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“Nice, high price setting”

Braided Rivers Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #17 of 34 Restaurants in Ashburton
Price range: $11 - $19
Cuisines: Bar, Pub, New Zealand, European
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Good for: Business meetings, Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Tauranga, New Zealand
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349 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Nice, high price setting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

This is a very pleasant and inviting bistro-type restaurant adjacent to a pub which also offers meals. It was an expensive night out, with the prices of the meat offerings so high that my guests and I hesitated before ordering. The meals were good but at the price being charged, they should have been outstanding. The service was pleasant but unnecessarily apologetic and I don't like being adddressed as 'yous guys.' I might try the pub next time...but check the prices first.

  • Visited July 2013
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English first
Ashburton, New Zealand
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62 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Good choice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

Good to have a bar meal if you are out for drinks. The main restaurant is very pleasant and meals tasty.

Visited June 2013
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Thank Jo P
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Centerville, Ohio
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2,513 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3,857 helpful votes
“Fine Kiwi Dining!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

Following a long day from Wellington, the FERRY, "The Storm of a Generation," and on our way to our resort in Queenstown, we were in the mood for Ashburton's finest!

We do not understand the fascination of Kiwis for a bar & rugby over the adjacent restaurant.

Jack, our server is totally competent and confident.

Following a week of delight on the North Island, we desperately sought refuge in a fine dining property.

The menu offered seafood, lamb, venison, and other delights.

Lets begin with a single malt and unwind.

OK, now a Kiwi Cabranet Savingnon.

Venison and a fillet.

We observer a boomer clientele; the ladies are dressed for Saturday night, and we observe diamonds and gold. We observe fashion.

Our dinners are perfect, and the clientele is pleased.

Who would have guessed from SH1, that tiny Ashburton offers this jewel of a restaurant.

We congratulate the owners and management. Our dinner is a plus for our month long KIWI holiday.

No where in the world have we consistenly met a population who is more gracious and welcoming than the KIWIS.

IF you ponder New Zealand, treaures lie everywhere, north and south. Do NOT do a group tour or a budget holiday.

The fare is appropriate for the tariff!

  • Visited June 2013
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3 Thank SavantIII_11
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Ashburton, New Zealand
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121 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Visit to Braided Rivers bar”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2013

We ate in the bar area ,four of us ,three had the fish ( pan fried grouper ) and one chicken.
The fish was cooked well but one dish had a potato that had black rot through it , it was taken away and replaced with a small plate of potatoes . One fish meal had a small piece of fish about half the size of the others which were only modest themselves. The chicken could of been KFC except the coleslaw was not that good .
There was a choice of only two Shiraz one which we did not enjoy and the other over $200 a bottle , we found this unacceptable when there are so many good value Australian Shiraz available for restaurants .

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank David2111
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Manager_SM, Social Media Manager at Braided Rivers Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, May 30, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review for our bar meals. I'm very sorry that your food was not completely up to scratch and that you needed your potatoes replaced. We take your feedback very seriously and will learn from it and strive to perform better in the future. Thanks again.
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Ashburton, New Zealand
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268 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Bar meals hit and miss”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

We have been to Braided Rivers on several occasions and have had 2 great meals in the main restauarant but inconsistent food in the Bar. Our most recent visit was not a highlight of dining out. The cheese fondue was frankly boring and could have been so much more enjoyable with some fresh veges to dip rather than just bread. The service was very good the waitress was very attentive.

  • Visited February 2013
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1 Thank Marg22
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