Cuisine: Meat and Chop House, New Zealand, Steakhouse
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #1 of 97 restaurants in Christchurch

Bessie, on St. Asaph Street, Christchurch, is a new speciality restaurant that’s already creating a buzz. Offering a fine dining experience with a modern and vibrant atmosphere, expect world class New Zealand produce and fine regional and international wines.

Bessie specialises in dry aged meat that’s aged in house and then finished in a 450 degrees’ Celsius charcoal oven to create a unique flavour. Featuring a wide range of top grade cuts of meat, Bessie’s menu offers the best of Canterbury meat. With unusual dishes and cuts from nose to tail, try something a little different or stick with a classic, high-quality steak. It’s all beautifully presented and you can choose from a variety of traditional and more modern sauces to accompany your steak.

Tasty side dishes include seasonal vegetables, duck fat potatoes and potato skins. There’s also a variety of entrees and a tempting dessert menu.

A high-quality fine dining experience, ideal for a catch up with friends or a romantic evening out.

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Bessie
178 St Asaph Street
Christchurch 8011

Open Hours:
Everyday: 5pm till late

Phone: 03 595 2799
Website: www.bessie.co.nz

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Ranked: #1 of 97 restaurants in Christchurch 1
Bessie
Cuisine: Meat and Chop House, New Zealand, Steakhouse
Mains: $25 - $35+
Accepts:   Bessie accepts American Express

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Lauren Aitken

Our experience was one to remember! From the service to the food, everything was amazing! My partner had their specialty dry aged ribeye and he can say hands down it was the best steak he has ever had. I had the short rib and it was so tender it melted in your mouth. The sides were a really decent size and three sides were more than enough between two people. Highly recommend the panacotta for dessert. The server was also excellent and we really loved how she added personality to the experience. Will definitely be back!

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Joyce Zhu

nice food,perfect price!

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Jane Pieterse

No wonder this is rated the best restaurant in Christchurch! Such an amazing experience from start to finish.

The staff were very polite and helpful with explaining the menu and each of the dishes. They would ensure we were well looked after throughout the evening.

The pork belly was exceptional, as was the aged steak. Both dishes were bursting with flavour and perfect portions. The sides of exquisitely finished vegetables made the meal a true flavour explosion.

The dim and intimate lighting, creates real ambience. The great thing also, is that it is a perfect size and the tables are laid out beautifully, so that you can hear each other speak.

There is an extensive beverage menu - wine which perfectly matches the meat dishes. The mocktail menu was on point too. A truly magnificent and memorable experience.

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Josh Han

I had a wonderful time and would definitely recommend for anyone who’s looking for a delicious steak and a fantastic mood.

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Amanda Hou

I hope the lamb neck can back to the menu. Rib eye on bone (aged)still the perfect mid rare !(is very hard to keep that level every time) But the wagyu is shit! Should feel melt in the mouth! Then was feel just like a fat steak . Hope next time can be better. I love the strawberry crush!Every time must order! I understand is not the season but is bad taste just like the sugar water before you do the blood test.

Must order food have the cloud bay clams, chicken liver, steak tata, rib eye on bone , homahawk !

If you like seafood , the cloud bay clams must order 2 or more ! I already miss them when them in my mouth. Even the full price just under $20! Cheap but delicious !

No matter what I said . Bessie still the best steakhouse in Christchurch. Still my fav restaurant.

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Serene Swee

The dry aged Ribeye in bone is cooked to perfection! Wagyu beef steak medium is bit too chewy though. We didnt like the free range chicken. The portion of side is good for sharing. Polenta is good and glazed carrot is passable. The complimentary bread and hummus is delicious too. Black garlic sauce and seaweed butter are went very well with our steaks.

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Yiding Yang

Nice place to go, the dry aged steak is quite nice.

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Fantastic food, and excellent honest service! Highly recommend

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Best steak ever.

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Nice decor but a touch dark in the hallways. Steak was tasty along with sides but potatoes croquettes we're not very good. Server was friendly and attentive. Overall a good night!

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The food was amazing and the service was good.

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Ness Peri

Was absolutely incredible and the service was amazing

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Jake Page

Bessie is the best restaurant in the city. My partner and I are always treated so well. The staff are attentive, the steaks are always cooked as you asked for them (we had rare through well done and all were spot on). The sides! The potatoes, glazed carrots were amazing and their salad with buttermilk dressing is sublime. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. The only thing we would tweak would be the dessert menu as nothing appeals. Perhaps a cheesecake or apple pie. Something simple. Anyway, superb food, wish I was going again this evening!

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It was fantastic dinner. The staff was so kind with smile, the food was absolutely delicious.

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Great food and service!

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Helen Barlow

This is our third visit to Bessie and we were incredibly impressed. The Staff were super attentive, friendly and professional. The Food was faultless - I can't rate this place highly enough. You should all be very proud of this Restaurant I would rate it as one of the Top Restaurants in Christchurch. We had the Complimentary Oysters - delicious!!!! Chicken Parfait - unreal!! and the Rib Eye Steak Grass Fed with Duck Fat Potatoes and the Freekah Wheat side dish. Wish we could have found some room for dessert - will have to come back again!! Such a favourite for us after this sensational visit!! Make sure you check it out!! Very Happy Customers!!

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Mandy Bainbridge

We had a great evening at Bessie. The food was delicious, the service was impeccable and the atmosphere was warm. We will definitely return!! Best meal out with the family in ages!

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Deb Lew

Another Absolutely Awesome meal at Bessies. Service was fantastic and meal could not be faulted. The meat just fell off the bone and melted in the mouth. The taste of the sauces was sensational. Bessies never disappoints.

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Robin Buan

Steak were perfectly seasoned for my taste. We had a wonderful experience as a firsttable customer.

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Helen Jackson

The fillet steak was perfectly cooked and came out with delicious bone marrow. The complimentary breads to start were lovely and the service was excellent. Would definitely recommend a meal here and make sure you taste the pork jowl bites!

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Best restaurant meal I’ve had in Nz and that’s a big call!

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Jake Page

Sublime as always. The service is so attentive thanks to Rebecca. The steaks were cooked to perfection and the salad was just delicious: it’s my favourite restaurant in Christchurch and will remain that way for a long time!

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Darrel Weavers

Soooo Gooood
Not the cheapest but thanks to first table we dined like kings

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A nice place , unfortunately it's a steak and potato meal would of loved a salad or a greens option.

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Vicky Chandler

Delicious protein, good service and a lovely small intimate restaurant. All the mains ordered were throughly enjoyed, the sides were needed to supplement the perfectly cooked mains and were great. Between us we ordered the tomahawk, eye fillet, short rib and pork belly all cooked beautifully and had side of salad, rosemary roasted potatoes, duck fat croquettes and parmesan polenta. The short rib and eye fillet were the best value and the black garlic mushroom sauce is so good you could drink it out of the jar! Fab night out, we’ll definitely be back!

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We had a lovely meal last night at Bessie's. The food was amazing, the Aged Rib-Eye Steak and the Short Rib were delightfully tender....... and our waitress, Ruby, was fabulous. She was very informative about the menu and suggested we try certain items and she was very attentive, making sure we were happy with our meal, and keeping an eye out if we needed more drinks. We will definitely be back to Bessie's again soon.

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Tony Zhou

Perfect dry aged steak! Delicious, highly recommended

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Ellie Bloxham

First time at Bessie's, and loved doing it with First Table! Took two friends for their "first time" as well, and they loved it! Atmosphere was great and food was delicious. Recommend the seaweed butter or black garlic sauce on the dry aged steaks and chocolate dessert! Will definitely be back for round two :)

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Cory-Blue Mcgregor

Wonderful food. Great service. Highly recommend the oysters as clams !!

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Shannon Harvey

Fantastic food portion size not over big but good size I love the mood in the restaurant and great service

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Amazing as usual, great food and service

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Jake Page

Bessie is our favourite restaurant in Christchurch. We always order the eye fillet with potato sides and have two lots of the sauces. We then mop it up with their fresh baked sour dough bread. The service is attentive with our waiter, Oscar taking the time to chat with us as he was informed we were regulars. The food is sublime, the ambiance is stellar and we can’t wait to return!

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The Bessie dining experience started with delicious complimentary flatbread, followed by duck fat potato croquettes, steaks for the teenagers and a novel 800g shared Tomahawk steak which was beautifully cooked, for the adults. A unique dining experience with the aged steak housed on display within the dining area.

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Best steak in town! Will definitely be coming back for more.

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Michael Zhang

as good as always

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Arnica Fowler

Amazing as always ! Such a pleasure dining at Bessie.

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TONY FORSYTH

Absolutely fabulous!! From the complimentary bread to start then on to the perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned steak, it was an absolute joy to eat at Bessie. Finishing off with the Chocolate Marquis, I was in heaven.

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Fionnuala Murphy

Had a great experience dining here. The food was beautiful and well presented. The service was great.

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FreeDom Tong

The "BEST 70 days dry age TOMAHAWK" I ever have in my life. If I have a chance I still go and take that again. <3 Bes(t)sie steakhouse <3

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Denvin Caramoan

Good food, great staff..

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Amanda Hou

Last Saturday I have a great birthday dinner with my girls in Bessie. My girl friend bring a birthday cake but forget the candle. But the waitress was so sweet to put the candle for me. The food and drinks always amazing . The service is great and sweet. I will never forget that night.

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Absolutely amazing dinner experience. Food was delicious and recommendations were give from the waitress. Would definitely dine again.

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Absolutely incredible. About the 6th time I've been both through First Table and on regular bookings. Never fails to exceed my expectations. Got the Tomahawk to share this time and won't go anywhere else now. This place is classy, exceptional staff and great food. Why change - will be back shortly!

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Great food! Excellent service!

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Arvind Masilamani

Excellent venue, great food and ambiance. Would go back in a heartbeat.

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A great dining experience, will definitely be back!

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Kate Kotchaporn

Great dinner

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Emily Cleland

Awesome feed thanks!

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Great food and great service. Had the pork jowl croquettes, duck fat potato croquettes, market fish, dry aged rib eye steak and chocolate marquise. Everything was cooked to perfection and tasted amazing!

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Great food + good company = excellent night out. Love the NY Vibe at Bessie's. Thank you

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