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Curator's House Restaurant

7 Rolleston Avenue | Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-379 2252
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good30%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“tapas” (100 reviews)
“paella” (29 reviews)
“chorizo” (32 reviews)
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Mediterranean, European, Spanish, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
7 Rolleston Avenue | Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Great evening dinner experience adjacent to the botanical gardens. Faultless service. Immaculate food served actually in the gardens themselves. Great Spanish cuisine. The pan fried broad beans and ham are to die for. Also highly commendable was the fides. If you like Spanish food this...More

Thank captainslow2014
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had our Staff Xmas there on Saturday night. There were thirteen people in our party... All thirteen meals were outstanding . The waiting staff were brilliant, very professional , awesome service , without being intrusive. A real pleasure and wonderful experience. Do not hesitate...More

Thank Brenda M
Reviewed 6 days ago

The usual good friends, food, and wine, in a classic Christchurch setting makes this restaurant so enjoyable. The added bonus of watching the chef disappear into the garden to pick and return with fresh produce. Good friendly staff makes the experience that little bit better.

Thank KiaOraCuz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hubby had treated me to birthday lunch here in 2008, the last time we were in Christchurch, and we had fond memories. But that was 2 earthquakes ago, so we were thrilled to find it open on this trip. We were with dear friends from...More

Thank Eatsmeister
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I visited today for lunch and had a lovely time - great food, good service and superb surroundings. I had the smoked salmon salad, my wife had the chicken and we had an entree of tapas. Top that off with a glass...More

Thank GruntaNZ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When our friends in California recommended the Curator's House, we made an on-line reservation for lunch. American Express made a reservation for us at 7 p.m. We toured the Christchurch Botanic Gardens prior to lunch, spending about 2 hours meandering through the beautiful foliage and...More

Thank Steve S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ad hoc introduction to this Spanish themed restaurant. I started with a Mediterranean Salad. Then I had a speciality pork sausage dish with my partner having shoulder of lamb. Both used fine New Zealand ingredients to excellent effect. The decor was smart but not ostentatious....More

Thank Martin C
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

It’s been my favourite restaurant in Christchurch for over 10 years. It has a great location and beautiful seating. The food has always been excellent and tasty. We’ve been there twice in the last month with my family and visitors from overseas. The weather was...More

Thank O8936FHmarys
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed a lovely lunch here, sitting outside under sun umbrellas on a hot sunny day. The location is lovely, set on the edge of the Botanic Gardens and the Avon River, near the Antigua Boat Sheds and the Hospital. We loved the tapas menu...More

Thank Louise M
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

This little house is so charming! We decided to stop here after seeing it on our punting river ride and got a couple of starters. The chicken and chorizo croquettes were absolutely delicious!

Thank Chandra C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$29
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Rolleston Avenue | Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-379 2252
  • E-mail
SPANISH TAPAS - LAMB - PAELLA and more... in a heritage building in the Botanic Gardens. Drop in for casual tapas in the sun in summer, or beside the fireplace in winter. Or a special occasion or group function in one of our intimate dining rooms. Beautiful garden views. Stroll through our demonstration fruit and vege garden. All right in the heart of the Botanic Gardens in central Christchurch. Simply too special to miss. Open 7 days for lunch, dinner and tapas.
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