Where to Dine as a Big Group in Christchurch

Big group dining at The Laboratory.

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.

Photography by:  Neat Places

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!

Pomeroy's Old Brewery Inn

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292 Kilmore Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

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.

5th Street

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5 Elgin Street, Sydenham, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

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.

Twenty Seven Steps

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Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

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.

Pink Lady

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Level 7/159 Manchester Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

For an uber-chic spot to take your crowd, Pink Lady, is your go-to. With unadulterated views of the city out to the Port Hills, this place is guaranteed to wow. The plates at Pink Lady are fresh, punchy and easy to share. From the rooftop guac, to Kokoda fish, and taco kits for the table - Pink Lady has all the treats that a world-class rooftop requires. Oh, and plenty of quaffable cocktails.  

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.

Francesca's Italian Kitchen Christchurch

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149 Gloucester Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

You’d struggle to find someone who doesn’t like pizza, pasta, or tiramisu, so Francesca’s is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for any group setting. Big ol’ slices of wood fired pizza were made for sharing, so order a bunch of those delicious chewy, crusty, perfectly charred pies for all your friends to enjoy.

SUPER

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5 Norwich Quay, Lyttelton, Christchurch & Canterbury

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.

Chillingworth Road

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478 Cranford Street, Papanui, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

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!

The Monday Room

161 High Street, Christchurch

The Monday Room can accommodate a crowd at their large table downstairs, so you can sit back and relax knowing the highly-regarded Trust the Chef menu will have something for everyone. After all, it was designed for sharing, and includes enough flavours to keep your whole group satisfied. 

Fiddlesticks

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Corner of Worcester Boulevard &, Montreal Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

Fiddlesticks has plenty of space for you and your gang - and once you start ordering rounds of The F.F.C (Fiddlesticks Fried Chicken) everyone will be thanking you! With its unbeatable central city location, Fiddlesticks will be a great option for those coming from all over the city. Hot tip: it can also be hired for events.

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Exterior of Moon Under Water, Christchurch.
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