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Braided Rivers Restaurant & Bar

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Bar, Pub, New Zealand, European, Gluten Free Options
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246 Burnett Street, Ashburton 7700, New Zealand
+64 3-307 2540
11:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Akaroa, New Zealand
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212 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mid week in autumn, stopped here for dinner. What a lovely suprise ... public bar on one side, a tasteful restaurant on the other and in the middle a pre-dinner drinks lounge bar. The restaurant felt intimate with modern decor, the wait staff was friendly. Food service was quick. The bluff oysters were fresh and juicy - a great starter.... More 

Thank Margy M
Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Braided Rivers Restaurant & Bar has a very unique look and flair. It has a mixture of the old and vivid USA days with images and photos accompanying the interior design, which is very classic. We had a very friendly waitress; she was really forthcoming and served all our food & drinks swiftly. We absolutely enjoyed all main dishes, from... More 

2 Thank Simon G
Timaru, New Zealand
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98 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Popped in to Braided Rivers on a quiet afternoon to see what it was like and to have a snack. Gorgeous building and set up, with bar on one side and more sophisticated restaurant on the other. Opted to have a nibble bowl (wedges, wontons, etc) which was just what the doctor ordered, while the boss tried the gumbo which... More 

Thank GrayMcGowan
Busselton, Australia
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Great décor and fabulous food! A must-visit eatery. The burger was really the best I have ever had, hard to describe!

Thank MollyD1953
Peachester, Australia
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Great atmosphere, great artwork, and great service from friendly staff. A good variety of beers on tap (loved the Chomp) and the nibble bowl was perfect for a late afternoon snack. The interior is fantastic and cleverly designed to make the most of a beautiful older building.

Thank Chelle2015
Paphos District, Cyprus
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146 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

As you walk in you are impressed with the appearance of the inside of the building. It soon shows though, that there are not enough staff to cope with the amount of customers, they did as best as they could though. The garlic prawns as a starter were tasty, steak was good, I didn't like the veg though and the... More 

Thank Michael H
Ulladulla, Australia
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

A well set up bar with good choices of drink available, staff were under the hammer think there had been a 'no show'. Good feel about the bar with live music.

Thank wamunro
Ashburton, New Zealand
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

I was looking forward to a lovely meal and an evening with good company. Unfortunately this wasn't the case, it took along time to get our meal. I asked for medium to rare steak but it was very rare, so I asked for it to be cooked more. When it came back,I felt it was still too red/raw and chewy... More 

2 Thank Steph_uknz
Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Saturday night, did not appear busy when we arrived but seemed quite full after an hour or 2. Breads good, mains good, desserts nothing startling. Waited 20-30 mins for plates to be removed after mains, long waits between orders and getting food and drinks. Wine bought to us in bucket, not opened or poured for us. Ordered a beer, still... More 

Thank gomertz
Rotorua, New Zealand
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77 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Had a lovely lunch at Braided Rivers which was well presented and beautifully cooked. Staff were friendly and welcoming.

Thank Tricia D
Management response:

Thank you so much for your positive review, we are so glad that you enjoyed your experience and that you liked our new menu More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$19
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, European, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 246 Burnett Street, Ashburton 7700, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Ashburton
  • Phone Number: +64 3-307 2540

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?