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Indulge yourself in an unique dining experience in the heart of Christchurch City at The Goldfinch. We create carefully curated South East Asian inspired meals with a modern European twist. As well as an extensive list of exotic hand crafted cocktails.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
European, Asian, Fusion
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed today via mobile

The food was delicious. The restaurant was within walking distance so we had not read any reviews and were pleasantly surprised. Every meal was genuinely flavourful and good service too.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Enjoyed every mouthful . Great food n service. Staff showed great knowledge of the menu, offered suggestions, and were very attentive. Thanks team you rock the service and the food was tasty n well presented.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful tasty food, great umami tastes and wine menu to complement. My highlight of Christchurch cuisine fir dinner

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow! What a night we had. There was nothing you could fault. The food & service was amazing. Our waiter & all the staff, really looked after us, especially me & my dietary needs, our waiter was friendly, warm & funny. We all had a...superb night & will definitely by back.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you’re looking for a creative, delicious meal in a quiet setting with excellent service, this is it. So many dishes that appeal. We especially loved the mushroom tacos, the vegetarian dumplings and the eggplant. It is so refreshing to find somewhere that caters to...vegetarians. Not to say they don’t have a wide range of dishes for meat eaters. I’ll be going back to sample some of those soon! Great wine list, creative cocktails, wide range of beers, all in all a wonderful experience hosted by Maurice who was knowledgeable and gracious! This is definitely one of the best restaurants in Christchurch.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 13 March 2024

This is our favourite restaurant in Christchurch ..and trust me we know. We've been here more times than we can count,, and every time it does not disappoint, infact it just keeps getting better, with some delicious new changes and editions to the menu which...keeps it fresh & exciting, and easy to go back often :) EVERYTHING on the menu is a winner and the Tacos are an absolute must! The service is above & beyond, soooo warm & friendly, your treated as if your one of the family. % STARS & AAA++++++++++++ to the Goldfinch for service, quality, flavor, fun and comfortable atmosphere.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 9 March 2024 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed dinner at this gem recently. The menu food was divine with too many great choices. The Thai Beef Salad was exquisite with great flavours and a generous portion. The local wine options were good and it was hard to go past a...Central Otago Pinot Noir. An excellent dinner choice that is not on the CBD. It is advisable to make a reservation.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 8 March 2024

We were staying in Papanui Road so we’re planning on eating at the Carlton but it was too loud and too busy so we walked on and found this place tucked away off the street. We walked in and it smelled yummy, with fantastic front...of house service and a good knowledge of the menu. We had the beef wontons (fabulous), wild boar skewers (amazing), sweet and sour pork and fried potatoes. Every dish was superbly cooked and well presented. The atmosphere was buzzy and the cocktails were on point. This was definitely the best food we had had during our Christchurch stay.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 March 2024

Fantastic food and great service. Be sure to follow the waiter's advice, you won't regret it! I recommend you also try the local beer.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 March 2024 via mobile

I really can’t fault the food in this restaurant. We dined on the lemongrass dumplings, Thai beef salad and pork belly. All were absolutely delicious. Our attentive waitstaff, Alok and Olivier, were very helpful with menu suggestions and their service was excellent. I’d happily return...to dine here again. Food was great, service was great. Lovely restaurant. What more could you want?More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 25 February 2024

Just back from a wonderful meal at The Goldfinch - seared tuna, mushroom tacos, coconut calamari, tiger prawns and cauliflower pakora. Every dish was interesting and intensely flavourful. Chef Bhubnesh served us - very engaging and full of useful information, and genuinely pleased that we...were enjoying our meal as much as we did. Loads of GF options. The small plates were generously sized - the two of us shared five and we couldn't have eaten another bite. Excellent. Go if you can!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 February 2024 via mobile

Celebrated my partner's birthday with a delightful lunch at this charming spot. The atmosphere and staff radiated warmth and kindness, making our experience truly enjoyable. The food was delicious, and the eggplant dish was particularly outstanding. We're already looking forward to returning for dinner soon!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 February 2024 via mobile

We got excellent service here. Food is What I would Call fusion. Dishes that originate from different countries. We were told about the sizes of the dishes, and recommended to share…which we did not, as we want different types of food. As some of my...tuna was “Funny” tasting, the waiter deducted it from the bill. The food was fresh and I am sure many love it….it was a little do different for us to want to come again, though, we are more into original thai and vietnamese dishes.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 31 January 2024 via mobile

We found this Asian style restaurant tucked away quite by chance. We liked it so much we ate here twice on our visit to Christchurch. Great food and run really well by the restaurant manager, Olivier. He gave us extremely helpful food recommendations which were...superb. Also, how many dishes to order too. The food and service were excellent on both occasions and the staff were lovely. Highly recommend. Of course,if you are from Europe remember that people eat very early in NZ……More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 25 January 2024 via mobile

Very possibly the most enjoyable and tasty dinner out we will have this year and *definitely* will be the best value! We all ordered the tasting menu which was a high velocity trip through a bunch of different food cultures yet somehow was cohesive. Tuna...seared. Delicious and surprisingly light deep fried mushroom and corn nestled in a mini blue corn tortilla. Thai beef salad perfectly seasoned with lime and herbs. Coconut crusted calamari that melted in the mouth. Pork dumplings that notably refrained from being fatty but instead were perfect little umami bombs. Tender chicken satay and my new “will pine for this for the next year” dish, grilled eggplant with a ginger jus and whipped feta. It was insanely flavorful but so clean. I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t partake of the desserts but was assured by dining pals they were on par with the rest of this exquisite meal. Our very helpful host paired us up with some nice NZ wine. All of this for a ridiculously good price. Do yourselves a favor. Go.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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