Where to Dine as a Big Group in Christchurch

It can be hard to find a place to grab a bite when you're going out as a gaggle. Don’t despair! We’ve rounded up some of the neatest places to hit when your numbers are looking more like a football team than an intimate table for two.

Big group dining at Welles Street.

Written by: Kelly Tapper

Photography by:  Nancy Zhou

If you're feeling the pressure as the organiser of the next group get-together, we understand the struggle. While it can be a logistical nightmare  to find a restaurant that everyone will enjoy, all hope is not lost. We've put together a list of places that make group dining easy, so now you can relax knowing your next big dining occasion with friends and family will be a hit!

The entrance to Pomeroy's.

Pomeroy's Old Brewery Inn

292 Kilmore Street, Christchurch

If you want to feel like you’ve invited all your mates to your place for dinner, Pomeroy's is the perfect place for you. There’s something homely about having a big table in the restaurant area, whether it's the top level pub grub, cosy hygge, or the fact you can kick on for a few extra crafties afterwards. The best part? No dishes. Win-win.

Close up of three plates of food being carried by a waiter at 5th Street restaurant Christchurch.

5th Street

5 Elgin Street, Sydenham, Christchurch

There's a reason why 5th Street is one of the busiest restaurants in the city. Always bustling with people, it has the ability to make the diner feel truly relaxed. Take your next group outing here to earn some serious brownie points with your friends.

Customers dining inside the restaurant.

Twenty Seven Steps

Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

Twenty Seven Steps will be a hit for those looking for a sophisticated bistro for their big night out. Excellent service coupled with food and drink worthy of fine dining status - you can expect to see happy smiles all the way down your long table! The team at this Christchurch institution is more than happy to accomodate a big group, just be sure to call ahead as they're regularly booked out.

The outdoor area in front of the bar.

Welles Street

44 Welles Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

Head down to Welles Street where you can take your pick between sitting streetside, in the beer garden, or at one of the vast indoor tables. The food is a Mediterranean take on classic pub fare, and with plenty of beer taps (many which rotate local craft beers), don’t be surprised if you end up staying longer than anticipated.

Customers dining and drinking at The Laboratory.

The Laboratory

17 West Belt, Lincoln

If you’re heading out with a bunch of old school mates, The Laboratory may be the spot for you. You can hire “The Classroom” for functions, or there’s an upstairs loft area set aside for larger groups. A nostalgia trip is almost guaranteed. Wood fired pizzas and tapas-style plates will keep everyone sustained as you head down memory lane.

Inside the SUPER restaurant.

SUPER

5 Norwich Quay, Lyttelton

Wanting to have a super time with all your mates? Quite simply head to SUPER in Lyttelton, it’s all in the name. Kimchi fries, bao buns, dumplings; there’s plenty of yummy Asian-fusion dishes for you to begrudgingly share. (Let’s face it—you want to eat it all yourself.) The drinks and ambience are on point too.

Food on a plate.

Chillingworth Road

478 Cranford Street, Papanui, Christchurch

If a la carte is the style du jour, book your group into Chillingworth Road, as they have an elegant rear dining room where the real foodie magic happens. Evening diners can choose from five, seven, or nine-course degustation options. No one will be going home hungry!

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