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 Saturday, 20 July 2019

Incredible food and friendly knowledgeable and attentive staff especially Rebecca and James. They were great hosts and it wasn't an act as all clients were treated the same. They were as good as the steak.

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Visited On Saturday, 20 July 2019

Great night out. Food was amazing, service was great. Lovely place to be when a cold wet evening.

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Visited On Thursday, 18 July 2019

Awesome food. Awesome staff. Great atmosphere. Can't ask for better.

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Visited On Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Lovely meal! Brilliant service from staff

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Visited On Tuesday, 16 July 2019

My partner and I went to Bessie last night for his birthday dinner. It was our first time and we loved every minute. We started with the cheese platter, from the dessert menu, which was delicious. We both had the 200g Eye Fillet Steak with red wine jus and shared three sides (all delicious). I had the chocolate marquise and he had the lemon sorbet for dessert (both delicious - do you see the theme here?) We received excellent service from James and will definitely be back.

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Visited On Sunday, 14 July 2019

The best steak I have ever eaten, I had the dry aged rib eye and my partner the wagyu. Absolutely amazing. Will return over and over again. Have recommended to many people already. Great service from all staff. Cheers

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Visited On Sunday, 14 July 2019

Excellent meal. Great service and good atmosphere.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 July 2019

Tha aged ribeye was worth every cent

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Visited On Friday, 12 July 2019

My wife and I ate at Bessie on Friday night while visiting Christchurch. We didn't know the restaurant but the reviews online were good. Turned out to be a great choice. The food was excellent. My wife had the lamp shoulder and I had the dry-aged ribeye. Both were cooked perfectly. The bartender recommended a great wine, as well. The ambience of the place was excellent as well. I appreciated how they used the decor to define different rooms in the space. The only negative was the service at the table. Our initial waitress was not very good. She didn't seem to be focused and messed up our food and wine order initially. She also didn't check to see how the meals were and never refilled our water glasses. We had to ask another waitress who was walking by for that. Our original waitress finished her shift during our meal and another woman (Annie I believe) took over She was very good and very attentive, so it's clearly not an issue with the restaurant itself. We would.definitely go again.

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Visited On Monday, 08 July 2019

I have to say, this was the most tender lamb I have had in a long time, beautifully cooked, and great friendly service. Really enjoyed being able to have a joke and chat with our wait staff.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 July 2019

Beautiful food great staff and all around fabulous dining experience. We will be back

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Visited On Friday, 05 July 2019

Kyle was excellent, food delicious a great night enjoyed by everyone.

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Visited On Wednesday, 03 July 2019

Our waiter Kyle was amazing! So personable and really made the evening shine. Bessie is a favourite of ours and we’re always impressed with both the food and the staff.

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Visited On Monday, 01 July 2019

A birthday treat and wow what an experience! The steak was delicious, cooked to perfection, very attentive young man serving us, and we even had a small tour of the kitchen/steak meat room, vegetarians/vegans advised to stay well away. highly Recommended.

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Visited On Monday, 01 July 2019

very good experience!!!

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Visited On Sunday, 30 June 2019

Outstanding on all fronts.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 June 2019

Choice of still, sparkling or tap water. Complimentary grilled flatbread with hummus. Atmosphere is very relaxed, maybe foreground music could be put a bit more to the background. Communicating with staff was sometimes a bit hard. Friendly staff but going through the menu a bit fast. Exquisite quality of food - very special, but quite steep too, hence the 4/5 stars for value for money. The $300 mark is easily surpassed for a group of four. All in all had a great anniversary dinner with the family - certainly an evening to remember. 9/10!

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Visited On Saturday, 29 June 2019

Amazing

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Visited On Saturday, 29 June 2019

Great dinner out.

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Visited On Sunday, 23 June 2019

We enjoyed every delicious mouthful & shared a lovely birthday dinner with family.

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Visited On Sunday, 23 June 2019

Our last night in your beautiful city before heading back across the ditch and it was memorable. Best lamb I have ever eaten and Kyle even got my husband to order Brussel sprouts! ( by the way, what were they cooked with? I was so amazed at them being ordered I forgot!) Will definitely let everyone in Brisbane know it’s a magnificent feed. THANK YOU

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Visited On Sunday, 23 June 2019

Yummy. Loved the service and food. My recommendation is the aged ribeye

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Visited On Saturday, 22 June 2019

fabulous food, steak was great all round very enjoyable experience

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Visited On Saturday, 22 June 2019

Fabulous from start to finish!

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Visited On Friday, 21 June 2019

It’s awesome food and the service is very nice. I recommend this restaurant and I think this is the best steak in Christchurch

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