Cuisine: A La Carte, American Burgers & Grill, Barbeque
Price Point: Mains from $20 - $35+
Ranked: #8 of 91 restaurants in Christchurch

Meet “Agnes,” at Cleaver & Co, the queen of Southern Pride BBQ meat smokers, brought over all the way from Tennessee to show you how slow smoked perfection should be served.

Watching your food being prepared in the large open kitchen by the Pit Master from a comfy seat, in a room that has all the cosiness of a log cabin. You can’t get much closer to Tennessee without boarding a plane.

The menu covers all manner of authentic BBQ dishes, all placed gently over indirect heat from a wood fire for up to 14 hours so they naturally infuse with the smoke. Try spiced cauliflower and crispy boneless wings before tucking into a prime sirloin steak, or keep it simple with the famous smoked brisket burger.

Remember to leave space for lime coconut cheesecake, or forget the rest and fall head over heels with their snickers sundae: peanuts, oreo cookie, caramel and whipped cream…the choice is yours.

Wash it all down with a jug of refreshing tap beer or carefully chosen wine for the perfect evening with friends. Celebrating something special? Treat yourself to a cheerful bottle of bubbles for a night to remember at Cleaver & Co.

And remember, it’s all down to Agnes, who never sleeps. Even if they’re not open, she will be busy smokin’.

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Cleaver & Co
58 Lichfield Street
Christchurch 8011

Open Hours:
Everyday 10am - late

Phone: 03 925 9556
Website: www.cleaverandcochch.co.nz/

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Ranked: #8 of 91 restaurants in Christchurch 8
Cleaver & Co
Cuisine: A La Carte, American Burgers & Grill, Barbeque
Mains: $20 - $35+

Reviews

Honestly, this is our new favorite First Table restaurant. We ordered the share platter and the Snickers sundae; everything was absolutely delicious. The service was great and they played fantastic music. We will definitely return.

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Frances Collins

Fantastic food! Will be back for sure!!

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Brilliant staff, fantastic atmosphere and amazing food! We were too stuffed for dessert so we'll definitely be back...and soon!

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Wendy Watford

Fabulous atmosphere, prompt service super friendly and fun. Particularly wonderful food highly recommend the stone grill, had not eaten here before absolutely definitely will be back. Highly recommend

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Dion Manson

It's been awhile since we popped in town to have lunch and we were definitely impressed with Cleaver & Co ambiance and food. There is a great selection of tap beers at your disposal along with a great variety of food. We picked the Pitmaster Platter to share between 4 of us along with 2 other dishes that we all thoroughly enjoyed. We would definitely come back as there are heaps of other dishes we would like to try and would recommend to those who are looking for a place to catch up with mates with share plates and great selection of beer.

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Gemma Phillips

We had a fantastic time dining at cleaver and co. We were impressed with the hospitality of the staff and the quality of the food. The food came out quickly and was so flavorsome and delicious. We found it hard to pick what to eat because the menu was so amazing and had such delicious sounding options. We were happy with what we did end up choosing, and will have to go back to sample the rest of the menu sometime soon.

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Tejas Sreedhar

Really good food by and large, and the BBQ boneless wings were excellent. Great easy-going service, no fuss and the food came quickly. The only downside was a very small dessert menu compared with the food, we would have been keen for much more dessert! Will definitely go back though.

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We had a really nice time at cleaver and co. The waitress was friendly and helpful explaining the menu and the food was delicious.

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The food was great and staff were also. The lads really enjoyed the meat experience.

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Delicious, great food and service!!

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Honestly, this is our new favorite First Table restaurant. We ordered the share platter and the Snickers sundae; everything was absolutely delicious. The service was great and they played fantastic music. We will definitely return.

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Mijin Kim

Great atmosphere - loved the interior design, very kind staff. Food was awesome too. Cauliflower salad was a bit too salty for me though. Overall, we had a wonderful time!

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We enjoyed a nice steak each and the staff were friendly.

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Service was exceptional, staff were friendly and knew what they were talking about. The food was great and will be going back again one day.

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Nicola Thompson

Excellent service We had the shared platter and it was so much food neither of us ate dinner that night. My favourite was the brisket and the ribs. Best tator tots I’ve had

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Fantastic food. Will definitely be back.

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We had a great lunch. I enjoyed my ribs and my friend loved the burger. We had banofee as our shared dessert and it was so yum and to die for! Their manager, Chris (manager of the day) is so lovely and greeted us with all smiles and was very accommodating.

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The food was delicious. We ordered the platter (to try a bit of everything), the gnocchi, the jalapeno poppers, and the burger. Everything was flavoursome. The only downside was that the shoestring fries that were served with the burger were either a tad limp or too oily. The service was also great - very attentive.

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Frances Collins

Fantastic food! Will be back for sure!!

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Good food & great service, thanks Clever & Co!

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Louise McCoy

Very good service, attenative staff, nice friendly atmosphere.

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We keep coming back here because it is so damn good! Comfortable yet funky space to dine in (we didn't sit outside in the sun but were tempted) - gotta check out that massive Snatch mural! As always, a great selection of beers on tap - the American Brown Ale we had was lovely but there are some nice Panhead beers there for you hopheads. And what we come here for... the meat. The meat! Ribs to drool for, fantastic wings (just the right amount of zing), the fancy and yummy steak tartare. As for sides, let's just say we were both monitoring the mac cheese to see that it was divided equally - so gooood! Great eats, lovely staff. Go there.

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Alyssa McCormack

Great location - venue is very nice. Food was average. Great staff.

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Brilliant staff, fantastic atmosphere and amazing food! We were too stuffed for dessert so we'll definitely be back...and soon!

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Jasinta Tahuhu Jarvis

Amazing food, great portion sizes. The staff were friendly and very accommodating to my dietary requirements, and happy to change anything on the menu that they could. Would definitely go again, price at the end helped (thanks first table ! ) amazing place to dine !

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We had a great experience at Cleaver & Co. the staff were very accommodating and provided fantastic service. We ordered the Pitmaster Platter between the two of us and couldn’t finish the whole thing, we each took the leftovers home which was great. Fantastic food, great menu selection and warm atmosphere, will definitely be back!

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Garry Huata

Excellent

This is a meat lovers paradise! I’ve been wanting to dine here for a while and I was not disappointed. Fantastic food and the service was excellent also.

I will be back!

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Wendy Watford

Fabulous atmosphere, prompt service super friendly and fun. Particularly wonderful food highly recommend the stone grill, had not eaten here before absolutely definitely will be back. Highly recommend

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Louise Devereux

We had the sirloin and fish of the day. The steak was cooked nicely, served with a simple slaw and fries. The fish was supposed to be a share plate so it was just fish. The restaurant itself has a cool vibe and the service was good. Overall it was a great experience at half-price but I’m not sure either of us would be keen to pay the full price for what we got.

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Good food again in this restaurant. 3rd visit. With so many choices in Christchurch that says something.

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Patricia Lizz

Nice vibe to the place. Enjoyable weekday lunch experience with good music and friendly, but non intrusive, staff. The food was perfect because I was worried it would be greasy and salty but the chef found the perfect balance. We will definitely return to try out the stone grill that looked really reasonably priced but seemed too much food for me at lunch!

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Great place to go for a more casual meal. The ribs were my favorite! Would definitely go again.

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We got the burger of the week and it was delicious!

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Kylee Dillane

Awesome food and great service from the staff.

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Fast and great customer service! loved the ambiance of the place as well.

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Sam Carter

Wouldn't go back... Restruant was beautiful had such good potential food came out over an hour after we order it, because one person ordered a medium steak they said it takes 40 min to cook it I was shocked. I had a pulled pork burger had a bite into and bit into a small bone which has given me tooth ache all night told them about it and nothing came of it another person in our group ordered a pork burger and they forgot the meat in it.... We had all finished eating and one of our group still hadn't been served her meal. Overall food was tastless management handled it ok but sadly we will not be back

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Juliana Nunes Ol

Really good experience! Amazing food... perfect steak!

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Sandy Cheung

Great food. We got a platter to be able to try a few more things and didn’t expect it to be so big. The kids enjoyed it too.

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My partner and I got the Pitmaster Platter and we really enjoyed the variety that we got. Highly recommend this place for a cute date night. Thanks for having us!

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Dylan Upham

Cool place, yummy food and good service, prices on the high side if paying full price.

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The food was seriously delicious and our waitress really great with the kids, Cleaver and Co. has a neat vibe and great beer - highly recommended

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Jasmine Quinn

The food was amazing and the staff were lovely 5+stars

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The experience was great. The food was excellent and so was the service!

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Harmony Boer

A great welcome for my young daughter and I! We chose the pitmaster platter and were impressed with the selection. We were unable to finish the platter, but made sure we tried everything and took home a doggy bag! Great barbecue food. We’ll definitely be back.

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Tim Margetts

Really good food, especially the platter for 2.
Good service, bit of a big, empty, cold place in the middle of winter.
Also would be good to have a choice to change the Potato crisps that come as standard on some of the meals, especially in winter.

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Amazing friendly staff and great atmosphere and food!! Will be back again.

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Esther Ho

We had a very meaty n tasty meal. Excellent service too! Great place to hang out with friends. Thanks

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The salmon sharing plate was delicious, as was the beef short rib - melt in your mouth with a smokey taste. The cleaver burger was excellent. You need to specify if you don't want all your food to arrive at the same time!

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Vanessa Smith

Super friendly staff and awesome food. Loved the cauliflower dish!!! Thanks!!

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Sarah Marshall

Great service. Thanks.

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Great service, attentive and very welcoming! Food was good also. Highly recommended!!

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Simon Dodd

Fantastic all round experience! Great smoked meats. Highly recommend a visit.

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First of all, let me start by saying that the service was super friendly. We definitely felt welcomed! As for the food: we ordered the smoked eggplant hummus, the boneless chicken wings and the steak. The hummus and the steak were both great, but the boneless chicken wings were not really our taste. They were not really crunchy and the buffalo sauce seemed more like a chili sauce - not really what we had in mind. The side of fries was excellent though, great spices!

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Food was great, service was great. Was also told I was able to purchase happy hour drinks along with using the first table deal!!!

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We really enjoyed our birthday dinner at Cleaver & Co. Good food for the kids and plenty of it! We left full and with two doggy bags!

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We had a fantastic lunch at Cleaver and Co in Christchurch Central. It is one of the best meals we have had for a while and outstanding service throughout. We have no hesitation in recommending our friends and family to this amazing restaurant.

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