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No.31 Restaurant & Bar

31 Amuri Avenue, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
+64 3-315 7031
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $14 - $32
Cuisines: European
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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English first
Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Me and my partner both had a main and a dessert. Both were delicious, we weren't sure what to expect but had heard good things from locals around Hanmer, and they didn't disappoint. We got a friendly waiter called Max who was helpful in what to suggest to eat, that ending in me going for the fish of the day.... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I am not sure how this restaurant has had good reviews, the food is bland, the staff don't care and the chef owner is rude, arrogant, lacks any sort of people skills, treats customers like something he has scrapped of his shoe and thinks it's ok to abuse and swear at his guests. Overpriced, over rated, plonker of an owner,if... More

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Opohanmer, Owner at No.31 Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

I am not sure if you were drunk or just disorderly, but long story short you were asked to leave, disrupting other diners and you are after revenge hence your reviews More

Nelson, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Fantastic steak and attentive service. Had a very unusual wild hare and black pudding starter.....wow. dutch potatos were a bit pretenious as they were actually very yummy chips so just call them chips! But a really excellent meal and good portions too.....recomended.

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2 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Rude staff, even ruder owner, the customer is NEVER right! Food is very average, don't dare to complain as you're lying! Never been treated so poorly anywhere in the world. Save your money and go somewhere that has a bit of atmosphere and pleasant staff! All in all poor, abusive staff and owner, thinks he's Gordon Ramsey the way he... More

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

Worst customer in my 30 years experience in Hospitality. Any person that threatens to go on trip advisor and yells "You don't know who I am" speaks for itself. Maybe it was a free night out you were after?? You were asked to leave the restaurant due to your behaviour, particularly towards one of our staff members. There was a... More

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Very friendly staff and owners, SUPERB food and good selection of drinks. My wife (and I) had a wonderful 30th-birthday dinner

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This restaurant was recommended To us by the owners of st James (highly recommended) The food was excellent - you couldn't fault the entrees I had the hare and my husband had the pork belly - flavor explosion!! Main was delicious I had the fish of the day - salmon and adam had the shanks. The shanks could have had... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

A very small town, a long way from anywhere in a small country a long way from any other has a restaurant serving world class food. It is that good. The ambience is just right for type and place, the staff know their job and are good at it. The wine selection is mostly, but not exclusively, local and has... More

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Beautiful food, nice ambience, good service. I had the dish of the day Salmon omg, desert was to die for.

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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Extremely good food and wine. Liked the idea you had to try NZ wine at this restaurant to go with the menu, also the coffee was extremely good.

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Auckland, NZ
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3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

After reading reviews on TA, the husband and I decided to splash out and head along to No. 31 for dinner on the last night of our Hanmer getaway. There's no denying the prices are the steepest in the area, so we were expecting a fine dining experience. The food was pretty good overall - I thoroughly enjoyed my roast... More

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