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Cuisine: Bar Food, Gastro Pub Food, Rotisserie Chicken
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $25

This airy, industrial-chic pub is situated in an emerging CBD neighbourhood. With fresh, modern vibes, Welles Street embraces good times and great dining.

From humble pub classics to souvlaki, market fish and grilled pork skewers, there’s plenty to tempt all tastes. Enjoy rotisserie free range chicken marinated with house-made Georgian salt rub and served with hand cut fries and slaw. Or, choose from a selection of mezze dishes like falafel, crispy squid and ouzo prawns. There’s a classic kids’ menu with fish and chips too.

Focusing on the foundations of a great inner city local, Welles Street has 18 beers on tap. Whether you're looking to catch the live game, a local band or to spend time with family and catch up with friends – Welles Street has it all covered.

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Welles Street
44 Welles Street
Christchurch 8011

Open Hours:
7 days / 11 am till late

Phone: 03 366 0172

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Welles Street
Cuisine: Bar Food, Gastro Pub Food, Rotisserie Chicken
Mains: $15 - $25

Reviews

Louise Barnett

What a lovely place to dine. When you first walk in you don't know what to expect as it is a vast looking place. The service was great, the young lady at the bar was very informative. The food was so good. I would highly recommend it and am looking forward to going back there.

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Ange Larmer

Incredible mezze food. Even my carnivorous husband agreed the cauliflower dish was absolutely delicious! Great service and super cool atmosphere. House beer was spot on for a fabulously hot day.

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Rovena Jackson

Delish food, friendly service!

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Meredith Eckford

The food is fantastic - I've been many times and the meals are always spot on. Such a selection of healthy, tasty food with something for everyone. Great value for money that allows you to try a little bit of everything! And some of the menu items change seasonally which means you always have something new to look forward to.

One of my favourite eating spots. Great to take families, work groups, you name it :)

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4 of us dined and all enjoyed their meals. We shared some starters and sides with our chosen mains. The servings were generous and the bean and the carrot sides were the winners. Too full for dessert so will save that for a well anticipated return visit. Do try it!

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This place is just fabulous.. all round. From decor, funky fun and comfortable, to the staff and omg... the food is amazing. The little twist on flavours, slightly Mediterranean Greek maybe... but so contemporary and fun... loved it.

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Max Leper

I do have to say they put a bummer at the start of the dinner by not having the halloumi which is insanely good, but they made up for it with everything else being...insanely good. Always a favourite of ours, can't recommend highly enough

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Great food, so delicious and the menu was quite unique! Enjoyed our evening at Welles St - it has an excellent atmosphere! Thanks

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Geo Clark

First time at Welles street and we loved it. Was perfect for our 5 year anniversary and rare escape from the kids. The food was delicious and will definitely be returning to try the other items on the menu.

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Briar Gallagher

Exceptional Kai! Super delicious, fresh, zesty and creative. A feast indeed. Devoured beyond expectation. So delicious, will be back for sure!!!!

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Tise Fauolo

Had a lovely Sunday brunch at Welles Street. Food was delicious with lots of flavour, and generous portions. It was a really nice setting with friendly staff. We would definitely come back again and highly recommend everyone try it.

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Anne Cochrane

Super friendly staff, loving the big heaters to sit under on a cold Chch evening, great family friendly menu and sooooo yum! Even had brussel sprouts on the menu for the weirdo one in a million sprout fan and they were awesomely yum! As Arnie says ‘I’ll be back’

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We were really impressed with the atmosphere, food and service at Welles Street. Our kids chose fish 'n chips from the kids menu, and said it was the "best dinner ever". The lamb was melt-in-the-mouth gorgeous, and the octopus - yes, octopus - meze was delicious too. Some of the best hand cut skin-on shoestring fries ever, delicious salads and a pint of great craft IPA topped off an amazing experience that our whole family enjoyed. A++ will definitely trade again!

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A great place and food for the whole family. Had a game of pool before dinner and the service was wonderful.

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Really enjoyed our dinner. Loved the ambience. Friendly staff. Everything we tried was Delicious!
Loved the halloumi fries especially!

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Jo Nas

Great time dining at Welles St. The venue is really warm for such a large space. Staff are friendly. Flavour combinations are on point. The menu is easy to read and easy to navigate. I had the fish souvlaki while my friends shared dishes amongst themselves. A good selection of tap beers had my attention. Welles St does well to cover their bases.

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Camille Reculet

Arriving at Welles Street yesterday evening, we were taken by how open yet friendly the venue was. Modern, stylish and laid-back are words that come to mind. There is also a large bar for those who fancy a drink before or after their meal.

We ordered 2 mezzes and 2 sides from a wide selection of Mediterranean dishes, vegan and vegetarian options included.
We were not disappointed with our choice.

The dishes were prepared with attention and served up in great speed.
We ordered falafels, hummus and feta fries. Everything was perfectly cooked and very flavorful, but the highlight of the meal were definitely the haloumi fries !
They were juicy, crispy and served with fresh vegetables, with a lovely pomegranate sauce.

You can really tell these guys care about the taste as much as the presentation.
It is also worth noting that the staff are very pleasant people, who clearly want to work there. Who wouldn’t? Amazing atmosphere, amazing food. 10/10 for sure.

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The food was amazing! Flavoursome, they catered to our requests and although there were only a few 'main' dishes there were lots of 'mezze' and salad options. My roast lamb was incredible!! Beautiful flavours and combinations.

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Dining at Welles Street was awesome! I took my partner on a wee date and were instantly welcomed when we entered. We had the option of sitting inside or out and we opted for outside in the sun. When I went to order the staff were incredible friendly, helpful and personable. They were excited to hear it was our first time and really catered for us to have a good night. The food was delicious. My boyfriend had the half chicken and I had the fish souvlaki. The flavours were perfect. My partner is Tongan and he said the chicken and mash potatoes with gravy were definitely better than KFC so props to you guys! We ended the night with one of the wait staff coming to clear our table and asking about our food and how we enjoyed it. The was all in all a great night! We also love the location and the building, it’s laid out really well, spacious, inviting and just generally cool with all the plants....definitely instagramable. Highly recommend!

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Booking through first table is absolutely brilliant. It’s easy to do, and well worth the money. We had a First Table booking at Welles Street. I was highly impressed with the food and service. Staff were efficient and friendly and the food was well presented and delicious.

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Lucy Jackson

Tasty, innovative food on a sunny evening in Christchurch. We particularly enjoyed the loaded hummus with flatbread and pickled vegetables. We will definitely be back

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Jill Sanders

Great space, suitable for all ages children in prams, wheelchairs etc. Have been here numerous times as this is one of my favs. At a glance the menu looks small but upon studying it you soon realize that it has something for all. Each time I come I have a new dish but also I have to order my favs. Ouzo prawns is a must have and the lamb main is so so tender . I cannot leave without a yogurt freeze .

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Fi Ogilvie

We visited Welles Street for dinner, having popped in before for drinks but not ordered food (except for the greek yogurt soft serve, which is ace!). We were with a friend who is gluten and dairy free. This presented no problem with Welles Street - there was plenty to choose from on the menu which was gluten free and dairy free anyway, but staff happily swapped the bread for our dips with gluten free bread.

Additionally, the food was excellent. We had a smoky eggplant dip, which was superb. The lamb hummus was also delicious. Both were topped with crispy chickpeas and spices, which really elevated the dishes. We also shared the calamari, which was cooked perfectly, and a rotisserie chicken. The chicken had lightly spiced skin and came on a hefty pile of chips, with coleslaw and a spicy, herby green sauce.

As usual, Welles Street had a great range of beers on, as well as rose and margaritas on tap. The staff are so helpful and knowledgeable. We will certainly be returning and have recommended the food to a number of people already.

All round, we had a fantastic experience with delightful food and good drinks. We would return in a heartbeat.

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Susie Bell

This was our first visit to Welles street, and we were really impressed. The staff were friendly, the atmosphere nice and the food was amaaaazing, particularly the lamb hummus and the squid entrees. Coffee was also perfect. Well done!

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chrissie merritt

Great day with the sun shining. Food was amazing. Friends that hadn't been before were very impressed. When they are back in Chch this restaurant is going to be the first port of call

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Kathleen Jackson

Had a great dining experience at Welles Street on a breakfast date with my sister! This was actually our second “date” at Welles Street and this visit was every bit as fantastic as the first. The sunny central-City atmosphere is lovely and it’s so nice to watch everything happening on the street outside as you eat your meal and sip coffee: runners, cars, dogs, buskers etc. Both times the staff have been absolutely wonderful: friendly, cheerful, helpful and engaging. I really love the pub-like but somehow Mediterranean feel of the place. Would like to thank the lovely girls that served us yesterday. The food was also amazing: One of the things my sister and I like most about the menu is the attempt to actually do different things. So aside from the usual Eggs Benedict there are some truly yummy and slightly different options such as Baghdad eggs with smoked yoghurt (a must try), beef kofta, hummus and pita bread, as well as delectable hot cakes and a big breakfast to die for: eggs (I had them poached and they were perfection) avocado, potatoes hasselbacks (so good!!) an aromatic lemony dressing on the side, creamy humus, feta and a choice of falafel and houlimi or sausage and bacon. The smoothie option I declined this time (a wise choice because of the sheer amount of food: the meals are ridiculously good value) but very much enjoyed the creamy banana date smoothie I had at my first visit. My sister very much enjoyed her avocado toast with spring onion salsa, dukkah and eggs and the option of adding as many things to it as you wanted :) The coffee on both trips was spot on. Will definitely be back: one of the best breakfast menus and locations in Christchurch!

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Eloise Nevin

We love Welles Street! - The food is delicious, particularly from the Mezze section of the menu. Tried to chicken also, and it was very tender and cooked to perfection. Yum Yum! It's a casual place, so you place your order yourself at the kitchen, but so delicious and pretty quick too. Nice beers on tap!

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Family Sim

We were greeted with a friendly welcome and seated at a table and the process of ordering etc was clearly explained, including what specials of the day were available and a couple of items they were low/run out of. We ordered our drinks at the bar which were lovely and cool on a hot day and the four of us poured over the menu trying to decide what we wanted - the choice of food options made choosing hard! We settled for the crispy squid and lamb and hummus - both of which were delicious! We could have done with more of the yummy pita bread too! We had the whole chicken with chips and slaw for our main - again delicious and the dukkah sprinkled slaw and garlic mayo dressing were superb. We finished off the evening with the chocolate fudge and cinnamon doughnut dessert. It was a great evening out complimented by delicious food. Thank you!

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Sophie prangnell

Such great food! Have been here several times for both breakfast and lunch and the food has always been great!

Having a firsttable made the experience even better but I will happy go back and pay full price.

Love that you can bring your dog along too!

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We all enjoyed a lovely family Sunday dinner! The food was excellent – Thanks Chef! We all thoroughly enjoyed our choices and sampling each other’s. I personally LOVED the Loaded Lamb Hummus, but I did suffer "food envy" as The Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder on Artichoke Mash "special" that the majority of our group chose looked SO delicious, as did the Chicken Souvlaki! Being a big fan of Bruschetta myself, I also highly recommend this delicious concoction on Welles St's own yummy house made Baribari Bread, this scrummy bread was also an amazing accompaniment to the Baked Feta with honey, chilli and almonds ... Again YUM! We also chose sides of Loaded Fries and the Charred Broccoli and Chickpeas. Our table of four was well and truly fed with enough to take home for a couple of Monday work lunches :) Staff were really attentive, explained everything on the menus well. The venue was surprisingly cosy/warm on a cool Autumn evening. Thank you team Welles Street! Like Arnold ... We will be back!

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mike connolly

This place always delivers. The menu has changed again which is a good thing. They are always keeping things fresh. We ordered the whole chicken meal (best way to get a good selection). Every dish was perfect. This place is great for a big group or small.

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Delicious and fun place to meet friends and refuel :-)

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Always fantastic food here and the staff are friendly.

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Steph Gaskell

Always great food and atmosphere at Welles St!

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OMG best food ever fab food and fab service will be back soon

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Joshua Matthews

High recommend and will be back ASAP!

Order 4 items from the Mezze and a main each (3 people). Heaps of food and all were delicious. Special mention to the crumbed eggplant and prawns!

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Carol Jane

We enjoyed our visit, very friendly staff and service was great. Enjoyed the food and loved the cocktails.

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We were a party of 4 for lunch. We enjoyed our meals. The flavours were really good. Good variety to choose from. Will be back to try other menu items.

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Kelly Hook

Amazing food,lovely atmosphere and surroundings.

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Rose Craigie

Good casual dining. The souvlakis were great

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Casual restaurant with food for all the family. Not pretentious - just good honest food. Service was quick and efficient which it should be as not busy when you are a first table.

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La Wanda Cowan

Super friendly and great service.
Food came out quick and tasted yum!
Definitely recommend

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Nadene Winchester

Delicious food and great atmosphere

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Emma Reynolds

Good family vibes, big open space, very casual dining with friendly and helpful staff.

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Fantastic, we were greeted on arrival, table was ready and meals were prompt. very enjoyable dinner out.

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As always, we really enjoyed every morsels of the food we ordered. Awesome!

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Courtney Louise

Great food and fast preparation! They catered for coeliac people well with a separate deep fryer too!

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Louise Auld

Great food and great service, will definitely be coming back... Thank you

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Great place. Really enjoyed the food and the staff were all lovely.

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Ursula Norris

Delicious food!!

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Ariana Pavelka

We got an assortment of food to share and it was all delicious, colourful and well presented. While waiting for our meal we played some pool, which was great fun. The staff were friendly and helpful. Had a good range of seating indoors and outdoors. Would definitely recommend. Cheers

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Ashin Kalarikkal

We had a great time dining in Welles street. Great food and a busy place with friendly staff. Good selection of drinks. I really enjoyed the Canterbury lamb. Only change I would recommend is to put a board with the name outside as I struggled to find the right place

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Pleayo Tov

Great vibes, funky decor, trendy converted warehouse which turned out to be a cool dining atmosphere. We ordered some bar snacks and souvlakis to share. Scrumptious food packed full of flavours. Self-service but works well with no fuss.

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Deb Fleming

Absolutely loved the food. Staff were welcoming and friendly. Great place to go with friends.

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The food that we ordered were delicious. Very very happy and satisfied with the dishes. Definitely will recommend to friends.

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Henry Meller-maddever

Good food and cool atmosphere.

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Mitchell Pawson

It's always good

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Sarah McArley

Love Welles street! Lovely, helpful staff who were accommodating to our little dog. Highly recommend

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Rob N Rach Barker

We keep going back again and again to Welles Street. A firm family favourite, there's always something for everyone and every dish is so tasty. From the whole chicken, souvlaki, and the interesting combinations in all the vege dishes which just make you want one of everything! We need to remember to leave room for the delicious sounding icecream! Maybe next time!

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Natalie Massie

Amazing food...all three of us ordered different mains and allmvery happy.....great ambience too
Will definitely dine here again

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Lovely food and friendly helpful staff
Will be back

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Lizzie Meates

First time dining at Welles Street. Great atmosphere and fantastic food. Good selection of gluten free and vegan food for those with dietary needs. Will certainly be back.

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All staff were friendly and helpful. We received wonderful customer service. Great setting and lovely sheltered outdoor area.
We were disappointed with most of the food we ordered unfortunately.
Rotisserie lamb and ouzo prawns were great and delicious. Hand cut fries were plentiful but over cooked and coated in huge chunks of salt, the crispy squid seemed like it was battered, deep fried and then coated in chicken stock (?), patatas bravas were deep fried potatoes (never seen it done like that).
It just felt like too many things were deep fried and that wasn't made clear in the menu description. I'm not sure if we would return based on our experience.

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Great service, quick yummy food, good for the whole family

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Loved doing First Table at Welles St, such a nice atmosphere in the sunny outdoor area and wonderful food at SUCH a reasonable price. Would definitely recommend!

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Fantastic relaxed atmosphere
Food was exceptionally tasty Pita bread was delicious and lite making the souvalaki easy to eat and great tasting
Drink selection is vast and reasonably priced
Great staff perfect location
Thanks

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Food is amazing!! We will definitely be back!! That squid

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raylene tilbrook

This dinner experience was value for money and well worth the 1st table membership. Food was plentiful and tasty and not a bad variety and you could swap in or out things for those fussy ones .loved loved the halloumi fries .I'd go back just for them yummy yummy .

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The meal and service was good just wish the steak was served on warm plates as it soon went cold

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Gemma Phillips

Great food, great service...which has been my experience every time I have been.

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Alyssa McCormack

Amazing food and lovely outdoor seating area. We shared the meatball and lamb starters and the chicken snitzel - all devine!

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Louise Barnett

What a lovely place to dine. When you first walk in you don't know what to expect as it is a vast looking place. The service was great, the young lady at the bar was very informative. The food was so good. I would highly recommend it and am looking forward to going back there.

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Brittany Smith

Great food and great interior

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yummo

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Great food and service. Highly recommend.

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Andrew Woodhouse

This is our third visit and weren't disappointed. We ordered the Rotisserie lamb and Market fish kebabs to share. The Rotisserie lamb with smoked yoghurt is some of the best lamb we have ever had, it was simply delicious. Service was excellent.

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Virginia Batelaan

Good tasty food and a nice relaxed vibe

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Amanda Derry

Food was really tasty and the service was friendly and helpful. A nice relaxed atmosphere, will definitely be going back

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Meredith Eckford

Always great options. Delicious

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Brayden Johnson

We arrived and had friendly staff, fast service and yummy food!

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