Dining out has got to be one of the best things to do to relax and satisfy a hungry tummy. But sometimes deciding to go where can be a bit of a struggle. Uncertainty when trying a new restaurant usually sets in as it can be a hit and miss. Of course you want a good experience overall with quality service, great ambiance and sumptuous food, right? That is the very reason why we made our own dining guide.
This is a series of our favourite restaurants, bars and cafes here in Christchurch, New Zealand to hopefully direct you in your search of finding the one that’s best for you. Happy hopping and Bon appetit!
SAGGIO DI VINO
Established in 1991, Saggio Di Vino combines traditional European fare with a hint of the modern which results in a refined but simple cuisine appreciated by wine enthusiasts. Their philosophy is predominated by passion and serves the best food, skilfully prepared using the highest quality ingredients locally sourced.
ADDRESS: Carlton Butchery Building, 179 Victoria St, Christchurch 8013
PHONE: (03) 379 4006
HOURS: Open daily from 5pm till late
VENUTI CUCINA ITALIANA
Venuti is a family owned and operated restaurant. They offer a wide range of modern Italian cuisine with a fantastic atmosphere and outstanding service.
ADDRESS: 791 Colombo Street Christchurch
PHONE: (03) 377 2454
HOURS: Monday – Sunday 6pm until late
KING OF SNAKE
King of snake is a well-designed restaurant that offers a timeless paean to Southeast Asian sensuality. Savor the region’s tastes, textures and visuals in a casual, sexy atmosphere. They serve top quality dishes that are beautifully presented everytime.
ADDRESS: 145 Victoria Street Christchurch
PHONE: (03) 365 7363
CUISINE: Modern Thai
HOURS: Monday – Friday 11:30am until late - Saturday-Sunday 4pm until late
AIKMANS BAR AND RESTAURANT
Aikman’s is one of the hottest spots in Christchurch. This venue has a cosy outdoor fire and courtyard seating to complement the plush interiors. , is a local favourite and is the ideal venue for a stylish meal or relaxed catch up with friends at the bar. Aikman’s offers a stylish ambiance and delicious food. Fireplaces indoors and out ensure a cosy atmosphere on winter nights.
ADDRESS: 154 Aikmans Rd Merivale, Christchurch
PHONE: (03) 961 6545
HOURS: Monday – Sunday 10am until late
BARETTA BAR AND RESTAURANT
Baretta is a little piece of Italy in Christchurch. It is an interpretation of a classic Italian trattoria with a Kiwi influence. Select from small plates, sharing dishes and pizza whiles listening to acoustic duos and then DJs later in the night. Baretta is elegant yet down to earth.
ADDRESS: 174 St Asaph Street Christchurch
PHONE: (03) 260 26003 260 2600
HOURS: Sunday – Wednesday 11:30am – 1:00am
Thursday – Saturday 11:30am – 3:00am
Café Valentino is a very cosmopolitan place but still very relaxed. It is always popular with visiting artists, as evidenced by the huge collection of signed touring posters plastered over the walls. The first thing you notice when you walk into Café Valentino is the huge collection of show posters signed by the touring artists who have dined there. Cafe Valentino is the winner of the Gold Plate Award of Excellence and Multiple Winner of Beef & Lamb Marketing Bureau awards. It’s a place where you can experience true café culture, and where the prices are as easy as the atmosphere.
ADDRESS: 168 St Asaph Street Christchurch
PHONE: (03) 377 1886
HOURS: Monday and Tuesday from 4pm
Wednesday to Sunday from Midday.
HARLEQUIN PUBLIC HOUSE
Experience a classic European dining at Harlequin Public House. It is a fully restored 1899 Victorian Villa that serves delicious local food. They have a wonderful cocktail bar area for a pre-dinner drink and a champagne and oyster bar to keep you entertained while a table is made available for evening walk-ins.
ADDRESS: 32 Salisbury Street Christchurch
PHONE: (03) 377 8669
HOURS: Monday – Friday 8am until late
Saturday and Sunday from 3pm