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Rivers Cafe

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51 Fairfax Street, Murchison 7007, New Zealand
+64 3-523 9009
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Stopped for lunch on the long drive from Christchurch. Recommended by Trip Advisor and true to that, great food and service! Definitely will go there again.

Thank JMOSmith
Invercargill, New Zealand
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Salmon cakes were luke warm and bland...Hoki bland and watery...tasted like the cheap stuff you get in supermarket frozen section. Coffee luke warm....sorry to say....almost below average

Thank Kiwi-Daz-NZ
Christchurch, New Zealand
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Two couples quick stop for lunch on new SH1 route since earthquake in Kaikoura. Friendly staff, enjoyed lamb shank pies with kumara mash topping and beef pie. Quick service, great food. Clean toilets.

Thank BluePoppyNZ
Kaiapoi, New Zealand
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The meals are good, what you'd expect from a mid-upmarket cafe restaurant - but the pricing was ridiculous. For a family of five - 1 x kid's meal ($8.50), plus loaded wedges $15, beef nachoes $19, and a B.L.T with fries ($16 + $3 for the fries) plus 3 small bottles of soft drink = $74.50!!! My B.L.T was just... More 

Thank RoseQuinn
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just a lovely spot to hang in Murchison. Always great tasty food. Hearty and wholesome. Always my place of choice when we go to Murch. Thanks.

Thank susielou67
Hong Kong, China
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here on our way to the west coast. They have great homemade pies for lunch and also cakes. We had a chicken mushroom pie and the apple cake.

1 Thank Mikk78
Cromwell, New Zealand
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We travelled Wanaka to Nelson, then return, and found Rivers Café to be our favourite lunch café by far. Firstly the cabinet food looks attractive and interesting. The chicken pie is crammed with meat and no added fillers, the portion size is really generous, same for the other meat pies and accompanied with a good tasty salad. My favourite was... More 

Thank WayBill
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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194 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

River's Café is off of the highway through the small town of Murchison, but definitely well worth the really short detour. They have both a case of pre-made sandwiches, quiches and desserts as well as a menu for prepared hot dishes. They have both indoor and outdoor seating and their food is easily prepared for take-away. I had a chicken... More 

Thank Greg B
Greymouth, New Zealand
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106 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Rivers is the best place to stop in Murchison. However the service can be slow. Good range of food and the coffee is good. They are not open all year and when they are open the close early, which is unfortunate as there is no place else in town that is any good. They tend to be busy at present... More 

Thank Bigall1
Christchurch, New Zealand
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

$14 for 1/2 a sandwich and a small wedge of so called 'muesli slice' What absolute robbery. Rivers Cafe is profiteering from Kaikouras misfortune. We have to pass thru the usually sleepy and bad serviced/infrastructured Murchison because we can no longer travel north on SH1 through beautiful and well set up Kaikoura to Nelson/ Marlborough. Rivers Cafe is trapping our... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 24
Cafe, New Zealand, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
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
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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