail, quick service, hot plating and hot food. Had the Hare saddle for starter and it was delicious followed by Venison. The venison was amazing however the braised red cabbage was a little too sweet for my liking. My partners... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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80 reviews 80 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We dined here as a group of 9 and couldn't fault anything. Service was exceptional, food outstanding along with presentation. Between us all we tried most mains on the menu and all a hit. (We even had a couple of fussy eaters and a chef in our group) Highly recommend the hare as entree, venison for main and licorice sticky... More 

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The top rating achieved by this restaurant is probably deserved. However our experience was a little underwhelming. We found the menu somewhat limited and the meals adequate but not stunning. The service was so efficient that we felt rushed. In and out in 60 minutes including dessert.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 31 Amuri Avenue, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Hanmer Springs
  • Phone Number: +64 3-315 7031

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 13 - 30
  • Cuisine: European

Description

The former "Laurels" Restaurant re-opened its doors in May 2012, as "No.31 Restaurant & Bar", an A la Carte Restaurant specializing in modern European/New Zealand Cuisine. The restaurant is set in a quaint character cottage on the main street of Hanmer Springs. French doors open out to a lovely courtyard for alfresco dining and an outside bar leaner for pre-dinner drinks/cocktails in the warmer months. Inside the restaurant it is very homely, with an open fire, wooden floors and candle-lit tables. Award winning chef/owner, Michael van de Wiel ( previous chef/owner at "The Old Post Office Restaurant", Hanmer Springs, for 12 years). Fully Licensed and NOT BYO. Reservations Recommended.

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