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The Oaks of Darfield

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2171 Clintons Road, Darfield 7571, New Zealand
+64 3-318 7686
18:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 15:00
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Wed - Sun 18:00 - 20:30
Thu - Sun 12:00 - 15:00
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Timaru, New Zealand
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the first time I'd been part of a meal like this. The wine list is extensive. Our food was matched with the wines thought the 7 courses. The waitstaff here are outstanding and service in second to none. Recommended to others and I think the meals & wine are too cheap for what you get.

Thank TAmember09062016
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

We went, as part of a large group, for lunch last Sunday. I was looking forward to returning to this restaurant, but wasn't prepared for the simply superb meal I, and all others in our large party, received. Didn't seem to matter what was ordered, we were all impressed, and coping with getting food to the table in quick succession... More 

Thank Scott W
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

I once read a review of a restaurant in Barcelona, the service was described as a little staid! The food was great and here is similar, wine list could do with packing out a little, hope the menu changes regularly

Thank Tim O
Christchurch, New Zealand
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

We revisited "The Oaks" for the second time under its new management with a group of friends for dinner. What a superb meal, as good as we have had at similar establishments in Christchurch. From the moment we entered the door and had pre dinner drinks in the lounge, with an open fire and a great range of wine and... More 

Thank Annatfarms
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

We went there last night for dinner with 4 friends. It was a very cold night but restaurant was warm and cosy. Since we were last there, a new owner has taken over. He is clearly dedicated to making this a really nice place. The building is of historic nature with a really great ambiance. The meals and drinks were... More 

Thank MadMaxChristchurch
Christchurch, New Zealand
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016

We visited Thursday and it had been probably 12 months ago since our last visit .New owner has put his stamp on the place .We both had the Pork Belly and it was the best I have had to DATE!We even had dessert which got offered to be gluten free option.We will return soon ....fantastic ,take the drive out soon.

Thank Princeharrythenazi
Christchurch, New Zealand
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016 via mobile

We had our golden wedding celebration dinner there for 23 people. The venue was beautiful, service amazing & the food & choice options just fabulous. Everyone raved over their experience & that included some who had travelled extensively & eaten in top restaraunts overseas. A wonderful memorable experience.

Thank lesleyk72
Canterbury Region, New Zealand
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49 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

apart from the noisy group that were beside us, we had a very pleasant evening - tasty food and attentive service.

Thank SueC43
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

We decided to eat in after a long drive and were not disappointed. As there was another function in the main dining room that evening we dined in a private room. We were treated to a lovely meal and were waited on by Hamish, who made us feel like royalty. We had a lovely evening in this historic house and... More 

Thank Malcolm W
Rockford, Illinois
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016 via mobile

Maybe I visited this place on an off night, but there was only one other table when we arrived. The soup didn't come out hot and there was a dry layer on the top. The mains were good (salmon and croquettes) but the fine dining really seemed to pertain only to the presentation and mood, not necessarily the food. After... More 

Thank Mindy Y

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
18:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 20:30
18:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2171 Clintons Road, Darfield 7571, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Darfield
  • Phone Number: +64 3-318 7686

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