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Aikmans Cafe & Bar

$$ - $$$, European,
154 Aikmans Road | Merivale, Christchurch 8014, New Zealand
+64 3-961 6545
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  • Excellent23%
  • Very good31%
  • Average14%
  • Poor21%
  • Terrible11%
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“brunch” (4 reviews)
“bluff oysters” (3 reviews)
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Bar, European, Contemporary, Gastropub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
154 Aikmans Road | Merivale, Christchurch 8014, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Aikmans used to be something special - I took my mum there for lunch and couldn’t believe quite what I found. Grubby furniture, holes in the walls where chairs had been banged into them, the walls were dirty and the flies in the restaurant were...More

Thank TedGree
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I have eaten at Aikmans for many years. It was a fine day and we had some free time, so headed out to Aikmans for lunch. As always the staff were very friendly. We sat outside in partial sun, enjoying the warmth....More

Thank Gavin H
Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

After a long flight & a bit of sightseeing we were hungry for a good flavoursome meal. Our hotel receptionist suggested Aikmans. The food delighted & satisfied. The venue was alive with Friday night revelry. People of all ages seemed to gather here, comfortable in...More

Thank foodthatsings
Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

Merivale has a choice of several restaurants and we picked Aikmans for a Saturday lunch. The menu had an Asian influence and has a few Kiwi options as well. We sat out in the shady courtyard which is a great place to sit. We went...More

Thank TheSnakebite
Reviewed 1 February 2018 via mobile

I have been here three times in the past three months - hoping it might improve. The service is average - having to pour own wine, having to ask for more water, having to call the waitress over for coffee on each occasion. If your...More

Thank parisnellie
Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

We headed out for brunch with our teenage sons and chose to go to Aikmans - having eaten there many times in the past. We were greeted and given the option to choose a table - we opted for a comfortable booth (although the fabric...More

Thank Gavin H
Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

The staff were excellent the restaurant was clean and tidy but the main game was to eat. Seafood basket to start with ok but some of it well over cooked Citrus salmon salad very average and pretty uninspiring Naked burger ok but mushrooms at different...More

Thank JHH50
Reviewed 14 December 2017

I struggled to decide between giving them a poor or an average. Service is ok. Venue is nice. We sometimes go there for a coffee and a chat. It's usually empty.. and that probably should have been the warning sign (a few years ago it...More

Thank Anthony W
jdvgroupchch, Public Relations Manager at Aikmans Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2017

Thank you for your review, we are very disappointed to hear you didn't enjoy your meal at Aikmans. For us to be able to improve going forward - we would really like to hear more about your experience. Could you possibly email us, so we...More

Reviewed 25 October 2017

I really enjoyed the meal. It was cooked to perfection, well presented and a very good portion. The service was very good and attentive, the atmosphere was a little noisy but its that kind of place. Not raucous just not romantic.

Thank Gary M
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Good service, menu has a lot of selections. Great outdoor area. Didn’t have to wait for food and was a good quantity.

Thank Jay R
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$29
Bar, European, Contemporary, Gastropub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:30 PM
11:30 AM - 11:30 PM
11:30 AM - 11:30 PM
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
  • E-mail
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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