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The Rivers Restaurant and Bar

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$$ - $$$
Irish, Bar, European, British, Pub, New Zealand
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Cnr Gladstone Rd & Reads Qy, Gisborne, New Zealand
+64 8633733
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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175 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great steaks in what turned out to be an Irish bar or pub - loved the Guinness T-shirts! Friendly staff, good choice of typical pub meals.A busy place, which is always a good sign!

Thank MRS565
Tauranga, New Zealand
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173 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you need a decent meal and you like your Steak and Chips - this is definitely the place to go to! The service was a bit slow, but the pub was pretty packed as well, so no blame for this here ;-) So a safe bet for a good meal!

Thank Isabell8785
Auckland, New Zealand
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice Irish bar with good pub food - pasta was delicious. Located right at the bridge in the centre of town.

1 Thank JohnSames
Papamoa, New Zealand
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60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hadn't been here for years! Silly me! Meals were Devine and lots of gluten free options Even a whole separate menu.

1 Thank Neats62
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Located in a very central location only a sort walk from our hotel. Great food great atmosphere and love the Kilkenny on tap :-)

1 Thank Caryn S
Sydney, Australia
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188 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Typical pub style bar and restaurant. Great value for money and generous sized meals. We went their on their Trivia night. Good fun. Staff were friendly and helpful. Highly recommended.

Thank Raynboz
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My favourite pub in Gisborne. Frequented by my father-in-law we enjoy our opportunities to enjoy for a drink or two when we're passing through. Clean, river views, friendly staff, tasty food and Guinness on tap!

Thank Colin C
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36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Being a Sunday evening the pub was very animated with numerous family groups. This is the kind of atmosphere that makes a pub/restaurant welcoming and to top it all off the food and service were very good. Realistically priced and a good varied menu. We both had the Guinness pie which was delicious. Recommended.

Thank muxloeleicester
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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273 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

A retired couple for one night in Gisborne. Tried this restaurant at random and so glad we did for this Saturday night. We enjoyed lovely ambiance, prompt service given the overflowing customers and lots (and lots) of excellent food. Shared our table with another couple because it was so busy. We took enough back home for a full meal next... More 

Thank MerlinBlaise
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290 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

We went here for dinner. We had squid rings to share as a starter and then a main course each. It was more than enough as the portions are huge. The fish and chips and the seafood platter was fantastic. You can get a doggy bag if you shouldn't be able to eat it all up. The platter serves two.... More 

Thank Lars S

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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
Average prices
US$7 - US$21
Irish, Bar, European, British, Pub, New Zealand
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Cnr Gladstone Rd & Reads Qy, Gisborne, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Gisborne Region  >  Gisborne
  • Phone Number: +64 8633733

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