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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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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“tapas” (107 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 3 days ago

Restaurant set in Christchurch Botanical Gardens and as name suggests is the old house where the curator lived. Restaurant is set in original seperate rooms, plus large outdoor area. Tapas ,mains,deserts,good drinks list, had mains, venison,loved it , partner had lamb thought it was to...More

Thank Euan R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Would go again outside of set menu - was very limited -meals came at all different times so some of group had finished before others were served.

Thank Sallymcr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived shortly before the kitchen was closing so could only order tapas--and they turned out to be huge, well-made, tasty, and filling. We loved the setting and especially enjoyed the compact kitchen garden and orchard after our meal. I would go back here the...More

Thank CGUrbanaIllinois
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for a tapas plate to share. Great tapas, decided to have desert and was disappointed with the cheesecake. Great setting and friendly staff but felt rushed in having to order and eat. At the end the bill was a bit pricey, food was...More

Thank bernardrenee2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped at this pretty little spot for a drink during a wander around the botanic gardens and, as the menu looked appealing, decided to return for dinner later in the evening. Unfortunately, we were disappointed. The setting is very nice but the food was...More

Thank mrcrdeacon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Saw this on on our first visit to Christchurch and returned to try. Situated in a lovely spot on the edge of the Botanical Gardens, but close to the centre of town. The property also has its own garden which is very pleasant to walk...More

1  Thank Alan C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were recommended to try this restaurant and are grateful for the tip. Excellent tapas. We just ate a variety of tapas and then my husband had a pudding but I held back! Lovely building, delightful ambience. Good service and good food. What more could...More

1  Thank SPWHarpsden
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Post Garden tapas and wine treat. The mixed tapas special was great for two and went down a treat with a glass of wine followed by ice-cream and coffee. Friendly service.

1  Thank westwalesfoodie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restaurant situated in a quite setup. A bit crowdy or congested with tables arrangement. Other than that everything was super nice. The staffs are very helpful and active. The food was fast enough and of course delicious. From my past experience in Spain, I...More

Thank Serajis
Reviewed 7 January 2018

This is one of those places that you have often wanted to go to but needed a special occasion to do so. We celebrated our evening here and were really happy with every aspect of it. The location and the grounds are stunning and beautiful....More

1  Thank SD2606
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$11 - US$31
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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
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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