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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 good29%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“tapas” (119 reviews)
“paella” (29 reviews)
“chorizo” (32 reviews)
Open Now
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
Mediterranean, European, Spanish, New Zealand, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
7 Rolleston Avenue | Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 427 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely ambience and a lovely paella A good wine selection Service was friendly and efficient Worth going to ... we rarely give 5 stars to anything. Shared a really pleasant Spanish equivalent of a creme brûlée ...also worth trying

Thank Nicholas T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a mix of tapas to start which varied from nice to a very dodgy stuffed pepper covered in what looked like microwaved nacho cheese. Main course was a tasteless piece of venison (admittedly well cooked) with a tasteless potato stack on the side....More

Thank Alex R
Reviewed 13 July 2018

Have eaten here previously with good experience. The setting in the Botanic Gardens is excellent and the service attentive.... But my meal of Spanish Lamb Shoulder (a house specialty) was overcooked, 'stringy' and dried out. My partner had the same meal and it was perfectly...More

Thank jagsjg
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Went with wife for dinner, and thought we’d start with Tapas, and go from there. Tapas were so good we just kept going with Tapas. Great food and lovely atmosphere.

Thank GJHansen
Reviewed 10 July 2018

We had a romantic dinner by the fireplace. The bar area is a little less comfy, but the small dining room with the fireplace is very nice. The food was well prepared. It is mainly tapas and Spanish, but has some New Zealand menu items...More

Thank zumbr0
Reviewed 5 July 2018

Been here twice. It's a great romantic spot, and we've been lucky both times as it was always really quiet and we had a whole room to ourselves. Service was great and attentive, and the food was excellent with lots of interesting tapas - especially...More

1  Thank Tealsea
Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

After visiting a year earlier we visited the restaurant again and booked a table in the restaurant. In our latest visit I tried desperately to have something different from my last visit, but I was weak, and very hungry, I had the lamb shoulder. I...More

Thank Koboldmaus
Reviewed 21 June 2018

We took clients here last week and were hugely disappointed although I don't know why. Last time I wasn't impressed but decided it might have been a one off. not so. We were led upstairs that has absolutely no ambience. Bright lights, no décor. we...More

Thank amanda c
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Had a pleasant pit stop here after a long (enjoyable) day at the botanical's garden. We already had plans for dinner- shame, as menu looked good, but pricey. Had a tapas to share and a bottle of wine. Cannot fault the location- beautiful. Service a...More

Thank Dr_Rebecca_P
Reviewed 3 June 2018

We had a private room, which was good. The service was very good, but the food (set menu) was only average - a bit bland but adequate. Perhaps the a la carte menu would be more intereesting.

Thank KiwiRick7
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$28
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
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View
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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