Christchurch and Canterbury Restaurants

Christchurch has an exciting foodie scene, and many new restaurants, cafés, and bars have opened in recent years. Restaurants are usually open every day; if they do close, it’s either Sunday or Monday. Outside Christchurch, restaurants are more likely to close on Monday and Tuesday and during the winter.

The Waipara Valley is seeing a surge in exotic food production. North Canterbury is now a key producer in the country's fledgling black truffle industry. Locally sourced saffron, hazelnuts, manuka (an indigenous kind of tea tree) honey, olive oil, and ostrich meat are making their way onto area menus.

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  • 1. Bully Hayes Restaurant & Bar

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    Named after a notorious American pirate, this modern restaurant occupies a great site. Dining is casual, either indoors or out, overlooking...Read More

  • 2. Curator's House

    $$$$ | Spanish

    Here you can dine in a 1920s Tudor-style house, looking out on the Botanic Gardens and the Peacock Fountain, or take a garden table and be part...Read More

  • 3. Fusion Restaurant Cafe Bar

    $$$ | Eclectic

    As the name says this well-loved spot presents a mix of Asian, French, and Kiwi cuisines in a modern red, white, and black setting. The chef...Read More

  • 4. Ginger & Garlic

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    In winter, a big fire warms you up, and, in summer, fabulous sunsets can be seen from a window table. In a bold three-sided building at the...Read More

  • 5. Governors Bay Hotel

    $$$ | Governors Bay | New Zealand

    First granted a license in 1870, this historic old pub makes a great casual lunch or dinner stop if you're doing a round-trip from Christchurch...Read More

  • 6. The Trading Rooms Restaurant & Bar

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    European spins on local produce, meat, and seafood, along with a seaside location, make for sought-after reservations here. Dark wooden floors...Read More

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