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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, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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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  • 7
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  • 4
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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
Amazing Food!!

Lovely food that was presented beautifully and extremely tasty! Will definitely be back! Best food we've had in ages, will be recommending to friends for sure!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

Lovely food that was presented beautifully and extremely tasty! Will definitely be back! Best food we've had in ages, will be recommending to friends for sure!

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Perth, Australia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Wow. We loved this restaurant! Warm, inviting and delicious on a cold winters night. The menu is impressive and we struggled to choose what we wanted purely because everything sounded so good. We indulged in an entree, main and dessert eachand loved every bite. Our waitress did a great job and was very pleasant. Compliments to the chef also. Highly... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

A long time since we were in Hanmer and the recommendation of Cafe 31 came up trumps! This Cafe was warm and inviting and although we arrived early for our reservation we were seated without delay. The Cafe had a good buzz, service helpful and staff attentive. Menu whilst not overly large is varied and appropriate the the season and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

My partner and I were suggested to dine at No.31 for our anniversary. We were traveling from Christchurch, and the weather was horrible, so we were taking the road slow. We originally had a booking for 7:30pm, but a quick call and they changed our reservation to 8:30pm without any issue. They seated us right by the window, which was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Great food, proper dinning experience in Hanmer Springs with great choice of wine. It deserves the title of 1st here on tripadvisor!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The other reviewers praised #31 and I agree. The food was excellent as was the service. On a Sunday evening there were a handful of tables occupied and the atmosphere was warm and friendly. My wife and I enjoyed the food and the lack of piped music. My only comment is that the waiting staff should be able to recommend... More 

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Walla Walla, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I visited No.31 for dinner with my boyfriend to celebrate his birthday on a recent trip to Hanmer Springs. This restaurant came highly recommended to me, and I now can see why! The food was absolutely delicious! We had the scallops and cured salmon to start, and then lamb shank and the beef filet for main, followed by tiramisu. Everything... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

we are not surprised this is rated No 1 restaurant in Hanmer Springs and are so glad we could reserve a table, we loved every course. The service was attentive but appropriate, the food was divine and we will be back

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Very well presented delicious food. Reasonable wine list. Good ambience. Busy night but everything running smoothly. Highly recommended. Generous portions and beautifully cooked rack of lamb and lamb shanks. It was a lamb night for us for some reason - and why not just off the Canterbury Plain!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Wonderful food, great service, courteous staff. Had a great evening. Wild hare, followed by duck leg. Delicious.

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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 12 - 28
  • 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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