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Open now 11:00 - 00:00
$$$$ Price range per person NZD 23-41
246 Burnett St, Ashburton
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Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand

Dishes of New Zealand cuisine can be ordered at this restaurant. Nicely cooked oysters, chicken breasts and belly pork are the best dishes. You will be able to try good brownies here.

The wine list is extensive, every guest can find something that satisfies their taste. A lot of visitors order great coffee. Braided Rivers is recommended for the accommodating staff. The enjoyable service is something these restaurateurs care about. Pay attractive prices for eating at this place. You will definitely appreciate the pleasant atmosphere and modern decor. Google users assigned the rating of 4.2 to this spot.

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We went for staff dinner, extremely rude staff and bad Customer service. No smiles.
Lamp shank is perfect cook. Recommend this restaurant. Good decorations
I have had a few bad experiences at Braided Rivers in the past but kept going back because of the shortage of venues in Ashburton. I struggled with this but it has to be done; especially if it means saving some visitors from this tourist trap which does not represent what a dining and bar experience in the South Island is. As a restaurant, Braided Rivers boasts itself as a versatile, elegant and vibrant establishment in the Ashburton region. After much pondering and several trips there, I would describe it more as small-minded, outdated and snobbish; reminiscent of the kiwi expression "mutton dressed as lamb". Braided Rivers represents many things that are wrong about hospitality monopolies  in small towns. It has no originality, no authenticity, and because of its position in the Ashburton market, it is not accountable. People will go back again and again because of the lack of choice but at the end of the day, a dining and a bar experience are so much more than just going somewhere and stuffing food and beverages down our sad faces. Braided Rivers lacks imagination and beckons a nouveau riche vibe that is over-hyped, over-priced and tries too hard. The food unfortunately doesn't try anything at all. Neither does the service. The level of the latter is directly correlated to how much money the staff thinks you have in your wallet and what you look like. I experienced this first hand more than once. The food kinda dissolves in your memory the same way the taste of a stick of gum does. I tried the pork belly and it was dry, I had to teach the bartender to how to make my Bloody Mary and all the components on the cheese board can be purchased at the local supermarket. Bar nights at Braided Rivers which start on Thursday, Friday and Saturday boast the best in top 40 music played from the televisions scattered throughout the bar and a band on weekends. It's a lovely testosterone filled atmosphere if there is the right ratio of farmers per women which is usually about 4 to 1 and you will fit right in if you are white, upper middle- class and basic. For everyone else, I suggest checking out the smaller and more authentic eateries and drinking holes around the Ashburton district; such as the many ones in Methven, or driving the extra hour to Christchurch to party. Another great idea would be to grab a bottle from one of the local vineyards and heading out to the beach, Lake Heron or one of the many beautiful natural spots around the region and enjoy yourselves while enjoying the magnificent views and a more fulfilling experience.
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246 Burnett St, Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand
No outdoor seating Wi-Fi Booking Wheelchair accessible
Opening hours
SundaySun 11:00-00:00
MondayMon 11:00-00:00
TuesdayTue 11:00-00:00
WednesdayWed 11:00-00:00
ThursdayThu 11:00-00:00
FridayFri 11:00-00:00
SaturdaySat 11:00-00:00
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