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“Average bistro bar”

Craft Bar & Kitchen
Ranked #13 of 31 Restaurants in Kaiapoi
Price range: US$6 - US$26
Description: Craft Bar & Kitchen is a new bar concept with its first site in Rotorua and now proud to open in Kaiapoi, with 60 craft beers and ciders and quality food.
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Description: Craft Bar & Kitchen is a new bar concept with its first site in Rotorua and now proud to open in Kaiapoi, with 60 craft beers and ciders and quality food.
Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

The menu had good variety, the staff friendly and a range of Moa and Good George craft beers on tap.

Overall it was just ok, average bistro pub food, not anything special. There are lots of bistro craft pubs around these days but the ones that stand out tend to be passionate about the beers and be able to discuss what is on tap rather than just pour the label.

It felt like a franchise formula rather than a genuine craft destination.

The staff here were just doing the job, seemed to have no product knowledge and there were very few customers there, admittedly mid week, but I wouldnt go on a long drive just to visit this bar.

Thank John A
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Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

We’d cycled about 25km to get here, so take out review with some grains of salt as we were thirsty and hungry :)
We got here about 2pm mid week during the holidays, and were stoked to see that they had Good George beers on tap! They also have Moa and Stoke - all positive signs. So we grabbed a couple of IPAs and ordered chicken tenders wrapped in bacon - yum! Helps that Hellers factory is just down the road, so when in Rome... ;)
For mains we had the chowder and the lamb salad. Both were very tasty. The chowder was chocka with seafood.
Another IPA and then we headed back home.
The staff were friendly and not over-bearing. They had a great kids menu too!
We’ll definitely be back.

Thank snapperbiscuitnz
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Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

We were there last week. We tried the food out of curiosity and it turned out to be a mind blowing experience. We ordered venison and Angus beef classic stone grill. The huge portion of raw meat just sizzling on a big slab of stone when served to us was an eye opener. I am not much of a meat eater but this meal converted me into one. The fact that we can cook the meat to our preference adds another dimension to the dining experience. I will definitely come back for more.

Thank JonnPiggy
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Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

We as a group of 4 had a great time here! Atmosphere was good, place was clean, food was excellent for the prices... can you ask for more from a casual setting?
Great place to catch up with mates and have a laugh without feeling judged by snooty foodie types. Service was great, we wanted for nothing all evening.

1  Thank Hospo_Lyf
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Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

Went here for a family dinner. Service was average, friendly, had multiple waitresses through the night. When we asked for a minute or two to decide they came back 15 minutes later. We were told there would be a wait for food, however the wait was not long. Had seafood chowder, fish and chips, craft burger and mixed grill. All meals were nice but not amazing given the price. Overall, the experience was average and would probably not return in a hurry.

Thank Kirsty C
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