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The Villas

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European, Cafe, New Zealand
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290-292 Montreal Street, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand (Formerly The Coffee House)
64 3-365 6066
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 178
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  • 130
    Very good
  • 41
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Top marks for newly upgraded cafe/ restaurant

We were pleased to be able to book for morning coffee for a large group before our visit to the Christchurch Art Gallery. There was an adequate selection of sweet and savoury items plus great coffee. There is a wide variety of indoor/ outdoor seating areas and we enjoyed a spacious area for our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Barry5252
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had heard great things about The Villas so we went with some expectation. When we arrived there was a distinct lack of atmosphere and lack of enthusiasm of the staff. After ordering our drinks it took 20min for the to arrive with our waiter simply saying he had put the order in and walking away. Our food came out... More 

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Thank emiasabel
Christchurch, New Zealand
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53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were pleased to be able to book for morning coffee for a large group before our visit to the Christchurch Art Gallery. There was an adequate selection of sweet and savoury items plus great coffee. There is a wide variety of indoor/ outdoor seating areas and we enjoyed a spacious area for our group. With good service and pleasant... More 

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Thank Barry5252
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I've had lunch at the villas a couple of times and it was always fabulous. Good service, good food and good atmosphere. We even got sun cream on a hot and sunny day. I'll definitely come back soon!

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My partner and i went here for a romantic dinner and everything was perfect. the service was prompt, the staff were lovely and informative. I had the lamb and I can honestly say it was the best meal i have ever had. The drinks were also delicious and we will be coming back here again and again! The Pav was... More 

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Thank emidoda
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275 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Friendly staff, average prices, nice ambiance and very nice toilets. Food was a bit mixed, the lamb was excellent but the venison was a bit dry and the Gnocchi was very doughy. Deserts were very good however.

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Thank jimmyt7
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our first meal in New Zealand on our return after 8 years. Excellent food and beautiful wine, Sauvignon, of course. The sweet of the day Etonian Mess was a must. We will return. Daphne and Roger

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Thank drv2
Mankato, Minnesota
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279 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Simplicity is key when looking for something to eat that will not break the bank yet is tasty and delicious. This is yor spot if you are looking for something close to all the major attractions in Christchurch. It won't disappoint.

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great setting, with outdoor dining. Came in a large group with kids as well. First course was really good, the main was tasty, but a quite mediocre for the price. The service was good. Not somewhere I would particularly recommend unless the improved the mains/deserts or took the price down.

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Thank kiwimedicuk
Southampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely food for both the kids and adults. When asked for kids fish grilled not battered there was no fuss. Meal was awesome!

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Thank markcox55
Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to the Villas for a dinner during the week. I have been for dinner here previously for a birthday celebration last November and sort of felt the same. The setting is great, lovely home feel and comfy. However feel the food needs a bit of refinement. Starters you can't grumble at simple and beautiful. For mains I had... More 

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 27
  • Cuisine: European, Cafe, New Zealand

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?