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Wine & Dine

Sun Dog Diner

  • Where

    2-10 Papanui Road, Merivale, Christchurch
  • Operating hours

    Monday: Closed
    Tuesday: Closed
    Wednesday: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Thursday: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Friday: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Sunday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Contact

  • Booking

    Booking Phone: 03 260 1166
  • Cuisine

    Sun Dog in Christchurch is an American-style diner providing the answer for anyone seeking comfort food in the central city.

Based on traditional American diners, Sun Dog Diner aims to provide the locals of Christchurch with a place to enjoy great comfort food in an old-fashioned diner, but with a modern, elevated twist. 

Owner Jess Lynch has honed her skills as a chef over the years, and it had always been her intention to open up a diner in Christchurch, but finding the right space wasn’t easy. It had to be the sort of place where you could walk in, day or night, and have a sit down meal or a drink with friends. Sun Dog Diner is just that sort of place - fitted out with eclectic artwork, retro-style furniture and vintage gaming machines.

The food is self-described ‘hoity toity’ comfort food, designed to be both affordable and great quality. Where possible, Jess and her team make the food from scratch and are committed to using free range options, while still keeping the price of food low. With degrees in both molecular biology and philosophy, she’s learned to use both sides of her brain and applies the same method to her cooking. The result? A menu bursting at the seams with options, that’ll make choosing one dish very difficult. Think Southern-style comfort food, with some Mexican influence too. From mouthwatering, homemade mac and cheese to spicy pulled pork eggs benedict, there are endless options at Sun Dog. If you get the hankering for something sweet, you’ll find yourself spoiled for choice with the most decadent milkshakes you’ve ever laid eyes on, as well as a glass display cabinet full of baked goods.

It’s not just their food menu that’s epic either. The drinks options are a hub of creative takes on classic cocktail recipes, as well as the quintessential brewed ‘Diner Coffee’ - bottomless of course.  

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