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The Commercial

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Bar, New Zealand, Cafe, European, Pub
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37 Fairfax Street, Murchison 7007, New Zealand
+64 3-523 9696
09:00 - 22:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 22:30
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Brisbane, Australia
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45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stopped for lunch and in limited with time, not very good selection, only two pies in warmer, tasted not fantastic but not too bad either. Things seemed hectic, no knives in cutlery. Nice seating outside, extremely busy. Would have liked to see what options were available on the menu, maybe next time, drinks were great.

Thank Bernadette T
Oamaru, New Zealand
Level Contributor
28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is humming with tourists now and tour buses. Cafes need to pick up their game if you want people to return. We were told not to stop on main road but to go to town centre for food. Good advice! Still waiting for food ordered 30 mins ago. Some of the staff here are lovely. The girl who... More 

Thank sue_rudduck
Paphos District, Cyprus
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110 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If restaurant or gourmet food is your choice then Murchison is not for you. This bar/cafe is all there is and the food is below average. The staff were ok.

Thank Michael H
Nelson, New Zealand
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in after a Nelson to Christchurch and back in one day trip. Best food we have had since we moved to Nelson, shame it's so far away! Great bartender, nice boutique beer to try and overall wonderful dining for our family. We'll definitely drop in again - thanks!

Thank kjam1972
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Slow service even with not many customers. Food came out randomly so we all (four people) had our meals individually. They forgot about one dish. I had soup. It wasn't hot.. would never come back.

Thank Silas D
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Both had a chicken and cranberry panini was pretty bland no much chicken and hardly and cranberry, would not stop here again. Was clean though and arrive was okay.

Thank StasieJones
Wanaka, New Zealand
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187 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

Basically a take away shop. We ordered fish baskets which were so greasy and unappetizing. The price on the menu did not equate with what we were asked to pay, a $5 difference! When i returned to my seat i noticed the discrepancy and they offered a refund but told me the price on the cash register was different? An... More 

Thank DJandR
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Nice old hotel serving average pub grub. Friendly staff. Good take away pies and sausage rolls. Plenty of outside seating.

Thank Gill G
Christchurch, New Zealand
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130 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

There is a lot more traffic currently going through Murchison due to SH1 through Kaikoura being closed. However, the staff of this cafe don't seem aware of the opportunities. Service was pleasant but not bright and the scone I had was well undercooked inside. The slice and coffee were okay. Disappointing break in the journey.

1 Thank Gavin6114
Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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318 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Good service and very nice lamb chops. There was quite a good menu choice and I couldn't fault the food or service.

Thank jlynch841

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$22
Bar, New Zealand, Cafe, European, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:30
09:00 - 22:30
09:00 - 22:30
09:00 - 22:30
09:00 - 22:30
09:00 - 22:30
09:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 37 Fairfax Street, Murchison 7007, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Murchison
  • Phone Number: +64 3-523 9696

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