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Travellers' Choice2023
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$20 - $120
CUISINES
Steakhouse, European
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was in time for reservation, sat 15 minutes late (not terrible). But then, waited over 90 minutes for our entrees, which we ordered as soon as we sat down. Very limited touches at the table, the manager never came to check in on the table....There was seriously something wrong this evening, and I wonder if it’s habitual or a one off. Over never had to wait this long for a single course… and then for the sides to arrive cold with a steak that was actually quite good.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 9 March 2024 via mobile

Brilliant service and the steaks and sauces were outstanding. Our entree Chicken parfait was world class. It’s an expensive meal but, it’s absolutely worth it. Going again soon!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Leah Aird, Owner at Bessie, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2024

Thank you for sharing your review with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 21 February 2024

This was one of the most delicious meals we have ever enjoyed. We had the aged steak with a variety of sides. SO tasty and satisfying. The service and ambiance were fantastic. Great location near City Centre. It was fun to walk to and from...and see beautiful murals and sculptures. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Leah Aird, Owner at Bessie, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2024

Thank you for sharing your lovely review with us. We're stoked to hear you enjoyed your entire experience, and we hope that we can host you again in the future.

Reviewed 21 February 2024

Arrival experience:arrive a quarter before reservation time,although most of places are empty and prepared,still tell us we should wait until ready,that's ok,while there is no one remember to pick us up from waiting place even it's already past the reservation time and other guests had...came in。 Order:came for the dry-aged ribeye,waitress told me already sold out at around 6:45。while other waitress told later customer there is still one last dry-aged ribeye at around 8。what the hell! Dish:Ribeye tastes pretty salty,seems adds too much salt before grill,never estimate could happen in such a highly-rated steakhouse。More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 11 February 2024

Excellent dining experience. We had Ollie as our waiter - amazing knowledge of menu and meats. Food was cooked to perfection. We had steak, lamb and pork - all delicious. No complaints and you won't be disappointed.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Leah Aird, Owner at Bessie, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2024

Thank you for sharing your lovely feedback with us! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed everything, and we hope to host you again in the future.

Reviewed 31 January 2024 via mobile

This gem of a restaurant is difficult to find as the sign is small. It is well worth it. The filet and lamb were wonderful as were the carrots. We don't recommend the polenta which reminded us of porridge. Tried horseradish sauce with the lamb,...it's milder than most horseradish in the US and went well with the lamb.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Leah Aird, Owner at Bessie, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2024

Thank you for sharing your review with us Patrice. It was a pleasure looking after you, and we hope that we can host you again in the future.

Reviewed 19 January 2024 via mobile

Great ambiance, attentive service. Perfectly crafted dishes. We had an opportunity to be seated right in front of the chefs station, watching them was like watching a perfectly choreographed show. The rib eye was cooked perfectly, it was tender and flavorful. The lamb tenderloin was...exquisite. The croquettes were crispy on the outside and so tender and delicious in the middle. The clams were a delightful surprise full of wonderful flavor. The raw oysters are highly recommended, they are creamy with a hint of brine. The Chocolate Marquise was the perfect ending to the meal.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Leah Aird, Owner at Bessie, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2024

Thank you for the lovely feedback! It was a pleasure looking after you both.

Reviewed 13 January 2024

The food was good but the evening was spoiled by the long wait for it! An hour after we had ordered one of the waiting staff announced that our food would be another ten minutes. In fact it was another fifteen to twenty minutes by...which time the atmosphere at our table had deteriorated to say the least. We thought we should order desserts to finish off with and they took a long time for something pretty simple - by this time the restaurant was half empty having been pretty busy when we arrived. So food good, music too loud, staff pleasant but awfully long wait for our meals!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Leah Aird, Owner at Bessie, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2024

We appreciate you sharing this feedback with us, and do apologise about the longer than usual wait. We hope that we can host you again in the future.

Reviewed 11 December 2023

The steak we had was one of the best I have had. Service is excellent and knowledgeable. A bit out of the center but well worth the trip.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Leah Aird, Owner at Bessie, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2023

Thank you for your review. We're happy to hear you enjoyed everything, and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 1 December 2023 via mobile

Great ambience, nice restaurant and very good and courteous waiter. We had wagyu loin and the bone marrow was also very tasty. The oysters are very tasty, but very different from those in Europe. The Beef Tartar gorgous. We didn't like the croquettes at all...as they were too sweet. The service was a bit too quick for us when it came to clearing the table, as soon as you put your fork down, it was already cleared. The $100 red wine is opened and served immediately and the bottle is placed on the table, which could be done more elegantly. Red wines are a bit expensive for the quality. But all in all a great evening.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 6 November 2023 via mobile

We had an amazing time at Bessie. From experience in owning a restaurant, we appreciate that it is hard to have both brilliant front of house service and exceptional food at the same time with current staffing issues, however Bessie could not be faulted on...either. We tried the Tamar Farm Red Devon steaks and the flavour was outstanding. It was the best meal we have had a a very long time. We would highly recommend and will definitely be going back.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 27 October 2023 via mobile

Nice decor and fabulous menu based around steak. Comprehensive wine list by the bottle. Service was great when we visited. Food was well presented and delicious - I will be back when next in Chch 😋

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 20 October 2023

We went to Bessie to celebrate our wedding anniversary with friends. Anna, our wait staff, was fantastic - professional, knowledgeable & caring, with a sense of humour and engaging. She was so good. The food was delicious, and we loved having a private room. One...of our party has decreased mobility and is also hard of hearing, so this was perfect. No one in our party had been to Bessie before and everyone enjoyed it and are keen to visit again. Thank you.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 19 September 2023

The best restaurant in Christchurch. Beautiful food, excellent service, knowledgeable thorough staff and lovely ambience and acoustics throughout. We go regularly and it is a very consistent experience. I would recommend Pork Jowl croquettes, the clams, and the duck liver parfait to start. Then we...share a 500g ribeye on the bone between 2 or a tomahawk between 3 or even 4. For sides take either the Cos Salad or the carrots & duck fat potato croquettes. Desserts the chocolate marquis is delicious and so is the pana cotta! Enjoy!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 2 September 2023 via mobile

Started off as a great experience but spoilt by one meal being sent back and took long to rectify the mistake as the rest of our party had nearly finished their mains. Should only have been 5 mins to cook another rare steak to avoid...one person eating on their own. Very disappointed.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 5