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

Reviews

The dining experience was certainly enjoyable. Food was delicious. Staff were friendly. I didn't expect we would want to stay 3 hours for a dinner, that's how welcome they made us feel.

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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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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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Wow what a truly wonderful experience! To start, we were greeted by Thai people who set the authentic seen of the restaurant. We were helped through the menu by the owner of the restaurant who clearly cares a lot about the food they serve and the satisfaction of his customers. After a few recommendations we decided to go for the Satay Chicken and Thai Red Curry and boy did they taste delicious! Just like the real thing in Thailand! Thai Orchid is definitely not one to miss, with exclusive Thai dishes unique to Christchurch, an authentic Thai Chef with 20+ years experience and friendly staff in a wonderful environment. I highly recommend :)

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Larry Beck

Look...you won't find better Pad Thai or yellow curry plus outstanding service than at Thai Orchid. Owners Jules and Jem have created a winning formula of hiring and retaining only the best cooks and staff to ensure their customers are satisfied. Jem sat down to explain their various dishes and Jules was observed taking time to have a wee chat with every customer at their table. These people are extremely conscious of quality food and service and highly aware that they have some stiff competition from other Thai restaurants in Christchurch. Their Pad Thai is truly the real thing and absolutely *****.

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Danny Jung

The food was amazing and the staffs were very friendly and quick with their service. The atmosphere was relaxing and we had an awesome time dining at thai orchid!

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Absolutely delicious food and delightful service and atmosphere. Will definitely be going back!

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The host Jules is warm and welcoming! His knowledge of thai food is extensive and recommended great wine combination with the main you order! Nice ambience.

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Nice venue friendly staff

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Marilou Scott

I ordered the Crispy Duck and my husband the special of the day Salmon with Thai Sauce. Both were absolutely delicious. It was cute that they had my name on a piece of paper to welcome us. The only thing was that the restaurant was undergoing renovations and we found a bit of dust in the black reservation sign in our table. The carpenters were still working on site so it was noisy and dusty. There were chairs overturned and not well hidden in the operating dining room where we were so the ambience was totally compromised. Maybe the ambience will improve when all the renovations are finished. Other than that, excellent.

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Lili Ma

The food was very nice and the staffs were very friendly and quick with their service.

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Wumarioshuai Wumarioshuai

Good service,food is delicious,my friends and i have a good dinner over there last night.

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We had a thoroughly enjoyable meal my husband loves Thai food and could not fault the food. Staff were friendly and the portions were large so we will certainly go again and recommend to friends and family.

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We really enjoyed our meal. We ordered panang curry, pad thai and crispy duck. Staff were friendly and accommodating. We loved everything, polished our plates. Their desserts look really good but we were too full. Next time, we'll try to leave space for desserts.

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It was a perfect night! All the food that we ordered tasted so good. The staffs were all friendly and very helpful. Truly much better than we expected! We will come back to try other dishes. Highly recommended!!!

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Gayel Marquet

Top Chefs... all had to go through a two day cooking competition to get the job. A unique to them stir fried curry dish (number 31 I think) was a top pick.

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Andrew Woodhouse

Always a fantastic dining experience. The Ped Thai Orchid crispy duck is delicious. Without doubt Thai Orchid serves the best Thai food in Christchurch.

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Food was great and staff fantastic

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The dining experience was certainly enjoyable. Food was delicious. Staff were friendly. I didn't expect we would want to stay 3 hours for a dinner, that's how welcome they made us feel.

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The crispy duck is so divine and highly recommended. There were only 2 staffs who could accommodate everyone in the restaurant. We had fun. Good food.

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Fast and friendly service with excellent suggestions from the waitstaff. We enjoyed everything we had.

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Absolutely delicious! Second time dining at the thai orchid and both times we have had great food and great friendly service. Would definitely recommend to people and will definitely be going back.

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Awesome meal thanks guys! Great food that was served promptly, and really friendly staff. Would definitely go again

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Great night with friends at Thai Orchid. Staff were friendly and the food good, what more can you ask. Thanks First Table.

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Annemaree Beckley

First time to the Thai Orchid. Food was amazing and the staff were lovely and really friendly. Can’t wait to go back again :)

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Our dinner at Thai Orchid was amazing. The food was excellent and the servers were attentive and happy. We highly recommend visiting this place for some good food in a nice atmosphere.

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Had a great time, very fresh and tasty meal. Staff friendly.

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Mel Bacon

Thai Orchid is awesome!! The service was lovely, the menu had a great variety and reasonable prices but the food was absolutely sensational!! The Crispy Duck is out of this world delicious!! Thanks for a great evening.

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Gail Route

Friendly staff and good food which is reasonably priced. The restaurant has a good ambiance. Tables could be a bit bigger for all the plates of food that arrive!

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Fantastic, friendly service. Food was delicious, we had the spare ribs and satay chicken for entree and the salmon and the duck for mains. Everything was cooked and presented well. We can't wait to come back.

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Litia Maclean

Very friendly service, lovely meal! We’ll be back

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Super-friendly service, relaxing atmosphere, nice food

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Food was delicious as always, and service is second to none! Highly recommend the deep fried fish with red sauce, best Thai in Christchurch.

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Shari Palmer

Tasty food and great service. Will definately return.

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Erin June VIII

Delicious food.

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Alisha Burtt

Food was amazing will definitely be going back!

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Prompt service friendly helpful waitress.
Tom yum soup one of the best.
All dishes. good examples of true Thai.
We will return again.

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Food was good, service was good till they got very busy, but all and all good exeperience

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Very nice atmosphere down stairs. The ladies who run this place are great. Amazing curries, lamb shanks & salmon

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Anne Pavelka

The service was excellent - helpful and friendly. Nothing a problem. The food was tender and tasty., and colourful. Our Thai tea was amazing! Thank you Thai Orchid Will definitely come again

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Our first visit with great food and service and we found the staff very friendly.

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Looked after from the moment we walked in the door. Beautiful food, lots of flavour. Appreciated the warm and welcoming service.

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Great service and the food is top notch

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Great tasting food served in really good proportions. Can't fault. Staff really friendly too.

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Dianne Harker

Another great evening dining at the Thai Orchid. Best Thai food, service and hospitality in town. Thanks to he team.

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Ritsuko Gillespie

I have been there several times and they never let me down .
They nailed all dishes , great atmosphere , friendly stuffs . I can't wait to go back again . Thanks for your hospitality Ritsy :)

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Friday night and the place filled quickly, extensive menu and staff were accomodating of an item not on the menu, which they could still made for us. Freash clean authentic flavours. My only gripe, the music was too loud. I'd normally say something but we ate and left pretty quickly. I look forward to coming back soon.

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Laura Jewell Haase

Best thai in Christchurch. Great service. Will be back.

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Aleisha Britt

Beautifully delicious food and wonderful service as always

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Excellent food and good service. The menus have a sperate photo picture if you ask them, so you can choose easier.

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Ariana Pavelka

Warm welcome by the owner, and a friendly note at our reserved table. Helpful recommendations for food and drink by the owner. Friendly staff and delicious food. Cosy atmosphere. Would recommend visiting and will definitely be returning!

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The food and staff were amazing. The owner/maitre d was lovely. She was very interested in where we were from and sharing stories with us, which was great. I couldn't fault the food or the service. Traditional Thai restaurant food, great price and great tasting.

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Victoria McVicar

Dinner with friends, which are vegetarians. We had starters of springs rolls, crumbed prawns and fish cakes delicious.
I had peanut satay chicken wonderful flavours, my husband had yellow curry was great. Friends had pad Thai with tofu. Great service with the manager explaining the menu to us. Would go again.

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Carrie Vaugh

Delicious food and amazing service - will def be back!

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James Mendoza

Overall we had a pretty good experience. We were greeted warmly and shown to our table. We ordered four dishes to share between us and I really enjoyed the roast duck and salmon. However, they forgot some of our orders that we need to keep on reminding them. They were very busy and only 2 people were serving food to all customers dining.

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Ysrial Clunies-Ross

Excellent food here and nice environment, staff friendly and helpful

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Melanie Sherborne

First time diners at Thai Orchid. Entrees were amazing. Highly recomend the prawns with coconut coating and the wontons.
The Duck was enjoyed by hubby. I had cashew chicken. Very tasty. The pad thai dish has an odd flavour reminiscent of a char grill. So that wasnt enjoyed much.
Service was very pleasing
Seating was squashed and you feel like you are on top of other diners due to being so close.
Overall a pleasant experience
Will definitely go back.

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We enjoyed a wonderful dinner; generous & delicious meals, attentive service. Cat Stevens background music enhanced the experience. Many thanks!

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