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“Best ribs in town”
Review of Casa Publica

Casa Publica
Ranked #25 of 1,219 Restaurants in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $33
Description: Think back to a time when prohibition ruled over America. Dark times for some. For others, a time of opportunity and prosperity. One who seized the moment was Mr Hugo A Chile. Hugo was born 27 June, 1905. He was only 15 when the prohibition came into effect, about the time he was taking over his fathers mini-home distillery. Originally learning his craft to support the now fatherless family, Hugo created unthinkable profits by running rum to LA. Back then this journey would take 9 weeks each way, but after the third journey he was able to buy a lorry. After the fifth run he had his distribution network established. He never looked back. When you enter Casa Publica, you’re entering Hugo’s world. Come, sit and savour the taste, the obsessions, and the lifestyle of a man whose time begged the bending of rules, a little ruthlessness, a lot of rum, and an insatiable obsession for women’s shoes.
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Description: Think back to a time when prohibition ruled over America. Dark times for some. For others, a time of opportunity and prosperity. One who seized the moment was Mr Hugo A Chile. Hugo was born 27 June, 1905. He was only 15 when the prohibition came into effect, about the time he was taking over his fathers mini-home distillery. Originally learning his craft to support the now fatherless family, Hugo created unthinkable profits by running rum to LA. Back then this journey would take 9 weeks each way, but after the third journey he was able to buy a lorry. After the fifth run he had his distribution network established. He never looked back. When you enter Casa Publica, you’re entering Hugo’s world. Come, sit and savour the taste, the obsessions, and the lifestyle of a man whose time begged the bending of rules, a little ruthlessness, a lot of rum, and an insatiable obsession for women’s shoes.
Reviewed 29 January 2024 via mobile

Fantastic as usual. Great to see it so busy on a Monday night. Highly recommend the ribs, habanero potatoes and squid. Will be back soon for sure!

Date of visit: January 2024
Thank RachelT2885
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Reviewed 27 January 2024

Great food, great vibe, great staff…we had the sharer platter for 4 (we were only 2 though) and loved it! Baby back ribs were fab. Will come again

Date of visit: January 2024
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Thank Inspire37462401392
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Reviewed 26 January 2024 via mobile

Excellent food especially the freshly prepared guacamole and hanging skewers. Really nice environment for a relaxed but fun dining experience. Service was a little patchy - some servers good others not so.

Date of visit: January 2024
Thank pauljP5754BB
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Reviewed 19 January 2024

Extremely hot upstairs, air-conditioning not working and front desk guy was very stern, not personable at all.
Food is always good though

Date of visit: January 2024
Thank Mobile18422938665
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Reviewed 17 January 2024

Great atmosphere, food and service. Catered for dietary requirements without hassle. Would go back in a heartbeat if we lived closer.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Thank louise_c_mckenzie
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