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The Cornershop Bistro

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European, New Zealand, French, Seafood, Mediterranean, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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32 Nayland Street | Sumner, Christchurch 8081, New Zealand
+64 3-326 6720
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10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Wed - Thu 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We hadn't been to The Cornershop Bistro for ages (we keep getting pulled into Christchurch because people won't travel out to Sumner) so, on August 14th, my wife's birthday, we dined at our local. We've dined here quite often over the past 10 years or so and apart from one disappointing meal we have always been more than satisfied. It's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a while since we last enjoyed a meal at the Cornershop, a Sunday lunch was a pleasant reminder of just how good the food is. I enjoyed a delicious smoked fish dish while hubby enjoyed the spicy beans. Won't leave it so long before we go again.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had seen write ups about this restaurant that looked favourable. The service was friendly and efficient. We ordered a couple of burgers and the steak sandwich. Burgers came out with soggy bottom buns and were small. There was a small bit of fish in the burger an for $22 would have expected a larger piece. The beef burger tasted really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

From the outside this looks like a basic cafe but inside the food is of a much higher standard and a great surprise. Went with a group of 10 and had a lovely meal. The $20 pre 7pm price is very good value. I had the braised lamb pasta which was really lovely.

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Thank Sharon P
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Hadn't been to Cornershop for some time. We found food very disappointing and very overpriced. Steak was tough and certainly not worth the $32 price tag. Probably won't go again.

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Thank Gayle E
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Nowhere offers the consistent quality of food & service like The Cornershop Bistro does. Simple bistro plates cooked to perfection every time. An excellent wine list that is reserved yet well chosen. Like the staff. I have been 5 or 6 times over the last few years & its almost like a relief to find somewhere that appreciates the dining... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

Was with a good sized group for dinner on Saturday night. The service was good food great tasting everyone really enjoyed the whole night so thanks

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Thank usfey1
Gisborne Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

I've thought about leaving a review on a lot of restaurants but then cant be bothered but we had such a good meal at the Cornershop Bistro I decided I had to. My girlfriend and I went with some other mates for the Bistro Bites menu (before 7) after hearing some good reviews from some local Sumner people and we... More 

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Thank Tehomuera
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

I left Christchurch feeling I wish I lived in Sumner so I could make this my local. It was the kind of place I would return with good friends for a cosy dinner or drinks. The service was friendly and relaxed but attentive. We (regrettably) shared the venison entree which was melt in your mouth delicious, I would go back... More 

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Thank eatandrun2016
Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016 via mobile

While staying at a B & B up the hill, we took the long walk down into the small town of Sumner, on the lookout for a place to have dinner. It was worth the walk to find the charming, atmospheric Cornershop Bistro. Service was friendly and well-timed, and the server was helpful in the choosing of our food from... More 

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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$7 - $28
Cuisine
European, New Zealand, French, Seafood, Mediterranean, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Takeout
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 32 Nayland Street | Sumner, Christchurch 8081, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-326 6720
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.

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