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“Great food - shame about the service” 3 of 5 stars
Review of JDV Merivale

JDV Merivale
Aikmans Road, Christchurch, New Zealand
03-9643860
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Ranked #89 of 579 Restaurants in Christchurch
Price range: $20 - $28
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Welcome to JDV Restaurant & Function VenueExperience a unique dining style in the warm inviting atmosphere that JDV provides. Bask in the muted warmth of spring on a lunch date or put silver to cloth for an evening of dining excellence where you are the star again!Choose from Lawrence's latest ideas and creations in contemporary cuisine with a stunning new diverse wine selection incorporating a vast selection of local wines and fine wines abroad.JDV offers modern New Zealand cuisine with international influences.
Auckland
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Great food - shame about the service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

OK, so this review covers two visits, both within a week of each other. The first was a late night supper. The food was lovely, the service was pretty dire: the waitress spilt a drink on one of our party, ignored a request for beer, didn't ask if we wanted a refill, etc. All of which we forgave as we thought perhaps it was an aberration. Sadly a second lunchtime visit confirmed this wasn't the case.
Again, great food, poor service. The atmosphere also suffered due to shouting among the staff - not necessarily arguing, but raised voices. After the waitress cleared our plates, it would be usual to ask if we wanted to see dessert menus or would like drinks. Sadly, this wasn't the case. After attracting another waitresses attention a long black was requested with water on the side and arrived without it, instead the coffee was drowned. A hot chocolate ordered by the youngest member of our party failed to arrive, and when we asked for it a second time more shouting ensued behind the bar. When it did arrive, the waitress managed to spill it all over the saucer. No apology or serviette was offered. It was announced "The worst hot chocolate ever" and left behind as we went to pay. That too was a cursory experience leaving us to conclude we were an inconvenience rather than welcome guests.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Christchurch
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Non Smokers Beware!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

During the colder months in Christchurch, the so called 'outdoors' smoking area becomes a trap for second hand cigar and cigarette smoke. It is like returning to the old days when you went for a quiet drink and your clothes stunk of smoke when you left ... I mean seriously stink to the point of needing dry-cleaning. And, we were sitting inside the bar area! Every time one of the poor staff members had to deliver drinks or food 'outside' the restaurant filled with the strong and acrid smell of smoke.
The staff were excellent, the beer was nice and from past experience the food is of a high standard ... but all of this is lost due to the enclosed 'outdoor' smoke trap.
I won't be returning to JDV until the summer and even then only if they address this issue. I can't for the life of me see how it meets the legal health requirements.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mount Airy, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Wonderful food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

This restaurant has a great wine list & wonderful food. The atmosphere is really superb. Bluff oysters were recommended & they were the best that we have ever had.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Wanaka, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Beautiful as always”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013 via mobile

We visited on a busy Saturday night and, food, wine & service was fantastic, as always. We visit jdv each time we visit christchurch and we're never dissapointed. The chap behind the bar should lose the hat though it looks silly.

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Oklahoma
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great Food and Good Atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

I discovered this place on my arrival to Christchurch. The wine list is short, but excellent. They will assist you in wine parings with food selections if needed. The fillet was as good as I have had back in Oklahoma. On other visits, I had selections from the bar menu, and they were excellent as well. I felt as if I was a local in Christchurch. I highly recommend this place.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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