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Aikmans Cafe & Bar

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European, Bar, New Zealand
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154 Aikmans Road | Merivale, Christchurch 8014, New Zealand
+64 3-961 6545
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I dined at Aikmans with a small group of friends for brunch. The service we received was a complete disappointment. Aikmans was quiet while at we were there so that's what makes our experience so perplexing. We had to wait an unusually long time for our orders to be taken. Our drink orders were taken and we... More 

Thank 382erind
Christchurch, New Zealand
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34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly my birthday present for the friend we were meeting was confiscated! Then we waited too long for service. Luckily our Irish waitress was nice. The Bluff oysters were spoilt by a too thick batter. Will think seriously about not coming back. Like other reviews have said the menu has changed and is not as good as it used to... More 

Thank Annette T
Christchurch, New Zealand
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142 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Booked the outdoor atrium for morning tea for a large group of friends. Good place for a great social occasion, warm and bright. Overall we enjoyed our morning tea but unfortunately the cafe let themselves down on some things. The service was very friendly and generally good. Larger groups are always a challenge but some members experienced very long delays... More 

Thank Barry5252
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216 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I surprised my wife and took some time off to take her out for a well deserved lunch. We chose Aikmans Cafe and sat outside. The outdoor area was very pleasant and we had the chance to enjoy the fine weather while also having some shade. We ordered some drinks, the Crispy Squid, Stone Fruits Salad (wow - very unique... More 

Thank Gavin H
Christchurch, New Zealand
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited here on a Thursday night, staff very friendly and attentive as soon as we walked through the door, the inside was lovely and warm with options to dine in the restaurant or in the lounge area which was a bit less formal. We decided to dine in the restaurant but were still given the option to look at... More 

Thank SazzleCrozzle
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

I came here on Sunday targeting a Chicken Burger I had first tried and then eviewed favourably in November. Unfortunately the menu has changed and I had to opt for the a new Chicken Burger. It was abysmal, the Chicken which had been previously crumbed was now battered and the accompanying sauce was a guacamole with corn, which i found... More 

Thank MillyNZ
Christchurch, New Zealand
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Not a huge lunch menu, however still a good selection and what we all ordered was beautiful. Took an elderly family friend and access was good, staff friendly and attentive.

Thank SharonDH25
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

Today we went to your bar to have some of your delicious thick cut crispy fries. There was a lot of potato in them and they were definitely an old family favourite. We've been going to Aikmans for a number of years now. Unfortunately today we were served fries that were like frozen ordinary standard fries. The one thing I... More 

Thank Joy P
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216 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Warm and welcoming service. They played George Michael's greatest hits in his memory. A great breakfast. Big Breakfast, eggs Benedict, breakfast burger, avocado smash and eggs Benedict with Akaroa Salmon. Superb.

Thank Gavin H
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Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Christmas dinner pre drinks.... I have never experienced such atrocious service. Outright rudeness from one young bar man who clearly thinks he is gods gift and had no idea how to serve people .... got the pip when I declined to accept two mismatched shoddy glasses for my Moët, rudely corrected my pronounciation of the label, then mistakenly poured different... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$29
European, Bar, New Zealand
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 154 Aikmans Road | Merivale, Christchurch 8014, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-961 6545
One of the hottest spots in Christchurch, Aikman’s is a local favourite and is the ideal venue for a stylish meal or relaxed catch up with friends at the bar. Seamless indoor outoor flow makes this a great year round venue, with cosy outdoor fire and courtyard seating to complement the plush interiors. Enjoy Sunday brunch or party until the wee hours, whatever your taste, Aikman’s has it covered.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?