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The Cornershop Bistro

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European, New Zealand, Seafood, Mediterranean, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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32 Nayland Street | Sumner, Christchurch 8081, New Zealand
+64 3-326 6720
10:00 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Wed - Thu 17:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sun 10:00 - 23:00
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had dinner here on Friday night with another couple after a hell week and it was just perfect. The place was lively when we arrived and had a really warm easy atmosphere. The service was just right efficient but not officious, attentive but not overbearing, friendly and smiley. We all commented on how the meal was of nice proportions... More 

Thank mckiwi2016
Auckland, New Zealand
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

An Evening Meal with Friends who made the Choice. Nice... We thoroughly enjoyed the Experience. The Food the Company and the Restaurant. All Great the Menu, the Service, the Meals, all Great.

Thank Garry T
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124 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Enjoyed a lazy late breakfast here last Sunday. They really do have fab food and great unobtrusive staff. Sat outside with our dogs - fresh water was also brought out for them. Highly recommend the Spiced beans and chorizo with poached egg, parmesan, fresh herbs and toast yum yum! so lucky to be a local here and have this in... More 

1 Thank theDayz
Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

We hadn't been to The Cornershop Bistro for ages (we keep getting pulled into Christchurch because people won't travel out to Sumner) so, on August 14th, my wife's birthday, we dined at our local. We've dined here quite often over the past 10 years or so and apart from one disappointing meal we have always been more than satisfied. It's... More 

2 Thank Nigel_Ali_W
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

It's a while since we last enjoyed a meal at the Cornershop, a Sunday lunch was a pleasant reminder of just how good the food is. I enjoyed a delicious smoked fish dish while hubby enjoyed the spicy beans. Won't leave it so long before we go again.

2 Thank DiTaylor65
Christchurch, New Zealand
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Had seen write ups about this restaurant that looked favourable. The service was friendly and efficient. We ordered a couple of burgers and the steak sandwich. Burgers came out with soggy bottom buns and were small. There was a small bit of fish in the burger an for $22 would have expected a larger piece. The beef burger tasted really... More 

Thank TeamGoblin
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

From the outside this looks like a basic cafe but inside the food is of a much higher standard and a great surprise. Went with a group of 10 and had a lovely meal. The $20 pre 7pm price is very good value. I had the braised lamb pasta which was really lovely.

Thank Sharon P
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

Hadn't been to Cornershop for some time. We found food very disappointing and very overpriced. Steak was tough and certainly not worth the $32 price tag. Probably won't go again.

Thank Gayle E
Christchurch, New Zealand
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

Nowhere offers the consistent quality of food & service like The Cornershop Bistro does. Simple bistro plates cooked to perfection every time. An excellent wine list that is reserved yet well chosen. Like the staff. I have been 5 or 6 times over the last few years & its almost like a relief to find somewhere that appreciates the dining... More 

Thank Due_South_Films
Christchurch, New Zealand
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

Was with a good sized group for dinner on Saturday night. The service was good food great tasting everyone really enjoyed the whole night so thanks

Thank usfey1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$27
European, New Zealand, Seafood, Mediterranean, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Takeout
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 32 Nayland Street | Sumner, Christchurch 8081, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-326 6720
The Cornershop Bistro celebrates its eleventh year in Sumner Village as a local favourite, recommended by Lonely Planet 2015 as the place to visit in Sumner.The menus deliver European inspired dishes in the Brunch and Dinner menus like the Sirloin Steak with cafe de Paris butter, the rustic country terrine or the breakfast of Eggs Benedict with house cured salmon or ham from the bone. Whether it's a coffee fueled brunch over the weekend papers or a romantic candle lit dinner, The Cornershop Bistro is a must try when visiting Christchurch and its gorgeous seaside Village, Sumner.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?