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“Exciting venue”
Review of Casa Publica

Casa Publica
Ranked #23 of 1,225 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 1 April 2024

Fun place to meet old friends for a reunioin, special vibe, different menu, ewxciting night out. food come nicely presented

Date of visit: December 2023
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AVC Manager, Owner at Casa Publica, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2024

Hi Dave!
We're thrilled to hear you had a great time reuniting with old friends at our venue. We're glad you enjoyed the special vibe, unique menu, and exciting night out. Thank you for the positive feedback on our nicely presented food. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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Reviewed 28 March 2024

Wonderful experience. Restaurant has an outdoor/indoor feeling as the front of the restaurant can be opened up to let in fresh air and allow for outside seating. We sat inside but close enough to enjoy the outside air.

No Happy Hour. Arrived at 4 and staff was limited but the server was doing his best to care for everyone. The best frozen margaritas hubby and I have ever had. Also had the pineapple salsa which was very good. I had 2 chicken tacos and hubby had 3. They were filling but could have had a little more zip to them. That is the only reason I did not give an Excellent rating.

They do charge a minimal surcharge for using a credit card but no big deal. Happens a lot in the US.

We enjoyed our dinner. So glad we dined. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: March 2024
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AVC Manager, Owner at Casa Publica, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2024

Hi Wanda! Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We're glad you enjoyed the outdoor/indoor ambiance and frozen margaritas. We appreciate your feedback on the tacos and will definitely take it into consideration. We hope to see you again soon and thank you for the recommendation!

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Reviewed 24 March 2024

The food was delicious and the staff did a great job of explaining what each dish was.

When we booked we were reminded that we had to free the table up after two hours, which was fine as we had a show to go to. We checked the option on the booking to state that we were going to a show afterwards. We arrived on time for our booking, but were left waiting for half an hour or so before our order was taken. We chose to Trust the Chef, and were delivered three wonderful courses, but with ten minutes remaining in our booking we hadn't received our desserts, and we had to leave to get to our show. Had the service started earlier to our booking starting, we would have had plenty of time to finish all the courses.

Our bill was discounted, but it was a shame to have missed out on dessert.

Date of visit: March 2024
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The Globe, Owner at Casa Publica, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2024

Hi GrandTour, thank you for sharing your experience with us. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the food and service overall. We apologize for the delay in taking your order and the timing issue with dessert. Your feedback is valuable to us as we strive to improve. We hope to welcome you back soon!

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Reviewed 23 March 2024 via mobile

Top service and Exceptional Food. This is my new favourite place to dine in Christchurch. Situated in the vibrant New Reagent street campus the location is excellent and after dinner late at night is great too.

Date of visit: March 2024
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The Globe, Owner at Casa Publica, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2024

Hi Zedcarfan, thank you for the glowing review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our top-notch service and exceptional food at our Christchurch location. We appreciate your support and look forward to welcoming you back for another great dining experience.

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Reviewed 22 March 2024 via mobile

The food was fantastic and the cocktails divine! Sadly, service was slow and we were a bit forgotten when it came to taking orders. But overall, it was a fantastic lunch!

Date of visit: March 2024
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The Globe, Owner at Casa Publica, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2024

Hi H9338WYjessicag,
Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the food and cocktails! We're sorry to hear about the service issue you experienced, and we appreciate you bringing it to our attention. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon!

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