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“No. 1 in my book”
Review of JDV Merivale

JDV Merivale
Ranked #116 of 1,006 Restaurants in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: Italian, International
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Welcome to JDV Restaurant & Function Venue Experience 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.
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“No. 1 in my book”
Reviewed May 16, 2012 via mobile

JDV is undoubtedly to my mind the best restaurant in Christchurch currently. Good atmosphere, consistently excellent food, and some of the best and friendliest staff in the city.

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English first
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
“Should be No. 1 restaurant in Christchurch”
Reviewed May 16, 2012

We are Christchurch residents and eat out on a regular basis for business and/or pleasure. Since the earthquakes we have lost numerous great restaurants and nowadays there are few really good eateries. For us, JDV is by far our favourite for convenience, quality of food and service and we eat here at least once a month.

You can park virtually at the door in the Merivale Mall car park. The atmosphere and setting in the restaurant is good, the service is always first class and you can be guaranteed excellent food no matter what you order.

Price wise it probably isn't cheap but we don't mind paying if we walk out satisfied. We can't believe the Tripadviser rating as for us it is definitely number 1 in Christchurch and we have tried most of the others. This review is not intended as an advert for JDV's but just to honestly advise other potential diners - we have no association with the restaurant whatsoever other than being regulars.

  • Visited May 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
135 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Not Bad”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

Had read good reviews about this restaurant and yes its not bad but I would not say excellent. I think the excellent bit has come about just because there is no-where else to eat out in Christchurch. It was ok. The food was good but the atmosphere was a bit pretentious and was spoiled by people smoking in the nice outdoor area. It was a nice night so we wanted to sit outside but had to move inside due the disgusting smell of smoke. The waitress also forgot our starter of garlic bread to share so it was brought out about 2 minutes before our mains. It was all nicely cooked, large garlic bread but not so large mains, especially considering the prices.

  • Visited February 2012
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Gold Coast, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
138 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Must do when in town - as the local do!”
Reviewed March 19, 2012

Our favorite bar in Christchurch and its in the trendy Merivale area.
Live music some nights - nice outdoor fire and comfy seats.
Good bar stools inside with a lively bar scene - the bar staff CAN keep up and SMILE!
Several other bars within 300 mts so the area is a must
Also our favorite restrauants here as well - see other reviews

  • Visited March 2012
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Upmarket bar and restaurant in Merivale”
Reviewed March 17, 2012

Excellent food in an upmarket setting. Expensive, though.

  • Visited March 2012
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Thank NZGrant
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