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The Cornershop Bistro

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French, Seafood, Mediterranean, Contemporary
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32 Nayland St | Sumner, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand
+64 3-326 6720
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10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Wed - Thu 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Cornershop Bistro celebrates its eleventh year in Sumner Village as a...
The Cornershop Bistro celebrates its eleventh year in Sumner Village as a local favourite, recommended by Lonely Planet 2015 as the place to visit in Sumner.The menus deliver European inspired dishes in the Brunch and Dinner menus like the Sirloin Steak with cafe de Paris butter, the rustic country terrine or the breakfast of Eggs Benedict with house cured salmon or ham from the bone. Whether it's a coffee fueled brunch over the weekend papers or a romantic candle lit dinner, The Cornershop Bistro is a must try when visiting Christchurch and its gorgeous seaside Village, Sumner.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Just magic

We stumbled across the Cornershop Bistro on a very wild and stormy night and felt as though we had discovered a real treasure - fabulous menu, creative and surprising - the grilled goat's cheese + nuts was beautiful, the steak, the best we've had for a long time - and a good wine list. Great well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
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Whakatane, New Zealand
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Whakatane, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We stumbled across the Cornershop Bistro on a very wild and stormy night and felt as though we had discovered a real treasure - fabulous menu, creative and surprising - the grilled goat's cheese + nuts was beautiful, the steak, the best we've had for a long time - and a good wine list. Great well informed service, nice ambience,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Consistent The bistro always delivers great food.great service and excellent coffee. As a local I am lucky enough to eat here on a regular basis. Always tasty and I love the local ingredients. Well done

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

A little out of the way if you are in central Christchurch but worth the effort. Small restaurant on the corner but not cramped with efficient service. I had a Whitebait entree which was superb - not battered so that you got the most of the delicate Whitebait flavour. My wife had the Scallops and Chorizo entree which she thought... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Visited here last night with my family. We were given a choice of which table we would like to sit at which was great! The waitress was absolutely amazing giving us tips on which wine to choose and letting us know of the specials for the night. My pasta dish was tasty and so filling I had to get a... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We had a delicious meal at the Bistro last night. We were attended to by very helpful staff, in a very relaxed (not overbearing) manner. The atmosphere, location and service all make it well worth dining in Sumner.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

As residents of Sumner we are lucky enough to be able to stroll down to the Cornershop Bistro. Decided to have a late lunch on a Sunday. Sat inside with a good choice of tables available. Service was very good and friendly. We had a mix of lunch and brunch items, enjoyed them all, as well as dessert. Prices are... More 

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Christchurch
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The Cornershop has just had it's 10 year anniversary and celebrated with an invitation only cocktail party and being parents we made the 'cut' True, it just missed out this year in being named one of the top 10 restaurants in Christchurch, but the consistent standards are still in evidence. Truckloads of ambience, very capable front staff, well matched wines... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

Just returned from a wonderful evening at The Cornershop! Great service, great food, spot on wine suggestions that complemented our meals perfectly and will be returning again soon!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

It always looked busy in here so that's why we thought we'd give it a go and the food was absolutely gorgeous, although the staff were a little young and seemed a little slower and less polished as at other places, not for their lack of trying thought!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Met friends at the Cornershop Bistro for brunch and had the most delicious spicy beans with scrambled eggs and chorizo - yum! Excellent food, excellent service and a great price. We are very keen to go back for dinner.

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Additional Information about The Cornershop Bistro

Address: 32 Nayland St | Sumner, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-326 6720
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 7 - 25
Cuisine: French, Seafood, Mediterranean, Contemporary

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 32 Nayland St | Sumner, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-326 6720

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 25
  • Cuisine: French, Seafood, Mediterranean, Contemporary

Description

The Cornershop Bistro celebrates its eleventh year in Sumner Village as a local favourite, recommended by Lonely Planet 2015 as the place to visit in Sumner.The menus deliver European inspired dishes in the Brunch and Dinner menus like the Sirloin Steak with cafe de Paris butter, the rustic country terrine or the breakfast of Eggs Benedict with house cured salmon or ham from the bone. Whether it's a coffee fueled brunch over the weekend papers or a romantic candle lit dinner, The Cornershop Bistro is a must try when visiting Christchurch and its gorgeous seaside Village, Sumner.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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