Restaurants Around Christchurch

Many long standing restaurants in Christchurch have closed or morphed as a result of the Christchurch earthquakes. Part of these changes has seen some businesses relocate to a temporary space and then move back to their original location or choose to re-invent themselves. 

As well as the Zest awards recognising top Christchurch Cafes they also recognise the top 10 restaurants of the year.

Top 10 Restaurants for 2015
Owned by Chef Jonny Schwass, Harlequin is a bistro style restaurant that uses the highest quality ingredients to create perfectly treated dishes and  sauces that will be full of flavour. All menu items will contain a surprise as they have a twist that delights the taste buds. The menu is constantly changing and is
teamed with a great selection of wines and cocktails. Harlequin is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner till late. Harlequin is the winner of this year's Zest Awards.
Has graced the Christchurch dining scene since 1991. Everything about it says charm. It is owned by Lisa Scholz and Yommie Pawelke. It's cuisine is European fare with a modern twist. After the earthquake it has relocated one door into a new contemporary setting delivering the same polished service and perfect dishes that Saggio di Vino has always been known for.   
Travel out of Christchurch City Centre and through the tunnel to the little seaside suburb/ town of Lyttelton where you can relax at Freemans in the sight of the ocean. The cuisine leans towards Italian and the menu is made up of simple pastas and pizzas which are augmented with daily specials which feature local seafood, sundried tomatoes, fennel and capers. 
  • Roots- 8 London St, Lyttelton
This restaurant started in September 2011 after the earthquakes. Its meals are made from fresh local produce sourced from family farms, boutique vineyards and artisan products. The menu is based around seasonal produce and changes daily. It is a mystery degustation menu that is revealed only as the dishes arrive at the table. Bookings are essential as the dining room is small. 
Bamboozle has just relocated from Sumner into the city. It's hallmark green interior has also come to the new city location. The food is Asian Fusion with a lot of flavour and sophistication. It caters for small or large groups. 
This restaurant is upstairs above New Regent St and combines 4 upstairs shops into one large dining space. The short climb is up 27 steps hence the name of the restaurant. The cuisine blends classic and modern style European fare to create hearty flavours by using lots of herbs.  Successful owners Emma and Paul of Akaroa's Little Bistro have created something worth walking up those 27 stairs. 
Pescatore is one of the restaurants housed at 'The George' Hotel. Whether you chose from the Al Carte Menu (Decisions Menu)  or order the Degustation Menu ( Middle or Evolution Menu) you will have an awesome dining experience. In a setting of white tablecloths,  hot facecloths and  'gifts from the kitchen' while over looking Hagley Park relax and enjoy the experience whether it is all the about the food or you choose to complete the experience with wine matching options. 
Situated at the new Rydges Hotel in Latimer Square, Bloody Mary's is top notch hotel restaurant that is Christchurch's top Steak House. As well as being open for dinner it is also open for breakfast, lunch and cocktails. Live music is also a something you can go there to enjoy. 2015 saw a series of lazy Sunday afternoon Jazz at Bloody Mary's.
Chillingworth Rd is located away from the Christchurch CBD on Cranford St. It is a formal dining restaurant at night and morphs during the day to a more casual affair serving breakfasts,  after work drinks, a kitchen store and cooking school. The restaurant is separated into three areas, a relaxed bar up front, an elaborate dining room hidden away down the back( great for an intimate dinner for 2), and the cooking school in the middle. 
The cuisine at King of Snake is Southeast Asian/ Kiwi Infusion and takes Asian dining in Christchurch to another level. Like a restaurant with a buzzing atmosphere then this is a place for you to try. 

You can take a walk through the central city and just pick somewhere to eat that you happen to pass by, though very popular places will require bookings. As our cafes and restaurants are scattered throughout the city and the surrounding area a look at some websites could help you plan ahead so you don't miss out on something you would love to experience while here.