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Cuisine: A La Carte, American Burgers & Grill, Barbeque
Price Point: Mains from $20 - $35+
Ranked: #7 of 106 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

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Ranked: #7 of 106 restaurants in Christchurch 7
Cleaver & Co
Cuisine: A La Carte, American Burgers & Grill, Barbeque
Mains: $20 - $35+

Reviews

Delicious! Would have liked to have tasted more of the menu but that gives good reason to return! Shared plates are the way to go, already knew the boneless chicken was amazing from previous visits but those jalapeño balls were AMAZING! Great service and the only disappointment was being too full to check out the sweets.

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Moananui-Okiva Huber

Thanks First Table for helping us finally eat at Cleaver&Co Christchurch. We booked dinner for a team bonding night and wow what a winner. We work across the street and always wondered why it was always busy and now we know. The staff were very friendly and accommodating to our table. The meals were exceptional, first time trying the stonegrill and everything was delicious, the vibe in the restaurant is relaxed and welcoming and certainly we all will be back again for dinner. The waffle fries swept though the mac cheese is ridiculously good! Thanks Cleaver&Co!

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mike connolly

We had an amazing time at cleaver & co. We got a really warm welcome. After going over the menu we picked 4 small dishes so we could have a good sample over the menu. Everything was magic. This is a great place to go with friends or family for any occasion. Enjoy.

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Fantastic place to eat at, or just grab a drink. The service was incredibly friendly and the food was divine. They have a fantastic menu, and really provide a great spin on some classics. I would recommend eating here to anyone, and plan to do so myself.

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Great welcome. Waitress Orky couldn't have been more helpful explaining and recommending dishes as asked. The starter of loaded waffle chips was generous but paled when compared to the size of the beef brisket main which had been quietly smoking away for 15 hours - delish !! Just melted in the mouth

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Lisa Funnell

Thoroughly enjoyed our whole dining experience here at Cleaver n Co. The platter was amazing and everything on it was sooo good! Washed it down with a cold beer. The friendly welcoming staff member topped off a great way to spend an hour over lunch. Will definitely be back!

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Let there be MEAT! Eating this platter was quite a feat!
But WOWEE what a treat! Clever & Co Will be pretty hard to beat, as the food, staff and atmosphere are so neat!

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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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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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Great food and service - our only complaint was that the sharing plate was far too large for 2 people!!!

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Very delicious! We got the platter, jalapeno peppers, fries and two lots of boneless chicken wings. Everything was so good. Staff were very lovely, helpful and friendly. Definitely will be back and I would definitely recommend to others.

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Nodyrb Aneres

Excellent service, food, drinks, atmosphere and music from the minute we walked in. Will definately be back again and again.

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Great food, good service and awesome atmosphere. I can't wait to come back!

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Delicious! Would have liked to have tasted more of the menu but that gives good reason to return! Shared plates are the way to go, already knew the boneless chicken was amazing from previous visits but those jalapeño balls were AMAZING! Great service and the only disappointment was being too full to check out the sweets.

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Chrstina HALL

Great food, surroundings, music and fab service!

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Ann-Marie Ferguson

Absolutky love coming here the staff are amazing and so friendly. The look of the place is out standing and overall 10/10
I love coming here by far favourite place to visit in Christchurch.
Thanks heaps will see you again guys

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Debbie Meechin

Delicious food, great service, highly recommend! :)

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Great experience!

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Tejas Sreedhar

Great food, especially the bbq boneless chicken wings (which aren't wings at all but are amazing). Pretty terrible service, I was ignored for about 10 minutes after I entered and also later on once seated there was quite a bit of needless confusion among different wait staff around what was ordered etc. Still worth a trip for the food!

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We shared a delicious platter and added 2 vegetable sides that were very enjoyable, spiced cauliflower and heirloom carrots. Excellent service that was friendly and efficient.

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Catherine Wells

Great location. First rate service and of course great food

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What a lovely Sunday lunch we had. The service was spot on, friendly & very helpful. We shared the platter as recommended & thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful although one must love meat! Definitely will go back here.

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Vanessa Smith

The food is soooo good. Can never decide what to eat but the cauliflower salad is a must have.
Thanks again for a awesome lunch.

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If you want something to eat
Try a place that can’t be beat
Share plates, sides and so much meat
Eating here is a treat!
(Staff are nice too!)

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A++ very enjoyable

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Rebecca Fay

I love this place, I've been once before and both times are brilliant. We had a ginormous sharing platter and just went to town on it!
Practically rolled out the door afterwards.
I will definitely be back

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Moananui-Okiva Huber

Thanks First Table for helping us finally eat at Cleaver&Co Christchurch. We booked dinner for a team bonding night and wow what a winner. We work across the street and always wondered why it was always busy and now we know. The staff were very friendly and accommodating to our table. The meals were exceptional, first time trying the stonegrill and everything was delicious, the vibe in the restaurant is relaxed and welcoming and certainly we all will be back again for dinner. The waffle fries swept though the mac cheese is ridiculously good! Thanks Cleaver&Co!

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Lynaire Ryan

Nice meal out with pleasant service

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Nadia Coffey

Great food and excellent service

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Good food service was ok could of been better if they come and asked if we wanted another drink. On the night was the big fight live on sky sports so it was really loud in there which made it a bit uncomfortable. I would recommend next time they have something like this that attracts a big crowd that they don’t do first table that night.

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mike connolly

We had an amazing time at cleaver & co. We got a really warm welcome. After going over the menu we picked 4 small dishes so we could have a good sample over the menu. Everything was magic. This is a great place to go with friends or family for any occasion. Enjoy.

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Marianne Hansen

Great service and food

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Fantastic place to eat at, or just grab a drink. The service was incredibly friendly and the food was divine. They have a fantastic menu, and really provide a great spin on some classics. I would recommend eating here to anyone, and plan to do so myself.

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Karyn Liddell

This is a great place if you love meat. Hubby declared his steak to be fabulous (and he's fussy), and the slow-cooked pulled pork was delicious. Great pickles and divine chimichurri with it! The dessert menu is a bit 'skinny' and the service seemed a bit rushed (we'd barely had a chance to dissect the menu before we were asked if we were ready order) but those negatives were outweighed by the fab meat. We'll be back.

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Steve Wykes

Awesome tasty food, if you love burgers, chicken wings (BBQ/American style) then this is the place to visit.
Great location to have some drinks and relax in the CBD.

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Scott Williams

Delicious food and a great atmosphere.

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Olivia Hobby

We got the pitmaster share platter and it was awesome! We can’t wait to try out the rest of the menu, we will definitely be back!

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a very nice evening

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Great welcome. Waitress Orky couldn't have been more helpful explaining and recommending dishes as asked. The starter of loaded waffle chips was generous but paled when compared to the size of the beef brisket main which had been quietly smoking away for 15 hours - delish !! Just melted in the mouth

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Michael Brown

Food was below average. I had the bone marrow and then the ribs.
Marrow was under cooked and hard in parts and the ribs were over cooked and poorly seasoned. I won't be back again

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Tom Whitaker

Great variety of food, we had the shared plates and they were very tasty and three were sufficient for the two of us. Will be going back again even without first table reduction

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Pranoy John

Really good service and atmosphere with great food.

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Lisa Funnell

Thoroughly enjoyed our whole dining experience here at Cleaver n Co. The platter was amazing and everything on it was sooo good! Washed it down with a cold beer. The friendly welcoming staff member topped off a great way to spend an hour over lunch. Will definitely be back!

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Delicious food quick service.thanks

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Graham Robinson

We were quickly shown a seat, water produced and then explanation of menu. Cricket had just started on the big sceen and we were in front viewing. Service was quick and discreet, checked on to see if everything was ok, found a mistake we had been given crisps instead of fries so a complimentary basket of fries was delivered. The meat was beautifully tender and melted in mouth, the meal was arranged aesthetically pleasing. Chef did a fantastic job and we will be back

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Stanley Chung

That Pitmaster platter is such good value for money. Just order that and drinks and you with 2-3 others are sorted.

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Very good good and was huge the plate we have choose.

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Gloria Hsu

Great place, highly recommended. Only thing would be the steak is quite overpriced

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Had amazing lunch wonderful staff very friendly food absolutely wonderful I cannot wait to go back definitely recommend.

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Barry Smith

Fantastic casual setting and service was top notch.Food was great , we shared the big platter and was even allowed to take left overs home. Will be going back to try more of the menu.

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The place was empty. No atmosphere. Food was average. Had better burgers at other places. Glad we didn't pay full price. It was cold and people smoking outside made the smell come into the restaurant. Won't be back.

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Joanna Du Toit

Food and service were good. Hummus was a bit disappointing but everything else was alright.

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Great food, good value in a nice location

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Wendy Watford

Fabulous birthday lunch excellent food and service

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Rodger Hewitt

Great wee place in the city. Great food and service. The smokiness is just right

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Astra Oakenshield

We both loved the food, delicious, and the service was great, very friendly and attentive, not our first time and won’t be our last

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Let there be MEAT! Eating this platter was quite a feat!
But WOWEE what a treat! Clever & Co Will be pretty hard to beat, as the food, staff and atmosphere are so neat!

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The food was delicious & the wait staff looked after us well; it helped that we were the only patrons there, as an early lunch! You could tell that the place would have a great atmosphere at peak times. Would definitely recommend to others.

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maikara hohipuha

Great location in the city center with a relaxed vibe, family friendly and the food was great. We will definitely return to try the other items on the meny

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