Food & Drink Central dining

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.

Saggio di vino 

Considered a Christchurch institution and a quintessential dining experience. Wine enthusiasts will appreciate the refined and simple style of traditional European cuisine with hints of contemporary flare.

179-181 Victoria Street


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

Curator's House 

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

DUO Dining Room & Bar 

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

Christchurch Casino

Christchurch Casino has it all, with 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


With panoramic views over Hagley Park, Pescatore continues to earn its position as one of New Zealand’s best contemporary dining experiences. The space is luxurious and modern, offering a minimalist approach to formal dining that is thoughtfully comfortable and uncluttered. Pescatore, translating from Italian to ‘fisherman’, thus in recognition of the restaurant’s name and legacy, the menu is predominately focused towards seafood in this iconic Christchurch restaurant.

The George, 50 Park Terrace


50 Bistro

50 Bistro offers inspired bistro food with modern flavours, excellent wines and a great bar. The kitchen team design seasonal menus using the best local produce with dining all year round and tranquil views across Hagley Park.
The stylish interior flows out to a generous conservatory, complete with fire tables that reflect the warm hues of the orange onyx wall inside, making 50 Bistro the perfect place to meet any time of the day for coffee, cocktails and bar snacks or a meal.

The George, 50 Park Terrace

The Polo Bar

The Polo Bar is the perfect setting for breakfast, afternoon aperitifs or to enjoy our delicious shared plates from late afternoon. Sit by the fire,& enjoy the sunny outdoor areas or partake in a game of croquet. Inspired by Argentinian cuisine, the menu offers various sharing plates of selected meats smoked and chargrilled for a unique flavour. Delicious vegetarian dishes are also on the menu. 

363 Montreal Street