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Rivers Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, International
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51 Fairfax Street, Murchison 7007, New Zealand
+64 3-523 9009
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We stopped in for a quick bite and enjoyed it. The town was very busy due to the re-routing to chch due to the kaikoura earthquakes. There was a large range of food to choose from and the staff were pleasant. The food was cooked well and had reasonable flavours. We were advised there was a 30 minute wait for... More 

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Thank Nigel2312
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We stopped in for breakfast. I had the Eggs Benedict and a flat white. From my experience eggs been would come on a muffin or ciabatta bread but today this was served inside a croissant with well cooked spinach, really tough bacon and eggs. The eggs were nice and the coffee was good. My son had pancakes with berries which... More 

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Thank Mike D
Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived for lunch, huge waits even to warm up a ready made pie. The staff was very rude and dismissive. My chai tea was so sweet I could barely stomach it. The food I did eat was very bland and everything was seasoned with sweet chili sauce. Would not recommend this place.

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Thank Girlup
Christchurch, New Zealand
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128 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm a real lover of a good pie. Their chicken and mushroom one is excellent, it was served as a large slice which has had been cut from a big deep dish pie. It was full of chicken and mushrooms. My husband had the lamb shank and Kumera pie. This was an individual pie. Both were excellent and I rate... More 

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Thank philippagoile
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The cafe has a nice feel, nice furniture, I only had a scone and tea but it was good and from what I saw if other customers meals it looked like food I would want to try. However it is on the expensive side and the service is not quick. So overall an average rating.

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Thank Alice L
Wellington, New Zealand
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88 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We passed through Murchison today and we knew that it would be busy in Murchison and indeed it was. So it was as well at the Rivers Cafe. There was a long queue in front of the counter. As I had read that they do the best coffee in Murchison, we decided to wait. There was still enough sitting. After... More 

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Thank Bea T
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great friendly service,excellent coffee a large selection of food. This place was really busy when we visited, but we had our coffee and food delivered quickly to ur table.

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Thank Paul B
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Where do I begin. It was absolutely horrendous. After being advised of a 45 minute wait, which we accepted and didn't really mind, we waited at least an hour and fifteen minutes to receive a "whitebait sandwich" which consisted of the cheapest possible white sliced bread, and some sort of insipid omelette sparsely adorned with whitebait hanging out the sides.... More 

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Thank Luka O
Murchison, New Zealand
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly stays despite being under huge pressure with hundreds more customers than usual, they maintained their high standards.

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Thank Barbara S
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The portions are larger than you expect if you are ordering from the menu. The Caesar salad with chicken, beef burger and the kids chicken wrap, all above average in size. I recommend for lunch. It's better than pre made rolls and sandwiches.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$24
Cuisine
Cafe, New Zealand, International
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 51 Fairfax Street, Murchison 7007, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Murchison
  • Phone Number: +64 3-523 9009
Description
Comfortable, friendly cafe with great atmosphere; home style cooking, eclectic menu. Spacious outdoor seating area; watch the street scene whilst enjoying a coffee.All day (in season); fully licensed. Cafe style during day; evening restaurant.

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