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“Liesa Licious” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Saggio di vino

Saggio di vino
Carlton Butchery Building | 179 Victoria Street, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
0064 337 94006
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Ranked #172 of 602 Restaurants in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $24 - $56
Cuisines: European, Wine Bar
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: For more than two decades, the charming neighbourhood restaurant and bar welcomes devoted locals and international travellers and holds up its status as the quintessential dining destination with foodies, wine enthusiasts and reviewers alike.
Sydney
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Liesa Licious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Looking for the best place in Chch for dinner, here it is! Right price, great service, excellent food, and newly rebuilt premises to match. I must confess to being a "Liesa" (the owner) fan for years, but now it is better than before the earthquake. This place has the best venison anywhere in the world, but, the 8 cutlets that make up the rack of lamb is simply sensational and not to be missed if you love lamb like I do. Wonderful wine selection, wonderful deserts, wonderful place. Chch is rising from the dust as we all knew it would.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Christchurch, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“A quiet night out for two”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Actually it wasn't all that quiet....... but the food and wine were fabulous. Luckily we have been given a voucher as a wedding gift so we will be back really soon YEAH!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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71 reviews 71 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“One of the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

The newly rebuilt Saggio is fabulous. This is an old favourite of ours and we couldn't wait to try it out. We were slightly wary of the new look but it was great. Modern but still intimate. Their architect has done a brilliant job of recreating the ambiance of this upscale and well respected restaurant. As for the quality of the food, wine and service, well it never moves below first rate and it never will as long as the owner remains at the helm. I can't wait to go back.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“I want to like Saggio but I'm just not sure”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Went to Saggio for a treat dinner for two. With a glass of champagne as an aperitif, starters, mains & a shared cheeseboard - plus 500ml carafe of Central Otago pinot noir - it was $250. The good stuff: the new surroundings and the service. The lighting is great, the bathrooms have real towels, the service is very attentive. The not so great stuff: The food and the wine prices. Lobster bisque was ok but not amazing, steak was same, and cheese selection was - hmmmm - a bit dry. I think Saggio has settled into a very safe place with its menu and it has many fans because of this. The breadth of wine choice is commendable and our pinot noir very good (but it should be at over $60 for 2/3 of a bottle). Would I go back? Yes - when I am in the mood for some brilliant European style service and good wine in good glasses. But I think I might just have a couple of drinks and go elsewhere for dinner.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great Atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Our favourite Chch restaurant, the service is fantastic as well as the food and wine this is a must if you go to beautiful Chch. This rebuilt restaurant is just bigger and has more atmosphere than before, we will be back next visit to the garden city.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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