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With old restaurants relocating and new restaurants opening, the central city once again offers locals and visitors extensive choice in dining options. Here are a few of our top picks.

Fiddlesticks is a stylish, sociable and relaxed bar and restaurant. Take to the sheltered courtyard on a sunny day or warm up in front of a roaring outdoor fire. The central location is perfect to start your evening out in Christchurch.

  • 48 Worcester Boulevard
  • +64 3 365 0533

Bloody Mary's is a steakhouse, brasserie and bar showcasing premium local seasonal produce and ingredients.

  • 30 Latimer Square, Christchurch
  • +64 3 943 5937

Curator's House is located in the original house of the curator of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, serving authentic Spanish style cuisine with the freshest New Zealand ingredients. The beautiful surrounds can be enjoyed from both inside the historic homestead or outside dining alfresco. 

  • 7 Rolleston Ave, Christchurch
  • +64 3 379 2252

DUO Dining Room & Bar is centrally located on the corner of Hereford Street and Rolleston Avenue by the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Arts Centre. The team focuses on a shared dining experience of innovative Asian and European cuisine. They offer dishes with creative, crisp and fresh flavours combined with the best ingredients for an outstanding dining experience. 

  • 12 Hereford Street
  • +64 3 423 1212

Christchurch Casino has three bars and a restaurant: The Grand Café offers contemporary cuisine in a relaxed and stylish restaurant setting. Monza Sports Bar features giant flat screens and giant pizzas. It is a great place to watch the big game in comfortable style. But if that is not enough, Chi Kitchen nestled next to the Grand Café serves Cantonese street food. The menu focuses on noodles, dumplings and stir-fries straight from the wok.

  • 30 Victoria Street
  • +64 3 365 9999

Original Sin focuses on quality local ingredients resulting in a sophisticated, elegant and delicious menu. Located in the heart of the city overlooking the Avon river, the beautifully crafted dishes produced by Executive Chef, David Nichol will make Original Sin one of your regular 'go to' restaurants.

  • Corner of Hereford Street and Oxford Terrace
  • +64 3 595 5330

The George serves award-winning food from the restaurants within this five-star hotel. Pescatore has earned a reputation as one of the country's leading contemporary dining restaurants and has a devoted following. And 50 Bistro always delights for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • The George: 50 Park Terrace
  • Pescatore: +64 3 371 0257
  • 50 Bistro: +64 3 371 0250

The Happening Bar and Kitchen is a premium restaurant with a European influenced menu with a twist. Enjoy live music with local wines and award winning craft beers while basking in the luxe ambience.

  • 165 Gloucester St
  • +64 3 261 9114

Tramway Restaurant offers a unique dining experience on-board the Christchurch Tram showcasing the best cuisine Canterbury has to offer! Enjoy a four-course menu along with a welcome drink and tea or coffee, as the immaculately restored tram transports guests slowly through the central city streets while dining. Book a table on the Tramway Restaurant perfect for special occasions or for a dinner out with a difference!

  • Departs from Tram Stop 1. Cathedral Junction at 7.00pm (Report time is 6:50pm)
  • Operates daily excluding public holidays
  • +64 3 366 7830

Francesca`s Italian Kitchen is situated perfectly right next to the Isaac Theatre Royal. The restaurant serves Italian food with a Kiwi twist. All of the food is homemade and prepared fresh daily. For an authentic dining experience try the wood-fired pizza and a Tiramisu for dessert.

  • 149 Gloucester Street
  • +64 3 374 9790

Winnie Bagoes is well known for pizza and perfect for families or groups. The food is simple, but tasty. 

  • 40 Welles Street
  • +64 3 366 6315

Baretta brings 'a little piece of Italy to Christchurch'. It's a stylish restaurant and bar with a beautifully sheltered courtyard and a menu including great sharing plates and platters as well as pizzas and a range of cocktails and beverages. 

  • 174 St Asaph Street
  • +64 3 260 2600

Dux Central is a stylish bar with a great outside and inside area in a busy part of the central city. The bar is not only a place to go after work to have a drink or two, it also offers great food as well.

  • 10 Poplar Street
  • +64 3 366 6919

Casa Publica offers South American food at its best. The restaurant décor is unique and offers a lot of privacy. Casa Publica specialises in a wide range of top quality Rum. You can choose from over 160 different Rums, each with its own characteristics and origins.

  • 180 Armagh Street
  • +64 3 366 1389

Little Neighbourhood specialises in delectable gourmet pizzas and craft beers. The perfect venue to enjoy a fun-filled night with a regular line-up of gigs or to simply watch the rugby.

  • 94 Victoria Street
  • +64 21 942 955

Madam Woo landed in Christchurch. The chefs take inspiration from Malaysian and Chinese cuisine and offer fine dining in a modern setting.

  • 255 St Asaph Street
  • +64 3 260 1240

Little High Eatery is a quirky and vibrant place that offers food for every taste. The eatery is home to eight restaurants with shared seating and a big outside patio, ideal to spend long Kiwi summer nights.

  • 181 High Street
  • +64 21 0208 4444

Market Place Restaurant at the Crowne Plaza takes its inspiration from marketplaces around the world. The restaurant provides a hub for people to interact and connect with food. The team has a strong focus on using the region's finest ingredients like Canterbury high country venison or Wakanui beef cheek. A culinary experience guaranteed!

  • 764 Colombo Street
  • +64 3 741 2829
  • Born out of a passion for quality craft beer spanning over two decades, Cassels and Sons are at the forefront of Christchurch’s emerging boutique brewing scene

    Chad Bennet, Lost at E Minor
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  • Restaurants, cafés and bars bringing the city back to life, one serve at a time.

    Michael Shafran, Cuisine magazine