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Cuisine: A La Carte, New Zealand
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+

Located in Peppers Clearwater Resort, The Lakes Restaurant offers locally sourced ingredients and some of New Zealand's best wine and stunning views. What more could you want?

It's a modern restaurant flooded with natural light, courtesy of its generous windows that overlook the majestic view of the lake with mountains on the horizon. It's a classy spot with plenty of 'wow' factor. And we haven't even got to the food!

Sample some of the finest ingredients for starter, main and dessert. Their starters include a free-range pork belly, marinated calamari and a warm duck rillette from the Canter Valley. For mains, culinary excellence reigns supreme with the Southland lamb rump, Canterbury Angus sirloin and market fish of the day. There's also an artichoke risotto and vegetable gnocchi for the veggies among you.

Now...there's nothing left to do but unwind with a bottle of award-winning wine. It's a tough life.

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The Lakes Restaurant
Clearwater Ave
Christchurch 8051

Open Hours:
Breakfast: 7am - 10am
Lunch: 12pm - 2pm
Dinner: 6pm until late

Phone: 03 360 1002

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The Lakes Restaurant
Location: Northwood
Cuisine: A La Carte, New Zealand
Mains: $25 - $35+
The Lakes Restaurant accepts American Express

Reviews

This is a beautiful location, great food and very friendly service staff. Just 20 mins from central city I think it is a hidden gem.

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Nicky McEntee

We had a great meal to celebrate our anniversary. We both had the steak- which was delicious, one of the best meals we've had in a long time. We shared a vanilla chiffon cake and apple crumble for dessert- yum. The views are lovely from the restaurant and added to the overall experience. Thank you.

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Jan Cameron

My sister and I really enjoyed our meal. We had the baked camembert and the pork belly or starters followed by the fillet steak and the lamb. Very generous servings so there was no room for dessert. The service was great so all in all it was a very enjoyable evening.

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Andrew Little

Super location at Clearwater Golf Course with a lovely outlook of the golf course 18th hole, lake and nearby immaculate homes... as you wine and dine on yummy food, the cheese board to end with was exceptional. For the main course the sirloin steak was cooked spot on and the caralmalised onions were very tasty, the fish was also presented well and tasted accordingly. The desserts are well worth a thought.... even if you are full.

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Friendly welcome on arrival. Beautiful views and relaxed atmosphere.
We started with the tasting platter which was a delight and plenty for 4 adults as a starter. Mains are a very generous portion so if you fancy desert perhaps consider the entree dishes also generous and delicious.
Thank you for an overall enjoyable dining experience.

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Beautiful scenery and the food was amazing as well. Best lamb I've ever had and the baked camembert was to die for!! Very great place to celebrate my birthday

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Welcoming relaxed service
Enjoyable well presented dishes Outstanding apple tart dessert
Wonderful setting
Good value drink menu

A very pleasant evening meal
Exciting news that a refurb is coming up soon

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Kerry Howley

Beautiful setting and great service. The food was fresh, expertly prepared and presented. While the mains were delicious the desserts were outstanding. Colourful and full of flavour. We had the champagne jelly and the gelato. Highly recommend.

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Adrienne Street

The service friendly, nice chill atmosphere. The food was lovely and came out at a good timing not too quick or too long. Would definitely visit again

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We all had an amazing meal, the food was absolutely delicious and the service was excellent. Couldn't have been better.

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Wayne Mackay

Went here for my wife's birthday, It was a lovely evening, dusk over the lake was beautiful, the food was great and the service was attentive with out being overbearing, would certainly revisit, maybe in the summer as it has a lovely outdoor area that would be great for drinks with friends.

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Tuaivi Kokaua

My wife and I had some friends out for dinner to The Lakes Restaurant, and enjoyed a very, very, comfortable and pleasant surroundings. Our meals were very delicious and well presented, and the waiting staff were very observant as to the keeping the tables clear of empty dishes or ensuring the filling of our glasses. We also enjoyed our conversation with our waiting staff, it was truly, an enjoyable time. Koke, Christchurch

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Damithri Waniganayake

What an atmosphere. It was a fantastic dining experience from the moment we entered into the restaurant. Friendly staff and the food was definitely a 10 on 10.

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Cliff Fincham

My wife and I both started with Smoked Fish and Clam Chowder which we enjoyed very much. Unusually for us we both chose the same main dish of Pan Fried Orange Roughy which was cooked to perfection and came served with seared scallops, tomato salsa and vegetables. The fillets of fish were large and presented beautifully. This dish was enjoyed thoroughly by us both. Next time we go back we will definitely try a dessert as we found that we had eaten enough after our starters and mains. Thank you for a lovely evening, the atmosphere of the restaurant is wonderful and we look forward to going during summer to see the view of the lake.

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Heila Du Plessis

First time we dined at Lakes Restaurant and were treated like a VIP. The atmosphere was relaxed, music not loud. I will definitely recommend friends to have a great experience like we had. Thanks to all staff you are doing an excellent job, food to die for don't miss out!

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Charles Bensted

We were thrilled to be able to get a voucher for the Lakes restaurant. The four of us had an amazing experience. The quality and generosity of the food was awesome. I have read some unkind comments on trip advisor but our experience was amazing. Congratulations to staff and management. We had entrees, main meals and desserts. All different. No one could fault any of the food. If this sounds like a rave review.... It is! Great night. Thanks

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Fantastic food and wonderful
Views. Highly reccomend.

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Sam Knight

The food at the lakes was great! We had the regional platter which came with huge pieces of cheese. We also had steaks which were perfectly cooked.
Only thing is there were not many waitresses/waiters on so service was a bit slow and we were waiting quite a while after the entree to order the main. Other than that - great.

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Really enjoyed the food at the Lakes, entries were very generous, mains tasty. Overall a great experience will come here again.

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Lovely setting overlooking the golf course and lake. Food was delicious and the staff are welcoming and friendly. We’ll be back!

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Them Seeboon

The food was excellent, the location and views were superb. The service was very average, including a mix up with the payment but overall a very nice experience.

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Great food and views!

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This is a beautiful location, great food and very friendly service staff. Just 20 mins from central city I think it is a hidden gem.

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Jan Orme

Great meal, will definitely go back

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Nicky McEntee

We had a great meal to celebrate our anniversary. We both had the steak- which was delicious, one of the best meals we've had in a long time. We shared a vanilla chiffon cake and apple crumble for dessert- yum. The views are lovely from the restaurant and added to the overall experience. Thank you.

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Jo Caldwell

Fantastic Food - absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. Beautiful outlook, acoustics and level of music just right - unlike other restaurants - we could actually hear each other. Wonderful night! Would love to come regularly but may not be able to afford this without First Table. Beautiful!

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Liz Rawling

Good food, great service and amazing location.

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We both really enjoyed our lunch, amazing setting! Definitely go back.

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Annie Quinn

We had a lunch booking, our waiter was awesome, seated us at lovely corner table (we were the only 2x people in the restaurant lol) bought us drinks straight away, chatty without being interuptive, accommodated our request, there is actually a second menu which had a particular entree that we wanted, all the food was tasty and well presented however we did feel that the mains portion sizes were a bit small, our waiter also made us a special cocktail as we couldnt decide so he surprised us and it was a winner, all in all, good service, good food and good price with the discount.

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A very enjoyable meal friendly attentive staff wonderful outlook Perfectly cooked salmon dish

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Great view
Great meal!

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The food was amazing. Love the service. I would recommend and will definitely go back again for sure. Thank you

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Great view of the lake. The food and service were average. Not real value for money.

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Really nice setting and friendly staff, I liked the way they gave us time to enjoy each course without feeling rushed. The food was beautifully presented and great tastes. Thanks team

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Bernadette Mau

Lovely relaxed outlook

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Sandrine Main

Great service and food with the best view!

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Sharon Powney

Food was really lovely. Great setting on a summer evening to look over the lake and golf course.

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Juliana Nunes Ol

Amazing food!

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Mike Belinda Vannoort

Our first time dining at The Lakes restaurant and we were not disappointed! Great food and the staff were friendly and welcoming. Stunning views across the golf course. We will be back!

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Karen Mcphee

Lovely setting for lunch.
Desert was very tasteful and well presented.
The chairs however could do with replacing or reupholstering

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We enjoyed our meal. Quiet space overlooking the golf course. Food was simple but nice - good for lunch. Wait staff were pleasant & service timely.

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Vicki Smith

Took my elderly parents for lunch. The food was excellent. Large portions and great quality. It wasn't very busy which was good for the oldies as we could have conversation without noise issues. The service was very good.

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Nathalie Spencer

Lovely evening soaking up the sun and atmosphere... the food was amazing and the staff were friendly and welcoming!

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Jan Cameron

My sister and I really enjoyed our meal. We had the baked camembert and the pork belly or starters followed by the fillet steak and the lamb. Very generous servings so there was no room for dessert. The service was great so all in all it was a very enjoyable evening.

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Service was good. Restaurant is a little run down.

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TONY FORSYTH

I am sorry to leave a less than glowing review but out of 4 main meals only 1 was considered reasonable. We had breads to start which really was very good. Then 2 had steak, the sirloin was tasteless and had a very thick piece of gristle and fat along the side. The other was fillet which was to be cooked medium but was so overcooked it was grey and very dry. The pasta was quite large and too much pasta and not enough vegetable. The chicken was nice but no vegetables. The outlook over the lake was lovely but the décor was dated with ripped seat covers and a broken salt shaker. Quite disappointing

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Andrew Little

Super location at Clearwater Golf Course with a lovely outlook of the golf course 18th hole, lake and nearby immaculate homes... as you wine and dine on yummy food, the cheese board to end with was exceptional. For the main course the sirloin steak was cooked spot on and the caralmalised onions were very tasty, the fish was also presented well and tasted accordingly. The desserts are well worth a thought.... even if you are full.

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Excellent food, service and surroundings. Thank you to all the staff involved in providing a first class experience.

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Moyra Newton-Green

My friends and I had a lovely time here. We had a table by the window with a view which was great. Great service the waitress had the pasta changed to vegan without me asking as I ordered pasta and it had egg in the pasta so they changed to potato nocchi food was delicious and we will definitely come back.

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Generally the night was good, but maybe the expectations were a bit high. Being at Clearwater I was expecting something very special, the setting could be one of the best in ChCh overlooking the lake and the 18th hole is a big plus, however, the restaurant is showing signs of age with torn seat covers, chips in the table, a floor in need of new varnish, a general clean of cob webs and dirt would have helped, and dirty windows spoiling the view it was a bit of a let down.
As said the food was generally good but slightly missed on the wow factor.
I am sure that with a little bit of an upgrade all round and a good clean, and keeping it clean, a slightly more extensive menu and a bit of work on the presentation this restaurant could very easily stand out, lets hope someone does this and we get a chance to go back again.
Generally not a bad night but more a 4/10 than the 10/10 i was expecting.

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Joe Doyle

Great ambience, setting, service, and top quality food!

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Lovely place, we really enjoyed our dinner.
Our waitress was very nice and helpful

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Beautiful surroundings, tasty meals.

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Bill & Wendy Hoeta-Stokes

We love dinning at The Lakes Restaurant ! The food is superb and the wait staff are very attentive , caring and helpful - the atmosphere and the ambience of the place is beautiful and the views from our dining table are gorgeous :-) We can't wait to dine at The Lakes Restaurant again and again :-)

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Lovely ambience, delicious food and super friendly, attentive and knowledgeable staff. Will be back!

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Great views of the lake, nice food, thankgod for first table , wait staff were nice, duty manager not so much

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Friendly welcome on arrival. Beautiful views and relaxed atmosphere.
We started with the tasting platter which was a delight and plenty for 4 adults as a starter. Mains are a very generous portion so if you fancy desert perhaps consider the entree dishes also generous and delicious.
Thank you for an overall enjoyable dining experience.

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Graham Adams

Great food. Steak cooked perfectly. Anika was lovely.

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Anne Fuller

Overall a nice experience great staff and surroundings .

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Great views of the lake and golf course from our table. Service and food was excellent - will be going again.

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Beautiful scenery and the food was amazing as well. Best lamb I've ever had and the baked camembert was to die for!! Very great place to celebrate my birthday

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Food and service were great. Salmon was delicious and sirloin as well. The desserts were yummy! Our waiter was very nice and attentive.

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Aimee Ataera

Stunning venue and view from the restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious and plated beautifully! We loved every bite. Staff were wonderful. Very thoughtful and attentive. A great dining experience.

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Welcoming relaxed service
Enjoyable well presented dishes Outstanding apple tart dessert
Wonderful setting
Good value drink menu

A very pleasant evening meal
Exciting news that a refurb is coming up soon

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Jan Orme

Lovely meal, great service. We didn't feel rushed at any point, even though they were busy. The food was beautiful, I would have exactly the same thing next time I go.

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This is a beautiful setting. We enjoyed the fact that it wasn't noisy and we could enjoy a conversation at the table.

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