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The Commercial

$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Cafe, European, Gluten Free Options
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37 Fairfax Street, Murchison 7007, New Zealand
+64 3-523 9696
09:00 - 22:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 22:30
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Syracuse, New York
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We arrived on a Sunday evening. The staff were quite friendly...you order at the counter, they bring your food when it's ready. We ordered the lamb chops (they were fantastic) and a tenderloin steak stack, which was very good as well. We liked the old, hotel, relaxed atmosphere.

Thank BountGlen62
Wanaka, New Zealand
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Excellent BLT sandwiches served here - you can also have one with avocado! Lovely bread and good service.

Thank Reviews212
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158 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great coffee and nice breakfast before doing the rafting with Ultimate Descent. Sit outside--enjoy the town drive by. We shared the table with a Harley riding tat couple from Auckland--best of food and best of friendly company.

Thank Erik B
Te Puke
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243 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Poor lady was under the pump trying to run the kitchen, make breakfast, take orders, make coffee's & clear tables. We arrived at about 8am for breakfast on Saturday morning. Massive effort to get a smile out of the lady running the place but she was under the pump! Took 20 minutes to get poached eggs on toast. Saw her... More 

East Midlands, United Kingdom
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230 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having taken the ferry from Wellington to Picton in the morning we were en-route to our overnight accommodation, the Shining Star Beachfront Accommodation in Hokitika. Travelling south along State Highway 63 and on to Highway 6 took us through some beautiful countryside; but with few obvious stopping points we were in need of a break for lunch when we entered... More 

Thank Bridstow
Dunedin, New Zealand
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was in Murchison on a Monday evening. Not a good idea, as the Cowshed was closed and the Commercial only had bar food - being unable to staff the restaurant on Mondays - Wednesdays. My nachos were perfectly adequate but I'd have preferred something else.

Thank BronwynCarlisle
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170 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With limited dinner choices in Murchison, we chose The Commercial for a drink and dinner. Drinks including wine were OK - not cheap. My partner had the salmon which was OK, I had the pasta with chicken which will rate as one of the worst dishes I have ever eaten out - I definitely could do better (and have done)... More 

Thank Jim_bris
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised when we stopped for lunch in Murchison and stumbled in to the Commercial. We were on the long haul from Picton to Christchurch, where good eating stops are limited. We just wanted a quick lunch and were desperate for a cup of coffee. Two B.L.A.Ts, a serving of chips and two coffees... More 

Thank Walden16
Brisbane, Australia
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46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped for lunch and in limited with time, not very good selection, only two pies in warmer, tasted not fantastic but not too bad either. Things seemed hectic, no knives in cutlery. Nice seating outside, extremely busy. Would have liked to see what options were available on the menu, maybe next time, drinks were great.

Thank Bernadette T
Oamaru, New Zealand
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

This place is humming with tourists now and tour buses. Cafes need to pick up their game if you want people to return. We were told not to stop on main road but to go to town centre for food. Good advice! Still waiting for food ordered 30 mins ago. Some of the staff here are lovely. The girl who... More 

Thank sue_rudduck

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$21
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Cafe, European, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:30
09:00 - 22:30
09:00 - 22:30
09:00 - 22:30
09:00 - 22:30
09:00 - 22:30
09:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 37 Fairfax Street, Murchison 7007, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Murchison
  • Phone Number: +64 3-523 9696

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?