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“A FAVOURITE” 4 of 5 stars
Review of lonestar

lonestar
manchester, Christchurch 8009, New Zealand
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Ranked #334 of 658 Restaurants in Christchurch
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Christchurch, New Zealand
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19 reviews 19 reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“A FAVOURITE”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Lonestar Upper Riccarton would have to be one of my all time favourite places to go for a family dinner. Food is delicious and meals a large. Children get pencils and paper to keep them entertained while waiting. The only downside is that this place is very popular and there can be long waits for tables on busy nights which is not always good when you have young children who are hungry. So I would suggest you go early or ring and see what the wait is like as they do not take bookings. Reasonably priced too.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Brisbane, Australia
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Impressed with food at Lonestar - Riccarton”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

We went here for our last night in the South Island. Was really busy but the staff still served us promptly and came and asked how the meal was, more drinks, etc. Kids got colouring pencils and paper to keep them occupied while waiting. Food was beautiful. My father in-law ordered the ribs, he ordered 12 which was huge and he couldn't finish them all. Steak made to order beautifully. Atmosphere great and and loved the look of the place. Would definitely go back there.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“First time ever Dissappointed at a Lone Star”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

I am a real Lone Star fan, ever since they first arrived in NZ many years ago. Our family regularly frequent Lone Star restaurants all over the country and outside it too. However my recent visit to Lone Star in Christchurch was dissappointing to say the least. First off my favourite Lone Star meal had been taken off the menu. Then the meal I did order was overcooked and not up to normal Lone Star standard at all. After looking forward to another wonderful Lone Star experience, I can honestly say the best thing about the whole meal was the alcohol!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Christchurch New Zealand
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“Busy Friendly Yumo large meals”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

If you are looking for a great sized meal with a great atmosphere then Lonestar is the place for you From Steaks to fish they have it all and beautiful desserts (if you can fit it in) after the large meal

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It was out with the pompous nouvelle cuisine that was all the go in the 80s and in with the concept that dining out should be fun and value for money. The original menu was a combination of comfort food, Kiwi classics and a few Lone Star originals. Some of these dishes from that first menu are still being served today and are as popular as ever. Dishes like the Lassoo of Hog, Dixie Chicken and the iconic Redneck Ribs prove that food fads come and go but good food never goes out of fashion.

When you share a birthday with such luminaries as artist JB Priestley and writer Roald Dahl you know you're destined to be different. So it is with the Lone Star which opened its door at 26 Manchester St on September, 13th 1988 determined to create a different dining experience for the people of Christchurch.

The cowboy theme, rich in the history of frontiersmen and risk-takers, was exemplified by the walls of the Café literally dripping with western art and memorabilia. But that very theme provided the early Lone Star staff with a constant reminder of the unknown territory they were entering. For a start, many would say the Café’s location, some way from the city centre, would discourage guests. But it didn’t - perseverance paid off, and it wasn’t long before people were coming in droves to dine at the Lone Star, to enjoy cool Country music and to participate in an atmosphere that always suggested that something very special was going down. After 21 years, this is still the case – at Lone Star a fun, unpretentious night out is guaranteed.

The Lone Star is famous for providing quality with quantity, using only the best and freshest local produce. It’s not only the size of the meals that are memorable- the service too, is legendary- your meals are served with a genuine smile in generous portions.

There are now 20 Lone Star’s throughout New Zealand so there’s bound to be one near you. There were 21, but unfortunately the very first Lone Star from Manchester Street- the trailblazer, the “Mother Ship”, the icon, was decimated in the Christchurch earthquake of September 4, 2010, and has since been demolished, much to the sadness of the people from the Garden City. But the Christchurch Loney will come again, bigger and better – every cloud has a silver lining.

We invite you to visit, dine with us and enjoy the buzz of mingling with like-minded people who want to enjoy themselves. Because at the Lone Star we can truly say, “the fun never sets.”

OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU

We strive to run the best restaurant operation in New Zealand. From the moment you enter any of our Café’s and are welcomed by our friendly staff. We want you to enjoy a fantastic fun filled night with us. We will always do our very best to ensure you receive fast, efficient and friendly service, outstanding food sourced from the best and freshest ingredients, offering value for your hard earned money.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Friendly atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

The meals here are always well presented and generous portions. The staff are knowledgable and friendly. Good value for money.

Visited June 2012
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