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The Villas

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$$ - $$$Cafe, European,
290-292 Montreal Street, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand
+64 3-365 6066
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good36%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
290-292 Montreal Street, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

The service was fantastic, the ambience is gorgeous, the period of the villa is beautifully enhanced. Our mains were absolutely delicious but too small (I'm not a big eater btw) so we felt they were slightly overpriced. Neither of us enjoyed our desserts but the...More

Thank adrienne462
Reviewed 6 days ago

Friends brought us from the airport direct to The Villas for lunch, and we found the experience very good - beers and wines were fine, the food tasty and served in a timely fashion by pleasant and enthusiastic staff. The outside tables are a good...More

Thank malcsaville
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a lovely meal here with family and friends. The device was friendly and efficient. The fish of the day absolutely yum. Very generous portions which is great to see. Definitely worth a visit

Thank Cookster_11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for a dinner with some friends on Saturday night. Waitress was not very friendly or accommodating when we asked questions about the menu and was very pushy when asking if we wanted starters or deserts. The food was good but when paying this...More

Thank kathrynw634
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped there today for a late breakfast around 11:30 am. The staff was very welcoming and took good care of us. The service was also ok speed wise. The cafe is situated in a nice old building, the interior is nicely decorated. We enjoyed...More

Thank kinleyx
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is a christchurch institution so they should know what makes a great hospitality experience. Based on our visit it looks like the person who might know was having a day off. The service was lacklustre, the waitress not welcoming or particularly interested. We asked...More

Thank Jane H
Ben D, Owner at The Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Jane - thank you for visiting us recently. We are really disappointed to hear that you didn't enjoy your time with us. A warm and friendly welcome is something we pride ourselves on here and if we have missed the mark, I will certainly...More

Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Came here for midweek lunch. Place was buzzing but managed a nice table. Wasn’t too hungry so went with the soup of the day - tomato chorizo. Was delicious, coffee was great and service lovely. Will be back.

Thank Kirsty C
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

My husband and I dined here for our second wedding anniversary also being the last time going out for a special meal together before the arrival of our first child and what a disappointment. The service itself was really slow especially waiting on the arrival...More

Thank Mikaylaj7
Reviewed 4 April 2018

This cafe-restaurant serves well cooked NZ food with no fuss. The setting is casual and relaxing. The wine list is decent. Great value for money.

Thank AllanChg
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Travelling through Christchurch & based in the very centre of town, we decided on the 10 min walk, & were so glad we did. A charming set up with plenty of choice as to where to camp ... we had no reservation. Sat outside in...More

Thank planetogra
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Questions & Answers
10 October 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from pam255118 | Reviewed this property |
22 September 2016|
Response from mopsnmits |
Hi jafcee. Can you email us on info@ Thevillas and we'll be happy to send you a copy of the beverage list. Can't seem to attach it here.
13 March 2016|
Response from Justin D |
Hi there, we sure do! Lots of options on all menu's, our menus are online and they are noted by GF. Hope to see you soon.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$28
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 290-292 Montreal Street, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand (Formerly The Coffee House)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-365 6066
  • E-mail
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