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Nor'Wester Cafe

Bar, Cafe, International, Pub, New Zealand
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95 Carters Road, Amberley 7410, New Zealand
03 314 9411
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9:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thu - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 71
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 22
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  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Dinner during the week

The atmosphere was a bit quiet and neutral , the open fire is a saviour, and the restaurant could close off some of the areas to create a bit more privacy. The food was delivered promptly and venison was very tasty with an outstanding berry jus .

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Had a beautiful meal, perfectly presented and cooked. Venison Loin melted in mouth. Would recommend to everyone. Get involved.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The atmosphere was a bit quiet and neutral , the open fire is a saviour, and the restaurant could close off some of the areas to create a bit more privacy. The food was delivered promptly and venison was very tasty with an outstanding berry jus .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I called in here with local friends while visiting the area recently. The cafe is a lovely place to pass a few hours and the food that we all ordered was quite lovely. Not too bad a wine selection either. Certainly worth stopping off if you are in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Stopped on the way to Chch for a quick eggs bene and was thrilled to see the high standard remains after a change of ownership. Eggs were exceptional, bacon cooked to perfection, toast crisp, eggs runny and gooey. If I was being pedantic I would say the hollandaise could've done with a touch more lemon juice as it was slightly... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

we went here for a birthday dinner... the food atmosphere and service were good. The waitress asked questions and after the meal brought out a surprise birthday cakey thing with a lit candle unsolicited... discretely....not noisily which was rather a nice touch. pleasant evening

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Can't wait to come back! Took my 84 year old Mum (who is a bit of a foodie!) to Norwester for Mother's Day lunch and we were so impressed with the quality, flavours, presentation and taste of our meals plus the service was very special. The maître d was friendly, efficient and fun. Our waitress was also all of that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Stopped here on the way from Kaikoura to ChCh, and the coffee and cake we had was very nice at a good price too. We'd recommend the chocolate caramel slice! The presentation of the sandwiches and cakes on the counter looked very appetising so I'm sure anything is good! For cat lovers, there is also a gorgeous ginger cat walking... More 

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Picton, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Travelling from Picton to Christchurch. Have stopped at the Nor'Wester Cafe many times before so felt confident the meal would be great. We both ordered chicken. The presentation was very plain bearing little resemblance to the menu description. The sliced potatoes were only just cooked and the chicken was red near the bone. We both left much of the chicken... More 

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Amberley, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015 via mobile

Well went dining here the new owners were rude and the food was undercooked and coffee cold.No spirits on offer. we made a booking no table reserved just told to find a table surely haven't they heard of customer service.

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Rangiora, null, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We've dined at Nor'wester previously and enjoyed the food and service, however it it now under new management. In May my partner and I made reservations, when we entered the waitress stayed behind the counter and pointed in the general direction of some table and mumbled something that neither of us could understand, so we just helped ourselves to a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 95 Carters Road, Amberley 7410, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Amberley
  • Phone Number: 03 314 9411

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Bar, Cafe, International, Pub, New Zealand
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?