Cuisine: A La Carte, American Burgers & Grill, Barbeque
Price Point: Mains from $20 - $35+
Ranked: #8 of 95 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 95 restaurants in Christchurch 8
Cleaver & Co
Cuisine: A La Carte, American Burgers & Grill, Barbeque
Mains: $20 - $35+

Reviews

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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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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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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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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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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Virginia Batelaan

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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