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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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Good for:
Breakfast/Brunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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  • 268
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  • 4
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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
Most recent review
Fantastic food

Four of us booked a table mid week at the last minute. The service was friendly and professional and the whole place has a really pleasant feel about it. The meals were amazing. I had venison which was cooked to perfection and presented beautifully. The others had steak which all agreed melted... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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UK
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Four of us booked a table mid week at the last minute. The service was friendly and professional and the whole place has a really pleasant feel about it. The meals were amazing. I had venison which was cooked to perfection and presented beautifully. The others had steak which all agreed melted in the mouth. Seasonal vegetables were served separately... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We are currently on a trip from Australia and decided to book a table here after the glowing trip advisor reviews. Restaurant 31 did not disappoint it was simply amazing food served by fantastic staff, we both decided whilst paying to quickly book a table for the following evening and received the same amazing food! This place is easily one... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

everything was perfect. Perfect service, perfect advise on wines, perfect choice, perfect amount of food, perfect produce, perfectly cooked and well worth the money. Highly recommended

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Minehead, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

Without doubt, the best meal we had in New Zealand this year. Would certainly return. Make sure you book first.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We had a lovely dinner. The whitebait rolls were divine. It's a bit pricey and the decor doesn't match the price, but it's the food that counts and that we enjoyed.

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Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We ate out every night for four weeks while touring the South Island of New Zealand and the meal my husband and I had at this restaurant was by far the most enjoyable, well presented and tasty meal we had on our holiday.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Recommended by family. Central, quiet with wonderful food and service. Couldn't have wished for a more enjoyable evening.

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Hanmer Springs, null, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Excellent, friendly staff. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Excellent choice of wines.

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Brisbane, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

A generous & delicous Venison meal with very complimentary accompaniments. Would come back anytime!!!

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58 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This restaurant is very popular so you need a reservation. We could only get a booking for quite early and our meal was rapidly served to get us out again as they double book tables. That said the food was delicious, the service good and friendly even if far too hurried. Daily specials are good and the wine was excellent... More 

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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 - 29
  • 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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