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US$7 - US$25
International, European, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 20 December 2020

Sabina and Sergio could not have done more to make my 65th birthday better. They accommodated every desire I had to celebrate the occasion. From serving drinks to cooking the food, all was done with courtesy and friendliness. My guests all enjoyed the chef's creations...and the personal service we received. I heartily recommend this restaurant for both a function like mine or just dining out.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 23 November 2020 via mobile

We didn’t think that 1pm was too late to call in for lunch and a drink, however the cabinet food was almost gone and the a la carte menu was overpriced. The bacon and egg savoury was served on a large plate and without any...garnish or scrap of salad. Croque Monsieur ( basically a cheese toasted sandwich with salad) was, in our opinion, very overpriced. Coffees were spilled into the saucers and no offer to obtain a serviette to stop it dripping everywhere. Not a great experience which was a shame as The Option was recommended.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 31 July 2020 via mobile

Excellent service and great wine knowledge and recommendations. The beef fillet was great but I think we enjoyed the entre fried chicken and pork belly even more.

Date of visit: July 2020
658sabinaa, Owner at The Option Bistro and Wines, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2020

Thank you for your kind words, guys! Looking forward to having you back!

Reviewed 7 July 2020 via mobile

Lunch on a Sunday and I had the meat platter. It sure is keto heaven, edge to edge meat, with some pickles and a few toast slices. Most of the meats were good, but the deep fried pork and sausages were not pleasant to eat...by themselves. Service was ok, purple decor was weird.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 7 June 2020

The food was average and the wine overpriced for the selection offered. The wine glasses were an old style and needed to be cleaned so they sparkled. Service very average and account was jumbled with nobody sure that they had paid the correct amount. Coffee...was good though.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed 7 March 2020 via mobile

Great food coffee and service. Possibly the best Cheese scones in Christchurch with the coffee to match.In season the Bluff Oysters are to die for....done the way you like.Even if they were for morning coffee.lol

Date of visit: March 2020
658sabinaa, Owner at The Option Bistro and Wines, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2020

Thank you, Terry! It’s always a pleasure to have you as our guest!

Reviewed 17 February 2020

I can’t speak highly enough about the wonderful service provided by the owners and staff at The Option. We visited on Valentines Day for the evening couples meal. The tables were laid out beautifully with a red rose, a heart shaped candle with decorative hearts...and chocolates on a white tablecloth...it made the occasion even more special. The owners Sergio and Sabina went out of their way to make sure all of their guests had the very best experience possible and the food was amazing! I would highly recommend The Option as the perfect choice for any occasion :-)More

Date of visit: February 2020
658sabinaa, Owner at The Option Bistro and Wines, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2020

Thank you for your kind words, Kim! It was a pleasure to have you and your partner as our guests! Sabina & Sergio

Reviewed 4 February 2020

We were given a voucher for a wine tasting and nibbles and decided to go and use it. Great place and we were greeted at the door by the very friendly owner and his wife. The wine tasting and the passionate information that came with...it was a real treat. Found some wonderful wines we would not normally have tried. The nibble food that was paired with the wines was fantastic, best pork bites I have ever had. We were having such a good time we went on to order dinner. Tried another beautiful wine with our meal. This is not a place you will walk out of hungry. The meal was wonderful. The owners are passionate about what they do and that made it all the more interesting. Already booked in for another dining experience. If you like a nice wine or want to try some tastings this is the place to go.More

Date of visit: February 2020
658sabinaa, Owner at The Option Bistro and Wines, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2020

Thank for your your lovely words and for giving us the opportunity to make your visit at our place so special! Sabina & Sergio Toader

Reviewed 12 December 2019

Food and service are always amazing here, whether you go for lunch or dinner, brunch or coffee/cake. Also great wine selection. Definitely recommend.

Date of visit: December 2019
658sabinaa, Owner at The Option Bistro and Wines, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2020

Thank you for your kind words! Sabina & Sergio Toader

Reviewed 18 May 2019 via mobile

We found The Option a good choice for our morning tea stop during our group outing. The cafe has a pleasant modern look with plenty of natural light. There was a good choice of tasty cabinet food to accompany our coffees. The coffees were well...made and the service was efficient. Although the staff were helpful and pleasant some smiles would have significantly enhanced the atmosphere and our visit. Happy to recommend.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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  • The Option Bistro and Wines is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4