Cuisine: Contemporary, New Zealand, Wine Bar
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+

Discover a menu of exquisite New Zealand cuisine at this vibrant eatery...

Located in Merivale, JDV (from the French saying ‘Joie De Vivre’) expresses an enjoyment of life in every dining detail, from the passionately cooked food, to the warm hospitality.

Weaving this philosophy into his food, Executive Head Chef Josh Hunter celebrates the flavours of Canterbury through his contemporary cuisine. Focusing on seasonally driven recipes and precise presentation, Hunter has crafted a menu of exquisite local delicacies.

Treat yourself to their signature Te Mana Lamb Rack, or discover the mouthwatering Market Fish with a delicious fish fumet . Vegetarians will love the Risotto Verde or the handmade Organic Butternut Tortellini- or if you fancy something lighter, choose from the bar snacks options, homemade mini beef burgers or JDV Antipasto Platter.

Established in 2000, JDV is well-loved among locals for a stylish bite to eat. With its vibrant atmosphere and stunning range of fine food and wine, this is a must-visit on the Christchurch dining scene.

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JDV
190 Aikmans Road
Christchurch 8014

Open Hours:
Monday 10.30am - 9pm
Tuesday 10.30am - 9pm
Wednesday 10.30am - 9pm
Thursday 10am - 10pm
Friday 9.30am - 10pm
Saturday 9.30am - 10pm
Sunday 9.30am - 9pm

Phone: +64 3-964 3860
Website: www.jdv.co.nz

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JDV

JDV
Location: Merivale
Cuisine: Contemporary, New Zealand, Wine Bar
Mains: $25 - $35+
Accepts:   JDV accepts American Express

Reviews

Caroline Knight

An absolutely amazing meal, I had a beetroot dish with whipped goats cheese and toasted hazelnuts for a starter that was just divine and my husband had the beef tartare which he loved. Mains were the beef which was melt in the mouth and the lamb both cooked to perfection and the potato side for the beef was delicious. Miss six said the fish and chips were really tasty and the ice cream got a big thumbs up. A beautifully cooked meal and the staff who looked after us were great, a really lovely overall experience, we’ll definitely be back.

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Excellent service, ambiance and incredibly delicious food. A lot of love and care went into our dishes. Absolutely have been recommending to anyone that will listen. Great experience.

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Great food and atmosphere. My girlfriends and i shared entre: duck parfait and smoke fish croquettes. Yummy! The mains we ordered were delicious: lamb rack, mussels and risotto. The risotto was so filling that my friend could not finish it !
In addition, the restaurant shouted my girlfiend for her main as it was her birthday! It was a pleasant surprise and a lovely gesture! Will definitely be back!
Thank you JDV staff and chefs for a wonderful evening !

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Gail Cusack

Had the most enjoyable nights dinning, the food was superb to be honest really couldnt fault it at all. Service was attentive and very pleasant. It has a lovely warm atmosphere and we will most definately return. For anyone who hasnt been before please give them a try you will be pleasantly surprised as we were.

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Emma Costigan

Very nice dinner out in Merivale on a Friday evening!! We were lucky enough to have the restaurant to ourselves when we arrived which meant we could sit anywhere. A cosy table in the corner was perfect. A quick read of the menu and we were ready to begin by sharing the salt 'n' pepper squid which was so tender and a great starter. Next was the main - beautiful pork and also beef fillet. Both were delicious. Dessert was a shared chocolate brownie which ended the meal on a high note. Very efficient and friendly service, delicious food and a warm atmosphere. We will be back.

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Great service and atmosphere, meals came out quickly and were delicious. Three of us had the steak each with a different request of how to be cooked and they all came out perfectly (it's not often I don't have to send my well done steak back!) In fact, the steak was so delicious, its something I would expect to find in a top fine dining restaurant.

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Chris Callaghan

Te Mana lamb was just beautifully cooked and served. A culinary delight. Service was discreet and professional. As always, JDV lives uo to its excellent reputation

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popped down for an early meal and wasn’t disappointed, food was delicious and service great!

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The food was excellent as was the service but I would stay away from the windows when the sun is low in the sky, We will certainly return to this restaurant.

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excellent excellent, fab place, excellent food and excellent service! :-) Will be back

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Valerie Parrott

It was great to revisit JDV after many years. The food is good, tasty and well presented. we had a starter of the meatballs in tomato and parmesan and the salalmi plate to share before having the FOD which was a beautiful Blue Cod dish. Our wait staff were very friendly and made our visit welcoming. Thumbs up to an old favourite.

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Great food,location and service. Would heartily recommend.. if you are lucky enough to get in!!

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Outstanding dinner on Saturday night. This was the best experience at JDV - the quality of the food was superb. A particular highlight was the parfait starter. The combination of the parfait, pickled courgette and the toast was he perfect start. Could not fault any aspect.

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Toni Harris-Daw

Too much food ... the platter is totes value for $$

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Caroline Knight

An absolutely amazing meal, I had a beetroot dish with whipped goats cheese and toasted hazelnuts for a starter that was just divine and my husband had the beef tartare which he loved. Mains were the beef which was melt in the mouth and the lamb both cooked to perfection and the potato side for the beef was delicious. Miss six said the fish and chips were really tasty and the ice cream got a big thumbs up. A beautifully cooked meal and the staff who looked after us were great, a really lovely overall experience, we’ll definitely be back.

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Abbey Evison

Lovely dinner - excellebt service and delicious food! Highly recommended!

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Staff very friendly and the food was excellent

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Excellent service, ambiance and incredibly delicious food. A lot of love and care went into our dishes. Absolutely have been recommending to anyone that will listen. Great experience.

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Diane Ladd

Lovely staff and food was amazing- will definitely go back. AND it was happy hour til 6pm - Win Win

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Absolutely delicious food! Looking forward to going back again!

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Great food and atmosphere. My girlfriends and i shared entre: duck parfait and smoke fish croquettes. Yummy! The mains we ordered were delicious: lamb rack, mussels and risotto. The risotto was so filling that my friend could not finish it !
In addition, the restaurant shouted my girlfiend for her main as it was her birthday! It was a pleasant surprise and a lovely gesture! Will definitely be back!
Thank you JDV staff and chefs for a wonderful evening !

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Dined here with two girlfriends and service was very prompt and our waiter was very professional in his demeanour. We all shared the duck liver parfait for an entrée and this was superb, followed by a rabbit pie and two risotto dishes which was very, very tasty and all dishes nicely presented. Two of us partook of the apple/rhubarb crumble, was expecting more of an apple dish with real rhubarb but this appeared to be more of a jellified dish which was the only down side of the evening, but crumble on top very crunchy and yummy. Would definitely recommend to others and will certainly go back, will just choose a different dessert next time.

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Great

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Welcoming & surprised with happy hour drinks

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Enjoyed a great meal at JDV.
The food was delicious with good size portions and heaps of flavour.
The lamb and steak was cooked to perfection
It was a very quiet night for a Saturday which surprised us.
Our waitress was great and was very friendly, but finished her shift between our entree and main which surprised us.
Only thing we thought was lacking was the choice of mains.

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Great service and wonderful food! Cosy environment with good music too. Would definitely go back!

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Louise Garland

This food was outstanding and was the service to match. A very pleasurable dining experience. Can highly recommend!!

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This is one of the most consistently good restaurants I have been to for service and quality of food.

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Gail Cusack

Had the most enjoyable nights dinning, the food was superb to be honest really couldnt fault it at all. Service was attentive and very pleasant. It has a lovely warm atmosphere and we will most definately return. For anyone who hasnt been before please give them a try you will be pleasantly surprised as we were.

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Siobhán Breakingbury

What an amazing place! Everything we had was bloody good!!
We had the duck liver parfait to start and if it was a main i would have had it ten times over. We also had the beef fillet and lamb rack/belly and that did not disappoint. Would definitely recommend this place!! Staff were so so lovely and helpful too

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The service was good from beginning to end. The food was delicious.

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Very friendly staff and very good Antipasto. Will definitely visit again.

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Garry Huata

Great food and service

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Was greeted by a fine young man who took care of us throughout the whole dining time. He was polite and had acceptional manners.

I highly reccommend Te Mana Lamb, what a beautiful dish and the smoked fish croquets are a must. My friend had fish and that too was amazing. We both had the apple crumble with ice cream which took us back to childhood, what a beautiful desert.

Will definately be going back 10/10 a must go

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Nice atmosphere and grear food

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Theresa Denton

We were welcomed with smiles all round in to a lovely warm restaurant. Great service and the food was delicious. The waitress luckily mentioned we may not need the duck fat potatoes with our mains after eating the half antipasto for two to share which was so true! We had a lovely evening :)

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The food and the service was fantastic. I look forward to going back again!

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Lovely food well presented, excellent service from our waiter - an enjoyable evening. Would recommend.
Barbara Kettles

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Excellent main dishes as usual and lovely attentive staff who greets us(I mean everybody) with a genuine kind fare smile. JDV is always, more than you can expect. From fish, panelle (pasta) to beef fillet mignon...every dish is presented to you with perfection. I have recommended my friends here, and they all say the same - Well presented homey food cooked with perfection. The staff members must be credited for their passionate kind manners as well.

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Great food. Super service and lovely warm atmosphere. Perfect place for a mid-week treat.

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Great food, quick & efficient - perfect before going out to a show!

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Excellent food & great service. Highly recommended.

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Nice meal & ambiance. Really enjoyable experience.

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Andrea Williams

Great service and great food will be back! Thanks

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Adrienne Shadbolt

Very nice meals but would have been better if we had been advised that we should also have ordered some sides. Would definitely go back

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Such great service and amazing food. The 4 of us really enjoyed everything from the shared platter to the mains and dessert. Thank you!

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Arnz McLeod

My husband had the beef fillet cooked perfectly medium rare as requested and I had the salmon risotto, which had great balance. Portion sizes were great, we had an entree, main and dessert which we don't normally. It's a rarity to get such great service these days but these guys made our experience so fabulous we will return again and again.

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Kayleigh Bruerton

The waitress was lovely and the beef was amazing. The cocktails were also great just a shame they didn’t have a cocktail menu to order more!

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I would give a 5 out of 5. The taste of the food was excellent and not only that, the sweet lady who served us was kind and professional. Me and my daughter absolutely enjoyed our dining, at the JDV.

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Consistent quality of food and the service has been brilliant both times we have used first table here. Probably this time the menu selection was limited compared to previous time.

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Maree-Dave Crisp

Food was yummy, our steaks were perfectly cooked medium rare as requested.

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Thoroughly enjoyed our evening at JDV. The food was superb, we had the wild caught market fish. The chocolate tart for dessert, well scrummy. Our waitress Anna was very pleasant and professional so have no hesitation in recommending for a lovely night out.

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Stanley Chung

Had the vegetarian main with the market fish and kids fish and chips. Staff were very warm to welcome us considering we were dining with a 6 month old. First table is excellent because the restaurant was quiet at the time. Dessert was excellent. The crumble was delicious.

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Atmosphere great. Warm and inviting with friendly knowledgable staff. Wonderful meal. Would definitely recommend and go again.

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Bianca Hunter

Great food but small menu!

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Very pleasant surroundings, excellent service. The chef really knows how to cook and present classy tasty food. The meats were tender and the duck fat potatoes were the best ever tasted!!!

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