Cuisine: A La Carte, Grill, Pacific
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $35

With Barberra in its centre, Christchurch has never looked so chic. It's ultra-modern, cool and focussed around local ingredients.

Choose from shared or individual plates. Pop in for a wine, a snack, just dessert or a full meal-  the choice is yours! We have curated our menus based on fresh, seasonal ingredients and the flavours and influences of both local suppliers and the Pacific Rim. Both our food and beverage menus feature a large number of plants and flowers from our Sydenham and roof-top gardens.  We believe in a root and stalk philosophy, reusing as much of the plant as possible. Our proteins are all free range and line caught where possible. You will see a large range of our dishes are gluten free, keto friendly, and easily adaptable to make vegetarian or vegan.Our custom built charcoal grill is a huge feature to our open plan kitchen - if you are wanting to watch the kitchen we recommend requesting a high table when you book, or even to sit at the kitchen pass and watch the chefs while you eat.

To say its spacious would be an understatement. Its high ceilings, enormous windows (that are covered with uber stylish shutters) and hanging plants make it a wonderfully restorative spot. Its simple colour scheme of brown, black and white certainly proves that less is more.

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Barberra
151 Cambridge Terrace
Christchurch 8013

Open Hours:
Dinner - Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm
Lunch Thursday - Friday from 11.30am

Phone: 03 3652888
Website: www.barberra.co.nz

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Barberra
Cuisine: A La Carte, Grill, Pacific
Mains: $15 - $35

Reviews

This restaurant is amazing, highly recommend, definitely one of my top 3 restaurants in Christchurch. The food is exceptional.

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I think Barberra is a bit of a hidden gem, and deserves to be doing really well. The space itself is nice; nicely open (including a view into the kitchen of the chefs doing their magic), and the tables are a nice distance apart. The service is friendly and helpful, without being hover-y.

The food is absolutely excellent. Christchurch is a fairly saturated market when it comes to contemporary fine dining, and to be honest I think a lot of the places are pretty samey and mediocre. Barberra definitely stands out as a cut above.

The food manages to split the difference between crowd pleasing (Fried Chicken, Ribeye Steak) and more interesting options (I loved that there were 6 different raw entrée options, Balinese curry, etc). Everything that I had was delicious. The Beef Carpaccio in particular really impressed me - I wouldn't have thought to pair strawberry and begonia with raw beef, but it was delicious, and quite different to any other variant on the dish I have had.

Overall, I was impressed with everything I ate, and left with several other dishes in mind to have when I return.

Would thoroughly recommend to anyone who is looking for somewhere delicious and a little different for their next date night.

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Erin Cartwright

What a great dining experience! Our waitress was knowledgable and attentive, and the food was next level!
We had the scallops and fried chicken for entree and rib eye and spicy lamb for our mains. (The duck fat potatoes are a must try!). It was a tough decision picking only a few items off their menu so we will definitely be back.
Also, massive compliments to the chef - for not only sending out amazing food in a timely fashion, but doing it all on her own.. even with multiple tables ordering at once. Highly recommended!

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Lai Nguyen

Visited as a guest at Barberra this week with a girlfriend. We dined for the evening service. for lunch just today. We started with a selection of three entree/light sharing meals(scallops, gin cured salmon and beef tartare). They were all cooked perfection and just broke away in our mouths with each bite! For main we shared the duck with misp eggplant and asparagus
Safe to say the char coal grill the duck was cooked was so tender and had a mild smokey taste, so good! I do want to say that, in addition to a nice meal, we had a delightful waitress. She had just the right balance of friendliness and efficiency. She recognised that we wanted time to visit and did not rush us and was attentive, Kudos team!

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Jackie Daniel

First time dining at Barberra and we have now discovered a gem. Both the food and service was nothing short of amazing. The owner chatted with us about their menu and the produce they used which is fresh and in season. We had the Duck and the White Fish Balinese Curry, both were delicious and followed with dessert aswell. So many options on the menu I would love to try next time. If you haven’t dined here yet, I would highly recommend you do so.

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Lucy Clark

I chose Barberra because of their interesting menu and it didn’t disappoint. My salmon was delicious and hubby enjoyed his venison. They have a large wine list and very nice desserts. Great for people who are vegetarian and gluten free. Will definitely go again

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Meredith Wain

A great night at Barberra, so good infact i went back for lunch two days later.
A combination of fantastic attentive service, extensive winelist and a menu with lip-smacking, fresh flavours all align to make Barberra a great place to dine. The Szechuan & Five Spice Fried Chicken is an absolute must-order!

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Ysrial Clunies-Ross

Enjoyed the food and tried a couple of things from the menu not normally found elsewhere. We ordered the Beef Tartare, the venison and the steak, along with a Penfolds port (yum) and Cider from the tap. Good atmosphere and it was warm inside on a cold night, and the waitress constantly present to keep us topped up and hosted. Thanks for a great night.

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The food was amazing and service was great.
Interesting collection of food option. Some sound dishes have strange pairing and combination but it works and taste great. Highly recommended

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Best restaurant in Christchurch. This place needs to be discovered by more people. Their locally grown produce, open kitchen, and personal management is just incredible, honest and refreshing. Because the owners are the cooks and there is only one waitress everything is always overseen and checked to be to the highest level. It is perfect every time not like many other restaurants. Could not recommend highly enough. Everything on the menu is to die for, personal favourites are the Ceviche, Duck breast and the Ribeye.

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Suzanne chatfield

I took my friend to Barberra and absolutely everything about our lunchtime experience was stunning....I've never given such a review ever.
I could have chosen any offering on the menu and it was particularly good to see gnocchi and duck fat potatoes. My friend had the potatoes and it was a monstrous side dish. The side offerings are thoughtful and again I would be happy to try them all. My starter of chicken parfait with mustard and cornichons was a great combination and the thoughtful waitstaff brought out two side plates so we could share. We both had the cured salmon, prawn croquettes beetroot pureeas mains and it didn't disappoint. The presentation was gorgeous and the taste sublime. Service was excellent and very patient as we dithered over the choices we needed to make. I would rate this restaurant as being able to stand proud in London New York or Melbourne. We'll be back.

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We are so impressed with the revamped cosy yet chic Barberra! Book and look forward to beautifully presented, delicious food complimented by considerate, unobtrusive service.

After calling ahead with a special request that was willingly accommodated, we were warmly welcomed on Friday night. First course highlights were tender salt and pepper squid on red pepper coulis and a small satay scallop plate bursting with two full skewers. The main course duck breast with hazelnuts and cherries topped a devine parsnip puree and the pomegranate chicken with feta was declared the most scrumptious my friend had ever eaten. The beef ribeye with shitake dumplings was as delicious and generous as all the other portions.

To finish the chocolate sphere was both spectacular and ample for two people, the petite fours melted in the mouth and the lime coconut panna cotta was light and refreshing. Our lovely server added some extra touches and had a knack of choosing the ideal times to check in on us. Space between courses was perfect to allow us to relax and enjoy the experience.

We are now spoilt for choice in Christchurch restaurants and Barberra is absolutely standing out from the crowd. We'll be back!

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First time for us, and the food was AMAZING. Really good portions too. Will definitely recommend to friends. Great food, great atmosphere, and lovely service.

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Jess Tait

My hubby and I went on a lunch date without kids for the first time in forever and the food and service at Barberra was amazing! They were happy to cater to my dietary needs and we were definitely not disappointed with the food. Hubby had the duck salad and it was huge and so tasty and I had Salmon, duck fat potatoes and seasonal green vege and the serving size was great and so delicious. We will definitely be back again!! Thanks for making our lunch experience so lovely.

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Chanelle Situe

We had a fantastic experience
We ordered the crispy chicken with slaw , duck salad, potatoes and bread and butter
Everything was amazing presented perfectly
The service was fantastic
An amazing lunch
Can’t wait to go back

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Hannah Chamberlain

We had a lovely evening! The food was amazing, We had fried chicken to start which was fluffy and light. I had venison which was perfectly cooked and the dessert chocolate sphere was delicious! Highly recommend, the atmosphere was relaxed and our waitress was very attentive and let us take our time through our meal which was lovely. Thank you!

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Victoria Jane

Food is amazing! Starters we had squid and fried chicken, both good portions and delicious. We ordered mains gnocchi, chicken thigh, salmon. No complaints from us! We all agreed we would be back again.

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Sharon Layton

Lovely lovely food- and attentive service. We may have ordered our mains and then decided we need some of the popcorn chicken and crispy squid as well because everything looked so good!!

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Marilyn Hudson

From the first contact with staff till the end of the visit to this restaurant it was class all the way. We left feeling relaxed, very nourished, and would be happy to return.

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Courtenay Chenery

Wonderful experience! Service was great, and the food was delicious. We had the white fish curry and the venison as well as the duck fat potatoes and to start we had the Szechuan cauliflower. Only downside was we were way too full to try the yum sounding desserts or cheeses.

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Amazing service, very well presented restaurant! Food was absolutely amazing and all of the starters through to deserts were delicious and of a high quality. Great that they use local ingredients from NZ as well!

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Aqui Chèvre

This was amazing experience!
We ordered ceviche, leaves and bread as a starter. Ceviche I wish there was some tortilla chips aside or please serve it with a spoon! The sauce was so tasty and It’s shame if you can’t finish it!
Green leaves are simple yet refreshing.
As main we ordered chicken thigh and sirloin steak, and side we had duck fat potato and some vegetables. I had a chicken plate and I loved it, it was a best chicken plate in Christchurch and you must try. Chicken was tender and the I really enjoyed the crunchy rice on the top.
We were really full but we wanted to try some dessert and ordered panna cotta, I wish there was a big size of it, I didn’t want to finish it because it was so good!
Every plates we tried were delicious and full of taste and I’m glad I did try this place because now I find my favourite restaurant in Christchurch!

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Herve Hoerman

Great food, don’t hesitate, have a try!

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Yet again had a lovely meal and fantastic service. Unfortunately the seating was not the most comfortable, but this didn't spoil our evening,

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This restaurant is amazing, highly recommend, definitely one of my top 3 restaurants in Christchurch. The food is exceptional.

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Cate Stevens

Delicious food, great service in a lovely space.

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Delicious food, great wine list and superb atmosphere!

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Amanda Fairbairn

Great food. Excellent service.

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Fantastic food and service

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We really enjoyed our meal. The food and service were great. We had an early booking and hard to judge what the atmosphere would be liked when more diners there, but we will certainly be back.

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Excellent service in this pleasant city restaurant. Enjoyed a drink next door before our dinner. Would go again for sure.

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Clean tidy, polite service, lovely food.

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Very nice food and service, no one else around until we were about to leave.

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I think Barberra is a bit of a hidden gem, and deserves to be doing really well. The space itself is nice; nicely open (including a view into the kitchen of the chefs doing their magic), and the tables are a nice distance apart. The service is friendly and helpful, without being hover-y.

The food is absolutely excellent. Christchurch is a fairly saturated market when it comes to contemporary fine dining, and to be honest I think a lot of the places are pretty samey and mediocre. Barberra definitely stands out as a cut above.

The food manages to split the difference between crowd pleasing (Fried Chicken, Ribeye Steak) and more interesting options (I loved that there were 6 different raw entrée options, Balinese curry, etc). Everything that I had was delicious. The Beef Carpaccio in particular really impressed me - I wouldn't have thought to pair strawberry and begonia with raw beef, but it was delicious, and quite different to any other variant on the dish I have had.

Overall, I was impressed with everything I ate, and left with several other dishes in mind to have when I return.

Would thoroughly recommend to anyone who is looking for somewhere delicious and a little different for their next date night.

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Erin Cartwright

What a great dining experience! Our waitress was knowledgable and attentive, and the food was next level!
We had the scallops and fried chicken for entree and rib eye and spicy lamb for our mains. (The duck fat potatoes are a must try!). It was a tough decision picking only a few items off their menu so we will definitely be back.
Also, massive compliments to the chef - for not only sending out amazing food in a timely fashion, but doing it all on her own.. even with multiple tables ordering at once. Highly recommended!

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Lai Nguyen

Visited as a guest at Barberra this week with a girlfriend. We dined for the evening service. for lunch just today. We started with a selection of three entree/light sharing meals(scallops, gin cured salmon and beef tartare). They were all cooked perfection and just broke away in our mouths with each bite! For main we shared the duck with misp eggplant and asparagus
Safe to say the char coal grill the duck was cooked was so tender and had a mild smokey taste, so good! I do want to say that, in addition to a nice meal, we had a delightful waitress. She had just the right balance of friendliness and efficiency. She recognised that we wanted time to visit and did not rush us and was attentive, Kudos team!

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Valentin Brunon

Great place, great food and great service!

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Fantastic food, great service, highly recommend

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Jackie Daniel

First time dining at Barberra and we have now discovered a gem. Both the food and service was nothing short of amazing. The owner chatted with us about their menu and the produce they used which is fresh and in season. We had the Duck and the White Fish Balinese Curry, both were delicious and followed with dessert aswell. So many options on the menu I would love to try next time. If you haven’t dined here yet, I would highly recommend you do so.

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Our second time back. Service is good with front of house being attentive but not intrusive, kept water topped up and asked us if we wanted a 2nd glass of wine.
Tried some different dishes to our first time and food was also good. Using things in season and nothing is over complicated, food is tasty. Portions are nice size, in fact we couldn’t do dessert this time round. Would recommend this place if you haven’t tried before.

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Sue Fulton

We had a lovely dinner at Barberra. The 4 of us shared 3 small plates, 3 mains and 2 sides. I think the favourite was the Balinese style tofu curry but all dishes were delicious. Service was great, friendly and helpful but unobtrusive. Will be back.

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Jo Kinley

Gorgeous food with an yummy looking menu. Can share plates or just order individually. Fish curry was very moorish.

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Very enjoyable evening

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Christine French

Went for a family dinner. The venison was lovely. Service was attentive. I was concerned about the noise issue as highlighted by others but it was fine.

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Marilou Scott

We got lost on our way to locating the restaurant and arrived late, but it wasn't a problem at all. I am so impressed with the ambience of this restaurant. Beautiful choice of music out of all the restaurants we have been to. The food was very nicely presented. There was a lot of love and attention to every dish that we had. My husband can't stop talking about his Venison dish. We like that the menu was simple and single paged, and the prices reasonable (not over the top). Easy to choose and straight forward. Very nice restaurant indeed.

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Debbie Arthur

Really good experience...service great, atmosphere lovely, food delicious and fresh and varied choice. Excellent cocktails

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Great food. Excellent service. Lovely atmosphere.
Would highly recommend

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Really delicious food.

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Enjoyed the meal and surroundings

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Melissa Crowe

The cocktails and food were great! I will be back to try more of the menu for sure

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Returned for another meal with the family at Barberra to try some other meals on their menu.. All really beautiful food.
I had the charred Venison. The char was really nice, a bit smokey and perfectly medium rare.
Lovely wine options and great service. Will be back.

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Welcoming and attentive staff. Menu choice excellent ; we shared a plate of salt and pepper squid with the steak for mains and food excellent. Would definitely dine again.

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Lucy Clark

I chose Barberra because of their interesting menu and it didn’t disappoint. My salmon was delicious and hubby enjoyed his venison. They have a large wine list and very nice desserts. Great for people who are vegetarian and gluten free. Will definitely go again

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Nikki Hawkey

Great food, excellent service, highly recommended!

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Meredith Wain

A great night at Barberra, so good infact i went back for lunch two days later.
A combination of fantastic attentive service, extensive winelist and a menu with lip-smacking, fresh flavours all align to make Barberra a great place to dine. The Szechuan & Five Spice Fried Chicken is an absolute must-order!

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Ysrial Clunies-Ross

Enjoyed the food and tried a couple of things from the menu not normally found elsewhere. We ordered the Beef Tartare, the venison and the steak, along with a Penfolds port (yum) and Cider from the tap. Good atmosphere and it was warm inside on a cold night, and the waitress constantly present to keep us topped up and hosted. Thanks for a great night.

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The food was amazing and service was great.
Interesting collection of food option. Some sound dishes have strange pairing and combination but it works and taste great. Highly recommended

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Best restaurant in Christchurch. This place needs to be discovered by more people. Their locally grown produce, open kitchen, and personal management is just incredible, honest and refreshing. Because the owners are the cooks and there is only one waitress everything is always overseen and checked to be to the highest level. It is perfect every time not like many other restaurants. Could not recommend highly enough. Everything on the menu is to die for, personal favourites are the Ceviche, Duck breast and the Ribeye.

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It was our first experience if dining at Barberra and we really enjoyed it. The service was excellent and the food delicious. The waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and the meal was prompt without being rushed.

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Suzanne chatfield

I took my friend to Barberra and absolutely everything about our lunchtime experience was stunning....I've never given such a review ever.
I could have chosen any offering on the menu and it was particularly good to see gnocchi and duck fat potatoes. My friend had the potatoes and it was a monstrous side dish. The side offerings are thoughtful and again I would be happy to try them all. My starter of chicken parfait with mustard and cornichons was a great combination and the thoughtful waitstaff brought out two side plates so we could share. We both had the cured salmon, prawn croquettes beetroot pureeas mains and it didn't disappoint. The presentation was gorgeous and the taste sublime. Service was excellent and very patient as we dithered over the choices we needed to make. I would rate this restaurant as being able to stand proud in London New York or Melbourne. We'll be back.

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Food was delicious, in particular, the deep-fried Szechuan cauliflower with maple syrup was a delight. Service was excellent with very friendly staff. Would recommend if you are looking for a cosy restaurant, with lovely food and ambiance.

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We are so impressed with the revamped cosy yet chic Barberra! Book and look forward to beautifully presented, delicious food complimented by considerate, unobtrusive service.

After calling ahead with a special request that was willingly accommodated, we were warmly welcomed on Friday night. First course highlights were tender salt and pepper squid on red pepper coulis and a small satay scallop plate bursting with two full skewers. The main course duck breast with hazelnuts and cherries topped a devine parsnip puree and the pomegranate chicken with feta was declared the most scrumptious my friend had ever eaten. The beef ribeye with shitake dumplings was as delicious and generous as all the other portions.

To finish the chocolate sphere was both spectacular and ample for two people, the petite fours melted in the mouth and the lime coconut panna cotta was light and refreshing. Our lovely server added some extra touches and had a knack of choosing the ideal times to check in on us. Space between courses was perfect to allow us to relax and enjoy the experience.

We are now spoilt for choice in Christchurch restaurants and Barberra is absolutely standing out from the crowd. We'll be back!

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Irene Boles

Very good dining experience at Barberra for my birthday - it was the first time we were going out since having our baby and we were so grateful for the very kind and helpful waitress.
Food was good and well presented, we are big fans of raw meat and fish so we will surely come back.
Thanks

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Absolutely amazing food and really great service. We will definitely be going back, we all loved it!!!

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First time for us, and the food was AMAZING. Really good portions too. Will definitely recommend to friends. Great food, great atmosphere, and lovely service.

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Lovely friendly staff and some very interesting choices of food on the menu.

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Although the menu was interesting and hard to pick from the food was amazing! Fried chicken was super delish!!!

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Karel Robbins

A really outstanding evening! We do have a tendency to be fairly harsh food critics but every single thing was well above average with a few highlights that were absolutely superb! The service was fantastic and the ambience really lovely even down to the choice of background music! We would definitely recommend this place to friends & family and we'll be back again for sure!

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Barberra is a fairly newly opened restaurant, it has interesting decor keeping the lighting low, generally using darker colours, and using large blinds to restrict natural light. The chairs were surprising pleasant and much more comfortable than most restaurants. They have a good drinks selection offering a few traditional brews and a selection of less common drinks which is nice. They also have a good selection of cocktails and a large wine selection.
We tried two starters, the bread was reasonably bland, but when the butter was added it changed the flavor considerably and was a very pleasant combo. The chicken was also very nice mixed with a sweet sauce which was odd but very nice. For the mains we both tried a different meat. Both really enjoyed the flavor combinations.
We figured we'd give desert a taste too. I tried the chocolate sphere which was fun to watch, but was a pretty average desert on flavor. The chocolate sides were quite thick, and the bread crumb base was bland. Also tried the matcha cake, which was better but not stunning. Overall very nice, just a little disappointed by desert.

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David A Cohen

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Deb McAlpine

What a great place. Not squashed in next to other tables, light airy decor. Some really interesting food options and something for everybody. The desserts in particular stood out (must try the chocolate spheres)
Service was efficient, friendly, knowledgeable and friendly without being intrusive. All of us said we would definitely go again

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Teri Shaw

The food and service was 5 star! The meals are not huge, but you leave feeling completely satisfied without that heavily over eaten feeling. Definitely the place to go if you want to give your taste buds a real treat!!

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