Christchurch's proximity to the coast makes it a prime location for seafood. We went out to find some of the best seafood restaurants in the city. Here are our top picks:
Dux is a Christchurch institution. Many people remember the old Dux de Lux in the Arts Centre, a forerunner of Dux Dine. The new restaurant has changed location, but the philosophy is still the same; serving great vegetarian food and seafood. A must-try is the Akaroa salmon, served on a lemon butter sauce and parsnip and carrot confit, it will tickle your taste buds for sure!
- 28 Riccarton Road, Riccarton
- +64 3 348 1436 (open 7 days, 9am - 9pm)
As the name suggests the restaurant in Lyttelton serves hearty meals: good old fish'n'chips or a traditional fisherman’s pie. The restaurant is very charming with beautiful views of Lyttelton Harbour. The ideal spot to enjoy some tasty seafood and a glass of sauvignon blanc - what else do you need?
- Norwich Quay, Lyttelton
- +64 3 328 7530 (open Wednesday – Sunday, 11.30am - 9pm)
Situated opposite the Arts Centre in the historic part of Christchurch, Cook’n’with Gas is definitely a hidden gem. The quirky restaurant offers a good menu selection, perfect for seafood lovers. All products are locally sourced and freshly prepared. We really liked the market fish with Oamaru potatoes or the mussels - delicious!
- 23 Worcester Street
- +64 3 377 9166 (open Monday – Saturday from 6pm)
The restaurant sits right on the edge of Sumner beach, the outdoor deck overlooking the beach and the sea. This view is definitely hard to beat! The menu is simple but tasty: seafood risotto, market fish or pizza with calamari. Start the dining experience with the mussels, you will not regret it!
- 25 Esplanade Sumner
- +64 3 326 7226 (open 7 days a week 10 am till late/weekend 8am till late)
This restaurant in the heart of Christchurch is a great place to indulge in tasty food and share the joy of eating. It doesn’t matter if you like squid, fish pie or the popular whitebait, you will certainly not leave the table hungry.
- 764 Colombo Street
- +64 3 741 2800 (open from 5pm till late)
Located in “The George” hotel, the restaurant has everything it needs to be a gourmet temple: Pescatore is clearly fine dining at its best. The food is beautifully displayed and creates a taste explosion in your mouth. The restaurant has a strong focus on seafood and locally sourced and fresh produce. The chefs like to surprise, so be prepared to be amazed!
- 50 Park Terrace
- +64 3 371 0257 (open Tuesday - Saturday, 6pm - 10.30pm)
This bar is elegant and opulent - it definitely has a touch of royalness. The seafood on offer is very exquisite: oysters, black tiger prawns, steamed green lipped mussels or caviar. With these delicacies you can be assured to get the full decadent Louis experience!
- 123 Victoria Street
- +64 3 377 3614 (open Tuesday - Sunday, 11am - 11pm, open till 1pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
If you hear those tummy rumblings coming and want just something simple and quick, Fush is the place to go. The atmosphere in the restaurant is very easy going, a great place for the whole family. On the menu is a lot of seafood including battered crabs, seafood paella and of course their best seller fish’n’chips!
- 104 The Runway, Wigram
- +64 3 260 11 77 (open 7 days a week, 12pm - 10pm)
Feeling hungry for more? Check out our favourite dessert spots in Christchurch.