Bessie

178 St Asaph Street , Christchurch , New Zealand, 8011
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5.30pm - Late 7 days a week

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About Bessie

Established in 2016, the drive behind Bessie was to create a meat focused restaurant with the ability to win the taste-buds of every Cantabrian. Serving up world class local produce and a selection of fine wines from around the globe, Bessie serves both as a destination for those special occasions whilst for others it feels like their local. Be surrounded by our cutting edge interiors and absorb the vibrant yet intimate space,whilst we deliver you consistently outstanding service and a truly unique dining experience. Making no apology for our love of meat, our restaurant features a meat room - a place of work and celebration of the main event - and with our menu showcasing top graded cuts of meat from nose to tail, there is even something for the more adventurous here. Let Bessie create you an experience to remember.

Cuisine: Modern New Zealand
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Thursday, 19 March 2020

Good as always! Great food and good service.

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Visited On Friday, 20 March 2020

Awesome service, awesome food and a great atmosphere. We will be back soon.

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Visited On Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Loved our evening. Great food and service. Lovely waitress Jill

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Visited On Monday, 16 March 2020

Best meal I've had in 9 months, and a great way to cap off an around the world trip!

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

Food was exquisite, every mouthful a delight. Will definitely return for more.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

Outstanding....from first communication with Leah till we walked out the door!!! Delicious food, excellent service, great atmosphere... Thank you so much.. We will be back!

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Visited On Thursday, 12 March 2020

Fantastic place fantastic food.

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Visited On Thursday, 12 March 2020

Absolutely wonderful evening. Atmosphere, Service and Food were outstanding. Great place for that 'Special Night Out' . Definitely will be returning.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

Wonderful evening restaurant was a bit difficult to find

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Visited On Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Great feedback from our team on the group dining last night, excellent food. Thank you

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Visited On Monday, 09 March 2020

I’m giving only 3 stars because I had higher expectations of this restaurant. The grass fed fillet tasted good but I expected it to be juicier and more tasteful. It was just alright. My husband’s 65-days aged T-bone was of course with more flavour, he was happy with it but again it wasn’t a culinary adventure. What really disappointed us and made us feel the restaurant takes advantage of it’s customers was when we ordered a bottle of wine: 1st bottle we ordered - 2016 on the menu; 2017 on the actual bottle. We asked for a different bottle. 2nd bottle - 2012 on the menu; 2016 on the actual bottle. This is 4 years difference, different quality/rating so we expected this should mean a price adjustment. But no. We asked the lady who was serving us about it, she said she will speak to the manager, returned a few minutes later and said that she has spoken to the manager, their cellar list sometimes differs and it is out of their hands, so the price is the same. This made us a very bad impression - firstly because the manager didn’t take charge and didn’t make the effort to come to our table in person and explain but she/he had our server deal with it and secondly because I’ve never seen such a discrepancy between the menu and the stock of the restaurant without any price adjustment. This doesn’t leave any choice and curtesy to the customer, it feels like we’re being cheated and we just have to go with it. Pretty disappointing evening. I think it is important for the management to always correct their menu when the stock doesn’t correspond. I think it is important for the manager to live up to her/his position and salary and deal with such moments, apologise and also find a solution. Our server was very kind and friendly, she took good care of us but all the positive is easily forgotten when something negative as such happens.

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Visited On Friday, 06 March 2020

Lovely dining experience. Food was top notch. Will surely be back for another Tomahawk :)

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Visited On Monday, 02 March 2020

We had Lucinda serve us, she was fantastic and very attentive. The food was outstanding,could not fault it. Would definitely go there again

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Visited On Monday, 02 March 2020

Food was delicious and to make the night even better the service was great! Keeping a smile and politely serving customers is easier said than done but we were treated so well at Bessie. Thanks a lot

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Visited On Saturday, 29 February 2020

Fantastic! Food was amazing per usual but the sauces went truly up a notch (if that is possible)! The seaweed butter - WOW! And our service was exceptional! Sarah was truly a breath of fresh! Thanks Team Bessie and see you next time!

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Visited On Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Delicious food & excellent service, would highly recommend.

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Visited On Tuesday, 25 February 2020

We went to Bessie for a celebration dinner and were most impressed with food/ meals with all plates cleaned up. The service was excellent with all staff animated and pleasant. An extensive wine list to choose from and the overall cost of around $80 per head represented good value in context. Thanks Bessie, you are a beaut.

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Visited On Saturday, 22 February 2020

No problem with the food. Staff friendly but need training on service. Wrong music for eating.

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Visited On Friday, 21 February 2020

Delicious as always! Great for a somewhere special dinner.

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Visited On Saturday, 22 February 2020

Awesome evening friendly and professional staff

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Visited On Friday, 21 February 2020

Great service very accommodating and beautiful food

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Visited On Thursday, 20 February 2020

Just discovered this wonderful little restaurant. The friendly atmosphere and exquisite food will come highly recommended. We will definitely be back. Gwyn

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Visited On Thursday, 20 February 2020

Could not fault the experience if I tried. Amazing food and service, we will be back soon!

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Visited On Thursday, 20 February 2020

We had a wonderful time dining there last night. The wait staff was friendly and patient as we were in no hurry to put in our order. On arrival we were presented with a complimentary plate of yummy pizza bread accompanied with the mist delicious hummus. Our choice for the main was undoubtedly the great sirloin steak served with black garlic snd mushroom sauce topped with duck fat croquettes. The combination was divine. The whole main was substantial and we ended the night’s order sharing the chocolate marquise.

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Visited On Saturday, 15 February 2020

Delicious food and excellent service.

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