Cuisine: Thai
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $30

Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine and friendly service at Thai Orchid Restaurant on Riccarton Road, next to Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

From the moment you walk through the door, you’ll feel right at home in this cosy restaurant. Combining 300-year-old recipes alongside contemporary dishes, the chefs at Thai Orchid pride themselves on creating fresh, delicious and moreish Thai food. Using traditional cooking methods and spices, you’ll love their lunch and dinner menu of coconut-milk curries, pad thai and stir-fried classics, as well as their house specials, such as New Zealand massaman lamb, deep-fried crispy fish fillets and sizzling tender beef.

Whether you enjoy eating premium meat and seafood, or are vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free, there are plenty of natural and delicious options to choose from. As everything is made fresh and onsite, you can also have the dish as spicy or as mild as you like, just let one of your waiters know which you’d prefer. Definitely not one to miss when on the hunt for tasty Thai food in Christchurch!

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Thai Orchid
21 Riccarton Road
Christchurch 8011

Open Hours:
Lunch
Everyday 11:30am - 2:30pm

Dinner
Mon - Thu: 5pm - 9:30pm
Fri - Sun: 5pm - 10pm

Phone: 03 343 0790
Website: www.thaiorchid.co.nz

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Thai Orchid
Location: Riccarton
Cuisine: Thai
Mains: $15 - $30

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Ann Osullivan

Don’t be put off by the decor.
The food was great!

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Three of us dined on the 9th feb - 6 fantastic dishes and service was faultless.

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The food was amazing and so was the service, we will for sure be back!

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Great food and great atmosphere. Went there for our 7th wedding anniversary and staff were very attentive. Received complimentary bubbles to celebrate our night and meals were well sized to the point we had to get some to takeaway. Will be back!!!

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Fantastic food and service.

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Fiorella Jáuregui

Really nice atmosphere and delicious food!

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helen vessey

The food here is so tasty and flavoursome. It was a busy Saturday night so took a while to attract the waiters attention but they were all really lovely and friendly staff. The banana fritter was amazing.

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sue white

beautiful flavours, the crisp skin chicken was worth fighting with my husband for the last piece! very fresh vegetables. We'll be back!

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Ian Ang

The food was incredible, had a green curry, tom yum, pad thai and pineapple rice! Will definitely be there again soon. The staff were also extremely amiable and lovely. Service can be a little slow due to small service crew, so being early is good :)

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Jesse Van ‘t Hul

Fantastic food experience with friends. Would come back. About the first to second table to be seated for the evening. A bit slow on the initial service, but in their defense they seemed to also be processing 20 Uber eats orders. Took longer than what I would expect to get our first round of entrees out. However the delicious food made up for that.

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Jill O'Connor

The food never disappoints at Thai Orchard and our starter and meals were as delicious as always. Service was prompt too.
Our table of 2 was right beside the open servery door and kitchen, which was noisy and draighty. When asked to be moved the friendly waitress explained that all other tables were reserved as they were fully booked that night, although even by the end of our early First Table dining I noted that the restaurant was still only half full. However, our waitress did make a point of carefully closing the door after each kitchen exit, and I did appreciate that.

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Customer service was exceptional! Our food was simply delicious! Can't wait go back!

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Fabulous staff and a really lovely meal !

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Michele Callaghan

We had a beautiful meal celebrating our wedding anniversary . The thai meals were excellent . We had the crispy duck and yellow curry and they were amazing - so  tasty.  It was a very pleasant atmosphere enhanced by the decor and background music.
The manager and waitresses were knowledgable friendly and attentive . They explained the menu very well.
A highlight for me also was the complimentary champagne to celebrate our anniversary. Thai Orchid is a top restaurant with excellent food and service. Thank you so much Julz and his team. We will be back!!

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Renée Rerekura

Always a great atmosphere, customer service is always great, the workers are always happy!

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Great food, good service

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Robyn Van Laar

Amazing food

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Zoe West

Great meal really enjoyed the Thai salad but had to wait a to long for our entree People who arrived after us were getting their main before w got our entree but worth waiting for

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Fabulous meal and service. Kids have it a good thumbs up to. Thankyou

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Felt very welcome. the menu was explained in detail. We chose the salmon which was amazing and a generosity size. A great place to come for dinner with authentic that cuisine,ba good selection of drinks and music to relax to.

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Suzu Akita

That is my third time to visit Thai Orchid. Food was amazing as always. Service was bit slow but staff were lovely customer service.

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We had some good food for our dinner out but it felt like the restaurant was way overbooked. we had great service to begin with but it just became crazy busy and our meals took ages to arrive. The people running this place seem great and I can recommend the sizzling hot plate.

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Judy Mah

Food came quickly and tasty.
Probably where we were seated wasn't ideal for a relaxed meal... it was just by the door where food and dishes were constantly flowing.
Overall I would go back again but maybe seated outdoor

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We had an absolutely amazing dinner.
The staff was super friendly and explained us the menu.
They recommended us two meals which we ordered.
It was abolutely delicious and we highly recommend Thai Orchid.

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We'd had a good run - many experiences through First Table that had all been five star value - so I suppose we had to expect an awful experience sooner or later... Unfortunately that happened for us at Thai Orchid.

The starter we ordered (mixed apetisers, No 10 on their menu) was good - I wish we'd ordered four lots of this rather than adding a couple of their mains...

We thought that their menus were very helpful as each dish contains a long list of the ingredients it contains. Using these pointers we ordered No 18 (Green Curry) and No 41 (Ped Thai Orchid), but asked for the latter to be without brocolli as we don't like that in curry type dishes.

When the mains arrived they had omitted the broccoli from No 41 as requested, but 30% of the dish was soggy cauliflower, as was No 18. You will notice that cauliflower isn't mentioned at all in the menu description of these dishes, so why did it make up such a huge proportion of both? On top of that No 18 also contained unadvertised brocolli. You'd have thought that when we'd specificially asked for it to be omitted from one dish they'd have had the nouse to not introduce it, unannounced, to the other thing we'd ordered.

So 0/10 for the mains - really. We probably picked at each and ate about a quarter which in effect meant our 50% discount became a 100% surcharge!

Our table was in a corner, which wasn't a problem in itself, until people occupied the table next to us. The tables were jammed so tightly together that the waitress couldn't get to our table to serve the food! She had to pass it over my shoulder whilst apologising that there wasn't enough room to get any closer. The people on the next table were closer to me than my dining companion, and consequently I spent most of the meal overhearing their banal conversation, unable to listen to the person I was with.

So, to sum up, one really poor experience out of many First Table booking over the past 12 months isn't the end of the world. But it was certainly significant enough to ensure I'll never go anywhere near this place again.

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Lovely dining experience, with great service and delicious food.

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As soon as you arrive you are greeted with amazing customer service and a nice welcoming note on your table. Hands down the best Thai in CHCH we have ever had! Highly recommend the wings and wontons for entrees and the chicken peanut satay main. To top it off no wine surcharge! We will definitely be going back.

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Nikki Connor

Fab food and service. Will definitely be back. Highly recommend. Thanks.

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A milestone celebration of my son, Raph's graduation. Appetizer was excellent! Roast duck and fish dishes are delish!!! Staffs are very friendly. Excellent service too! Highly recommended. Will definitely be back!!!

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Maggie Dickison

A fantastic experience. The duck, in particular, was extremely tasty. Excellent service. We were there for an 18th birthday meal and it was certainly memorable. We will definitely be back.

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Fantastic food and great service with a smile.

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Great meal as always

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The chicken pad Thai was amazing. My husband had fish curry Thai and he said it was delicious :) service was fast we weren't kept waiting and their staff were very polite. High recommend, thank you Thai orchard and thank you first table for this delightful opportunity.

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Great dinung experiene. Loved food. Good service.

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Cheryl Allred

Really friendly approach to this restaurant, the owners put a lot of time and effort to give a pleasant dining experience, and the food is great!

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Amazing evening, the food was delicious, attention to detail and great conversation with the Manager and our table. Thank you for going above and beyond, we will be coming to visit your restaurant again

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helen vessey

A really great meal. The service was exceptiona and flavours were delicious. Thanks

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Tracy Inwood

Awesome service. Delicious and well presented food! Fantastic value. We will definitely go back!

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Fantastic food, great service!

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We enjoyed a fabulous meal, food was amazing and service was great. It was our first time to Thai Orchid we will certainly be going back.

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Sara Philip

We had a lovely meal, great service, great flavours and decent sized dishes. We will be back!

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Puna Teata

Amazing, amazing food. There was 4 of us, we started with king prawns, pork ribs and chicken nibbles and all 3 dishes were delish, my fav would have to be the king prawns. We then ordered our mains, had the Thai orchid signature dish, the crispy duck, sizzling beef that came out on a hotplate, the lambshanks and the salmon dish. Unbelievable, the flavors for all meals were on point but to be honest the salmon dish won it for me hands down. It does have abit of spice but nothing to overpowering. Finally desserts, ordered fried banana and ice cream along with the tradition thai pudding which was coconut rice pudding that had hints of pineapple in it with sliced mango on top all inside half an actual pineapple. Lets just say there was nothing left on the plate. Will definitely dine there again

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Tata Teata

Amazing food and excellent service! I will definitely be going back there

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Reena Brown

Had an amazing meal for our daughters 17th birthday. Julz (owner) was a great host and enjoyed interaction with everyone. He explained and recommended curtain dishes to the table which was helpful and spot on.
Will definitely be going back again soon.

Scott

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great night. Really yummy food.

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Erin June VIII

The food here is always perfect! Atmosphere, spot on, service is great - specifically the maître'd - who always does a fab job of making us comfortable and making the menu easy to read for our friends who may not have been there or had Thai food before. Highly recommend.

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Natalia Kapea

Food was authentic. Lovely friendly staff

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Wow amazing food and service was faultless. Would definitely dine there again and recommended to others to check it out. Has a nice atmosphere and we spent 3 hours there just talking and they were really good about it. 5 star all round =))

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Tracey Sanford

My husband and I were celebrating our 24th Wedding Anniversary. The place was lovely. The food was delicious. The peanut sauce was amazing and my husband loved the duck. The owner was great going through the menu with us. A lovely night. Thank you. We definitely will be back.

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The service was impeccable. The food from start to finish couldn't be faulted. We ordered a plate of various starters and we were blown away! Curry puffs were out favourite. For mains we had the crispy duck, and tom kha soup. The atmosphere was great. The food came out in good time between each thing. Honestly, probably some of the best Thai I've ever had! Definitely returning soon.

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