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By Amelia Montgomery
Aside from being the largest city in NZ’s South Island, Christchurch has a growing restaurant scene. There are so many eateries here that you may find it hard to decide which to go for.
Whether you want seafood, sushi rolls, risotto, steak, or degustation courses, you can find them in our list of the best restaurants in Christchurch.
Also, as Canterbury is a large wine-producing region, premium wines are easy to source. Our featured restaurants have all kinds, be it from local or international.
A marvellous dinner is waiting for you and your companion. Feel free to browse our restaurant list below.
The Best Restaurants in Christchurch
Without further ado, allow us to present to you the absolute best restaurants in Christchurch!
1) Twenty Seven Steps
|BEST FOR||Flavourful and stylish food created with passion|
|SERVICES||Dine-in Takeaway Gift vouchers Functions|
|ADDRESS||16 New Regent St, Christchurch City|
|CONTACT DETAILS||03 366 2727 [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Saturday: 5.00 PM – 10.00 PM Sunday: closed Public holidays & Christmas Eve: closed|
|PRICES||Check out their menu and prices here|
Opened in August 2015 by Paul Howells and Emma Mettrick, Twenty Seven Steps serves flavourful and stylish European food made of fresh local ingredients.
Head up the stairs onto a cosy eatery with white brick walls, arched windows, and wooden floors. Their mission is to share their love of food to you.
Want a hearty dinner? Go for their roasted Lamb Rack with potato, sheep’s labneh, pickled courgette, mint salsa, and lamb jus.
Also, great is their risotto with motukarara asparagus, lemon, and goat cheese. Try their Beetroot Wellington made with truffle, spinach, potato fondant, winter veggies, and wine jus.
Their wines are predominantly Kiwi and carefully selected based on what they love. It will certainly make your evening doubly better.
The essential duo of food and service has met positive reviews from guests. That’s why it’s naturally one of the very best restaurants in Christchurch.
Dawn A. mentioned about the restaurant:
“Fabulous restaurant. Great staff that front a well run place. Teacup soup is a marvelous idea and it was delicious. We didn’t book so ended up sitting in the window facing the street. Best seat in the house for 2! Quieter than the restaurant side. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal.”
Additionally, Suan Y. wrote this:
“Wow just wow. Best restaurant in Christchurch, and food was absolutely delicious! Beef fillet and lamb loin were the highlights, but everything on the menu was just as good. Dessert pavlova was divine. Service was great and ambience was nice on a wet rainy night. Amex accepted, and friendly for groups. Will definitely come back!”
2) Tomi Japanese Restaurant
|BEST FOR||Set menus, classic and neo Japanese ice cream flavours|
|SERVICES||Lunch Dinner Dessert Takeaway Wine & sake Gift vouchers|
|ADDRESS||Edgeware Mall, 76 Edgeware Rd, St Albans, Christchurch|
|CONTACT DETAILS||03 377 8028|
|OPERATING HOURS||Tuesday – Saturday: 11.30 AM – 2.00 PM, 5.30 PM – 9.00 PM Sunday: 5.30 PM – 9.00 PM Monday: closed|
|PRICES||For the rates, kindly view their menus on the website|
Japan is respected for its vibrant cities, respectful people, and superb food. When you dine in at Tomi Japanese Restaurant, it feels as though you’re there.
Whether it’s a quick lunch before work or an intimate dinner with your soul mate, this secluded fusion restaurant is a great choice!
Take a bite of their sashimi, sushi, or tempura which are sourced fresh from the local fish market. You can also try their set menu of crumbed salmon, teriyaki chicken, or beef suki.
Other than that, there are udon, bento lunch, and side dishes, as well as divine ice cream of green tea, black sesame, sea salt, peanut butter, and cardamom varieties.
Though Tomi Japanese Restaurant has its critics, the majority of clients have been satisfied with the chow and staff. It holds a score of 4.7 out of 5 stars on Facebook.
Let’s see Kate’s review of Tomi:
“This is my new regular Japanese restaurant. Food was excellent quality, we has sashimi platter and beef tataki. Sake was excellent. The waiters were lovely and we were never having to call them over. Will be returning here!”
Moreover, a customer named Agi wrote this:
“Very very good. Love the octopus balls and matcha ice cream. And the Kakuni. And the sirloin. And the salmon sashimi. Basically everything. 👍”
|BEST FOR||Innovatively-presented degustation meals|
|ADDRESS||48 Hereford Street, Christchurch, New Zealand 8013|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+64 3-390 1580 [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Tuesday – Thursday: 12.00 – 10.00 PM Friday: 12.00 – 11.00 PM Saturday: 5.30 – 11.00 PM Sunday & Monday: closed|
|PRICES||Find their menu and rates here|
This boutique restaurant & bar is owned by chef Simon Levy. He notably worked as a head chef in The Warrington which is owned by legendary chef Gordon Ramsay.
It’s a whole new culinary experience to be dining at Inati restaurant. Their style is to bring you simple food in a unique and elegant way, almost like theatre or art.
Of course, they use fresh and seasonal ingredients to deliver a magical dining experience. For seafood, try out their famous charred ‘S-shaped’ octopus with spiced butter and hung yoghurt.
For more down-to-earth meals, try their Asparagus, smoked daikon, and cured egg yolk bathed in green asparagus liquor.
Craving some sweets? Their tempting duck trumpet will burst with delicious sweet flavours in your mouth.
They are also magicians in concocting a range of classic and signature cocktails, perfect for unwinding from your hectic schedule.
They also have a ‘Trust Us’ menu which includes a number of courses to inspire and stimulate your taste buds. This is one of the things that customers have come to love.
Let’s hear Audrey’s review of Inati, one of the best restaurants in Christchurch:
“Wonderful dinner at INATI To Share. Beautiful place to try the New Zealand gastronomy with precious products. My favourite dishes and flavour combinations were the parsnip and the jerusalem artichoke, both served with truffles. I highly recommend to come to discover this lovely restaurant in Christchurch !”
Moreover, Ann-Maree left a comment:
“Fantastic new cocktail bar, beautiful fresh made drinks and the duck trumpets highly recommended.”
4) Bloody Mary’s
|BEST FOR||Scrumptious steak, extravagant interior, and a full wine library|
|SERVICES||Dinner Drinks Buffet Brasserie|
|ADDRESS||30 Latimer Square, Christchurch, New Zealand 8011|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+64 3-943 5937 [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Breakfast: Monday – Friday: 6.00 – 10.00 AM Saturday – Sunday: 7.00 – 10.30 AM |
All Day Menu: Monday – Sunday: 10.00 AM – 10.00 PM
Dinner: Monday – Sunday: 5.30 – 10.00 PM
|PRICES||Kindly refer to their menu and rates here|
Bloody Mary’s is a steakhouse, bar, and lounge. They offer a breakfast buffet, brasserie, and dinner, available the entire week.
Elegantly appointed, the restaurant is your home away from home. It is decorated extravagantly with a private dining hall, velvet chairs, and classy chandeliers.
For steaks, you can choose from Angus, Wagyu or Wakanui, or Angus x Hereford. For side dishes, you can choose from a variety of potatoes (including hash brown and truffle mash) and sauces.
They also have shared plates for value if you’re dining with a family or friend. They have an expansive range of wines which customers say are some of the best in the city.
Both the steak and lamb rack are excellently cooked, as customers can attest. The staff and sommelier have also been kind and accommodating to them.
Claudette M. wrote this feedback of the steakhouse:
“Second time I have had the pleasure of dining here and was just as delicious. Would highly recommend the food and the staff, cannot fault anything. Thank you!!”
What’s more, Amy S. shared her dining experience in this review:
“The whole evening was filled with excellent knowledgeable staff and melt in your mouth food. Thoroughly enjoyed and special thanks to Cameron our waiter and Bugsy our official whiskey expert.”
|BEST FOR||Seafood haven plus Maori hospitality|
|SERVICES||Dine-in Takeaway Events & parties Merchandise Catering|
|ADDRESS||104 The Runway, Wigram Skies, Christchurch 8042, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||03-260-1177 [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Thursday: 12.00 – 8.30 PM Friday – Sunday 12.00 – 9.00 PM|
|PRICES||Please check their prices here|
Fush started as a small family-owned business owned by the Matthews family. Prior to its success, it served only fresh fish n’ chips to customers.
Today, it offers everything seafood from delicious soft-shell crabs to enjoyable smoked eel and blue cod. These are all caught using sustainable practices.
That said, there are other options if you aren’t a seafood fan. Some examples include pulled pork buns, lamb shanks, vegan burger, and snacks like crispy fried cauliflower.
On top of that, you’ll be treated with Maori hospitality which is friendly and relaxed. They also have cool and quaint decor and a captivating undersea explorer wall art.
In addition to the fried food goodness and freshly caught fish, clients said that they had great service and that online takeaways were easy.
Let’s see Sophia’s review on Facebook:
“Excellent service, food is on point, highly recommend. Well done Fush you guys rock!! Kia Ora, Ka kite ano koe.”
Also, another satisfied client, Bronwyn said:
“Thank you for our amazing meal. Our Online order was ready on time for pick up. The fish and chips were fabulous and the chicken burger Devine. Thank you for delivering such great service and produce under these challenging circumstances. We will be back ”
6) The Bicycle Thief
|BEST FOR||Italian Cuisine|
|SERVICES||Entree, Pasta, Meats, Platters, Salads, Pizza, Dessert, Beverages, Vegan Dishes|
|ADDRESS||136 Old Tai Tapu Road|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+64 3 322 4731|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday: Closed|
Tuesday – Thursday: 11:30 AM – Close
Friday – Sunday: 9:30 AM – Close
The Bicycle Thief offers Italian cuisine made with authentic recipes and fresh ingredients. They take pride in the excellent food and relaxing country atmosphere their restaurant provides.
Their menu changes depending on the season — they have a special Valentine’s day menu available as of writing. They also have vegan dishes available.
They have various function venues available for group gathering. They have a private room and two function spaces in their restaurant, but outdoor seating is particularly recommended.
|BEST FOR||Bao Buns and Dumplings|
|SERVICES||Lunch, Dinner, Takeaways|
255 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
|CONTACT DETAILS||[email protected]|
0276 144 255
|OPERATING HOURS||Daily: 11am–10pm|
|PRICES||Check out their menu and prices here|
Experience home cooking at Eight Grains. As a family-owned business, they’ve mastered the art of innovating Chinese and Taiwanese food after years of hard work.
Try out their dumplings & bao, the dishes they’re known for, and you surely will be able to reminisce your childhood days as you eat delicious food.
Aside from that, you can also try their hot pans, rice bowls, and sweets! Take up on high quality food at the best price, make sure to reserve a table at Eight Grains.
- Fantastic dumplings
- Friendly staff
- Great for quick meals
- Saucy Baos
- Slow service especially when restaurant is packed
Read some of the feedbacks left on Eight Grains’ Google Review, proving just how they deserve to be a top choice for restaurants in Christchurch:
“My boyfriend is a huge fan of their Dan Dan Noodles and we have to go in and get one everytime we pass by Little High. This time the Dan Dan was amazing as usual. Be sure to ask for extra homemade chili oil if you are one who can take the heat (real Sichuan heat!). I ordered the dumpling tasting platter, and loved every single one of the flavors. But my favorite were coriander and chive pork dumplings. Keep up the great taste, Eight Grains!” – April Zhang
“Went for a bite on Friday and a warm sake. The gentleman that served me was extremely helpful and patient with me while i went through the menu asking questions for my allergies. Thank you so much i really appreciated it and will definitely be back” – Zena Matthews
8) Midnight Shanghai
Banquet style signature midnight shanghai dishes
|SERVICES||Lunch, Dinner, Taekaway, High Tea, Karaoke|
101/96 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
|CONTACT DETAILS||02040 173488 |
|OPERATING HOURS||Sunday – Thursday: 10am–10pm |
Friday – Saturday: 10am–11pm
|PRICES||Check out their menu and prices here|
Midnight Shanghai is a Chinese restaurant that offers a wide assortment of dishes for you to try. From dim sum to rice dishes and noodle soups, you’ll never run out of meals to taste, and each one is guaranteed to be delicious so your money is definitely worth spending.
Partner up your food with their cocktails and you’re good to go. You can even reserve their karaoke room to unwind and relax after a tiring day of work! Have fun with your friends and eat good food at Midnight Shanghai.
For orders and reservations, you can simply head on to their website. All details are posted, but if you have any other inquiries, their number and email is available to contact.
- Impeccable food presentation
- Welcoming and friendly staff
- Amazing dishes
- Some food and drinks take a bit long to come out from the kitchen
- Restaurant can become a bit loud
Midnight Shanghai has received amazing feedbacks from their customers, commending them for the taste and overall quality of the food. Here’s some of the reviews to support the claims:
“We had mum’s 60th here with 14 people, and it was outstanding. I couldn’t recommend this place more! The service was impeccable and the food was outstanding. My sister, who can be a bit fussy and doesn’t even like eggplant is a huge fan now! We did the chefs tasting menu and it was such good value for money, we got to try so many things – thank you for a very memorable night!” – Rhiannon Arnott
“Went last night with a friend. We both had the full ‘Trust the Chef’ It was awesome. The staff were really friendly and attentive, great to see them excited about what they were delivering to the table. I’ll definitely be back” – Anna Morton
“Friendly service and some good dumplings. We stopped for a drink and then shared a plate of 8 mixed dumplings for about $14. Good location, balcony area and decor.” – Mandy Slater
And that concludes our list of the best restaurants in Christchurch. With their diverse menu, you’ll find delicious meals that you’ll greatly enjoy.
Do you have any questions or comments about our picks? If you have one, kindly leave us a comment, and we’ll get back to you in a flash.
Also, you may want to read about the best Japanese restaurants in Christchurch. This will be ideal for a light, healthy, and tasty food like sashimi, ramen, or miso soup.