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Just a short distance from the city and Hagley Park, Merivale has long been an area Christchurch residents have gravitated towards. This pretty neighbourhood boasts some of the city's busiest establishments so in many cases bookings are recommended if not essential.

Tutto Bene is an Italian pizzeria restaurant favoured by residents who know their gnocchi from their gorgonzola. Couples can find a candlelit corner while large group bookings are welcomed.

  • 192 Papanui Road
  • +64 3 355 4744

Aikmans Bistro & Bar occupies prime Merivale real estate and is as good a place to people watch as it is to eat and drink.

  • 154 Aikmans Road
  • +64 3 961 6545

Brigittes Restaurant & Bar is a Merivale institution that has been serving great food for three decades with service to match. A good spot for eating al fresco.

  • 209 Papanui Road
  • +64 3 355 6150

No. 4 Bar & Restaurant is an Edwardian villa transformed into a bar and restaurant. Don't expect quiet intimate dining here, rather a vibrant, busy restaurant serving thoughtful food.

  • 4 Mansfield Avenue
  • +64 3 355 3720

Leinster Rd. Bistro welcomes families and allows diners to bring their own wine for a corkage fee. Expect a high standard from the kitchen and front of house but a relaxed atmosphere.

  • 158 Leinster Road
  • +64 3 355 3055

Strawberry Fare is a great place to visit especially for people with a sweet tooth. The dessert menu is hard to resist and offers something for everyone. Strawberry Fare is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is located opposite beautiful Hagley Park.

  • 19 Bealey Avenue
  • +64 3 365 4897

Pedro`s House of Lamb is a favourite with locals and visitors. The lamb roast is delicious and gives you a real taste of New Zealand cuisine. The venue is very small and has only a few chairs and tables, so best to take your roast away.

  • 17b Papanui Road
  • +64 3 387 0707