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Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings
About
Our Ethos: From Farm to Fork. Food with honesty, from sources of integrity. Grown, harvested and procured by passionate people. Telling the stories of our Southern region, the changing seasons, the people who work the land, the sea and the bounty it provides. Our role as chefs is to tell these stories; we are the link between mother nature and the diner. We hunt….. we gather….. we grow….. we cook, this is the story we wish to share.
PRICE RANGE
$18 - $54
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
CUISINES
New Zealand, Bar, Grill
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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All reviews cheesecake prawns seafood chowder salmon blue cod service was great fantastic meal lovely atmosphere meals roast
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Reviewed 3 February 2024

As usual , the service was attentive, efficient and pleasant. The young staff do a great job in making dining at Emberz a very pleasant experience. Very impressed. The menu was diverse and appealing. My husband's steak was cooked PERFECTLY and the plating up was...beautiful and balanced flavour-wise and texture-wise. Tomorrow we are returning and ordering the same meal for us both. Congrats to the chef and the excellent staffMore

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Date of visit: February 2024
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Dean Nicol, General Manager at Emberz Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2024

Dear cdcarolinenz Thanks for taking the time to provide us with feedback from your recent dining experience. It is very pleasing to read your positive comments and receive your 5 star rating. I will be celebrating your review with the team and we look forward...More

Reviewed 3 January 2024

My wife and I had an amazing meal, lovely quality surrounding, very good service and nice night out. We left totally forfilled.

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Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 27 December 2023 via mobile

Having arrived in town without dinner plans we just walked to our nearest restaurant according to Google. Emberz. At the Ascot. And we're so glad we did too. We had the pick of the best tables. But they insisted we have Yazmin as our server....Turns out she's the best server. Food was amazing. Seafood chowder was a hearty serving. Vodka salmon gravlax was a revelation. Rosebud cocktail came in a very big glass. Mains were pork belly and venison ribs. Both did not disappoint. Very delicious. With little surprises. Desserts were chocolate cake and cheesecake. Big big big surprises. But delicious. Would highly recommend as the perfect spot for a couples dinner but we share the dinning room with families too. .More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Dean Nicol, General Manager at Emberz Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2023

Dear Guest Thanks for taking the time to provide us with all important feedback. It is great to read your positive comments and receive your 5 star rating. I will be sure to share your review with the team. We hope you have a very...More

Reviewed 2 December 2023 via mobile

An unplanned dining experience, didn’t have a booking and front of house accommodated us, friendly server and checked in for drinks on the regular ordered the chicken noodle salad which was delicious, also Thai beef salad which was a great combination of ingredients, well balanced...and solid on the texture front a little oily but would order again, tiger prawns were a nice treat paired well with the purée, price point and portion size was great, recommend.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Dean Nicol, General Manager at Emberz Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2023

Dear Guest Thanks for taking the time to provide us with all important feedback. It is great to read your positive comments and receive a high rating for your experience. I will be sharing your review with the team and we hope to welcome you...More

Reviewed 25 November 2023

Booked into the emberez bar to eat as more buzzy but a bit busy so had to eat in the restaurant which we don’t like as it’s dark with no atmosphere. Food was fantastic table a great size, chairs comfortableMore

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Date of visit: November 2023
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Dean Nicol, General Manager at Emberz Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2023

Dear guest, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback from your recent dining experience. It is great to read your overall experience was positive and I hope that next time you can get a table in the bar! We look forward...More

Reviewed 1 July 2023

Service was great but unfortunately the meals weren't. $54 for a very small lamb rack, roast was very meager with hardly any roast vegetables, had to send the portobello mushroom gnocchi back as it was so cold & $42 for 3 small pieces of blue...cod, some chips & a salad of mainly lettuce. Very disappointed as we've had many meals here in the past 6 years. Many places in Invercargill now that do much better. Totally need to up their game as one of the ILT show places here.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Dean Nicol, General Manager at Emberz Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2023

Dear Guest Thanks for taking the time to provide us with all important feedback from your latest dining experience. Great to read the staff looked after you well but we are obviously disappointed to read your comments about the food. Portion sizes being too small...More

Reviewed 25 June 2023

Out with friieds for midwinter shout !! Chose Portobello mushroom gnocchi tossed with lashings of spinach , pumpkin plus sauce. Recieved only gnocchi (=flour and water blobs) with 3 small Slithers of mushroom and a stalk of broccoli .On complaining duty manager came back.with some...more scratchings of mushroom ..I said it's not value for money and I would write a review...She said "well its only your opinion,"....despite the others agreeing it was sub standard and way off the $32 price tag !! This attitude gives NZ a bad name as well as your establishment ...Won't be going back !!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Dean Nicol, General Manager at Emberz Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2023

Dear guest. Thanks for taking the time to provide us with feedback from your recent dining experience. It is disappointing to receive your low rating and read your comments about your experience. I have followed this up with the team immediately to ensure that a...More

Reviewed 9 June 2023

Enjoyed the ambience, the service, the food, the company and the fireplace! The meal sizes were generous and the quality was exceptional. I’ll be back.More

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Date of visit: June 2023
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Dean Nicol, General Manager at Emberz Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2023

Dear Carla Thanks for taking the time to provide us with feedback from you recent dining experience. It is great to receive your 5 star rating and read your positive comments. I will be sharing your review with the team and we hope to welcome...More

Reviewed 27 May 2023

Lovely atmosphere, hadn't been for awhile, saw a change in menu thought would try again. Had the Lamb rack $54 really dissapointing for the price, fat wasn't rendered & the bones could have been cleaned up instead of leaving the skin on them. Probably wont...go back or recommend 😕More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Dean Nicol, General Manager at Emberz Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2023

Dear guest, Thanks for taking the time to provide us with a review from your most recent experience. I will be following up with the executive chef regarding your comments on the Lamb rack, it is disappointing to read that the meal was not up...More

Reviewed 15 April 2023

We hosted our Dutch Business Partner and employees. Great meal, in fact he said out of the 8 countries he has been travelling around he rated this meal as the stand out! It was the Merino Lamb Shoulder! Thanks

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Date of visit: April 2023
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Dean Nicol, General Manager at Emberz Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2023

Dear Graeme Thanks for taking the time to provide us with all important feedback. Excellent to receive your 5 star rating and to read your positive comments. I will be sure to share your review with the team. Very Best Regards Dean Nicol

Reviewed 30 March 2023

We have been visiting Invercargill for a few days and had a an idea for going out to dinner, but didn’t want any of the usual things in the Invercargill City Centre. Kinda wanted something nice but not quite fine dining. We noticed this and...checked out the menu. Sufficed to say the service was great and the food was too. Would recommend.More

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Date of visit: March 2023
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Dean N, General Manager at Emberz Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2023

Dear Kurt Thanks for taking the time to provide us with all important feedback. It is great to receive your 5 star rating and to read you enjoyed your restaurant experience at EMBERZ. We hope to welcome you back again the next time you are...More

Reviewed 22 February 2023

Mid-week in Invercargill doesn't always provide a wide-range of dinner dining options; Emberz definitely fulfills that demand however, and was rather busy for a Thursday evening. The food and service was very good; the blue cod burger was the pick of the meals for sure....Thanks to the team there for a relaxed, promptly delivered dinner - it hit the spot!More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Dean N, General Manager at Emberz Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2023

Dear Guest Thanks for taking the time to provide us with feedback from your dining experience at EMBERZ restaurant. I am pleased to read your positive comments and anything with blue cod is pretty special. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Very Best...More

Reviewed 22 January 2023

Lovely staff. Great choice of foods. Loved the Asian pancakes as a starter! Loved the setup and ambience.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Dean N, General Manager at Emberz Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2023

Dear Guest Thanks for taking the time to provide us with feedback from your dining experience. It is great to read your positive comments and we hope to welcome you back again soon. Very Best Regards Dean Nicol

Reviewed 6 January 2023

Tried Emberz Restaurant for the first time. It was a busy night and they are quite full. We are a family of four and we have a 1 year old baby girl who just woke up from her sleep so she was crying and she...was not too comfortable. The staff was very kind and offered us the outdoor table instead. It gave us a private space to dine comfortably with our kids. The Seafood Chowder was superb, the Salmon was really nice and their Cheesecake is a must try. Overall great experience, thanks to the kind and accommodating staff. 😃More

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Date of visit: January 2023
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Dean N, General Manager at Emberz Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2023

Dear Guest Thanks for taking the time to provide us with feedback from your dining experience. It is great to read your comments and I am very pleased the staff were accommodating to ensure you and your family were comfortable. We hope to welcome you...More

Reviewed 14 October 2022 via mobile

Fantastic experience from start to finish! The food was absolutely wonderful (especially that lamb rack.. WOW!), and the staff we interacted with were all absolutely so lovely too! Highly recommend!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Dean N, General Manager at Emberz Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2023

Dear Guest Thanks for taking the time to provide us with feedback from your dining experience. It is very pleasing to read your comments and yes the lamb rack is special. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Very Best Regards Dean Nicol

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  • Service: 4
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