One quick scroll through our list of Christchurch restaurants and you’ll see picking somewhere to eat is no easy task.

Christchurch chefs and hospitality staff are at the forefront of a changing and growing city that has put the palates of the people at the top of its ‘must impress’ list. Gone are the days of only serving meat and threes, as now Christchurch has stepped to the plate offering dishes in a range of cuisines and diets.

Welcome to Eating & Drinking in the East Block

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The 'East Block' is home to many of Christchurch, Ōtautahi's best bars and restaurants. You will find a various range of cultures to meet every occasion.

Three Donkeys

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Located in the heart of New Brighton, Three Donkeys is a small restaurant focused on an authentic yet elegantly modern take on Indian and Japanese cuisine.

Sumner Social

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The arrival of Sumner Social warrants high fives all around because, at last, the coastal suburb has a top-notch bar and restaurant with ocean views.

The Old Vicarage

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The Old Vicarage is exactly that, the former home of the Vicars from St Mary’s Church in Halswell.

Tussock Hill Vineyard

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The long and winding road up to Tussock Hill Vineyard & Cellar Door is as inconspicuous as it is rewarding.

The Mediterranean Food Company

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 Down the industrial eastern end of Tuam Street in an old brickery is a secluded slice of Italy.

Story

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The dining experience at Story is anything but ordinary.

Soul Quarter

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Soul Quarter captures the essence of a contemporary brasserie – great service, simple and seasonal dishes, and a splash of how you say, je ne sais quoi.

Pizza Trap

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Pizza Trap is a collaboration between the person behind Alligator Pizza and Space Academy, serving up neo-neapolitan pizzas with quality ingredients on hand-thrown, sourdough bases.

The Best Spicy Eats of Christchurch's Turn Up The Heat Festival

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Ōtautahi Christchurch is finally getting the winter festival it deserves. August is typically that month of the year that feels like the cold weather is lasting longer than we’d like; summer days are a distant memory, and it would be great to break things up with something different. Enter Turn Up The Heat!

Tramway Restaurant

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The Tramway Restaurant is somewhat of a moving Christchurch institution. Most of us have seen it roll past us lit up with warm lighting, filled with happy diners waving at passers by.

Otahuna Lodge

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If there ever was a unique dining experience to be had, dining at Otahuna is it.

Arbour Woodfire Pizza

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A standout eatery where you can expect to find perfectly charred pizzas and a plant-filled atmosphere.

Bottle & Stone

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A hole in the wall pizza joint in The Welder.

Gatherings

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Food is best enjoyed together, and when you’re tucked into the intimate restaurant that is Gatherings, you’ll remember why.

El Quincho

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For a taste of Argentina, head to El Quincho at Riverside Market.

Get to Know the North Canterbury Wine Region

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The North Canterbury wine region is a hidden gem for wine, food and relaxing accommodation — the perfect recipe for a long weekend. Surrounded by the Southern Alps, close to the sea and with fertile soil for a variety of growing opportunities, this close-to-Christchurch destination is a must-stay. Discover some of North Canterbury’s finest vineyards, ready and waiting for you to explore.

Riccarton Noodle House

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For a flavoursome lunch on the run, a family get together and a few hot brothy bowls that’ll leave you wanting more head to Riccarton Noodle House.

Greystone Wines

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A day exploring the magic being made by Greystone Wines ibn Waipara is a day well spent.

Fire and Slice Woodfired Pizza

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Most great things are built from the ground (or base) up, just like pizza. Woodfired pizza shop, Fire and Slice, located in Sumner village is no different.

Midnight Shanghai

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Midnight Shanghai offers Christchurch elevated, modern Chinese fare with karaoke, handcrafted cocktails and a menu designed for sharing.

The Welder

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The Welder is a unique health and wellbeing centre in stunningly repurposed buildings in the heart of South Town.

Riverside Market

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This unique Christchurch establishment brings fresh produce, artisan bakeries, independent food stalls, rooftop bars and restaurants, high-class retail and eclectic market stalls all under one roof.

Evil Genius Bar & Eatery

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Evil Genius Bar & Eatery is a destination you need to get to know. Open from dawn ‘til way past dusk, offering everything from coffee to cocktails.

The Burger Joint

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The Burger Joint has an ethos that is plain and simple – and pretty hard to miss, with it boldly printed across the entranceway: Real Food, Real Local.

Snack Your Way Through 9 of the Best Baos in Christchurch

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You may not have heard of bao buns before, but we can guarantee you’ll quickly become addicted from the first bite.

Westend Stories

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Westend Stories is a green oasis for those looking to temporarily escape the confines of their workplace.

Miss Peppercorn

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Miss Peppercorn is a modern eatery, celebrating the fragrant and mouth-numbing flavours of the owner's hometown in the Chinese province of Sichuan.

Earl

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Earl is a local for inner-city residents and workers, bringing a breath of European bistro culture to central Christchurch.

Dux Central

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If bars could be left or right handed, Dux Central would be ambidextrous. There’s nothing this place can’t be.

Dux Dine

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Dux Dine is one of those rare gems where anyone and everyone has a place at the table, all in a cosy, home-like atmosphere.

Smokey T's

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Expect the softest, juiciest slow cooked meat you’ve ever tasted at Smokey T's.

Where To Get Your American Food and Drink Fix in Christchurch

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American food spans many cultures, locations and cuisines, making it an exciting and varied cuisine.

The Birdwood

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Much-loved neighbourhood cafe by day, knock-out contemporary Italian eatery by night – The Birdwood might just be the dream local hospo joint.

5th Street

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A spectacular spot for evening dining seven days a week.

Francesca's Italian Kitchen Christchurch

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A big ol’ slice of authentic, rustic Italian cuisine in the heart of Christchurch.

SUPER

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Lyttelton’s Asian-fusion eatery, SUPER, is nothing short of what the name suggests.

Bessie

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Dark, a little brooding and faultless in its theme, Bessie is an immaculate display of fine dining in the inner city.

The Little High Eatery

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A collection of eateries housed in an open space building, Little High is more than your typical food cooperative.

Sun Dog Diner

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Based on traditional American diners, Sun Dog Diner aims to provide the locals of Christchurch with a place to enjoy great comfort food in an old-fashioned diner, but with a...

Boo's

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Inventive in its approach to dining, Boo Radley’s draws from the savant of comfort food: Southern American cuisine.

Where to Get the Best Hand-Pulled Noodle Spots in NZ

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Great hand-pulled noodles are silky, springy, chewy ribbons to savour. Here are a few places across Aotearoa to find the best.

Black Estate

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A winery, tasting room and restaurant, Black Estate is famous not only for its organic and biodynamic wines but its refreshing approach to food.

Chillingworth Road

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Dinnertime is the hero of this Redwood destination, where degustation dining centres around classic cuisine, done well.

Twenty Seven Steps

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An effortless combination of old and new, Twenty Seven Steps is a modern and sophisticated restaurant on New Regent Street.

Tomi Japanese Restaurant

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Serving authentic Japanese cuisine, Tomi is most famous for their sashimi sourced from the local fish market.

Fiddlesticks

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With a focus on modern New Zealand cuisine where presentation is key, there are plenty of creative menu choices from breakfast through to dessert.

Inati

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Prepare to be wowed by the thoughtful and beautifully executed Inati.

8 Places to Elevate Your Dining Experience

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When was the last time you treated yourself to a slow dinner with friends and family or visited a restaurant that is a little bit special? We think it's about now.

Ōtoromiro Hotel

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Founded in 1870, the hotel still stands in all it’s colonial beauty, featuring seven fully-renovated guest rooms some with sea views and balcony access.

Pomeroy's Old Brewery Inn

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Pomeroy’s has been the catalyst of the Christchurch craft beer scene for years, with its ever-changing blackboard showcasing over 31 beers on offer.

The Monday Room

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The way this restaurant changes constantly yet simultaneously remains a longtime local favourite speaks to just how special it is.

Warm Your Winter Soul at the Cosiest Places in Christchurch

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If the winter weather is keeping you curled up at home, we suggest warming up at some of our favourite cosy spots in Christchurch instead.

10 Christchurch Restaurants to Try When You Feel Like Travelling

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Sure, the plane ride to a new place may be a while away, but we invite you to explore Christchurch with tourist eyes. You just may surprise yourself with what you find.

8 Fried Chicken Alternatives in Christchurch

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Vegetarians rejoice - we’ve found the best fried chicken alternatives in Christchurch, so you can enjoy the finger-lickin’ goodness sans cluck. No chicken, no problem.

Where to Dine as a Big Group in Christchurch

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It can be hard to find a place to grab a bite when you're going out as a big group. 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.

How to Spend the Perfect Night Out in Christchurch CBD

Here's your guide to the Christchurch CBD after dark.

Dine Al Fresco at the Best Outdoor Restaurant Spots in Christchurch

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Whether you’re looking to settle in for an evening of people watching or prefer to enjoy your long black in al fresco solitude, keep scrolling for where to find outdoor dining in Christchurch

9 New Discoveries in Ōtautahi

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After all that 2020 has been, we couldn’t be happier to welcome this new crew of hospitality venues to Ōtautahi.

6 of the Best Plant-Based Eateries in Christchurch

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With options ranging from casual café grab-and-go options, to full sit down dinners, it’s never been a better time to explore your plant-based options in Christchurch’s food scene.

Drool Your Way Through Christchurch's Finger-lickin' Fried Chicken Dishes

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We've scoured Christchurch to find the best places to get your hands on the finger-lickin' fried chicken.

Sharing is caring. The best places for shared plates

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Whoever first coined the phrase “sharing is caring” was clearly a good person to head out to dinner with.