Handpicked by a Christchurch Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Best Outdoor Dining In Christchurch'.

With the captivating river and 'garden city' setting of Christchurch, what better way to enjoy the views than with an outdoor dining spot.  Christchurch has its fair share of restaurants with outdoor dining with lakefront, garden and town centre settings featuring in our 'Best Christchurch Outdoor Dining' list.

Casa Publica

Be transported back to South America at Casa Publica, home to expert bartenders who specialise in rum and craft cocktails, and an exclusive food menu. Casa Publica’s Menu has already delighted Christchurch diners looking for some new tastes and textures from simple and sumptuous starters, to satisfying main courses, Casa Publica’s Chef has created a range of flavours that will please any pa...

Curator's House Restaurant

The Curator's House is a well-known Christchurch restaurant open for lunch, dinner, and coffee.  Located in the city's Botanic Gardens, the restaurant is surrounded by the lush lawns and native plantings of the gardens and has views of the Avon River. The Curator’s House serves authentic Spanish Cuisine. Our chef from Barcelona creates truly tapas such as award winning Chorizo Garcia coo...

Astro Lounge

Next door to popular Christchurch restaurant Cook'n with Gas in Worcester Boulevard, The Astro Lounge is a casual restaurant, perfect for a get together with friends or family. As the casual side of Cook ‘N’ With Gas, The Astro Lounge is a take on the outdoor experience. Come in early before your restaurant booking for a pre dinner drink or organize a function. It is the perfect way to enjo...


A speakeasy styled bar housed in a beautiful heritage building located in Cathedral Square.  Overlooking Cathedral Square is a charming outdoor Courtyard. Live Music, carefully crafted food & drinks and good Ol' fashioned service.  Just down the hall you will find Parlour Cocktail Bar & Woodwards Barber Shop. For bookings under 10 people, we always leave room for walk-ins.&...


This swish and modern boutique eatery come restaurant boasts a sociable vibe and people watching potential like no other bar in downtown. The wide outdoor area is sheltered from the elements and comes complete with a warming fire that makes for great al fresco drinking and dining.  There's only one vegetarian main option (the Mediterranean style butternut squash risotto) with a broad ra...

Cellar Door

Cellar Door is a wine bar and wine-tasting room housed in the historic School of Art building in the Arts Centre of Christchurch.   The Cellar Door is a tribute to the room’s rich history with curated art and objects, and is proud to continue the tradition of warm hospitality, fine wine and good food. Cellar Doors offers curated wine tasting ‘flights’and a large select...

The Last Word

The Last Word is a whisky and cocktail lounge situated in the historic New Regent Street in the heart of Christchurch.  The bar offers a hand-picked selection of fine whiskies and a range of cocktails, craft beer and boutique wines. Snacks are available including garlic bread, grilled cheese sandwiches and cheese platters. The two room wide, two-storey bar includes plenty of seating out...

Ōtoromiro Hotel

Ōtoromiro Hotel offers quality pub fare in the stunning setting of Governors Bay.  The hotel offers a number of dining locations within the Hotel and it’s grounds.  During the summer months, the inviting gardens with bountiful roses are a beacon for many of guests during the day.  The bar area is great for casual dining in the evening and mixing with the locals.  Through the cooler nigh...

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