Cuisine: American (Traditional), Barbeque, Share Plates
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $25

You can’t beat this bar, restaurant and live music venue for finger-lickin’ meats, strong liquor and swinging Southern soul.

In the midst of bustling Christchurch Central, its dark wooden panelling, easygoing staff and fabulous roster of blues musicians will whisk you away to the heart of Louisiana.

Roll up your sleeves and get stuck into a menu of small and big plates. Think comfort classics like sticky duck wings and crispy fried chicken with waffles, as well as stunning seafood dishes. The traditional gumbo, mopped up with buttermilk biscuits, is totally unmissable!

Gluten-free diners and vegetarians are well catered for, while the drinks selection will make any evening feel like a party.

Pimp your salted caramel milkshake with a shot of spiced rum, go full on cowboy with an enormous selection of American whiskies or opt for one the outrageously good cocktails.

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Orleans
89 Lichfield Street
Christchurch 8011

Open Hours:
Sunday - Thursday 11am - 11pm
Friday - Saturday 11am - 4am

Phone: 03 365 7312
Website: www.orleans.co.nz/christchurch

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Orleans
Cuisine: American (Traditional), Barbeque, Share Plates
Mains: $15 - $25

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Music and vibrant vibe& Staffs welcoming attitude is a plus but frankly the food was not matching to the expectations. The famous chicken waffle stack was okay but the pork ribs were not. Pork kind of smelled odd even. So we kind of stopped eating it. It was a bit of disappointing.

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Honestly it had some amazing food! Super delighted with the service as well, it has a great atmosphere and I’ll definitely be back again!!

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Heather Edwards

Such a great dinner. All the food was incredible! The service was amazing, we were well tended to and very entertained!! The staff were so accommodating, even with us asking to move tables and the restless toddler we brought. The lighting and the music created a great atmosphere for dining as well!
Definitely try the waffle stack!

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Had a lovely time and enjoyed the music. Good tasty food and lovely service with a smile.

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Olivia Baker

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Megan Van Druten

Great atmosphere and food.

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Great food with very friendly and knowledgeable service.

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Perfect dining experience. Staff were super friendly and helpful. The restuarant have a relaxed and warm vibe. Can't wait to dine here again

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Good food. Good service.

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Jenny Halligan

Amazing food and great service, what more could you ask for. My husband was still talking about the seafood pasta. The Mississippi mud cake was stunning. Had a wonderful night here. Thanks team.

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Brittany Moore

Food was amazing, service was a bit slow

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Great food, great portions, great value!

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Good food, service and general vibe. Will return.

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Great food. Ordered for three, more than enough for four! Great atmosphere and friendly service.

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Kelly Tee

Fantastic food! Waffle stack was amazing. Will definitely be back

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I've been twice before to Orleans and really enjoyed my food but that was over a year ago. The food was underwhelming, and surprisingly bland, the fish was pretty overdone. Change of chef or a change in recipe perhaps - the slaw was different and I couldn't taste any of the lively flavours I have previously enjoyed here. However, the service was really good and I appreciated the attentiveness of the FOH staff. The venue is pretty nice except for the shoddy covers some guy was playing/singing out front. Jazz or Blues might have been more in keeping with the set up?

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Sandra Kennedy

Great food and service, would recommend.

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Tise Fauolo

Rather disappointing experience. Don't order the boil up. The 'boil-up' was three overcooked prawns, 3 mussels and 3 clams and two deep fried crabs in a tasteless broth. The crabs weren't even boiled. The 'boil-up' was accompanied by a small serving of unappetising white rice, and a baguette cut in half. Wish I took a photo.

I guess I understand why everyone else was ordering the chicken and waffles! Mind you, we also bought the deep fried buttermilk chicken. This turned out to be small pieces of dry and overcooked chicken.

Sorry - If you appreciate good food, I would not recommend this restaurant!

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Definitely a must! Cool atmosphere. The food was amazing. We had the brisket which a dinner for two and was perfect in every way!

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had an amazing meal, food was incredible

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Thanks to advice from previous reviews (and the waitress) the four of us shared two waffle stacks and couldn't get through them! We also enjoyed the creamy flavoroursome shakes. It is a unique dining experience with cosy decor and friendly service. Thank you Orleans!

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Philip Kerrigan

Had an excellent meal on wednesday friendly staff have been before and will go again.

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We had not been here before and the waitress explained the menu. We asked lots of questions about different dishes when ordering and this wasn’t a problem. We didn’t feel like we were being rushed. We were not disappointed with our choices.
Also loved the decor of Orleans.
While sitting upstairs we noticed a few light bulbs needed changing haha. You’ll need a long ladder for that job.

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Awesome vibe in the restaurant. had me wanting to eat what everyone else around me was ordering

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Went to Orleans for our Wedding Anniversary and did not disappoint! We shared the Waffle Stack and wow we could not finish it (and we are both big eaters), I had the Jalapeno poppers for entree which were really good too. The waffle stack was a bit of a Carb overload and we felt that maybe you could lose a waffle or two and have more chicken and macaroni cheese balls with less curly fries, then it would be perfect!! Just an idea but we would definitely visit again. Great service and atmosphere - thanks

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janine manson

The food was delicious, huge portions and great service. Loved the jalapeno poppers especially.

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Bloody great food, one of my favorite places to go

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Excellent atmosphere, food was delish and the service was amazing, thank you!

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Yuan Li

Certainly an unforgettable dinner experience, both my girlfriend and I were satisfied by the decent dishes, considerate service, and the atmosphere.

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The staff were lovely and helpful. The food was really good for what it was. We really enjoyed the atmosphere. We'd recommend others to go and try the food! We'll be back sometime soon!

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Cute little back street eatery. We where greated upon arrival by smily polite and happy waitresses. The food was interesting, fun and a new experience. I irderes a stack to share with my son. This stack was huge and would be enough to feed 4. Who knew a stack meal could create so much to talk about and we had a fun night giggling and monovering the food from stack to plate.
Highly reccomend, great service and great food

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Maranatha Pizarras

It was such a great atmosphere and really lovely service! The serving was plentiful and we still had some food leftover, it was an all round great experience :-) would've appreciated some jazz music being played though

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Belinda Gough

Love Orleans, the hard shakes are delicious. Miss the spinach and artichoke dip, but nice small menu will delicious comfort food. If you order the waffle stack make sure everyone is hungry!

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Elise Welford

We had the waffle stack but found that it wasn’t that hot...probably lukewarm, which was ideal, but our waitress was very good and gave us good advice regarding the menu.

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Alice Forster

Good service. Didn’t particularly enjoy the food too much as it was very deep fried. However this is personal preference and no reflection on the restaurant. Really good service and the portions are huge. We had the waffle stack and duck wings which was too much for the 2 of us.

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Paige Ashby

Delicious food, great service!

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Amazing food and atmosphere

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Erin June VIII

We had the best time! And who knew that food could be entertainment too! My friend and I shared a giant waffle stack of deliciousness and had as much fun admiring it as we did eating it! Will totally go back!

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Matt Comins

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The guy that served us was awesome, down to earth and funny, added to the atmosphere of the night which was great. Food was delish! My partner and I shared the stack waffles which was yum!

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Great food, great staff, great environment. Thanks heaps for the very cool evening team Orleans

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Great food, good service and nice place

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Luke Koia

Had an awesome time with great service and the food portions were epic!

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Amanda Derry

The staff were very friendly and the food was fantastic.

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Rhonda Bennett

Had the most amazing meal, chicken and waffles were a hit with the kids and ribs were so tender and fullnof flavor, topped our perfect meal off with the most scrumptious pecan pie. The staff are very friendly, i would definitely recommend Orleans for a great dinning experience.

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Michael McStay

Staff were awesome!

For me the biggest let down was the Jerk Pulled Pork Po'Boy.

The highlight was the chicken and waffles, I would come back any day for this!

The shakes were also good, but there were no oreo left so couldn't try that one :(

Overall, good place though!

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Melanie Sherborne

My first time dining here. We were greeted by a very friendly chap, who was very helpful with my queries.
I have the waffles and chicken and OH my life they were sooo good. I was disappointed as I often am when I go out that no bars stock L&P. Its a NZ ICON and I love it with my gin.
Loved the trio of desserts but not so fussed on the other donut type things as the caramel sauce was too much. But that is a personal preference and not a fault of the preparation etc.
I will definitely be going back....please get bottles of L&P

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Kay Bayly

Great food and dining experience would highly recommend and service was fantastic

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Sam Carter

Excellent service excellent food couple of downsides cant really bring any kids that are under 2 no high chairs the tables are very high and small menu. But the food was very nice weird combos but lovely we had share platters and it was great we got to try all different foods the shakes we had were amazing will be back maybe just when our child is older thank you

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wow amazing place well worth the money the foods amazing i had the waffle stack with fried chicken bacon cheese pork belly fluffy waffles sauce cloeslaw wow it really was a dish to die fo chris had the ribs he said yummo and so much meat hes never had ribs with so much meat truly outstanding we will be back we posted on Facebook now all our friends want to come .
the girls serving were lovely very friendly and so accommodating they make you fell so welcome . also shout out to the chef well done great food it makes this restaurant what it is .
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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