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“Way better than expected”
Review of 50 Bistro

50 Bistro
Ranked #98 of 980 Restaurants in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $40
Cuisines: Contemporary, New Zealand
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Relaxed dining with inspired bistro fare 50 Bistro offers inspired bistro food with modern flavours, excellent wines and a great bar. The menu offers a large variety of dishes featuring classic’s twisted with our own 50 flair. Executive Chef, Darren Conole, leads the kitchen team designing seasonal menus using the best local produce. The stylish interior flows out to a generous outdoor area, complete with fire tables that reflect the warm hues of the orange onyx wall inside, making 50 Bistro the perfect place to meet any time of the day for coffee, cocktails and bar snacks or a meal. With windows overlooking Hagley Park, breakfast in 50 Bistro is the ideal spot to start any day. Lunchtime brings with it a buzzy vibe offering great versatility and value with a selection of light meals and salads in addition to entrées and grills and desserts. Evenings bring heartier comfort dishes and a warm ambience, perfect for relaxing with friends.
New York City, New York
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124 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Way better than expected”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

We were guests of the George Hotel and while this restaurant was highly rated we were still a tad skeptical since its in the hotel and in the same room the buffet breakfast is served. Well…don't let that fool you. This place is top notch. THe food was outstanding. One of our favorite meals in all of NZ. I wish I didn't live in New York so I could go there on a regular basis!!

Visited December 2013
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Chessington, United Kingdom
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514 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
“Food very good”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

We struggled to get a reservation as the bistro was busy on both nights, but once we sat down service was very good and the food excellent.

Visited December 2013
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TheGeorgeGM, General Manager at 50 Bistro, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Dear PotterMoose,

Thank you for posting this review. We are glad that we were able to find space for you and that you enjoyed the dining experience.

Kind regards,

Bruce Garrett
General Manager
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Houston, Texas
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Fine but nothing exceptional”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

We had dinner at the 50 Bistro while staying at The George hotel. This is a pretty straightforward hotel Bistro and everything was fine but nothing really marks it out as above average.

Visited December 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“A very enjoyable dining experience”
Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

I made a reservation on line and received a very prompt reply, acknowledging my booking and confirming the time available on the date I requested. The setting is modern and very pleasant. We we greeted on arrival and shown to our table and the staff offered us the choice of tap water or bottled water. We ordered breads, starters, mains and wine. The bread and starters came quickly without any issues, and they were very nicely presented and tasted superb. My wife and I ordered different wines but the server forgot and tried pouring the same wine for us both. When I intervened she acknowledged her error and got the right wine. There was a very long wait until our mains were served, but as we were not in a hurry it did not bother us too much. My wife had the Akaroa salmon and it was cooked to perfection and presented beautifully. I had ordered the beef fillet and it too was outstanding. Unfortunately both of our accompanying crispy potatoes were only just warm, not enough to complain about or raise with the staff, but contributing to my rating of four rather than five. We then both ordered the petit fours for dessert, and our server commented that as there had been a significant delay for our mains, the manager would like to offer us a complimentary drink, which was a particularly nice and proactive touch given we hadn't even exposed concern at the amount of time. Overall, a wonderful evening falling ever so slightly short of me scoring five. We recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a nice quality dining experience.

Visited December 2013
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TheGeorgeGM, General Manager at 50 Bistro, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Dear Jscindc,

Thank you for taking the time to post this review. We are delighted that on the whole you enjoyed your dining experience.

We have discussed your constructive feedback with our team and will endeavour to address the areas of concern.

Thank you again for your comments.

Kind regards,

Bruce Garrett
General Manager
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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8 reviews
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“Great Experience!”
Reviewed November 23, 2013

We went for my partner's Birthday dinner and we loved it. Great service, great food and awesome atmosphere. We were a little put off by only being offered the bottled water as it is not cheap and to us a bit unnecessary but that's a very minor complaint! The staff had asked at the time of booking if we were celebrating an occasion and they had arranged a dessert plate for the birthday boy which was well received, lovely touch. :)

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank C M
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TheGeorgeGM, General Manager at 50 Bistro, responded to this review, November 24, 2013
Dear C M,

Thank you for taking the time to post this review following your birthday celebrations in 50 Bistro. We are delighted you enjoyed the experience. Thank you also for your constructive comments regarding the water. We will ensure our staff offer tap water also.

Kind regards,

Bruce Garrett
General Manager
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