Top Restaurants In Christchurch

Whether you’re planning a trip to Queenstown, New Zealand for business or holiday, consider stopping in for a quick snack, breakfast, lunch, dinner at any one of these assorted restaurants and eateries. Should you find yourself needing group transportation, one of the best ways to effortlessly find your way around Christchurch is to rely on bus hire in Christchurch. For convenience sake, we have grouped the best restaurants by categories.


Hello Sunday

Eggs Benny, brunch in general, and shakshuka come highly recommended at this vegetarian friendly New Zealand café. This is a very popular stop among not only tourists but the locals – so you know it’s good. Also recommended as tasty treats are the cinnamon puff and cheese scone.  Need a pick me up? Try the cappuccino.

Unknown Chapter Coffee Roasters

Far more than coffee is served in this vegetarian friendly café. Specialties here include French toast, avocado bruschetta, and brunch in general. They come highly rated for value, food, and service. Also recommended is the mushroom pie, bacon, and chicken for a quick lunch.

Addington Coffee Co-op

While the perfect friendly environment for some simple tea or coffee, this vegetarian friendly café also serves brunch. Recommended is the eggs Benedict and French toast. They are highly rated for atmosphere, value, food, and service. It ends up being a favourite of many visitors.

Cheap Eats

Bacon Brothers

With a bar and fast food availability, this restaurant comes highly recommended for hand cut fries, burgers, and their deep-fried cauliflower. The favourite burger is, of course, the bacon burger. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to spend a casual date night, lunch, brunch, or breakfast with the family, or quick stop on a Sunday or Saturday morning or afternoon, this establishment loses personality, imaginative ideas, happiness, and outstanding food.

Demetri’s Greek Food

This vegetarian friendly, Greek fast food joint also offers options that are gluten-free. It comes highly rated for atmosphere, value, food, and service. Recommended is the salad, lamb, and souvlaki (possibly the best in town). Whether there’s just a couple of you or a friendly bunch of people, be sure to stop here for great value, generous servings, and fresh flavours.

BASE Woodfired Pizza

No matter where they travel, some people simply cannot live without their pizza. And that’s perfectly understandable. Fortunately, even in New Zealand, the best woodfired pizza in town can be found at Tauranga’s BASE Woodfired Pizza. The pepperoni is to die, pricing is moderate, and the lamb runs a close second to any pizza on the menu.

Moderate Pricing

Zen Sushi and Dumplings

This is, of course, Chinese restaurant. They carry gluten-free options, vegan options, Asian, sushi, fast food, and Japanese as well. Highly recommended are the fresh fish, dumplings, and sushi. They are highly rated for value, food, and service. If you’re visiting the art centre, consider stopping here for lunch.

TMR Restaurant and Bar

Once again, gluten-free options and vegan options are offered in this European eatery that is highly rated for value, food, and service. Most recommended are the roasted carrots, harissa chicken, and brunch in general.

Pedro’s House of Lamb

It should come as no surprise that one of the recommended dishes here is the Lamb. Also recommended, however, are the salad and scalloped potatoes. It is highly rated for atmosphere, value, food, and service. With a friendly staff, reasonable prices, and out of this world cuisine, you can’t miss at Pedro’s.

Fabulous Local Cuisine

Pomeroy’s Old Brewery Inn

Pomeroy’s is a New Zealand British pub that offers, as do most of the restaurants on this list, gluten-free options and is vegan friendly. They have a bar as well as an eating area, and are highly rated for atmosphere, value, food, and service. Recommended are the steak, fish and chips, and the pulled pork sandwich.  Pomeroy’s is considered top-notch for not just food but drinks as well.

Twenty-Seven Steps

This European, New Zealand eatery rates highly for value, food, and service. They have gluten-free options as well as vegan options. Recommended is the crème brûlée, any of the soups, and the venison. You may want to make reservations as this restaurant is extremely popular and can be hard to get into. It may also take a while to park (unless you take public transportation or charter a bus), so plan ahead.

Christchurch Tramway Restaurant

Speaking of public transportation, and particularly if you are taking the tram, you don’t want to miss a chance to eat at this European, New Zealand, international restaurant. It is highly rated for atmosphere, value, food, and service. Recommended are the pudding, the salmon or lamb three course meal, and the amuse bouche. Reportedly, the presentation here is particularly pleasing. If you have trouble eating on a moving tram, however, you may experience some difficulty.

And Finally, Fine Dining

Blood Mary’s

This European, New Zealand steakhouse comes highly rated for atmosphere, value, food, and service. Highly recommended are, of course, the blame areas, but the steak and Châteaubriand as well. They are vegetarian friendly and have a gluten-free menu if needed. Sit down at the bar for a cocktail before dinner or enjoy a relaxing experience, start to finish, in the dining room. Don’t be surprised if you return here, again and again, during your holiday.

Chillingworth Road

Recommended here is the smoked eel, crab sliders, and artichoke soup. This European New Zealand restaurant has vegan options, gluten-free options, and is vegetarian friendly. They are highly rated for atmosphere, value, food, and service. Give yourself a real treat and consider sitting down to the nine-course degustation dinner.

St. Germain

This French European restaurant comes highly rated for atmosphere, value, food, and service. Highly recommended are the French onion soup, cassoulet, and duck. Whether it’s just the two of you or a party of six, the food is excellent, portions generous, and the food delicious. Also high on the list of favourites are the crème brûlée, Portobello, and ravioli. And though classified as fine dining, the atmosphere is relatively relaxed and casual.

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