Where to Eat in Methven: The Best Restaurants and Bars

September 18, 2017 Jacquiline Darosa

Discover the best restaurant in Methven, New Zealand including Brinkley Village Resort, Cafe 131, AQUA Japanese Restaurant and Takeaways, Cafe Primo e Secundo, Thai Chilli Methven Restaurant, Arabica Licensed Cafe, Ski Time Restaurant & Bar, Village Takeaways, The Dubliner, The Green Parrot
Things to do in Methven

1. Brinkley Village Resort

43 Barkers Rd, Methven 8353, New Zealand Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible New Zealand Dinner +64 210 221 1043
Excellent
69%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Brinkley Village Resort

Reviewed By Shane B - Waihi Beach, NZ

The Brinkley Resort is close to the Methven village and handy to Mt Hutt. Each block has access to a shared laundry and drying room. Studio room was clean and tidy with a comfortable bed. Room is a little small when bringing two persons worth of ski gear in from your car. Very friendly and accommodating staff. On site spa pools and a tennis court for those keen. Didn't try the bar and restuarant but it looked very good. Menu has a good range to cover your tastes.

2. Cafe 131

131 Main Street, Methven 7730, New Zealand Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$24 - HK$141 +64 3-302 9131
Excellent
33%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 110 reviews

Cafe 131

All day freshly prepared Meals. Morning and Afternoon tea. Gluten free options. A wide variety of choice! Black-board Specials.

Reviewed By 62Peter1952 - Ashburton, New Zealand

Stopped in here a couple of weeks ago,purely on a whim for a coffee. The carrot cake looked yum, and was a good compliment for the coffee.
The staff were all smiles, and the atmosphere pleasant.
Worth stopping, for a break if your in the area,

3. AQUA Japanese Restaurant and Takeaways

112 Main Street, Methven, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Digital Payments, Full Bar Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$16 - HK$126 +64 3-302 9010
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 79 reviews

AQUA Japanese Restaurant and Takeaways

Reviewed By Mark E - Sydney, Australia

A nice casual place to eat in Methven. The restaurant is BYO but also has a limited selection of alcohol including the hard to find Asahi Black. We had tuna sashimi, beef tataki, Japanese fried chicken, chicken fried rice , all very good. Went back again during our short stay in Methven. I would recommend to book during the winter ski season.

4. Cafe Primo e Secundo

38 McMillan St., Methven, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 3-302 9060
Excellent
63%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 132 reviews

Cafe Primo e Secundo

Reviewed By Ena R

This has to be one of the loveliest Cafe's I ve ever been in. The interior is like walking into another era or should I say eras. Personally, it took me back to when I used to visit my nana's as a child, full of lovely treasures except you could buy them. Then you have the added bonus of the food. The food was delicious. I had the roast pork panini, my friends had the chicken/spinach/mozzarella panini & the 'world famous' bacon & egg toasties (all $10 each). All of them were served with a side of sauces & jam packed with fillings. All delicious. Except for one of us, we all had iced chocolate's. My friend's teenage sons had two, they were so good. The prices were on a parr with ChCh so good value for money. If you stop in Methven, you must go there.

5. Thai Chilli Methven Restaurant

1-15 Forest Dr, Methven, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +64 3-303 3038
Excellent
44%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
9%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 64 reviews

Thai Chilli Methven Restaurant

Reviewed By aiakar

The restaurant was busier than they expected, having only one chef on and one server. The buffet customers seemed to take precedence so our a la carte service was slow. Unfortunately the quality of the food didn't make up for it. It was quite average.

6. Arabica Licensed Cafe

36 McMillan Street, Methven 7730, New Zealand Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Sri Lankan, Cafe, International, Fusion, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks, Dinner HK$31 - HK$173 +64 3-302 8455
Excellent
70%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 67 reviews

Arabica Licensed Cafe

Enjoy delicious food served with style by internationally experienced chef in the heart of Methven. With a menu to suit all tastes, appetites and dietary requirements. The sheltered courtyard and polished floorboards give Arabica a relaxing and cosy atmosphere. Open for breakfast, lunch and light snacks six days a week. Early Friday night dinners available (Sri Lankan Curry Night) bookings to be made in advance. Indulge in a cup of Vivace Espresso served by our friendly baristas. Fully licensed offering a comprehensive drinks list. Cafe of the Year 2016 Finalists Cafe of the Year 2017 Christchurch Region Winner&apos;s - People&apos;s Choice Award.<br>TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016 & 2017

Reviewed By Larry P - Fargo, North Dakota

We missed the curry night (alas!), but had a very tasty lunch here. The vegetarian enchilada had great ingredients (especially the squash) and the eggs with Hollandaise sauce, spinach, and salmon were terrific! The decor is very pleasing and everything seemed well chosen to please the eyes of the diners.

7. Ski Time Restaurant & Bar

Racecourse Avenue, Methven 7730, New Zealand Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +64 3-302 8398
Excellent
69%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 61 reviews

Ski Time Restaurant & Bar

Reviewed By Mark_Thebaut - Atlanta, Georgia

Our MoaTrek tour group arrive to the hotel and my wife and I book a dinner reservation immediately upon arrival to the property. We specifically want to dine here based on TA reviews of lamb on the menu. When discussing the menu with the waitress...MoreThanks Mark, Our deepest apologies and we look forward to pleasing you more effectively on your next visit. Readers, please look at other reviews of our establishment and Mark’s other reviews of New Zealand.

8. Village Takeaways

92 Main Rd, Methven 7730, New Zealand Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food Dinner +64 3-302 8192
Excellent
76%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

Village Takeaways

Reviewed By Adrian J - Auckland, NZ

The menu for fish & chips, other fried foods, burgers, and pizzas (in three sizes) is excellent. I tried the Chicken, Cranberry & Brie pizza which was very tasty, although I would have liked a few more toppings. Prices were average.

9. The Dubliner

116 Main Street | Mid Canterbury, Methven 7730, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Irish, Bar, European, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch +64 3-302 8259
Excellent
77%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 172 reviews

The Dubliner

Reviewed By Margaret M

After a couple of rough days on the West Coast of New Zealand in a recent tropical storm, we were stranded. We were redirected to drive to Methven. After the long drive to a place we didn’t plan to be, we thought The Dubliner looked like a great place to have dinner. After we walked in to see a busy pub, no one approached us. Finally, the bartender, from way across the room, shouted at us... “it’s going to be a long wait”. I took it as meaning, please go elsewhere. I understand places are busy and booked, but if someone had greeted us and said, “sorry we are busy for at least an hour, but if you want to wait that would be fine”, at least we wouldn’t have felt so unwelcome. Sorry The Dubliner, service counts. I’ll probably never be this way again, but if I were, I certainly wouldn’t dine here.

10. The Green Parrot

36 Forest Drive, Methven 7730, New Zealand Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol New Zealand, Bar, Grill Dinner +64 3-302 9900
Excellent
42%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

The Green Parrot

Reviewed By KirstyD24 - Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand

We dined here as part of a group meal. We had a set menu which consisted of chicken, steak, veges and potatoes which was fine apart from we found it odd to not have the choice of either steak or chicken - the meal came...MoreThanks for your review, there was several options sent to your group for a "set menu" this option was the one selected by the organizer, we are pleased you enjoyed it though. thanks

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